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Best Ball Bearing 120mm Fans...

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ciku

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Jan 15, 2004
Whats the best of the ball bearings fans? are there low speed/silent ball bearings fans? or high rpms and just use fan controllers? I was looking at CM Excalibur but damn, expected price is around $27/each.
 

Kuroimaho

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May 26, 2004
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I only used some San Ace fans from sanyo denki the higher speed model had a hum even when I slow it down while the 1000 ish RPM model is indeed silent, I have one in my PSU as well but haven't heard it yet due to low power consumption.

Haven't tried the sony FDB fans yet (that's next on my list) but so far in the long run my ball bearing fans seems to win. I might try a noctua and paint it black eventually.
 

IKIKUINTHENUTZ

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Apr 17, 2006
FDB sony bearing is like a much better well made sleeve like motor in my IMO

Since your asking about ball bearing I will vouch for San aces
 
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ciku

ciku

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Jan 15, 2004
Yeah been looking at those, always oos... anyway, fluid bearings (or they call it hydro bearings?) > ball bearings?
 

Conumdrum

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Sep 15, 2007
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Your digging too deep. maybe you should read up on fan reviews more and google for more info till ya learn.

Fan is a fan. You want high quality, low noise, high CFM/Pressure. Better fans which cost more have the better stuff.

Focus on the CFM/Pressure/Noise. The rest comes naturally. get the fans you need at your price point, don't freakaziod on bearings.
 
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ciku

ciku

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I just installed some Silverstone FM123's this evening, and they seem nice so far, I particularly like the fan controller on the PCI slot cover feature. They're not super cheap, but Jab-Tech has them for $17 each. Ball bearings as well.

http://www.jab-tech.com/Silverstone...-design-and-fan-controller-FM123-pr-4027.html

This is nice, ty for info. I think I have no choice but to go with a fan controller, with the new case I have, I am having a hard time controlling the noise... the 200mm fans hum, so since its loud might as well go for high speed fans and control them.