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    Default Question regarding Swiftech Helix 120mm fans

    I am looking around for the fans that I will most likely not be able to afford just yet for the water cooling loop that I DEFINITELY can't afford yet (good to get a ball park figure of how much you need to scrape together). I was looking at the Swiftech Helix fans since the vast majority of my build is most likely going to be Swiftech based at this point, but how loud are they when they're undervolted to somewhere around 1200-1300 RPM?

    These are my criteria for "loud":
    You can hear the bearing while the fan is spinning from further away than a foot from the case (groaning noise).
    You can hear coil whine.
    There is excessive wind noise (again from further than a foot away from the case).

    The reason I am asking for impressions on a stupid quiet watercooling-friendly fan like this one is mostly because I have very sensitive hearing when it comes to noises like this, and those noises grate on my nerves like crazy. I need my computing experience to be insanely quiet for me to really enjoy it regardless of whether or not I am wearing headphones (I am presently using a Glacer 240L with undervolted fans... and I can STILL hear that bastard's fans through the headphones).

    Other criteria for fan recommendations if the Helix fans are mostly no bueno:
    Fan blades must be black or white
    No LED's
    Static pressure rating of at least 1.6 mmh2o
    Reasonably priced

    I have found several other potential options but it's hard to get sound impressions from some of the review videos I have seen. I was using a set of Corsair SP120 Quiet Editions when i was still using my H100i but I am kind of leary of that lineup right now because I recently purchased TWO sets of "Quiet Edition" fans that had shot bearings out of the box. Also they seem to sacrifice too much performance for the sake of "quiet operation," and frankly the color rings really aren't worth the hassle of gambling on the fans being good or not. Any thoughtful suggestions on the matter are much appreciated.

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    Default Re: Question regarding Swiftech Helix 120mm fans

    Have you considered be quiet fans I think they will fit your criteria both in style and performance, plus they are extremely quiet
    now nothing is dead silent unless its off lol! but these fans are probably the quietest I have used

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    Default Re: Question regarding Swiftech Helix 120mm fans

    Quote Originally Posted by vinman View Post
    Have you considered be quiet fans I think they will fit your criteria both in style and performance, plus they are extremely quiet
    now nothing is dead silent unless its off lol! but these fans are probably the quietest I have used
    i will agree with Vinny. They are a bit expensive though.
    You don't know me and that's the way i like it!

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    Default Re: Question regarding Swiftech Helix 120mm fans

    Quote Originally Posted by TeeBlack View Post
    i will agree with Vinny. They are a bit expensive though.
    They are also lower static pressure. I am using the Silent Wings on an XSPC EX240 right now on the top of my case and they are extremely quiet, basically inaudible. However, this is a secondary rad in my loop. I had actually tested the be quiet against the Helix and the performance did not stack up.

    Have you considered the Cougar Vortex HDB? They may fit your needs a bit better. Also, the black Noctua fans should be available before you are ready to buy, and that pretty much ends the conversation right there.

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    Default Re: Question regarding Swiftech Helix 120mm fans

    Mike, a quiet system is not only about which fans you select. A lot has to do with position of the fans, how many and the waco configuration. If you want it to be as quiet as possible get a case that is made to be close to silent. Think Define R4 and such cases like this.

    Next is Waco Config. Go with the longest rad you can fit. Using 3 fans cools at a lower RPM then using 2 fans. If you can get push/pull it will be even better. 6 fans Fans will have to spin at a much lower RPM. Equals even less noise. I personally don't think Static pressure and all that jazz matters much once you get into adding this many fans. Sitting on a bench is one thing, actually usage is another.

    Basically Im saying use any damn fan you want to. It really isnt going to matter much if you are running them slow as hell because you dont want to hear anything at all or running in push/pull. But hey that is just me.

    I also like the Enermax Cluster Advanced fans. They look awesome, adjustable fan speeds, LED can be turned off and has the static pressure you are concerned with in silent mode. ENERMAX.CO.UK - Cluster Advance However they are not cheap. Lowest I have seen was $16 at Newegg. I have 6 of these and love them.

    A cheap but effective alternative is the Bitfenix Spectre All Black 120mm. Pretty quiet goes with almost any build. NO LEDs. Static pressure is just a tad lower then what you are looking for. However they can be found for $10 or less. I picked up some of these on clearance for $1.99 each a few months back. All of them still work and did a pretty good job.

    The Cougar Fans suggested are a good choice. Any fan made by Be Quiet will be hard to beat. I love the performance and silence of Noctua fans but they have always clashed with my builds so I have them sitting in the corner. Black noctua fans will be welcomed by me and many other system builders. They will be hard to beat and hard to find on store shelves once they are released. Expect them to sell out fast. And be $25 a fan.
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    Default Re: Question regarding Swiftech Helix 120mm fans

    Quote Originally Posted by Mgutierrez33 View Post
    I am looking around for the fans that I will most likely not be able to afford just yet for the water cooling loop that I DEFINITELY can't afford yet (good to get a ball park figure of how much you need to scrape together). I was looking at the Swiftech Helix fans since the vast majority of my build is most likely going to be Swiftech based at this point, but how loud are they when they're undervolted to somewhere around 1200-1300 RPM?

    These are my criteria for "loud":
    You can hear the bearing while the fan is spinning from further away than a foot from the case (groaning noise).
    You can hear coil whine.
    There is excessive wind noise (again from further than a foot away from the case).

    The reason I am asking for impressions on a stupid quiet watercooling-friendly fan like this one is mostly because I have very sensitive hearing when it comes to noises like this, and those noises grate on my nerves like crazy. I need my computing experience to be insanely quiet for me to really enjoy it regardless of whether or not I am wearing headphones (I am presently using a Glacer 240L with undervolted fans... and I can STILL hear that bastard's fans through the headphones).

    Other criteria for fan recommendations if the Helix fans are mostly no bueno:
    Fan blades must be black or white
    No LED's
    Static pressure rating of at least 1.6 mmh2o
    Reasonably priced

    I have found several other potential options but it's hard to get sound impressions from some of the review videos I have seen. I was using a set of Corsair SP120 Quiet Editions when i was still using my H100i but I am kind of leary of that lineup right now because I recently purchased TWO sets of "Quiet Edition" fans that had shot bearings out of the box. Also they seem to sacrifice too much performance for the sake of "quiet operation," and frankly the color rings really aren't worth the hassle of gambling on the fans being good or not. Any thoughtful suggestions on the matter are much appreciated.
    I'm using 7 of those Swiftech Helix 120mm PWM Fans ans I can tell you they are really good, as Vin said there is no dead silent fans but you cant hear any noise from them except moving air noise. The static pressure is pretty good too 2.29mm/H2O, acceptable price $11.95 (Helix PWM version black sleeved cable) or $7.95 (Helix standard version). The prices are from PPC. As Sandy also said, the noise depends also of how many of fans you'll going to install in your build, which case do you have etc.
    Just not to forget the Helix fans looks most closely to Scythe GT 1850 model, but for an half of the price.
    PS. You can make any fan a silent fan with the fan controller setting the fan speed at 60-70% but will sacrifice the performance.
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    Default Re: Question regarding Swiftech Helix 120mm fans

    Thanks for the input guys. It'll help with my selection a lot since I'be already pretty much considered those fans extensively anyway.

    As for quantity I'm gonna have three fans in the roof, at least two in front (possibly push-pull on the front rad, still undecided on that one) and one in the rear (140mm). Admittedly the 760T these are going in is definitely not optimized for silence, but that doesn't mean it CAN'T be silent... hence why I need to select the most absolutely silent hardware I can get my hands on. The main reason I didn't just say f*** it and go with the Cougar fans is honestly the orange sound dampening on the corners: a little orange like on the Be Quiet! fans logo stickers is fine, but when it's that glaring it's hard for me not to focus on it and get annoyed, and I want to modify as little as is possible with this particular build (apart from cable sleeving). It sucks, too, because I had a green LED version of that fan in my girlfriend's former case (CM690II nVidia Edition) and I really liked it... just dat orange... gotta be like Noctua and have your signature color on everything so it matches nothing but the Gigabyte OC board, huh?

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    Default Re: Question regarding Swiftech Helix 120mm fans

    i have about 4 helix fans myself (currently using 2 of them with the H220) they are not that loud me at all but noise is subjective to every person.
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    Default Re: Question regarding Swiftech Helix 120mm fans

    The Black PWM Cougars are good enough to use ~regardless~ of the little Orange sound dampening corners on them. Get a Sharpie pen and make them black if you must.
    Cougars develop a lot of airflow and static pressure, while remaining quiet. So adapt them to your needs. That's what we all do around here anyways, adapting everything to achieve greatness. (maybe try just one of them first)

    Enermax TB Silence fans are quiet and pretty too.

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