Hmm I guess one might say so about Verax' Fans, since they are 45€ each.... thats a lot of money for a fan, but neverthe less, most reviewers over here state that they *are* actually pretty quiet, but just don't give a lot of airflow. This is why most people like Papst or Panaflo more... not much (if any) more noise, way better cooling.
I think the Papst fans are really cheap. I wouldn't considere 14€ (for the 8412 N/2GL) too much, or is it?
Have heard a lot of good stuff from this fan and its slightly louder / more airflow cousin 8412N/2GML over here where i live, but most people here seem to consider the Papsts as too loud, while some reviewers in germany stated that the Papst would beat the panaflo (comparing the Papsts a Panaflo (the 'silent' one, don't recall it's name) and some Vantec and another one).
Well I don't really know, my personal guess is that it's simply about better availability (germany: Papst, USA: Panaflo) and/or where you put your priorities: I *think* (hey, i have been wrong before;) ) that the the papst 8412 N/2GL is
actually a bit quieter than the Panaflo but that the Panaflo does produce considerably more airflow... if this is the case, and people start to run their papsts and panaflos @ 5V / 7V / 9V / anything I guess it is really
hard to compare even just those two at their different voltages/amounts of airflow to one another....
Oh yeah, I ordered one papst for my Zalman now, maybe i'll see if i can get one of those panaflos as well, since they shouldn't be too expensive. And if it gives me a little less noise, while still producing just enough airflow to keep everything up and alive, I could be a happy panaflo owner as well