I'm looking to buy new fans for my new 240mm radiator, and trying to decide between the three. The price is a factor, of course, since 2 NoiseBlockers of the eLoop family will cost me ~$50 at the least, whereas I can get 2 Nexus Basics (or Gentle Typhoons) for sub $30.
According to this review:http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cooler ... html#sect0
Zoomed-in chart:http://www.xbitlabs.com/misc/picture/?s ... es_big.png
Gentle Typhoon AP-15s have the best noise profile vs the lower counterparts (judging by CFM at equivalent noise levels - have a look at ~32dba for example). I was going to go for AP-14s, as I don't plan on going anywhere near very high RPM for silence's sake, but looking at those plots, a downvolted AP-15 looks better. As for lower-ranked versions, I can't get them as easily, whereas AP-14s and 15s are available from quite a few on-line vendors still.
Nexus Basics look to be very close to Gentle Typhoons - a tad louder and a tad cheaper.
The new NoiseBlocker eLoop fans seem great, and very expensive.
What I *don't* know is how they compare when placed on a radiator such as a Corsair H100 / H100i in push configuration. And a slight possibility that I"d get 2 more fans in the future for pulling too (I know the eLoops don't like that... but push/pull is not an important factor for a while).
Anyway, if anyone's done a lot of research comparing these fans or owns them to tell, which ones would you recommend? At the end of the day, I can spend more money on the best fans, but if the difference in noise and lack of annoying characteristics is small, I'd like to save those $20-25 for something else.
P.S.: I suppose Noctua's NF-P12s are also on the candidate list. I would have added NF-F12 PWMs, but I owned one in the past, and there was a definitely noticeable amount of hum coming from this fan when mounted on a radiator, although, to be honest, I do not recall what fan speed I ran it at. Not close to the maximum, however.