a few months ago I was looking at the Compucase 120mm fan titled "F12B3LS". The finnish distributor's website had an image for it and the fan in the picture was a ball bearing medium speed Globe.
Sometime after this I stumbled upon the german website of Compucase and noticed they had 120 sleeve bearing fan titled "F12S
3LS". I noticed it had the temperature sensor and after asking a few questions from SPCR members, I started to believe this was the Globe complemented by the north American SPCR users. (and the one becoming very hard to get hold of even in north America, not to mention europe)
This fan wasn't available in Finland (despite a promise from the distributor that they would get them for me...
) I started searching for them in german shops.One of the shops, www.highlight-pc.de
and its kind owner Mr. Gunter Geisler confirmed that the fan's label indeed did say sleeve bearing. I ordered two of them and got my packet today. Below is picture of these fans, the Globe S1202512L-3M
The sticker on the side of the fans say "12-2004" so I'm guessing this means the production date? I tested both of them. The other had very small bearing noise, but the other was really good, basicly no bearing noise.
Now, as you might remember I've told about the german fellow who was trying to get his hands on some Yate Loons. We have talked about the Globes also and there is a really good chance of having these fans in his selection also. He's worked out a deal on some VERY cheap worldwide shipping, so this could mean that it would be even an option for north american users.