80mm - Yate Loon vs. Kama Flex

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80mm - Yate Loon vs. Kama Flex

Post by david81 » Tue Jan 06, 2009 12:56 pm

Looks like it's time to replace the 4 fans in my aging Antec 1080AMG case. The system is currently far too noisy and I need to quiet it down. I've determined that the 2 rear fans are causing a majority of the noise and I figured I'd just replace the other 2 while I'm at it to head off problems in the future.

After what I'm sure is far too much time spent on the forums here I've narrowed my fan choices down to the Yate Loon D80 SM-12 and the Kama Flex "Medium" speed fans. Both seem to get decent reviews but I'm trying to figure out if the Scythe fans are really worth more than 2x the price of the Yate Loons.

I don't know if I can bring myself to spend nearly $50 (w/ shipping) just on 4 fans.

Any particular reason to go with the Scythe fans vs. the Yate Loons?


Thanks in advance,

David

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Post by NeilBlanchard » Tue Jan 06, 2009 4:14 pm

Hi David,

I'm sorry to complicate things -- how much will the Yate Loon 80mm cost? I have used this Enermax, and it is as quiet an 80mm fan as I have used:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811999199
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Post by david81 » Tue Jan 06, 2009 5:27 pm

NeilBlanchard wrote:Hi David,

I'm sorry to complicate things -- how much will the Yate Loon 80mm cost? I have used this Enermax, and it is as quiet an 80mm fan as I have used:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811999199
Neil,

I've actually looked at the Enermax. When was the last time you purchased one, as I've heard that the actual manufacturer has changed and the quality has dropped a good bit. The main reference was a thread from about a year ago (viewtopic.php?t=42907&highlight=uc8eb) so I suppose they could have changed back.


The Yate Loons would run me $3.95 at coolerguys.com. (http://www.coolerguys.com/840556087175.html)

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Post by jhhoffma » Tue Jan 06, 2009 8:01 pm

There's also the Globalwin NCB 80mm fans which are very good and on sale right now at SVC.com

I'll be using one to mod my EA-430 soon.
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Post by david81 » Tue Jan 06, 2009 8:31 pm

jhhoffma wrote:There's also the Globalwin NCB 80mm fans which are very good and on sale right now at SVC.com

I'll be using one to mod my EA-430 soon.
Now how did I miss those? Quite hard to pass up for that price.

Shipping is a bit much though. I mean, come on, $8 is the cheapest option for 4 x $2.49 fans? I know for a fact that I could ship that for around $4 USPS Priority (which just happens to be $11.50 with them). Such is life I guess :)

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Post by NeilBlanchard » Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:49 am

Hi,

The GlobalWin might be the best way to go -- 1900RPM, and the struts are not aligned with the trailing edges of the blades. I have not seen the 80mm, but the 120mm is second only to the Slipstream, IMO.

The Yate Loons are 2200RPM, and while they have just 3 struts, they are almost parallel with the trailing edges of the blades (which makes them noisier).

I have not gotten an Enermax lately, but I think they are still being made at Globe. I like the 1500RPM, I like the small struts that are closer to perpendicular to the trailing edges. One of mine did vibrate some, but it was still very quiet.
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Post by loimlo » Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:49 am

I've lots of Yateloon D80SM12 lying around in my room. They aren't bad compared to normal fans without SPCR recommendation, but they suffer from low volume clicking sound characteristic. They're quiet at 5v and doesn't contribute much vibration under hard mounted circumstance to mATX cases. On the contrary, they're rather loud at 12V. Being a subjective opinion, you might consider buying fans from different makers to make sure what's the best one for you.

I tend to purchase D80SM12 at $1.6 each for friends' computers.

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Post by jhhoffma » Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:59 am

I have several of the D80SM-12s as well and use them in certain instances.

They are ok at 5v (pretty quiet), but they definitely have the clicking you mention. I found 1 of 4 that didn't and put that in my VF700 a year or so back. The GlobalWin is definitely smoother at any speed and doesn't have any of the clicking the Y/Ls do.
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Post by david81 » Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:14 pm

Thanks for the tips guys. Jumped on 4 80mm GlobalWins and picked up their last 120mm version just in case I want to swap out one of the fans in my soon to be purchased NSK2480.

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Post by david81 » Fri Jan 16, 2009 2:53 pm

Just a quick update. 3 of the 4 GlobalWins are installed and it's amazing the difference this made. The 4th will go in eventually, but it'll be a while since it will require me to pull the HDD cage out and mess with the cable routing again.

I may just be a SPC addict now....


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Post by NeilBlanchard » Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:37 pm

Hi David,

It's good to hear that the GlobalWin NCB 80mm are decent fans! Are you running them at 12v/full speed, or are you undervolting them in some manner?
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Post by david81 » Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:26 am

NeilBlanchard wrote:Hi David,

It's good to hear that the GlobalWin NCB 80mm are decent fans! Are you running them at 12v/full speed, or are you undervolting them in some manner?
Currently they are being controlled by MB headers. The 4th that will be placed in the HDD cage will have to be plugged into a molex as I'm out of MB headers now so I'll see if it needs any undervolting at that point.

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Post by NeilBlanchard » Sat Jan 17, 2009 4:58 pm

Hi David,

You could get a splitter for one of the mobo headers? I'm pretty sure the current needed will not overwhelm anything.
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