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Noctua NF-S12B or Corsair AF120

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7 hours ago, Froug said:

So the Noctua as an exhaust and the Corsair as intakes would be ok?

Im replacing the stock fans of a Cooler Master N200.

Either would be good for a rear exhuast. I'd recommend going with the NF-S12B if these two are the only options available for some reason. 

They're not good for the N200's restrictive front intake though. The stock Xtraflo case fans would be better. Why replace the stock fans?

6 hours ago, Jurrunio said:

The AFs and SPs are still loud fans on their own.

What's loud is subjective but I'd disagree -- at least I'd separate the two. SP120's are noisy but AF120's aren't as bad. 

The Noctuas are slightly more pricier ($28 to the Corsair's $23). These prices are for 2 of them. Will temperatures differ a lot?

Also, I dont really mind either their aesthetics, they both look good.

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Using them as case fans I assume? The thing to look at is CFM. Noctua is 59 CFM and the Corsair is 63.4 so not a huge difference honestly, but if you're like me and you want the best of your options, it looks the the Corsair AF120 will push more air than the Nocta NF-S12B. HOWEVER, the Noctua is listed at 18 decibels and the Corsair is listed as 30 decibels. So, do you want more noise for a little more airflow, or lots less noise for a little bit less airflow? Personally, I don't care too much about silence, but in this case, I'd still choose the Noctua.

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Temps dont differ, noise does. However the S12 is exclusively an exhaust fan as it has minimal static pressure

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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The AF120 performs better but the NF-S12B is quieter. Where are you using them and why are you looking at these fans in particular?

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9 hours ago, Jurrunio said:

Temps dont differ, noise does. However the S12 is exclusively an exhaust fan as it has minimal static pressure

So the Noctua as an exhaust and the Corsair as intakes would be ok?

3 hours ago, WoodenMarker said:

The AF120 performs better but the NF-S12B is quieter. Where are you using them and why are you looking at these fans in particular?

Im replacing the stock fans of a Cooler Master N200.

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31 minutes ago, Froug said:

the Corsair as intakes would be ok? 

No, I'm only comparing them as exhaust fans. You're better off with something else for intake, since the N200 has mesh front panel the NF-A12 or Arctic F12 or Be Quiet silentwings will do. The AFs and SPs are still loud fans on their own.

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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7 hours ago, Froug said:

So the Noctua as an exhaust and the Corsair as intakes would be ok?

Im replacing the stock fans of a Cooler Master N200.

Either would be good for a rear exhuast. I'd recommend going with the NF-S12B if these two are the only options available for some reason. 

They're not good for the N200's restrictive front intake though. The stock Xtraflo case fans would be better. Why replace the stock fans?

6 hours ago, Jurrunio said:

The AFs and SPs are still loud fans on their own.

What's loud is subjective but I'd disagree -- at least I'd separate the two. SP120's are noisy but AF120's aren't as bad. 

If you ever need help with a build, read the following before posting: http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/3061-build-plan-thread-recommendations-please-read-before-posting/
Also, make sure to quote a post or tag a member when replying or else they won't get a notification that you replied to them.

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Alright, I'll get the NF S12B for exhaust and keep stock for intakes. Thank you, everyone!

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