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    Exclamation Corsair SP120 - high performance edition vs quiet edition

    Picked up the CPU, CPU cooler and PSU for my new build today.

    Going to buy two 120mm fans for my Hyper 212 EVO push-pull setup. I didnt know that the high performance SP120s were available, so I was set on the quiet editions. But now I'm confused as to which would be better for my setup.

    The high performance ones will obviously give better temps and better overclockability than the quiet editions, but by how much?

    I'm okay with the extra noise of the high performance fans if it can give me an extra 300-500MHz OC over the quiet editions, but otherwise, I'm thinking it might not be worth it. After all, I'm going to keep the system for a long time and the noise might become irritating at some point.

    So, what are your thoughts? Feel free to suggest other options.

    I know I'm late in posting this, but I need your opinions ASAP as I'm going to CS first thing tomorrow morning.

    and since I'm posting I might as well just include this question as well - would an Antec Kuhler Box AP be better than an EVO for push-pull? also, is it going to block RAM slots?


    Thanks to everyone! I really appreciate the help!

    P.S. Whoever said earlier that the Cosmos II was freaking huge was right! Its like three feet tall! :O
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    The SP120s aren't going to make a huge difference over the stock one anyway so it pretty much comes down to personal preference. I like quiet stuff too and always use my FN120s at the lowest speed possible so even if you get the performance edition ones you could run them on pwm or use a fan controller. And I wouldn't honestly expect an extra 500MHz oc even with AP-15s over the SP120 quiet edition but you should be easily able to hit 4.5GHz with good temps.

    Not sure about the Kuhler Box, not too many review out there. And yeah it looks like it might block ram slots, but the Evo won't I believe.

    Edit: Could you find the Costa Rica made 3770k? How much did it cost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee View Post
    The SP120s aren't going to make a huge difference over the stock one anyway so it pretty much comes down to personal preference. I like quiet stuff too and always use my FN120s at the lowest speed possible so even if you get the performance edition ones you could run them on pwm or use a fan controller. And I wouldn't honestly expect an extra 500MHz oc even with AP-15s over the SP120 quiet edition but you should be easily able to hit 4.5GHz with good temps.

    Not sure about the Kuhler Box, not too many review out there. And yeah it looks like it might block ram slots, but the Evo won't I believe.

    Edit: Could you find the Costa Rica made 3770k? How much did it cost?
    Ok so the quiet editions it is.
    do you mean NZXT's FN120s? where'd you get them?
    4.5GHz? really? that would be amazing!
    surprisingly, all the 3770Ks I saw were made in Costa Rica (also checked Ryans). It cost me 31K at Binary Logic after a session of haggling.

    Thanks for the input!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahnaf Akeef View Post
    Ok so the quiet editions it is.
    do you mean NZXT's FN120s? where'd you get them?
    4.5GHz? really? that would be amazing!
    surprisingly, all the 3770Ks I saw were made in Costa Rica (also checked Ryans). It cost me 31K at Binary Logic after a session of haggling.

    Thanks for the input!
    All of them were made in Costa Rica? That's awesome, thanks for the info man! And yeah mine are NZXT FN120s, came with the Phantom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee View Post
    All of them were made in Costa Rica? That's awesome, thanks for the info man! And yeah mine are NZXT FN120s, came with the Phantom.
    you're welcome.
    where'd you get the Phantom?

    On an unrelated topic, I just figured out that you're strych9 on OCN. B|

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahnaf Akeef View Post
    you're welcome.
    where'd you get the Phantom?

    On an unrelated topic, I just figured out that you're strych9 on OCN. B|
    Haha yeah I am. What's your username?
    It was bought from the UK.

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    mine's ahnafakeef, no spaces.
    did you have someone bring it with them from the UK? or did you have it delivered through something like fedex?

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    I had my cousin bring it for me about a year back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee View Post
    I had my cousin bring it for me about a year back.
    did they trouble you at customs with tax and such things?
    also, what do you do for a living?


    On topic : so there'd be little difference between the high performance edition and the quiet edition in terms of overclocking capabilities? and if I run the high performance ones at lowest speeds, the acoustics would be similar to the quiet editions at lowest speeds? Do I have to buy the fan controller or can I use the 600T's fan controller to control the CPU cooler's fans as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahnaf Akeef View Post
    did they trouble you at customs with tax and such things?
    also, what do you do for a living?


    On topic : so there'd be little difference between the high performance edition and the quiet edition in terms of overclocking capabilities? and if I run the high performance ones at lowest speeds, the acoustics would be similar to the quiet editions at lowest speeds? Do I have to buy the fan controller or can I use the 600T's fan controller to control the CPU cooler's fans as well?
    Nah they didn't. My cousin is a pro at handling such stuff I'm a student.

    I guess so. I'm not sure if there's going to be a noticeable difference in the acoustics between the highest and lowest speeds. And yeah iirc it comes with a 3-pin connector (sorry no pwm then ) so there should be no problem if you want to connect it to the 600t's fan controller.

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    @Dee , tomar side panel AMD te ki rong diso ? Amar toh mone hoe red valo hoto karon green ki black casing e valo lagbe? Sorry for ot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee View Post
    Nah they didn't. My cousin is a pro at handling such stuff I'm a student.

    I guess so. I'm not sure if there's going to be a noticeable difference in the acoustics between the highest and lowest speeds. And yeah iirc it comes with a 3-pin connector (sorry no pwm then ) so there should be no problem if you want to connect it to the 600t's fan controller.
    what happens if i dont connect it to a fan controller? how is the speed of the fan determined?
    what does pwm mean? what am I losing in not having it?

    found someone on OCN with the same cooling system upon googling. he said, "I use the performance editions. I have both quiet and performance ones. My p/p is performance. The difference in noise is barely much and the cooling you get is significant. When i used the quiets in p/p it was very disappointing to say the least."

    Guess I'll just have to suffer through the noise of the high performance fans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mohiuddin View Post
    @Dee , tomar side panel AMD te ki rong diso ? Amar toh mone hoe red valo hoto karon green ki black casing e valo lagbe? Sorry for ot.
    That case is long gone ;o
    Quote Originally Posted by Ahnaf Akeef View Post
    what happens if i dont connect it to a fan controller? how is the speed of the fan determined?
    what does pwm mean? what am I losing in not having it?

    found someone on OCN with the same cooling system upon googling. he said, "I use the performance editions. I have both quiet and performance ones. My p/p is performance. The difference in noise is barely much and the cooling you get is significant. When i used the quiets in p/p it was very disappointing to say the least."

    Guess I'll just have to suffer through the noise of the high performance fans.
    Then I think you should go with the performance editions. If you don't connect the fans to the fan controller, they will run at the rated 12v and at full rpm, thus they will produce more noise. So if you want less noise, you will have to lower the voltage supplied to each fan, and that's exactly what a fan controller does. Alternatively, if your mobo comes with a 5v or 7v 3-pin fan header, you can connect the fans to that. They will then run at a lower rpm and will thus be less noisy. But that way the temps will be a little higher.

    Edit: Your motherboard's pwm feature can control the fan's rpm depending on the temperature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee View Post
    That case is long gone ;o

    Then I think you should go with the performance editions. If you don't connect the fans to the fan controller, they will run at the rated 12v and at full rpm, thus they will produce more noise. So if you want less noise, you will have to lower the voltage supplied to each fan, and that's exactly what a fan controller does. Alternatively, if your mobo comes with a 5v or 7v 3-pin fan header, you can connect the fans to that. They will then run at a lower rpm and will thus be less noisy. But that way the temps will be a little higher.

    Edit: Your motherboard's pwm feature can control the fan's rpm depending on the temperature.
    but I wont be able to avail the pwm feature because of my cooler, right?
    automatic fan control would've been nice to have. it could increase the cooling when gaming but stay quiet when idling or near idling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahnaf Akeef View Post
    but I wont be able to avail the pwm feature because of my cooler, right?
    automatic fan control would've been nice to have. it could increase the cooling when gaming but stay quiet when idling or near idling.
    Exactly. The stock fan that's provided with the evo is 4-pin, which means it comes with the pwm feature, but the sp120s don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee View Post
    Exactly. The stock fan that's provided with the evo is 4-pin, which means it comes with the pwm feature, but the sp120s don't.
    Got it! Thanks!

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