Has anyone looked into what the best Noctua fan replacement will be for the HL15 yet?
I am not looking for something quiet just very good performance. It looks like the fans on the HL15 are 3-pin so I am looking at the
. NF F12 iPPC-2000 3-pin
EDIT: I will am working on a list of fans that COULD be replaced with the OE fans on the HL15. Let me know if there is a fan I should add to this list!
OE fans with HL15
NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 120x120x25
3.94 mm H₂O
3-Pin & Best Noctua Replacement
8.29 mm H₂O
2-pin lead my require modification
UNI FAN SL V2 120x120x25
2.59 mm H₂O
RGB & 4-pin
2.6 mm H₂O
NO RGB & 4-pin
Storm 120 120x120x25
2.7 mm H₂O
NO RGB & 4-pin
The Hl14 comes with 6x COOLERGUYS 120X120X25MM 3 PIN FAN MEDIUM.
If you compare the specs of Noctua’s 120mm 3-pin 12V fans, the NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 comes closest to the CG fan specs.
121.8 m3/h (72CFM)
The NF-A12x25FLX is comes close, but it has lower CFM and static pressure.
102.1 m3/h (60CFM)
So … I’d argue the iPPC-2000 is the best replacement. I run 3x 140mm iPPC-3000s in another build and they’ve been rock solid, no issues.
That is actually really good to know. I did not look at them side-by-side. It looks like the Coolerguys fans ARE better! And that is really cool! I’ll start a comparison chart on the the OG post see what different fans are compatible.
The iPPC-2000 is actually a little better; it has a higher static pressure @ 3.94mm H2O. And it’s quieter.
Yeah, after having it on the chart I would also say the Noctua fan is pretty dang good. That higher static pressure is huge!
Does one really need those static pressure fans for the HL15? I will be running 8 drives to start with, a Ryzen 5 CPU and a HBA, NIC, GPU.
The GPU has a little fan and the CPU cooler will have its own fan. The HBA and NIC have heatsinks.
I’ve also been looking at these which are a little cheaper than the Notcuas. But I have no experience with either brand to be honest.
P12 PWM PST | Pressure-optimised 120 mm Fan with PWM PST | ARCTIC
The Arctic ones also come in a 5 pack for only €30.
@Fossil, Static pressure fans are not needed. Please feel free to install any 120mm fan you would like.
Are you looking to make the case a little quieter? The fans you listed are okay but the ones that come with the HL15 are actually better. The Arctic fans you posted have a 100RPM higher speed but everything else is lower across the board. I would just stick with the stock fans.
45 Drives picked out some really good OEM fans.
I really wish I could go back and edit this post to add more fans in the future but this forum limits you on how long you have to edit posts.
I cannot continue to edit this post so I will continue to update
I found the Coolermaster SickleFlow 120 RGB and for anyone who can’t drive ARGB either using their mainboard or who wants to perhaps integrate it to their ZigBee, this seems great.
SickleFlow 120 V2 RGB, is our signature cooling performance with a rejuvenated ARGB design, provides a specific air cooling solution. Revised curve blade design to improve airflow and air pressure. A refreshed frosted blade to enhance light...
It’s $12.99 per fan which doesn’t seem awful for RGB. What does everyone else think?
I added this fan to the Spreadsheet I am working on:
I was thinking of picking up these
Noctua NF-P12 redux-1700
they are 25.1dba, 2.83 mmH₂O for 70.8 CFM
Unless you actually need the industrial ratings on the iPPC variant, this thing is no-frills and nearly half the cost. Seems like a good trade over the stock fans and only losing out on 2CFM
The slight caveat of them only being in 4pin pwm config (in case that matters to people)
I might even split the difference and do the iPPC in the front and redux in the back.
This is a really good looking fan! I added it to the
spreadsheet that I have been working on. It seems like for the price, it’s actually a really freaking solid fan.
Does anybody know if>25mm fans would work?
Many of the YT videos I see online imply a 30mm fan has more static pressure and/or CFM for less noise.
When I saw my HL15, the front-fan-array seemed a little shy of using all the space available. Do we know the maximum fan depth it will fit?
The mid-fan-array can of course use more depth barring cables and other mods.
I measured 40mm from the front plate to the front of the drive cage. Anecdotally, I’m using Arctic P12-PST fans which have kept everything cool and they are quiet at whatever speed the IPMI is running them at for “Optimal setting”.
What fans are used in the Q30?
@DigitalGarden, The fans in the HL15 and the Q30 would be the same fans. They are CoolerGuys CG12025M12B2-3Y fans