NexFan.com has the Yate Loon All Black D14SL-12 140mm Low Speed Real Silent Case Fan for $9 with free shipping. It has a true 25 dB(a) decibel rating while pumping out 46.9 CFM airflow to cool your case. [BizRate]

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    nailzer Ben's cred: 41
    Posted 1:07 pm PST 12/29/07

    I just got 4 Yate Loom 140mm fans from Petra's Tech Shop for 4 for $23.96, $32.94 shipped. Great fans BTW.

    http://www.petrastechshop.com/14yalod1cafa.html

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3667
    Posted 2:45 pm PST 12/29/07

    Great fans except for the shitty bearing, meaning you need to relube them every year or so, or replace them later. Either is an option but the problem is that it's not so easy to find a decent quality 14cm fan to replace it.

    Then again I suppose if you'd bought a PSU with the odd 14cm fan in it and found the PSU fan already failing, this might be a change to replace that at lower than avg. cost although it'll have to be grafted on, not the right connector for most PSU fan circuit headers.

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    JamesInLV Ben's cred: 3
    Posted 4:49 pm PST 12/29/07

    These would be great fans except that in my application, I was installed them mounted horizontally. With the crappy bearing that dave_c is talking about, they produce a clicking noise. Not quite the silent fan I was looking for. For now, I have them powered down enough with my voltage regulator that it's not a problem, but just a work of warning if you're buying these and they may go into a case mounted horizontally. I only paid $5/ea shipped, so I'm not complaining too much...anything better for my needs would be $15-25/ea.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3667
    Posted 4:15 pm PST 12/30/07

    JamesInLV wrote:
    These would be great fans except that in my application, I was installed them mounted horizontally. With the crappy bearing that dave_c is talking about, they produce a clicking noise. Not quite the silent fan I was looking for. For now, I have them powered down enough with my voltage regulator that it's not a problem, but just a work of warning if you're buying these and they may go into a case mounted horizontally. I only paid $5/ea shipped, so I'm not complaining too much...anything better for my needs would be $15-25/ea.


    You might have a lower noise result by using current rather than voltage limiting, because with voltage limiting there is a larger current and torque surge at the initial energization of each motor winding, made more noisey by the sloppy bearing. Depending on the desired RPM a 2W power resistor in series might be somewhere in the 47-120 Ohm range.

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