Quietest Case Fans – Buyer’s Guide and Case Fan Reviews

by | May 23, 2018

Quietest Case Fans 2018

We rated, reviewed, & compared the quietest case fans across various budgets. These cases are perfect for an Ultra-Silent PC build.

The Quietest Case Fans

 NameSizeNoise 
quietest case fansNoctua NF-F Series120mm, 140mm22.4 dB(A)

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silent case fansNoctua NF-F Chromax Edition120mm, 140mm22.4 dB(A)

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quiet computer fansBeQuiet! Silent Wings 2120mm, 140mm15.5 dB(A)

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quietest case fans 2018Corsair AF Quiet Edition120mm, 140mm25.2 dB(A)

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Noctua NF-F Series

quietest case fans

What We Loved

  • Performance Orientated
  • High static pressure
  • Excellent build quality

What We Didn’t Like

  • Very expensive
  • Looks very basic

Noctua NF-F Chromax Edition

silent case fans

What We Loved

  • Performance Orientated
  • Visual Customizability
  • High static pressure
  • Excellent build quality

What We Didn’t Like

  • Very expensive

BeQuiet! Silent Wings 3

quiet computer fans

What We Loved

  • Inexpensive
  • Low noise operation
  • Good static pressure

What We Didn’t Like

  • None

Corsair AF120 and AF140 Quiet Edition

quietest case fans 2018

What We Loved

  • Customizable colored Scheme
  • Excellent airflow
  • Great looks

What We Didn’t Like

  • None

Why do Case fans make noise?

Case fans are accountable for pushing hot air from the inside of your computer case and replace it with cool air from outside; This is achieved by establishing an airflow and static pressure for an efficient exchange of air.

Case fans make use of spinning blades which are designed to intake or exhaust air. Thought it might sound like the spinning blades make the noise but majority of the sound is generated from the bearings of these fans. There are several kinds of bearings, Each with their specifications. Some of these are cheaper but produce noise, Some are expensive but are very efficient at minimizing the noise.

These fans are not exceptionally expensive and considering these are the parts that emit most of the noise; It's no point to hold back on these. Several brands use different technologies to make fans more efficient, but there are a few that outperforms all the rest.

Friction between fans junctions and computer case also produces some noise. Most case fans have anti-vibration padding that suppresses this noise to a great extent.

The noise emitted by these fans is measured in dBA, The lower, the better. One thing before going forward, It's better to focus on overall performance rather than just considering how quiet a fan is.

Editor’s Choice

Countless case fans claim to be the quietest, and it can be overwhelming to find the right one. I am all in support of Noctua when it comes to quiet case fans. They carry a hefty price but still a great choice; They have great static pressure, airflow, and produce minimal noise.