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  1. Takaharu

    Takaharu Unus offa, unus iuguolo

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    The fans in my PC are getting to a notably loud level in my PC so I want to work out what my best course of action would be.
    The CPU fan is pretty quiet so I'm quite content with that. The same goes for the PSU.

    Graphics, however, are the most audible, as are the whopping great fans at the bottom of the case. I could crank up the bottom fans to decrease the fan speed of the graphics but then I'd end up with an overall louder case.

    So, is it worthwhile replacing the case fans and what would be my best course of action for the graphics cards?
    Card 1 sits around 50 degrees Celsius idle, card 2 at around 40.
     
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    CJLMTLCA Ti > IT

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    You can always replace the case fans with some that are quieter. What size are those, 120mm? As for the GPUs, are there any 3rd party coolers for them? Haven't seen any.

    You have a side window so no way of mounting a side fan? Then you could dial down the GPU fans a little maybe and compensate with that side fan.

    Depends on your budget too. What are you willing to spend to "experiment" with trying to quiet down your PC. I once installed acoustic foam in my case, but with a window you would lose that side of the case.
     
  3. Takaharu

    Takaharu Unus offa, unus iuguolo

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    I'm considering getting replacement fans for the bottom of the case, though the size of the fans gives me a somewhat limited amount of options - 180mm fans. There's Silverstone's Air Penetrators but I don't know how they compare to the default ones. I'd be willing to go for them but I don't want to spend £45-odd to try them out.
    I haven't seen any third-party coolers for the 460 either :(

    No fan on the side window.
    As for the things to try out, I'm thinking along the lines of fans but I'm open to suggestions. Acoustic foam, to me, seems a bit excessive, however.

    I tried moving the second graphics card to the bottom slot but I found out that you can't SLI between the first and third slots, which was kind of annoying. The drivers just assumed that's now a dedicated PhysX card.
     
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    The Prolimatech MK-13 and Gelid Icy Vision appear to be GTX460 compatible according to their websites, although since you are using your gpus in SLI config, I'm unsure if there will be heatsink clearance issues.

    EDIT: I spoke too soon, it states on Prolimatech's website that the MK-13 is not compatible with your case, the Raven RV02. The Gelid cooler also has similar dimensions, so I assume that will not fit either.
     
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  5. Takaharu

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    The Prolimatech cooler looks great. I'm a bit puzzled though as to why they specifically mention the RV02 as being incompatible. Can anyone explain why?
    I don't think that space would be an issue - is there something to do with the airflow in the case?

    The Gelid, however, I think would have a hard time with circulation due to the lack of space. Is that a fair analysis?
     
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    When you say that they are "loud", do you mean noisy, or that they are on full tilt? If you take the side panel off, do things quiet down?

    The problem I have is that the Raven's fans on the bottom are switchable, and either run a 700 or 1000 RPM, so at max 25-27db, minimum 15-18db. That's kinda quiet as it is in either setup, and it sounds like they are already on low. You might want to try just upping the middle one to high since that one directly blows onto your video card. Are they noisy because they are failing, or could it be that they struggling to move air(don't forget to clean the filters for those fans, btw).

    If the fans quiet down when you run with the side panel off, this could be a sign of an airflow issue. The one thing I've always hated about that case is that you have 3 fans bringing air in, and you rely on the 120mm top fan to exhaust (can't rely on the power supply as it's pulling air from outside the back, and exhausting it out the top). If the fans quiet down after you take the panel off then you may need change the setup to either exhaust more or less air. I've noticed that with cards that exhaust their air out (like the GTX200 and 400 series running the reference cooler) that you need to turn up one or more of the bottom fans to high to compensate for the pull of air by the card.
     
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  7. Takaharu

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    Taking the side panel off just sounds louder to me because the noise from the bottom fans are no longer muffled. However, after a couple of minutes, the noise from the graphics cards do die down a bit, though not by much. According to the stats, the fans run 2% RPM slower and the temperatures are about the same.
    I clean the filters for the fans on a fairly regular basis and the graphics cards are all but brand new (about a month old now).

    I've stuck the middle fan on high and that's dropped the fan speed on the first GPU by 1 RPM with the case closed.
    Excellent point about the airflow though with just the one exhaust fan. Taking into consideration that I have a dirty great big CPU heatsink sitting in front of it that probably doesn't help at all.

    Looking at the fan speeds on the graphics cards it wouldn't surprise me if it wasn't actually them at all - 32% RPM on one, 30% RPM on the other. I know that the CPU fan is dead silent so there's not a lot else it could be.

    My next step (which I'll do at some point tomorrow) is listen to each fan individually to find out which one is the loudest and probably swap that one out.
    Either that or invest in a new case...
     
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    First fan on the roster: the PSU. It's got the only fan you can't disconnect to test, so I would disconnect all the fans in the case (except the CPU one of course), then move onto the top one. It's the only one "technically" not covered via a filter (although the top of the case is "technically" one giant filter), and given it's position it's susceptible to having dust getting into the sleeve (this happened to me all the time with my Antec P180 until I covered it with screen door mesh).

    As for replacing the 180mm fans, unfortunately your options are very limited here as there aren't that many decent manufacturers that make them. Thankfully Silverstone does, including the same fans that are in your case already (there's also Akasa, but frankly I don't trust them). I would suggest going with the FM181 from them as it's a bearing based fan while all their others are sleeve based fans.
     
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    Thanks, Tipstaff, I'll keep that in mind. I'll be checking on the fans this evening.
     
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    Well, after much trial-and-error (with a nice heart-stopper when the CPU fan didn't start back up) I discovered it's the CPU fan whilst the PC's idle. Around 35 degrees and nearly 2000 RPM.
    So, new fan for the Hyper 212 or new heatsink?
     
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    Well... if you can find a fan that's silent at 2000rpm, that ought to do it :p

    Is there any way to make the CPU fan turn off completely when temps are low? Given that you have case fans, I am guessing that the heatsink would be ok passive at idle.
     
  12. Takaharu

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    Going from 1900+ RPM to 0 for doing the same things... I don't think I'd risk it even if I knew how.
     
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    I would say go for a new fan on that Hyper 212. The cooler is just fine (great cooler in fact), just that the fans Coolermaster uses on certain coolers are garbage. That particular one, at low speed, makes this odd clicking sound that can drive you nuts when new, or when it starts to wear down it can vibrate like crazy because the sleeve bearing is all gunked up or worn out.
     
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    I did a bit of research and I'm thinking of getting a Noiseblocker Blacksilent XL2 120mm. Would that fare well on my heatsink? Apparently it has a pretty high air flow for 120mm whilst keeping the noise to a minimum.

    I was considering a Noctua but I really can't stand the colours. Should I go with the Noiseblocker or is there an alternative that I should consider?
     
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    The only thing about them is that they use a 3pin header, so you won't get PWM support. I've never used them personally though as they aren't sold over here, but Grace did a review on the older versions of these fans for DH a long while back, and pretty much gave them a thumbs up although she recommended the UltraSilents for being of better quality.

    Personally I usually go with the Arctic Cooling Arctic F12 Pro PWM when replacing CPU fans (can only be used to push air, not pull, so it can't be used for intake use). After that I go with either Noctua NF-S12B FLX, although like you said, they are ugly (not a problem if you have no window in your case), Silenx iXtrema Pro, the Scythe Kama Flow 2 Extra, or Scythe Gentle Typhoon. All of the above fans are fluid bearing based, btw.

    For those that don't care about noise I get them a good old Delta TFB1212GHE dual ball bearing fan that runs at 4600RPM and pushes 220CFM at 65dba. Sounds like a damn freight train, but man can this thing push air!
     
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    Took delivery of the Gentle Typhoon I ordered today and just installed it. Wow, what a difference! You can barely hear my PC now.
    Unfortunately, because the CPU fan is now whisper-quiet I can hear the fan at the top of the case. It's like it's telling me to buy another Gentle Typhoon to replace that one too. I must be strong... I must resist...
     
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    Dangerous, isn't it? Once you start down the path to a quiet PC, my, how things can escalate.
     
  18. CJLMTLCA

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    Thinking back to a P4 system i had. The CPU and GPU were cooled by the Reserator 1. So i had no CPU or GPU fan, moved from a noisy 80mm rear-mounted fan PSU to a bottom-mounted 120mm fan PSU, acoustic padding on all sides of the case, 2 SilenX 120mm hardware-controlled case fans, replaced a 74gb Raptor drive with a quieter slower RPM drive, in a Tsunami case with front door so even that muffled the noise a little. If you stood next to the computer you couldn't tell if the system was on or off.

    What RPM did you end up getting?
     
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    1450. As it's for the CPU I figured the ability to go that little bit higher would come in handy.
    I tried taking off the CM fan without removing the whole HSF - wow, what an impossible task! I gave up before I got half way.
    Annoyingly, the RV02 seems to be designed for anything but socket 1366 so the hole at the back of the case overlaps two nuts by just enough for the nut screw thing to not fit. I used fine-nosed pliers instead.
     
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    I've been running the new fan for a while now but usually it will max out at full speed on minimal load. I checked the temperature of the CPU and it's reported to be at around 40 degrees Celsius whilst the fan's maxed out (or close to it).

    Any idea why?
     

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