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Old 05-01-2012, 02:31 PM   #1
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Quietest 70mm case fan?

I need a new CPU fan for my HTPC. That thing is so loud it can be distracting. Here is the full heatsink/fan setup on the HTPC:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835271001



I believe its 70mm. Just your average stock Core2duo heatsink/fan. Its running a coolermaster fan right now. But its just too loud. I realize that generally the smaller the fan, the louder, but I know I can do better than this thing. And I'm pretty sure they make small fans designed to be quiet but which one is the quietest?
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:28 AM   #2
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If it is an option i would recommend getting a new heatsink/fan combo that is larger (if it will fit) , as you will get a much quieter and better performing setup if you use a larger 120mm setup.

I realize HTPCs are usually confined in space, but surely there is a similarly priced option out there that uses at least a 92mm fan of which you can find a lot of quiet choices, like this.

Noctua NF-B9-1600 - 92mm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835608005


The Silverstone NT06-E is a beast if you can fit it, also not sure if you have that in your budget though.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835220033
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Yeah unfortunately it is quite a confined space. I hear that anything by scythe is pretty quiet. I might try one of them.
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I've had some bad experience with a scythe 140mm fan that died and then i went on newegg and saw a bunch of reviews of their 120 mm fans dying over weeks/months of service. So i am avoiding them right now, i suggest you do the same.


If its in your budget, check the dimensions on this, it should fit many cases.

Scythe SCSMZ-2100 92mm Samurai ZZ Rev.B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185176
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Yeah, I could do something like that eventually if I can't come up with a cheap solution. But right now, I have to admit that I'm looking for a cheaper way out. I found this:

http://www.amazon.com/Gino-Noise-Red...r_1_10?ie=UTF8

Seems that it adds a resistor in-line so it can't run so fast.

As for just buying a new 70mm fan that would fit my cooler, it seems I may be out of luck when searching for reviews looking for the quietest fans. There are a lot of fan reviews out there, all on much larger fans lol. No one in this hobby uses 70mm so no one cares which 70mm is the quietest.
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This one is listed as less than 16 DB with an ever lubricate bearing.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835119140

But is 16 CFM going to be enough to keep your cpu cool?
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No ideal lol. Its just a dual core e4300 running at 1.8Ghz. I wouldn't know where to even begin looking for what CFM it takes to keep it cool. I'll probly just buy that fan and see if the CPU auto shutdown kicks in. If it doesn't, it must be cool enough.
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No ideal lol. Its just a dual core e4300 running at 1.8Ghz. I wouldn't know where to even begin looking for what CFM it takes to keep it cool. I'll probly just buy that fan and see if the CPU auto shutdown kicks in. If it doesn't, it must be cool enough.

The evercool i linked should be enough to cool the e4300. They are pretty cool running @ 1.80 ghz. You should be able to get away with a any fan. Remember if your motherboard supports it you can also undervolt the processor and save power and keep the temps down.
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If you want quiet and cool just go for this : http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/cooling/cp...us.html?c=2181

Kept a 2600k nice and cool throughout testing so it should be no problem for a core2 chip. (its about the size of a stock intel sink)
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