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Warning - this fan makes the room too noisy
on 29 January 2014
As I write this I am not sure if my computer it on, although the noise of my typing annoys me evermore...
I recently got a Fractal Design R4 case in the search for a quieter desktop. My Desktop previously sounded like a jet idling before take off. My set up? Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7, AMD Phenom II X6, GTX 660Ti, x2 4GB Vengeance Corsair RAM with massive heatsinks, <insert old, noisy CPU fan here>. Although the new case helped dampen the sound, the idling jet now simply sounded like a revving ferrari. I narrowed it down to the CPU fan and after much research chose this.
Firstly I should point out that this is a BIG fan. Check on the manufacturer's page because they give a list of compatibility, mine was fine, and my case had plenty of room. Through amazon arrived perfectly and on time, of course. The packaging was great, and the instructions very clear. Installation was a breeze with the case having an open back panel cut out to allow access - much easier to install that my older and smaller fan. It came with a screwdriver (nice and thoughtful touch), thermal paste, a logo (LOL), AMD and Intel mounting kits, spare stuff for adding a back fan, and a resistance cable to limit the speed to 1200rpm for quieter operation - this suite me fine as I don't overclock.
- Easy peasy installation
- My CPU is running 20 deg C cooler at idling now !!! and 15 deg C at normal use (not tried during gaming etc yet) - is 35 deg C right now as I type
- Looks cool, and fits fine in my case (although I researched that first)
- Lots of thermal paste and good accessories and instructions
- Feels to be fixed quite sturdy
Things to be aware of:
- It is big (not the biggest ever, but still big) - make sure you check compatibility
- Even though my RAM slots are uncovered - it's cutting it close. I think my high profile RAM would be cutting it VERY close, were they in the slot closest to the fan, as it stands they are not - it has anti-vibration pads so even were the RAM just touching, it should be fine. If I got new RAM though to upgrade to 16GB then I'd probably go for low profile - although I suspect inorder to insert it I'd have to remove the fan (not the heatsink, just the fan, which clips on and off as easily as you can expect something to, bearing in mind it needs to be secure when it's on)
- My PCI-e 2.0 16x slot is nearest the heatsink, and yes it fits and it's fine, but it's VERY close. Not touching, but close enough to worry a paranoid person like me. Furthermore, I can't actually take the card out when the fan is attached as it blocks the release lever. I worry about air flow and cooling of the card when it's so close to the heatsink. My lower PCI-e x16 slot is all the way at the bottom which in this case, means just above the power unit and cables, which again isn't where I would ideally want it. No problem, it's not the fastest card in the world, so dropping 2 slots to the PCI-e 8x slot gives me plenty of room and space for ventilation, and looks more balanced too. I won't notice the bottleneck with a x8 slot, but if (when) I ever upgrade I'll have to have a think about where I want the card if I wanted to use a 16x slot.
- Overall, not anything surprising if you do your research into this first
Ok... the bad:
- I turned this thing on, and it didn't start! Not for a while anyway, I think the heatsink just did such a good job in the beginning it didn't need to start? Not sure if that's a real thing, but anyhow, a minute later it did start
- When it did start, I didn't notice... I didn't hear a thing
- Then I put my side case back on and I could hardly tell my PC was on
- Were it not for the LED light on my case and the fact that my screen is on as I type this, I would have to listen really hard to tell if my computer is on or not - some people may find this unsettling
- My keyboard is too loud, typing is now distracting
- My mouse clicks too loudly as well
- Traffic outside seems very distracting and unbearable as I sit to work
- Being able to hear my breathing over the sound of my PC feels fundamentally wrong
On the plus side, should I need to sleep whilst my wife works on the computer, it won't be the sound from the case / fans that bugs me.
Get this fan if it fits your case and you want to be super-silent and hear assassin's creep up on you
Don't get this fan if you are easily annoyed by variations in ambient noises and find the constant drone of idling areoplanes more bearable