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I saw this thread before, but I was going to stay out of it, because my opinion is to go with a fan controller. If you get a new one that supports PWM control, it leaves the fans silent unless your computer is generating enough heat to warrant running the fans higher. You can also usually set a fan curve to control at what temperature it runs the fans up to. I personally hate the idea that you have to manually adjust fan speed control, because what if you forget?

If ST's are really as good as everyone says, then you shouldn't have any problem. They'll likely be louder on the RX360, since it's a more densely packed radiator than the MCR320, but either way you'll be running a relatively quiet setup for a watercooling rig.
I thought the MCR320 has 14.6 FPI and the RX360 ~8 FPI. Therefore wouldn't the RX360 facilitate quieter operation and allow for better performance at lower RPM's compared to the MCR320?
    
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If you don't want to have to manually adjust a fan controller, there are many different automatic fan controllers on the market. I'm more sensitive about noise than most, so even AP-14's are too loud for me unthrottled.
    
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You're right, sorry about that. I was thinking the depth of it affecting the sound more than less passes through a less thick radiator. I'm not sure to be honest, my bad.
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If you don't want to have to manually adjust a fan controller, there are many different automatic fan controllers on the market. I'm more sensitive about noise than most, so even AP-14's are too loud for me unthrottled.
I looked around a good bit for "automated" fan controllers, but other than that one incredibly complex setup, what setups are automated? The only simple automated was the Sunbeamtech Rheosmart 6 which used the PWM signal from the motherboard. Other controllers had fancy LCD screens and temperature sensors that you can put places, but how helpful are external temp sensors?
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I looked around a good bit for "automated" fan controllers, but other than that one incredibly complex setup, what setups are automated? The only simple automated was the Sunbeamtech Rheosmart 6 which used the PWM signal from the motherboard. Other controllers had fancy LCD screens and temperature sensors that you can put places, but how helpful are external temp sensors?
From what I had seen in reviews, the Rheosmart 6 is more of a Binary on/off action when a certain temps on the CPU are reached rather than true PWM control. I could definitely be wrong however as I haven't used one...


*edit* I guess that's just one way of setting it up. It seems that it does indeed adjust the 3-pin fan speed based on PWM signal from the mobo according to the official site:

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when connected to a PWM-enabled motherboard, you can allow the system to auto-adjust fan speed through the motherboard's temperature sensor.

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post #16 of 28
If you're afraid AP-14s will be too loud get some AP-13s.

Less RPM = less noise, most of the time.

I have 5 AP-14s in my case and aside from the quiet whirring of the motor/bearing the only fans I can hear are the stock Cooler Master 140mm and the Noctua P14 on my NH-D14.
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It is not the fans being too loud that I am worried about, it is higher fpi on the swiftech generating higher noise level over the xspc using the same fans. Basically, I am trying to decide more on going with the thinner rad than the thicker one hoping that the higher fpi on the thinner swiftech will not lead to a massive increase in noise.
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It is not the fans being too loud that I am worried about, it is higher fpi on the swiftech generating higher noise level over the xspc using the same fans. Basically, I am trying to decide more on going with the thinner rad than the thicker one hoping that the higher fpi on the thinner swiftech will not lead to a massive increase in noise.
I'm pretty certain the MartinM uses a MCR rad in his sound tests. Give those videos a look.


If the AP-14 sounds fine on the vid at full blast, then that should work better for your space concerns. If you prefer quieter, then perhaps you will have to work something out with the lower FPI RX rad.
    
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I too used to be anti-fancontroller. I then purchased a cheap fan controller from ebay for about $6 and I was able to preciesely tweak the noise level of my fans. I say go with a fan controller mate
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I'm pretty certain the MartinM uses a MCR rad in his sound tests. Give those videos a look.

If the AP-14 sounds fine on the vid at full blast, then that should work better for your space concerns. If you prefer quieter, then perhaps you will have to work something out with the lower FPI RX rad.
He does, and it's worth taking a look, however you have to remember that his tests are designed to show the flaws and noise in fans. It's a great way to compare fans to each other, however it is not absolute. I use yate-loon cheapo fans on my rig right now, and I thought they would be really loud, but they're not as loud as the test seems. Its fantastic for giving a relative idea about fans, but absolute tests are different.
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