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I have just purchased the XSPC RS240 for my AMD machine. First off, let me say, wow. It's amazing, and I haven't even installed my PC in the case yet. (currently leak testing, dry for 15 hours thus far, and waiting for motherboard RMA in the mail)

Anyways. One thing I have noticed about this kit is the noise factor of the pump. Don't get me wrong, it's not REALLY loud, and yes I have checked that it's not one of the louder ones that needs RMA'd (found a thread here on that with vids showing the difference.) In any case, I've noticed that my system became noticeably louder when installing this kit. It's to be expected when my 1 CPU fan on my hyper212+ was replaced with a push/pull 240 setup. With all of my fans at 10% I'm still hearing my system. The pump makes noise, and the 3 extra fans also make noise. I'm not complaining at all here, I love my system, and can't wait to see the amazing temps!

However while I wait for my mobo, may I ask why you that do think liquid is quieter thinks so? Thanks for reading my rambling!
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post #2 of 38
I wouldn't say WC is going to be quieter...I mean, you still need fans after all. The whole allure of going the WC route is to get lower temps than you could otherwise.
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post #3 of 38
WC is definitely quieter if you put a GPU block on too... my 5850 use to dial up that fan during some BF:BC2... now I can game with my radiator fans turned down to almost nothing without much noise at all.
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post #4 of 38
Water cooling is only as quiet as what the builder makes it (assuming it's custom) It also depends on the fans used and if it replaces any air cooling solution fans.

It's common sense really.
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my case has 2 x 120mm fans and 2 x 140mm fans on top, plus water cooling and the fan from the power supply, and trust me, its not quite. but as i game with head phones it isnt an issue
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Originally Posted by L1eutenant View Post
my case has 2 x 120mm fans and 2 x 140mm fans on top, plus water cooling and the fan from the power supply, and trust me, its not quite. but as i game with head phones it isnt an issue
Two solutions.

1. Get fans lower than 20dba, which is barely audible
2. Get a large rad meant for silence (no fans) like the Mo Ra3, one of the best for such situation. Or the black ice gt stealth.
     
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I'm by no means saying it's too loud. I have them all full blast (molex atm) and don't have a fan controller, so I knew what I was getting into. () even all off, just the pump is louder than my current system) I've seen arguments everywhere that liquid is quieter, and never believed it due to common sense. I do see now that in the case where 2+ graphics cards are in the system, it could get loud. Lucky my 8800GT doesn't care and lives at at healthy 70C+ and spins from 30% to 60% at 90C, not maxing till around 100C (never happens to me). That's another discussion, and the card can be kept cooler with manual control.

Back to liquid. The only other case I've seen liquid being quieter is when it's ported through a wall (another room, or outside) where fans can't be heard. I'm not saying liquid CAN'T be quieter, I'm just saying I don't see how it generally is. Any tips on dampening that noise from the XSPC pump/res though? Not too bad, but the box I'm typing this on is almost inaudible (5 fans in it, and still cool)
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I'm by no means saying it's too loud. I have them all full blast (molex atm) and don't have a fan controller, so I knew what I was getting into. I've seen arguments everywhere that liquid is quieter, and never believed it due to common sense. I do see now that in the case where 2+ graphics cards are in the system, it could get loud. Lucky my 8800GT doesn't care and lives at at healthy 70C+ and spins from 30% to 60% at 90C, not maxing till around 100C (never happens to me). That's another discussion, and the card can be kept cooler with manual control.

Back to liquid. The only other case I've seen liquid being quieter is when it's ported through a wall (another room, or outside) where fans can't be heard. I'm not saying liquid CAN'T be quieter, I'm just saying I don't see how it generally is. Any tips on dampening that noise from the sepc pump/res though? Not too bad, but the box I'm typing this on is almost inaudible (5 fans in it, and still cool)
Get large rad
Get pump sound dampening foam.
     
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post #9 of 38
Water cooling is quieter if you choose the correct setup. You need the right pump, fans, and enough radiator to cool everything. Not hard at all just requires some research.
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Water cooling is quieter if you choose the correct setup. You need the right pump, fans, and enough radiator to cool everything. Not hard at all just requires some research.
Guy that built mine put this in:

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