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i was wondering do you guys generally keep your case fans running at max? the sound of the fans in my case are insignificantly noticeable and any loud noise only comes from my gpu's when using graphic intense applications. im just looking to see if its ok if i keep my case fans at max without quickly shortening the fans' life or harming it.
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post #2 of 10
Obviously, running your fans at full speed, they won't last as long as they would if they were running slower. Having said that, except for 2 of my CPU fans, all my fans run full speed.
post #3 of 10
I have 3x Cooler Master R4 Red LED fans and 2x200MM Cooler Master fans running at full bore in my case. I can't hear them. I hear my GPU fan running at 60% over all the other fans in my case and I hear the 1x 90MM Dell Exhaust Fan on my Fiances Crappy Dell over my GPU fan. As for shortening the life span running at those speeds, they are made to run at full speed. While there is no solid proof that I have seen on the life span reduction of slowing your fans I can't imagine that slowing them would shorten their life either.
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post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by tw33k View Post
Obviously, running your fans at full speed, they won't last as long as they would if they were running slower. Having said that, except for 2 of my CPU fans, all my fans run full speed.
This, I enjoy running my fans at whatever speed keeps things cool but keeps the noise to a minimum. That is the beauty of having a fan controller

My GPU is my only component on water for the very reason that the rest of you are stating that all you hear is your GPU fan.
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post #5 of 10
I run my fan at about 60% speed to keep noise down and maintain acceptable temps. To me thats what it's all about- running a monster overclock while remaing stable, as quiet as possible.

When benching or stress testing, I crank the fan speeds to max to keep things as cool as possible.

Concerning longitivity of the fans, I couldn't say. I feel that running fans at lower voltage/rpm than the fans are specced for may or may not be harfmful to the fan. I had a fan that made a clicking noise unless it was ran at full speed. I replaced it.

I think I maybe a bit nutty when it comes to fans. I have bought quite a few (read lots) different brands and types. My personal favorites are:
Sythe Gently typhoons @1800 and 2150 rpm flavors
Noctua p12's
Zigmatech 120 and 140mm smoked black and orange flavors,
and the silent eagles are pretty nice also.
Coolermaster excalibers are nice also but too loud at full speed.

Not a big fan of the 38mm wind makers that are super loud, even though they work well, they are just plain too loud for my liking.
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post #6 of 10
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Well I have a Sunbeam Rheobus-Extreme Fan Controller. I'm just starting to get lazy of constantly turning the knobs lol.
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post #7 of 10
Seriously, I always run my case fans full speed and never had a problem. I don't mind the noise tho
post #8 of 10
All fans in my Antec 1200 run at the slowest speed except my two gentle typhoon on my h70. They run at full speed.
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post #9 of 10
Running all NINE of my fans at max, and it's still pretty quiet compared to my old case and the 38mm leaf blowers I used to use.
4x230mm
5x120mm Rosewill's.
And my Hyper-X RAM cooler as well.
I don't need my case to be as quiet as possible, just not Ultra Kaze3000 loud.
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post #10 of 10
I run my case fans and CPU fans at max. The only time I even notice them is if the PC is the only thing on.
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