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I want a good cooler on my next card, but I have no idea if something like a Twin Frozr is silent enough.

Basically, I currently keep my 120 mm case fans around 600 RPM idle for them to be silent and I want my GPU fans to go as low as that so I can finally have a quiet PC. I don't mind load speeds as much.

I just wonder if the fans on coolers like the Twin Frozr, DCII and those big Gigabyte coolers can be slowed down enough?
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I want a good cooler on my next card, but I have no idea if something like a Twin Frozr is silent enough.
Basically, I currently keep my 120 mm case fans around 600 RPM idle for them to be silent and I want my GPU fans to go as low as that so I can finally have a quiet PC. I don't mind load speeds as much.
I just wonder if the fans on coolers like the Twin Frozr, DCII and those big Gigabyte coolers can be slowed down enough?

Sure. You can set up a fan profile in MSI After Burner for a fan speed of 10% or roughly 1110rpm on my DCII setup.

I wouldn't try any overclocking at 1110rpm, but I'm sure you could game, with relatively high temps (if that's not a problem), since you aren't pushing a ton of air through the heat sink, and the cards themselves aren't setup for "no airflow" like some cards which just use giant heat sinks to dissipate heat.
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Sure. You can set up a fan profile in MSI After Burner for a fan speed of 10% or roughly 1110rpm on my DCII setup.
I wouldn't try any overclocking at 1110rpm, but I'm sure you could game, with relatively high temps (if that's not a problem), since you aren't pushing a ton of air through the heat sink, and the cards themselves aren't setup for "no airflow" like some cards which just use giant heat sinks to dissipate heat.

Ahh, thx. I was looking for the RPM. See, 1110 RPM is way too high for me. The HD 5850 is the noisiest component in my PC at 1110 RPM (~20% which is the minimum) and I know that a 120 mm fan at >1000 RPM is loud when there's no background noise. I'm looking for something near-silent at idle and 1000 RPM is too much. If DCII can't go lower then I'll have to look for something else. If the DCII can't do it, I'll probably end up having to change the cooler myself.
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I have no idea how you can hear 1100rpm fan spinning - they are 80mm fans rotating @ 1100rpm. Either your room/space is such a dead space you can hear absolutely everything, or you have very acute hearing - FAR better than mine. My computer sits about 8" away from me, on my desk (not on the floor) and I can't hear the GPU fans at about 25%.

Have you thought about a silent case, or something that has much more sound dampening material to help with the noise?



Your best bet is getting something without GPU fans - and that somewhat limits your choice of GPU's.
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I have no idea how you can hear 1100rpm fan spinning - they are 80mm fans rotating @ 1100rpm. Either your room/space is such a dead space you can hear absolutely everything, or you have very acute hearing - FAR better than mine. My computer sits about 8" away from me, on my desk (not on the floor) and I can't hear the GPU fans at about 25%.
Have you thought about a silent case, or something that has much more sound dampening material to help with the noise?
Your best bet is getting something without GPU fans - and that somewhat limits your choice of GPU's.

Well, I am planning to get a Fractal Design, but that's not gonna happen too soon. And a 1100 RPM fan is very obvious. The DCII actually uses 100 mm fans, so it's pretty close to a 120 mm in terms of noise. Also note that adding a second fan that makes as much noise actually increases noise by 3 dB (IIRC), so two 100 mm fans at 1100 RPM will probably make as much noise as a single 120 mm fan at that speed.

I can just get an Alpenföhn Peter or equivalent and put some Arctic F12's on it then use software to control it. Dead silent and the cooler is huge enough to cool it.
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Hey Bud, you ever thought about doing one of those Crosair H70 or Antec H20 620/920 GPU mods on your card? They go for around $40 here on OCN and would run much cooler and run quieter than most aftermarket air coolers. Just a thought. biggrin.gif
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Get a big rad mod your case to fit it nicely and hook your stuff up to water . If you don't plan on over clocking you should only have some pump noise.
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Hey Bud, you ever thought about doing one of those Crosair H70 or Antec H20 620/920 GPU mods on your card? They go for around $40 here on OCN and would run much cooler and run quieter than most aftermarket air coolers. Just a thought. biggrin.gif

After doing this myself I cant agree more. Right now I got a 620 on my 570 TF3 with 2 slipstreams in push/pull usually at 700ish rpm. During gaming my card barely breaks 40c at stock clocks 800 core. Also vsync and tripple buffering are your friends because it doesnt make the card run as hot, which produces less heat and in turn lower fan speeds. With vsync/Tbuffering off my card peaks at 50c with the same fan speed. This was honestly the best investment I made to lowering the noise in my rig made.
 
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My Twin Frozr 5850 is super quiet. They're worth the money dude. Fans are at 30%
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My Twin Frozr 5850 is super quiet. They're worth the money dude. Fans are at 30%
30% doesn't say anything. My current stock fan is at 20% and it's the noisiest component I have at idle.
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After doing this myself I cant agree more. Right now I got a 620 on my 570 TF3 with 2 slipstreams in push/pull usually at 700ish rpm. During gaming my card barely breaks 40c at stock clocks 800 core. Also vsync and tripple buffering are your friends because it doesnt make the card run as hot, which produces less heat and in turn lower fan speeds. With vsync/Tbuffering off my card peaks at 50c with the same fan speed. This was honestly the best investment I made to lowering the noise in my rig made.
You have my interest. What about VRM temps?
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Get a big rad mod your case to fit it nicely and hook your stuff up to water . If you don't plan on over clocking you should only have some pump noise.

That's expensive though.
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