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I don't understand why you're trying to discredit my experience.

It's not personal. I guess I've just seen it too many times: 100 people order a product and 99 are satisfied with it, but one guy rushes to the forums to shout that it's terrible. Then people google for user experiences, people are going to see your reaction and the product is forever branded noisy. Because I didn't have a bad experience with the product, I wanted to present the opposing view.

But now there's two people with a bad experience, then I have to accept that perhaps there is a bad batch, or a bad design and I'm just insensitive to it.
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I completely understand, and I truly spent 3 days and many hours troubleshooting my noise issue, not even thinking that it was the PSU. It was literally the last thing I had left to cross off on my checklist, and it turned out to be the culprit in the end. It is precisely because there are no reviews yet that I had to share my experience, as it could be helpful to someone else with this PSU.

Silverstone tech said it should be very quiet, so I have an option to RMA, since a return to my vendor would result in a restocking fee, oddly enough, and I will have to pay for shipping, so I'm considering my options and waiting for more reviews.
   
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I would RMA then. If there is a bad batch, it's important to have that identified early. If there is a design problem, that makes the product unacceptable for a section of the target market, then Silverstone also need to be confronted by that.

Was a similar thing happened with the bronze one, the ST45SF. There was some kind of coil whine that only happened in combination with certain motherboards at a certain level of power. But because no one RMA'd (or when they RMA'd they just sent the unit and didn't specify a list of all components) so Silverstone wasn't able to identify the problem quickly. Eventually some discussion on [H] with the sales rep led to the QA dept reproducing the problem with the exact hardware and a version 2.0 of the unit was issued where the coil whine was fixed.
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you can always put a new fan in/on it?
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you can always put a new fan in/on it?

1. That would void the warranty, so I wouldn't advise it.
2. It's not certain that the fan is at the root of the problem - it could be the fan control mechanism or something else.

I have an RMA number now - will probably send it in.
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I have been waiting for this unit for a long time. Didn't want to buy from newegg. Finally Amazon have in stock now. Just ordered it. Hopefully I don't get a " Loud-sy" unit.
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I can't be sure it is 100% speed because I don't have a way to monitor the rpm.



According to the review at Chiphell, the idle fan speed is 1800rpm and ramps up to 3000rpm. Bing translates the comment as "Speed changes with output power increases almost linearly with, level of full load speed 3000rpm, 8cm fan, the speed and noise is also acceptable:" In fact the only thing they found to comment negatively about was the lack of an electronic filter to further reduce ripple.

Silverstone rates the whole unit at 18dB when idle (so fan at 1800rpm). Young Lin Tech rates the fan at 35dB when at 3000rpm.

So I guess either RMA and see what Silverstone says, or borrow some sound measuring equipment to see if it's working to those specs.
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Sent my PSU out for RMA service. Looking forward to the evaluation and hopefully will get a quiet unit back soon!
   
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Just got it all set up in my rig atm

Sitting idel it's quieter than my old PSU, but I had some crap tastic XION PSU that was, well.... not that great

About to play BF3 to see how it performs noise level wise

So here's the ghetto setup until I get a smaller case:


It is slightly louder than the older PSU when playing BF3 with my GTX 670 but everything is staying cooler because of the new position.

Also, I'm not sure how you think it's really loud. Maybe you're oversensitive?

I think it's great, and am expecting fantastic results when I get a smaller case so I can top mount this thing way under my desk. I'll never hear it then.

[UPDATE] I need to make it clear that my unit is also louder than all other parts when idle only when I turn down one of my case fans, other than that it is fine. I mean if you want a really quiet system then this isn't your top choice - get one of those high end corsair ones that SPCR says doesn't spin up until you're over 50% usage.
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I guess your unit was also a good one. Mine was louder than my other components at idle. I will update when mine comes back.
   
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