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post #1 of 10
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Hi guys, I recently built a brand-spanking-new PC in the Bitfenix Prodigy Mini-itx case and I got an H100i for CPU cooling. Since I've been a sucker for nice LED's since I started PC-building about 9 years ago, I decided to get some AeroCool Shark 120mm Devil Red fans for the radiator to replace the stock Corsair fans that came with the H100i. However my problem came in the form that I soon realized that these fans were absolutely inadequate for radiator cooling and I didn't know up until now that there were actually specific fans designed for the restrictive airflow through a radiator. Did I mention that along-with the terrible airflow, the AeroCool's were rattling and vibrating like no other? So I switched back to the stock Corsair's that came with the cooler, but they are just far too loud! They emit this constant buzzing/humming noise that just doesn't fly with me.

So, to get to the point of this post...

Can anyone recommend me some good radiator cooling fans that are a) good for pulling or pushing air through a radiator, b) have a nice design (maybe even with LEDs?) to go with my black/red system styling, and c) quiet (enough to not be easily noticable) and don't buzz, rattle, vibrate or otherwise hum noisily? To be clear, I have the H100i mounted horizontally as an exhaust out the top of the case. I've been looking at the SP120 Corsair Quiet Edition Fans, but am not sure about them yet as they seem to be similar to the stock fans that came with my H100i...

Any input would be awesome! thumb.gif
post #2 of 10
Have you tried to lower the speed of the fans you are using right now? (5v mod, fan speed reducers, motherboard, etc)

You may find that you might not need to get new fans for the PC at all.

The XSPC fans are nice, come in an unoffensive black and the cables are sleeved, Or you could get Yate Loons. know they are sleeve bearings but they are good fans

Gentle typhoons at low speeds are great but not so great around 1400RPM. Noise blockers fans are quiet but they are expensive.Be Quiet make some good fans too but can be a little price depending on the area.

Stay away from Noctua, their fans are overrated and are stupidly expensive.

Have a look at SPCR's reviews on 120mm fans.

You can look at martinsliquidlabs he has done some really good reviews.

The aerocool fans should be able to handle the 3570k, even the stock H100i fans should be able to handle a 3570k al low RPMs. What are your temperatures, clock speed and voltage you are using on your build?
post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by mam72 View Post

Have you tried to lower the speed of the fans you are using right now? (5v mod, fan speed reducers, motherboard, etc)

You may find that you might not need to get new fans for the PC at all.

The XSPC fans are nice, come in an unoffensive black and the cables are sleeved, Or you could get Yate Loons. know they are sleeve bearings but they are good fans

Gentle typhoons at low speeds are great but not so great around 1400RPM. Noise blockers fans are quiet but they are expensive.Be Quiet make some good fans too but can be a little price depending on the area.

Stay away from Noctua, their fans are overrated and are stupidly expensive.

Have a look at SPCR's reviews on 120mm fans.

You can look at martinsliquidlabs he has done some really good reviews.

The aerocool fans should be able to handle the 3570k, even the stock H100i fans should be able to handle a 3570k al low RPMs. What are your temperatures, clock speed and voltage you are using on your build?

Yeah I've tried lower speeds. I've connected the aerocools to the fan control on the H100i and also tried standard connection (both 12v and 7v reduced) and they rattle no matter what. It seems they don't like horizontal orientation. Also, the stock corsairs are also humming a little too noisily for my liking.

It's really not so much worries over whether the fans can handle cooling the 3570K, they do fine (20s/50s idle and load), it's more that I just want the flippin things to actually run smoothly without humming and making rattling sounds. Clock speeds and voltage are all stock for now.

I was looking around and it seems like some people really recommend Cougar V12HP Vortex fans, though others say that they sometimes have a high-pitched whine at certain RPM's and that they don't like horizontal orientation, which worries me.

I'll take a look at the fans you listed... My only issue is whether or not the fans are quiet.
post #4 of 10
Well according to martinsliquidlabs the cpugars are quiet at a low RPM. Whines normally happen at high speed, and I am assuming you are running at stock so you will get let off with sub 1000 RPM fans I think.

I know you want fancy fans with unique colours, but a safe bet in terms of silence is the nexus basic, I know that fan is quiet. Alternatively you could buy low speed Yate Loons or the low speed XSPC fans.

I know this maybe bit of a silly question but are the fans mounted firmly to the H100i? They should not be rattly on the rad.
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by mam72 View Post

Well according to martinsliquidlabs the cpugars are quiet at a low RPM. Whines normally happen at high speed, and I am assuming you are running at stock so you will get let off with sub 1000 RPM fans I think.

I know you want fancy fans with unique colours, but a safe bet in terms of silence is the nexus basic, I know that fan is quiet. Alternatively you could buy low speed Yate Loons or the low speed XSPC fans.

I know this maybe bit of a silly question but are the fans mounted firmly to the H100i? They should not be rattly on the rad.

I'm not sure, but the fans make a lot of humming noises when mounted horizontally to the rad. I don't know if that could also be rattling, but the Aerocools definitely did rattle. I tightened the screws enough that on the corners of the Aerocools were actually bending a bit under the pressure, so they definitely weren't loose. I even tried loose to shake things up and see if that would work, but it didn't help... doh.gif I'll keep looking at reviews and such for those fans you mentioned, along-with the Cougars and report back with results!

THanks for your help. thumb.gif
post #6 of 10
Well since you are using the prodigy you could mount the H100 radiator in the front of the case then you would bypass the horizontal mounting noise problem as the fans will be vertical.
post #7 of 10
NZXT fans are good like THIS and THIS.

And bequiet! with silent wings technology are pretty good smile.gif

http://www.bequiet.com/en/casefans/260
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post #8 of 10
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Thanks guys for your help! I think I'll be going with the Cougar V12HP's since they seem to have good reviews and good acoustics, which is what I'm really looking for.
post #9 of 10
Remember to bump the post with results of how they are compared to the stock fans. thumb.gif
post #10 of 10
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Sure thing, thanks. smile.gif
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