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Noctua D14 always max fan speed, even at 20% in the bios

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Hi guys!

I just upgraded my 212 evo for a Noctua NH-D14. When I booted up my pc to windows, I was suprised to see how loud it was since every review I red before said that it was super quiet. I went it the BIOS (MSI Mpower Z77) and set the minimum fan speed at 12.5%. Nothing changed. Then I downloaded the MSI control centre and tried to set a fan speed to 20% and even at 20% the RPM is still the max it can gets.

I dont want to put the silencer cable that comes with it because I'd like to have this fan speed when I'm gaming, but not when I'm browsing forums.... Here's a little screenshot!

Thanks!

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No one ? It really frustrates me frown.gif
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post #3 of 10
You plugged the fans to CPU_FAN? Fans are PWM?
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Maybe you have your fan cables not connected to the right headers. Also remember these are not PWM fans, so if your motherboard is using a PWM signal to slow down the fan it won't work. Does your motherboard has voltage control on fan headers? You can only get 5, 7 or 12 v speeds I think. If it turns out your MB can't do that you'll need a fan controller. They are cheap and real easy to use.
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DH14 is not a PWM fan unless you get the socket 2011 version (or whatever it is) afaik. You can order a pwm fan replacement, but a standard socket LGA 1155 does not come with a PWM fan in it. This is why it comes with two fan speed reducers that you plug in inline. No matter what you set the PWM speed to, it will run at 100% as there is no speed control available. Use the included low noise connectors.

By the way, just use the thing. I run my 3770K at 4.5ghz and it never goes above 60c with said adapter, even while running P95 and loading it to 100%. You don't need to worry about it, this cooler is amazing.

And I only have the 140mm fan on mine, the 120 was removed and used in one of my drive bays to move air across my GPUs.
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thanks for the replies! I will use the silencer cable then. Sucks that the fans arent PWM if all the boards work like this now.
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thanks for the replies! I will use the silencer cable then. Sucks that the fans arent PWM if all the boards work like this now.

You should check if your board has voltage fan control as well. And PWM is more expensive man, only logical to not include expensive fans. As the guy above said you'll be fine with the noctua always on low. I have the beast too and I only have one PWM 120mm fan hooked up to at running at a constant 300rpm and while folding the temps never exceed 70 celcius. I cannot hear my computer. Gaming isn't as intense for your cpu as folding so you'll be fine.
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uhm, i have 2 non pwm fans and they throttle just fine.
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thanks for the replies! I will use the silencer cable then. Sucks that the fans arent PWM if all the boards work like this now.
As I said, you can buy the PWM version of the 140 and 120mm fans.

Call up noctua and ask if you don't mind dropping another 25 bones, I was going to... discovered I have no need for it. I suppose if I got my cpu up to the 5 ghz mark I would want to have a nice fan curve set up though, and then it would be well worth it.

My hard drives are louder than my CPU fan, and it stays cool. What more could I want?
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uhm, i have 2 non pwm fans and they throttle just fine.
Then you have a voltage controlled motherboard apparently. Either that or you do indeed have PWM. There is no other way to regulate fan speed.
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