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I remember them with my current build, I bought some extra case fans, they came with it. I wanted to do it, but I just saw them, and the things bewildered me.
Just discovered this YouTube video on huge YouTube binge I've just had.

Do these things actually make that much difference in reducing noise?
They seem like a huge ache to install, especially if you have like 5/6 fans to install in a case.
More importantly, how do you then take them off?!
post #2 of 5
lol those are actually Rubber Screws.

Anyway, tried these once and they didn't make ANY difference for me. I wondered why for a few minutes and then it hit me: a fan installed with metal screws is held tightly against the computer case. Therefore, I don't see any chance for noises from the fan's vibrations unless your case is so low in quality that it rattles simply because your fans are on.

Anyway, removing them is indeed not easy. I needed to use a needle-nose pliers to squeeze the wider portion of the rubber screw and then stuff it back through the hole and then pull at it from the other end in order to pull it out. That was the last time I ever used these things. My reason is that when I clean my computer, I sometimes take my case fans off and clean them individually and I clean the area where the fan was. So when I saw that this was the only way I could remove them, I went right back to the metal screws.

Fortunately for me, I didn't need them and I doubt anyone really does.

Edit: I forgot to mention that I used a needle-nose pliers to pull the rubber screws through when installing them. That way, I could pull straight up instead of at an angle.
Edited by TwoCables - 8/8/13 at 6:09pm
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post #3 of 5
I find that rubber neoprene/silicone gaskets ala Cougar/Corsair (Noctua "anti-vibration pads") do more than the rubber fan screws due. I know this is true because the Noctua NF-A14 PWM I installed on the top of my case with the rubber fan screws is actually noisier than the ones on the front intake (with Corsair's case screws that don't even thread in the fan but hold the fans on by clamping force on either side) due to the top's mesh density.

The good part about rubber fan screws is that you don't need to thread your fans, which means you can use them without worrying about cross-threading damage.

see http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=60_485_488&products_id=29362
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=60_485_488&products_id=34024
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=60_485_488&products_id=22165
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=60_485_488&products_id=20649

edit: P.S. Grommet is what you use to smooth out a hole for wires to pass through so there's no chafing
Edited by AlphaC - 8/8/13 at 8:14pm
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To be fair, I was thinking about calling 'em rubber screws. But I suppose the title in the YouTube video threw me off.

Those pads definitely do look interesting. Might be worth looking in to. Would you say they're worth it then?
post #5 of 5
I use them in my case for my front n side fan. Easier to remove and they dont vibrate as much. I dont need to remove them.as often as I have demciflex filters on the intakes and the gap at the back and ordering a custom one for the front drive bays
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