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Hey all, Just popping a thread in because I'm confused.

I have a Corsair H55 and when I got it I replaced the fan with a Cooler Master 120mm Sickleflow fan because the stock fan with it was really noisy. Thing is, allot of people say that the Sickleflow is a rather quiet fan, and it is. Problem is that it is still noisy, but not as noisy as it was before with the stock fan. I've changed the speed to low but it is still quite noisy. Is this because of the fins on the radiator of my H55?

I'm new to this kind of thing and know basically nothing of water cooling / air cooling.

I have five fans in my rig, two in the front, two on top and one at the back (the sickleflow) which is cooling my rad for my H55, listening to them all I know it is definitely the rad fan that is making the most noise.

So what can I do? I'm asking on OCN because you're all the smartest people when it comes to this stuff.

-Fri
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Any fan the runs at over 1000 RPM will be getting loud. If you are good with a soldering iron you can mod the stock fan to be controlled by PWM. have you tried running the fans you have off the motherboard or using the 5v/7v molex trick?
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Any fan the runs at over 1000 RPM will be getting loud. If you are good with a soldering iron you can mod the stock fan to be controlled by PWM. have you tried running the fans you have off the motherboard or using the 5v/7v molex trick?

I have tried it on multiple connectors, right now it is connected to the SYS_FAN header on my Motherboard so that I can change the voltage. I was thinking to add a potentiometer to the positive cable so I can alter the speed like a fan controller.

I'm guessing that fans with a four-pin connector are better than those with three-pin connectors?

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I have tried it on multiple connectors, right now it is connected to the SYS_FAN header on my Motherboard so that I can change the voltage. I was thinking to add a potentiometer to the positive cable so I can alter the speed like a fan controller.

I'm guessing that fans with a four-pin connector are better than those with three-pin connectors?

-Fri

4 pin fans (PWM fans) are not always better than the 3 pin ones. How are the fans now when they are controlled? A potentiometer will work so long as you are comfortable doing it.
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I have four set up to molex, two on the front of the case and two on the top inside. Those four are nice and quiet, but the fan on my radiator is still noisy as hell. When it isn't attached to my rad it is pretty quiet so I'm guessing that it must have something to do with the fins on my radiator?

I'm more than comfortable with some solder work, so adding the pot will be a breeze if I decide to go down that route.

Thanks for your help so far.

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Did you use speed fan to try make the fans quiet, you will need to connect them to the motherboard.

have you done the 5v/7v trick on the molex connections?
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I just did the 7V trick on the fan, turns out it wasn't the fan I thought it was (even though I did a stop test on it and was sure it was that one) it was one of the exhaust fans I had on the top. 7V trick quietened it up nicely, tempted to go 7v on all my fans that on molex now.

I've seen those shrouds around, didn't think they'd make much of a difference besides, my fan and rad are already sticking out enough.

Thanks for all of the help. I'll turn my rad fan back onto automatic now and get to making some 7V molex adapters.

While I have you attention though, is it beneficial to have a push/pull fan setup on my rad? I've seen so many people do it before and contemplated doing to mine haha.

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I just did the 7V trick on the fan, turns out it wasn't the fan I thought it was (even though I did a stop test on it and was sure it was that one) it was one of the exhaust fans I had on the top. 7V trick quietened it up nicely, tempted to go 7v on all my fans that on molex now.

I've seen those shrouds around, didn't think they'd make much of a difference besides, my fan and rad are already sticking out enough.

Thanks for all of the help. I'll turn my rad fan back onto automatic now and get to making some 7V molex adapters.

While I have you attention though, is it beneficial to have a push/pull fan setup on my rad? I've seen so many people do it before and contemplated doing to mine haha.

-Fri
It depends for push/pull, when you need to move a lot of heat it can help or if you are using low speed fans (1000RPM or less). You can also run 2 different sets of fans so long as they are roughly the same RPM. You can use your stock fans and the CM ones if you like and see for your self.

Did you try 5v on the fans?
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It depends for push/pull, when you need to move a lot of heat it can help or if you are using low speed fans (1000RPM or less). You can also run 2 different sets of fans so long as they are roughly the same RPM. You can use your stock fans and the CM ones if you like and see for your self.

Did you try 5v on the fans?

No I've not tried the 5V, the 7V seemed to already be running slow enough and pulling enough air out of the system as it was so I didn't bother with the 5V. I'll not bother with the push and pull setup then, I doubt my rad needs it, plus it's bulky enough as it is.

Now I've got to figure out how I can mod my molex to 4 port fan splitter so that they're all 7V as two of them are 12V.

Another question I have is how to make the LEDs brighter while on 7V as they go rather dim unlike on 12V.

Thanks for everything

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