Originally Posted by HellBOmb
I know its a little overkill but I like to keep my case as quite and that includes minimizing the number of fans I have in my computer and making the fans I do have as efficient as possible. Trying to get down to two 200mm fans and 2 120mm fans.
As someone who has used AIOs to cool several generations of noisy GPUs (starting with a reference 470) and an owner of a MSI 970 GE, I can tell you without hesitation that a TwinFrozr 970 is quieter than an AIO setup.
The increased pump noise will offset any benefit you receive from the lower temperatures, particularly with a 970 that doesn't run it's fans below 60* (like the TwinFrozr, STRIX, etc.). When you are not gaming the AIO's pump will be louder than any decent, quiet fan (<900rpm).
IME when gaming, my 970 never exceeds 70* and it's fans don't exceed 1100 rpm (custom fan profile).
If you want the heaviest OC you can without going for a custom loop, than an AIO is the way to go. But with Maxwell being as efficient as it is and the 970 being a card with a low thermal demand, an AIO will not help you in terms of noise.
If you are *really* noise-adverse I'd recommend a Raijntek Morpheus, Accelero Xtreme or similar - this is the only way you can get lower noise levels than a good vendor cooler. Any of these will actually rival the thermal performance of an AIO with significantly less noise.
- r9 290 - morpheus v hg10 v reference
- gtx 680 - asus v g10
- 290x - Sapphire v reference v g10
- morpheus v xtreme iv v g10 v hybrid ii
Edit: to be certain, takeaways here:
1. AIO pumps are louder than any decent, quiet fan.
2. More fans does not lead to more noise. In fact, with thoughtful planning for airflow, it significantly decreases noise (adding multiple fans of the same kind will only add a db or two while significantly decreasing the speed you need to run them at, offsetting any noise increase).
Edit 2: For reference, some MSI 970 noise reviews:
- This is the Zotac, but SPCR is my favorite for noise reviews, and to further clarify Maxwell's efficiencyEdited by claes - 11/7/15 at 4:05pm