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I replaced my H100i fans with some Noctua NF-F12 PWM fans and it helped allot with noise. I run them with the included fan resistor installed and they are way quieter than the stock Corsair fans while maintaining the same temps. LINK

I'm sure there's some decent alternatives, but these are the best I'v personally tried.
What else have you personally tried?

Various Scythe, Cooler Master, and Corsair fans like the SP120. Allot of those fans are ok once you use a fan resistor with them, but they still gave off turbulence noises from the radiator. The Noctua fans produced the lowest turbulent sound but are still not completely silent.

If you want something you can call silent, you may be better off buying an air cooler like the Noctua D15. AIO redaitors are very dense and will always produce some level of turbulent noise no matter the fans used.

I'll be using the Noctua D15 for the first time on a 5820K system and hopefully overclocking it to 4.5Ghz. I'll report back on my impressions of it if you are interested.
post #12 of 14
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Various Scythe, Cooler Master, and Corsair fans like the SP120. Allot of those fans are ok once you use a fan resistor with them, but they still gave off turbulence noises from the radiator. The Noctua fans produced the lowest turbulent sound but are still not completely silent.

If you want something you can call silent, you may be better off buying an air cooler like the Noctua D15. AIO redaitors are very dense and will always produce some level of turbulent noise no matter the fans used.

I'll be using the Noctua D15 for the first time on a 5820K system and hopefully overclocking it to 4.5Ghz. I'll report back on my impressions of it if you are interested.
Of the brand names given, only Scythe used to have a good fan. I don't know of any good Corsair fan.. They used to sell Nidec Gentle Typhoons, with are considered one of if not the best 120mm fans. To get good airflow through the restrictive CLC radiators is always going to make noise. Using resistors does indeed lower the noise, but it also lowers the airflow. I prefer using automatic temperature to rpm control. Keeps things quiet without any worry about not moving the air needed if system is working exceptionally hard. Noctua is not known for radiator fans, and in my estimation (as well as that of many others with lots of fan experience) are not near as good as many think they are, especially when compared to many other fans with similar performance at lower prices.

Too many people move from low cost low performance fans to Nocs because of all the hype .. never realizing that while they are good fans, they are just one of many mid to upper level fans with similar performance .. most costing significantly less money. .
post #13 of 14
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Wow!
Just wow. biggrin.gif
Not in an offensive way mate. Just that what you are asking for is quite possibly impossible. ciarlatano will be along in a few hours (when he gets up in America) to tell you all the problems with CLC radiators (very restrictive and low performance).

You covered it.....
post #14 of 14
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Of the brand names given, only Scythe used to have a good fan. I don't know of any good Corsair fan.. They used to sell Nidec Gentle Typhoons, with are considered one of if not the best 120mm fans. To get good airflow through the restrictive CLC radiators is always going to make noise. Using resistors does indeed lower the noise, but it also lowers the airflow. I prefer using automatic temperature to rpm control. Keeps things quiet without any worry about not moving the air needed if system is working exceptionally hard. Noctua is not known for radiator fans, and in my estimation (as well as that of many others with lots of fan experience) are not near as good as many think they are, especially when compared to many other fans with similar performance at lower prices.

Too many people move from low cost low performance fans to Nocs because of all the hype .. never realizing that while they are good fans, they are just one of many mid to upper level fans with similar performance .. most costing significantly less money. .

There may be better or similar fans for cheaper is why I never said they are the best fans, just the best in my limited selection of fans used because they produced the least noise and gave adequate cooling. They dramatically lowered noise my PC makes from the other fans while keeping temps down at low RPM, and I'm sure they would work good for OP as well.

I'm leaving my post open to other suggestions as well so if you have one, I would be interested in looking at them for future builds.
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