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Are they actually worth it? Just curious, moving to a new case, was trying to think 'quiet' this time since my last case was very loud. Anyway, has anyone had good luck with these dampeners or are they a waste of money?

I'm thinking of getting a few from xoxide: http://www.xoxide.com/vibdampener1.html for $3.99 a piece.
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i've never bothered with them. usually, the loudest things in a computer are the PSU fan and the CPU heatsink/fan. i doubt a vibration damper would do much (or anything) to lower your overall noise level.
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Not really sure. They definitely won't make the amount of noise worse, and for that price you minus well give it a go!

If you want quiet, though, the most effective solution is a thick steel case with as little of vents/holes as possible, sided by low dba case fans.
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For the price even if they don't do much, a few dB, I'd still be satisfied. BTW, thanks for the quick responses.
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post #5 of 11
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i've never bothered with them. usually, the loudest things in a computer are the PSU fan and the CPU heatsink/fan. i doubt a vibration damper would do much (or anything) to lower your overall noise level.
Not quite.... What these mounts and/or gaskets do is prevent the fan vibrations from reverberating against your case. They can help. All fans will vibrate unless they are perfectly balanced. The vibrations themselves aren't too loud but when placed upon a metal frame, the sound gets amplified as the fan shakes the case. As with all sound solutions, reduce your loudest components first. These won't help if you are running Deltas. Once you get down to the last few relatively quiet components, these help take it that extra step for inaudible PCs.
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I can't even hear my fans vibrate, the air is louder than the vibration i think.
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I can't even hear my fans vibrate, the air is louder than the vibration i think.
Then they won't help.

To test, listen to the fan while holding it your hand. Then listen to the fan placed on a glass or metal table. If it sounds different, it is vibrating enough to make a difference.
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Then they won't help.

To test, listen to the fan while holding it your hand. Then listen to the fan placed on a glass or metal table. If it sounds different, it is vibrating enough to make a difference.
But once you screw it down the difference is barely audible
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post #9 of 11
Well you certainly don't want your fans getting wet by dampening them.


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i've never bothered with them. usually, the loudest things in a computer are the PSU fan and the CPU heatsink/fan. i doubt a vibration damper would do much (or anything) to lower your overall noise level.
Oh man you are the first person on this forum I've seen referring to them as dampers. I wish more web sites that sell these things would do the same.
It's developed into a pet peeve.

ON TOPIC: They will make a small difference, but think what else could be causing the noise. One of the best things I did to quiet my computer down was buy a $4 rug and put it under my computer (since I have hardwood floors in my house). Now all I can hear is the air moving (and the hard drives spinning...them suckers is loud).
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post #10 of 11
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But once you screw it down the difference is barely audible
Again, the fan vibrations can cause reverberations. Basically, the metal paneling acts as a drum to amplify the sound. So even if the fan was tightly screwed down, it would still make an even loud sound than in open air.

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ON TOPIC: They will make a small difference, but think what else could be causing the noise. One of the best things I did to quiet my computer down was buy a $4 rug and put it under my computer (since I have hardwood floors in my house). Now all I can hear is the air moving (and the hard drives spinning...them suckers is loud).
The rug provides two effects to counter noise. The first is that absorbs the case vibrations. Second, it diffracts the sound waves to break them up.
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