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Need advice: 120mm PWM case fans for Arc Mini


Okay, so I am now officially over the Arc Mini's case fans. They have a "tick" that I find maddening. For now, I have them dialed fairly low using the Fractal fan controller, but what I would really like to do is get thee new 120mm PWM fans and use my Gene-Z to control their RPM precisely...rather than screwing with a knob.

My case runs very cool as is...so I am looking for something that I can run at under 1000 RPM. I may allow the Gene-z to control them dynamically if necessary, so higher RPM under load is fine, but I am striving for nearly silent at idle, which granted, is a challenge with this meshy box.

Anyone have any advice? So far, I am considering the following:


I don't care about the cost. I'll pay for silent...but I don't like brown, so Noctua is out. Shoot me. smile.gif


Thanks!
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Can't go wrong with Akasa wink.gif Also heard good things about Cooler Master Excalibur fans.
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post #1424 of 15943
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Originally Posted by psyclum View Post

define R3 on sale at newegg today

yeah I was considering that, though I was leaning towards the Arc Midi.

I'm kinda concerned about cable management room in the R3, and the space between the PSU and bottom intake fan looks really tight. Any issues with that bottom fan being fettered by cabling? I have a modular, but still. I'm trying not to get another case where the back panel is a nightmare to take off on and due to being so cramped with cables.

Any real advantage to an R3 over just getting an Arc Midi and dampening it myself? Thats the question I ask myself as I stare between these browser tabs..

this photo scares me a bit (courtesy of Anandtech) Warning: photo! (Click to show)
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Edited by Otterclock - 2/9/12 at 11:42am
    
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this photo scares me a bit (courtesy of Anandtech) Warning: photo! (Click to show)
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Well you better be. That's what happens when you spend zero minutes to manage cables and just stuff everything in the case.
Honestly, they haven't even tried.
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this photo scares me a bit (courtesy of Anandtech) Warning: photo! (Click to show)
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Well you better be. That's what happens when you spend zero minutes to manage cables and just stuff everything in the case.
Honestly, they haven't even tried.

Yep, I love all the beautiful cable management holes... That aren't being used.
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Need advice: 120mm PWM case fans for Arc Mini
Okay, so I am now officially over the Arc Mini's case fans. They have a "tick" that I find maddening. For now, I have them dialed fairly low using the Fractal fan controller, but what I would really like to do is get thee new 120mm PWM fans and use my Gene-Z to control their RPM precisely...rather than screwing with a knob.
My case runs very cool as is...so I am looking for something that I can run at under 1000 RPM. I may allow the Gene-z to control them dynamically if necessary, so higher RPM under load is fine, but I am striving for nearly silent at idle, which granted, is a challenge with this meshy box.
Anyone have any advice? So far, I am considering the following: I don't care about the cost. I'll pay for silent...but I don't like brown, so Noctua is out. Shoot me. smile.gif
Thanks!

Not sure which is quieter but I think either of the Noiseblockers would look sick.
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Any real advantage to an R3 over just getting an Arc Midi and dampening it myself? Thats the question I ask myself as I stare between these browser tabs..

well aside from the obvious extra work of dampening it yourself:D not really. you can technically get "better" foam, but the additional cost of that better foam can be used elsewhere like dynamatting your mobo tray:D dynamatting the mobo tray should give you better results anyway. remember noise comes from 2 sources. friction and vibration. foam cuts down on airborne friction noise but vibration is better taken care of by rubber / dynamat.
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Well you better be. That's what happens when you spend zero minutes to manage cables and just stuff everything in the case.
Honestly, they haven't even tried.

Good point. I wasn't sure if it was such a mess due to lack of room for management or if they just didn't put in the effort. If it's the latter, I'm happy to hear it, ha. I have much respect for Anandtech but sometimes their case reviews leave me puzzled.

The extra width of the Arc Midi along with it's modular bay is very appealing (especially since I'll be getting a new cooler soon and the Midi opens up more options, i.e. Archon), but acoustic features and smokin' price of the R3 are nice as well. tick tock. I shouldnt make this decision based on price, though. Rarely turns out well.
Edited by Otterclock - 2/9/12 at 12:39pm
    
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Good point. I wasn't sure if it was such a mess due to lack of room for management or if they just didn't put in the effort. If it's the latter, I'm happy to hear it, ha. I have much respect for Anandtech but sometimes their case reviews leave me puzzled.

anandtech doesn't do wire management for looks since they tear down the machine after it's been tested anyway. for them, as long as the wires aren't in the way of airflow, they can care less as to what it looks like:D if you look at the pic closely, none of the cables are in the way of major airflow paths. so as long it doesn't skew their test results, it can be as ugly as sin and still server their purpose:D

there is a difference between building a machine for testing purpose and building a machine to show off your ninja cable skeelz biggrin.gif
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