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Just a general question regarding proper air cooling...if I were to pick a CPU cooler with two fans, should both fans be connected to CPU_FAN on the mother board (most dual fan coolers I look at seem to come with PWM Y-splitters) as well as be similar models? I would assume so, but have read varying opinions elsewhere.

One reason I ask is because I still have one slot left on my fan controller and it's driving me crazy not having something plugged into it So one way to satisfy that OCD would be to have a two fan cooler and plug one of the two fans into the controller and the other into the motherboard. I guess the question there is if both fans not being regulated by the board would mean less efficient cooling or not?
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Potentially, unless you just leave the fan connected to the fan controller cranked all the way up.
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That's what I was thinking. I mean, it seems to me that if the fan blowing across the heatsink was PWM and the fan pulling air off the heatsink was plugged into the controller, then it wouldn't be too big of a deal.

So one question remains - what is the most quiet 120mm fan on the market?
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Something like this would be one of the quieter fans available. However, it doesn't push a lot of air.
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Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-14
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=35...facture=Scythe
Quiet, durable, and moves a goodly amount of air.
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Thanks! Of course now it's looking like a dual fan cooler is going to block the first DIMM slot due to the height of the ripjaws. I've already maxed out and I don't think I'd be willing to sacrifice RAM for that cooler. Kind of a let down, but I should have known

So, different cooler now, but same initial problem in regard to my OCD - d'oh!
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