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So for my RX 360 rad the fans are mounted on top of the radiator and they are quite loud, about the same as my CM V8 GT that I had and I have my 580 watercooled too, what would be the best way to decrease sound, get AP-14/15 or another type of fans, while increasing performance or getting a fan controller and which one? Thanks for the help
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I say go with a controller that way you can still run then 100% if needed but lower them down when you want silence. IMO would be easier to add a fan controller then removing and rewiring case for new fans just my 2 cents.
    
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That's what I was thinking I didn't want to take my radiator off and everything, what fan controller would you recommend Rick?
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Sunbeam tech. rheobus extreme is an awesome controller so far.
I Would also go with a controller I now have all my fans in my case and am able to just lower the speeds or completely turn them off if I'm just surfing the net or watching a movie.
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I had a fan controller on 9 scythe 110cfm fans @ 3000 RPM. They were loud at around 47 dba. I would dial them down to 1200 rpm but the cooling would decrease a bit. Then I bit the bullet and replaced them with gt 15s. Major improvement. I can run them at 1400 rpm and they make less noise than the scythe at 1200. Further they perform the same at 1200 as at 1400 rpm and just as good as scythe at 3000. At 1200 I have to look to make sure it is still on it is so quiet.

If you can afford it go the gt15 path. Amazing performance vs noise.
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I can't hear either of my scythe 3k fans at my koolance fan is the only one I have a problem with (I have to run it over half power to get it to even start moving)
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811998038

I use this fan controller. Love it.
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post #8 of 9
The thing with Gentle Typhoons is that they don't simply perform well at low speeds, the sound that they give out when they are running fast is tolerable. It's different from other fans - more like a loud whisper than a whirring noise. Personally, I use three AP-15's with a Kaze Master (the same one lynxxyarly linked in the post above this one). I have them turned down to around 1400 RPM or so and I really can't hear them. They're very pleasant.

I would get some Gentle Typhoons first then invest in a fan controller anyway when you can afford it. I ran my AP-15's without a fan controller for a month or two and the sound honestly isn't that bad. You could even go for AP-14's which run slower at stock and will perform very well. I have my AP-15's turned down to AP-14 speed anyway with my RX360 and the temperatures on my CPU and GPU are well within reason. You have to have some kind of compromise between sound and performance to achieve what you bought water cooling for in the first place - it's all about what you want.

Also another note on fan controller: Take a look at a Sunbeam Rheobus. They have like 20W per channel which means you can hook your pump up to it too to control the speed/noise of it - the Kaze Master's only have around 10W (I think) per channel - they won't support the pump too.
Edited by jNSK - 4/26/11 at 1:03am
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post #9 of 9
Those Scythe controllers support 1 amp (12 watts) per channel. A MCP 655 (Laing D5) runs at 2 amps (24 watts) so if your running one of those you need a 30 watt / channel controller. The MCP-355 runs at 19 watts so you could us a 20 watt / channel controller for that one.

I totally agree with jNSK on the GT's and going for 14's is another good option. You could also look at something a bit more extreme like the new Aquero 5 Pro or XT. It will automatically ramp your fans to the current temp / load so they will only get noisy when your system is getting really hot and can even shut off the fans when the temp / load goes away.
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