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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-22-2019, 02:45 AM - Thread Starter
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Arctic P12/P14 vs Bequiet SW3

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I've got two irritating noises coming from my PC which is in a Meshify C that I want to resolve, the first comes from the OEM cooler and I've ordered a Bequiet Dark Rock 4 to replace it.

The second is a constant resonating noise that seems to go up and down in pitch, I am certain its because the fans (2 x Arctic P14 intake and 1 x Arctic P12 exhaust) mount the frame directly to the chassis

I also have pretty bad OCD and now the case fans need to match the cooler, I think I'm just going to get a low speed Bequiet Silent Wings 120MM PWM exhaust and leave it at low speeds to keep noise down but in terms of 2 x High Speed 140MM Bequiet Silent Wings intakes are these a complete side grade compared to the Arctics, maybe even a slight downgrade considering the price or have I misunderstood and they are better than the Arctic's?

I do like the Arctic fans, they look and feel a bit cheap but they do the job well, just that resonating and the need to have everything match getting the better of me, the other alternative was to get all Arctic Bionix P series and a Freezer E34 Duo but Ti'm not sure I like the look of them, bit too gamer style for me or is it worth getting over the looks and going for a full Arctic Bionix/E34 setup? I can cancel the Bequiet Dark 4 if need be

Thanks for any help and advice

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About that irritating noise:

The fans are currently mounted with their hard plastic frame directly touching the metal of the case? You can then fix the issue by mounting them in a way that there's rubber or silicone between them and the metal. There's "rubber screws" products that replace the normal metal screws. Another method is enlarging the mounting holes in the metal of the case so that you can put rubber grommets into the holes.

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I wonder if you can perhaps get a Scythe Mugen 5 for a good price where you are. It's a great CPU cooler. You could put an Arctic P12 on it to satisfy the need of having the same fans everywhere.

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Quote: Originally Posted by deepor View Post
About that irritating noise:

The fans are currently mounted with their hard plastic frame directly touching the metal of the case? You can then fix the issue by mounting them in a way that there's rubber or silicone between them and the metal. There's "rubber screws" products that replace the normal metal screws. Another method is enlarging the mounting holes in the metal of the case so that you can put rubber grommets into the holes.

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I wonder if you can perhaps get a Scythe Mugen 5 for a good price where you are. It's a great CPU cooler. You could put an Arctic P12 on it to satisfy the need of having the same fans everywhere.
Yes they are mounted directly to the case using the supplied metal screws. I didnt know you can get rubber screws, I might look at that if I decide to keep costs down but it will probably bug me that the case fans are different to the cooler, I know its weird but thats just the way I'm wired. I definitely dont want to modify the case.

I ruled out the Mugen 5, I know its a good cooler but I want an all black cooler.
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The Be Quiet's are a slight upgrade compared to Arctic, so you can't go wrong with them. they also have anti-vibrate mounting integrated so that simplifies things.
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Those Artics are so quiet! Starting hear them just over 1200 rpm, but no disturbing noise, even at full speed. I mounted two p12 on my gpu GTX 1060.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Dogzilla07 View Post
The Be Quiet's are a slight upgrade compared to Arctic, so you can't go wrong with them. they also have anti-vibrate mounting integrated so that simplifies things.
Do you know of any reviews or tests comparing the two?

The specs on the Bequiets in terms of performance seems slightly less than the Arctic's on paper, the exhaust I'm not fussed about, happy to have a low spinning fan there just the intakes need to move as much air possible
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Quote: Originally Posted by Relentless81 View Post
Do you know of any reviews or tests comparing the two?

The specs on the Bequiets in terms of performance seems slightly less than the Arctic's on paper, the exhaust I'm not fussed about, happy to have a low spinning fan there just the intakes need to move as much air possible
Box specs are about as meaningful to actual performance as the user's favorite flavor of Pop Tarts. They are wildly erratic, and aren't necessarily standardized.

The Arctics are getting good feedback in terms of being very good price/performance fans. The problem is, there isn't a single credible review of them out there, and user feedback here doesn't compare them to any top tier fans. Saying "I upgraded to P12/P14 from a really bad fan and they are so much better even though I didn't run any controlled tests of any kind!!!!!" really doesn't mean anything except that you had really bad fans before the P12/P14 and that you are probably really highly susceptible to placebo effects. With the exception of being able to be fairly certain that they are a good low priced fan, everything about the P12 and P14 are a mystery.

However.....if there as a $10 fan as good as an SW3 (which is arguably the best fan series available right now), don't you think the review sites would be exploding with the news? I'm waiting until I see results from the likes of VSG before passing judgement, but I would be willing to bet that the SW3 would be a fairly significant upgrade in performance, and more so in sound signature.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Relentless81 View Post
Do you know of any reviews or tests comparing the two?
not between the two directly no. The problem you'll find is the arctic fans are actually really quite good in performance and price. Spending £25 on a fan is not going to make your system actually any better. You will still be below the max temp for the CPU/graphics card.

I would check the fans are actually causing the issue. I've used the arctic fans on several cases, coolers and radiators and never got any sort of vibration.
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I think I'm just going to get them, if anything out of curiosity to see if it fixes the resonating noise, if it doesn't then I have matching fans

I double checked the specs, the bq's have slightly better airflow but a little less static pressure, meaningless anyway as has been mentioned previously they probably won't make any difference to temps with either setup but it's more likely to be better than worse so I'll risk it
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Quote: Originally Posted by Relentless81 View Post
I think I'm just going to get them, if anything out of curiosity to see if it fixes the resonating noise, if it doesn't then I have matching fans

I double checked the specs, the bq's have slightly better airflow but a little less static pressure, meaningless anyway as has been mentioned previously they probably won't make any difference to temps with either setup but it's more likely to be better than worse so I'll risk it
Educated guess is you will find Silent Wings 3 will sound quieter while actually being about the same dB SPL .. meaning the Silent Wings 3 have a more pleasant sound profiles so our ears don't notice it as much.

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