View Full Version : Quiet CPU Fan

15-10-2002, 08:58 PM
Anyone have any good ideas for a quiet fan for my Athlon 1.1 CPU. I've seen a lot of ads for fans but not everyone tells me wether the fan is for Socket A or not. Plus others experiences are helpful.

tks ~42~

15-10-2002, 09:01 PM
what heatsink do you have to attach it to??

15-10-2002, 09:08 PM
just the standard heatsink that came with the cpu. I don't mind having to get another hsk if necessary, bit I'm not overclocking. [ Would like to, but feeding the hungy mouths has a higher priority right now].

15-10-2002, 09:27 PM
Its a problem with the faster CPUs, the fans they need get quite intrusive.

My standby PIII 667 PC had a noisy cowl housed fan extracting right above the CPU. I replaced it with a concentric circular finned heatsink and fan unit and it is very quiet. Mine was ex DSE, rated at 1 GHz PIII use.

My main PC is a P4, 2 Ghz, with no less than 6 fans (3 case, 1 PSU, 1 CPU, 1 graphics). I solved it by fitting a controller unit in a spare 5.25 bay. It only brings on the case fans when the temp reaches the set point (presently 35 degrees) and so far it has stayed below it. I dont control the CPU or graphics fans.

An expensive option but necessary if you spend all day at the PC.

15-10-2002, 09:34 PM
firstly make sure its the cpu making the noise.

a better heatsink fitted with a large slowmoving fan would be the best option(eg 80mm fan). DON'T get a heatsink with very fine fins. these need high speed fans to work.

also check the case. side vents can let the noise of the cpu heatsink fan out.

15-10-2002, 09:41 PM
I,ve only got 3 fans [cpu, psu and graphics] I'll keep the controller idea in mind and at some stage in the future there will case fans for the extra HDD's [to practise with RAID]. This is worrysome as 'Blue Haze' is noisy enough now.

rgds ~42~

Rod ger
15-10-2002, 09:45 PM
Have a look here:


God Thats huge. if it dosn't work go to tomshardware.com and search for cooling fans.

Seems quietness and cooling ability are at either end of the spectrum.

15-10-2002, 10:11 PM
Sidevents do seem to be part of the prob. Ahh thanks for the tip regrding fine fins vs. avrage fins.

15-10-2002, 11:14 PM
Thanks guys/girls? for the tips. Seems like it is going to be a 'Suck and see' exercise. I have already installed another PSU which is supposed to have variable speed on the main fan but I have yet to notice a difference. I thought it might be better than the cheap generic PSU that came with the case. Having a poke around the web it seems that a Thermaltake Volcano 9 will do the job. [Unless I hace the 'dBa' readings around the wrong way]

rgds ~42~

Peter H
16-10-2002, 08:32 AM
I can recommend "Aero Cool" They are called the "Silent Tornado" When upgrading to a Duran 1.0 I had a listen to a few fans, and this was the best. Check out Paradigm PC's. http://www.pp.co.nz

16-10-2002, 12:14 PM
the dual fan powersupply are nice and should be far better than the usuall oem crap.

volcano9 are a good cooler. getting good cooling with minimum noise is always tricky.

have a hunt around the reviews. exspecially the ones where they use different fans.

16-10-2002, 01:12 PM
the CoolerMaster HHC-L61 Silent HeatPipe which can be had for <$100 is silent from what people have told me.

16-10-2002, 01:46 PM
After 20 reviews my mind started to get messed with all the specs.
But anyway I have worked out that the lower the dba the better, also unfortunately lower cfm, as the saying goes 'you can't get something for nothing'
The 'heatpipe' concept sounds great- might be overkill for me but you nver know.
I jjave ordered Volcano 9.
Will post results of exercise.

cheers ~42~