Enermax Noisetaker II (Rev. 2.2): A New Rev of an Old Fave

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FANS

Neither of the two fans has changed since the original Noisetaker. Both are medium speed ball bearing fans labeled "Silence", but aside from that there's nothing particularly silent about them. Both are manufactured by Globe Fan.


The bottom mounted fan is a 92mm fan with clear fins.


The rear fan does not have clear fins and has a slightly smaller 80mm frame.

The fan control circuit feeds both fans exactly the same voltage, so they speed up and slow down in tandem. The rear fan is connected with a three-pin fan header that provides an RPM signal can be passed through to the motherboard. The bottom fan is not monitored, and uses a simple two pin header.


Both fans can be easily removed thanks to detachable fan headers.

CABLES AND CONNECTORS

The cable sets are arranged into three sleeved bundles which separate out into individual cable sets. The idea is to keep cables that are likely to be routed together in a single bundle to ease cable management.

The three bundles contain the following cable sets:
  • Main ATX: fully sleeved
  • +12V AUX, PCI Express, fan RPM: half sleeved
  • Drives: only the first 6" are sleeved.

The individual cable sets are listed below:

  • 23" cable for main 20+4-pin ATX connector
  • 22" cable for auxiliary 4+4-pin +12V AUX connector (Dual CPU compatible)
  • 2 x 22" cable for 6-pin PCIe connector
  • 32" cable with three SATA drive connectors
  • 32" cable with three SATA drive connectors and two 4-pin IDE drive connectors
  • 31" cable with three 4-pin IDE drive connectors
  • 31" cable with two 4-pin IDE drive connectors and one floppy connector
  • 28" cable with fan RPM monitor

The main ATX, +12V AUX, and PCI Express cables are all quite long, so they should all reach no matter how large the case. Conversely, the cables are that much harder to hide if space is limited.

One of the new features of this revision is a cable set that features both SATA and IDE connectors side by side on the same cable. Enermax has used this arrangement before on their Liberty power supply. However, unlike the Liberty, there are also all-SATA and all-IDE cables available. This appears to be an attempt at a compromise; the cables on the Liberty had both supporters (like me) and detractors (like MikeC).


IDE and SATA connectors on the same cable.


A ferrite ring is used to reduce EMI and ripple voltage.



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