I hear that the "S12-430's bigger siblings, the S12-500 and the S12-600," produce a lot more noise then the 430... Was just curious if anyone knows anything about that. Either way Im planning on a S12 (even prior to review... this only makes me more sure of it
), still thinking if 430W or 500W (and yeah if Im gonna have a SLI system I will be needing a lot of power). Most likely the 430W will be more then enough and if there is a big noise difference Im not very [interested] in the 500W anyways.
I have not heard the S12 430 yet, but if it is a little quieter than the Super Tornado, then it is surely very quiet. I do have an S12 500 in the machine right next to me, and I would not
describe the 500's fan as a noisy fan. It is a high speed, ball bearing Yate Loon model, so it is probably a little noisier than the Super Tornado -- but not much noisier. It seems to stay all the time at a low RPM, even in this system.
I have it in a fairly awesome system: Athlon 64 4000+ (undervolted to 1.4v and totally
stable!), with four
1GB sticks of Corsair PC3200 (these seem
to produce as much heat as the CPU, but of course, they do not!), four
Seagate 7200.8 NCQ SATA drives (two 80GB in RAID1, and two 300GB in RAID1), a XFX 6600GT PCIe (with a 5v Zalman VF700 Al/Cu), a Sony DVD writer (quiet) and an Asus DVD-ROM (also quiet). The mobo is a Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-9; nice system, huh? (I just wish it was mine!)
The S12 500 does put out some heat -- the exhaust air and the area on the Evercase 4252 right about the PS is luke warm. The CPU is cooled by an XP-120 w/ a 5v Yate Loon low speed (44-45C is typical F@H temp), and the exhaust is a ~6v Yate Loon low speed. I added a 5v Nexus 92mm on the intake -- the Seagates run warmer than other HD's in my experience.
The combined fans are about as noisy as the combined HD's at idle -- and the S12 500 seems to be quieter
than that noise floor. This is not to say that you need the 500 -- the 430 is probably fine for your system, and it would have been fine in "my" system, too. It just was not available yet when I purchased the parts...