Well I've gone down the silent pc route over the last few months... using quietpc.com for most components to begin with.. I got really great silent performance out of my old P3 450mhz machine (of course being so slow and cool) i since upgraded to the XP2100+ and got the all copper flower cooler... fitted and played with.. seagate barracuda IVs within silent drives (x2) and one just out on its own (they're so quiet this isn't too bad
Anyways as is the flower cooler wasn't so quiet.. with the fanmate on lowest i got good volume.. near silent.. but under stress this ain't no good... I got no extra fans but I've left the side of my case off to aid cooling... having looked at the weekend i finally ordered a replacement fan after the recent reviews said that the flower coolers default fan is suprisingly loud...
Was going to get a huge fan by them till I read that these aren't so quiet.... well now is the dilema.. I just brought the 80mm fan.. just tested it before upgraded.. in standard config at full volts to the fan I got
idle: 45 degrees C
10mins CPU Burn: 56-57 degrees C (fairly stable)
The heavy use temperature is about what I have seen before having done a lot of audio and video encoding over many hours...
Having just fitted the panaflo blowing down into the heatsink as the old fan was I am VERY VERY impressed by the volume, a heck of a lot quieter... its not silent of course and up close there are some sounds that perhaps will annoy when room is in silent.. hard to say if its louder or not than the old fan on the lowest setting... the thing is that I have a huge increase in temperature...
idle: 52 degrees C
I am about to test with CPU burn and keep an eye on it.. but its looking like its not dealing with it as well as I hoped... I know want to know whether to get another 80mm or bigger panaflo and put two on the bracket... or go for the biggest 120mm.. which perhaps I'm able to run slower if it ends up being louder ....
How loud is a 120, 92mm panaflo or other derivative compared to the one with the Zalman flower cooler?!?!
The reason I compare the big fan at slow speeds to the panaflo is i'm sure temperature wise they're in a similar area... yes the panaflo is probably slightly quieter.. but obviously it doesn't get any faster!!!
Was looking at www.theoverclockingstore.co.uk/
to get the panaflo's
Panaflo 120mm High Volume Non Tailed
Panaflo 120mm Low Volume Non Tailed
High volume, low volume are we talking sound here or air volume... or both.. and for quiet I assume I want low volume...
Being non Tailed too.. I assume this is just slightly altered.. the one I ordered from koolnquiet has been altered to fit.. one of the tabs has been snapped on so that it will fit onto the 3 pin in a certain way (ignoring the RPM measuring wire I assume... can I do the same thing to the new panaflo or is there some rewiring occuring??!
Thanks for your help, I really could do with your expertise...
do I want
2 x 80mm Panaflos (1 is going to have to be blowing the side of the CPU, no more space above the CPU/heatsink.. how much could this help?)
1x 80mm (current one) + 1x120mm
1x 80mm + 1x92mm
How much help is a 2nd fan nearish to the CPU???
Right onto CPUBURN
please don't live up to the name