I'm going to purchase a bunch of drives and I'm interested in primarily noise and vibration and then size ... I don't care much about speed. The drives I'm considering are:
- 3x 3TB WD Red 3.5" = 3disks, 3platters of 3.5"
- 3x 2TB WD Green 2.5" WD20NPVT = 3disks, 4platters of 2.5"
- 5x 1TB Samsung/Seagate 2.5" M8 = 5disks, 2platters of 2.5"
I'm going to create a RAID5 array in one of the three configs, which will replace all my current HDDs. If anyone owns or has any experience with any of the above, could you please state your opinion in which config would be the most quiet? How about vibration?About my build
(you'll have to excuse the dust)
I'm a silence fanatic, like many people on SPCR. My build is a water cooled i7-3770K @ 5.0 GHz, with a Liang D5 pump standing on thick soft foam running at minimum rpm, and a 520mm radiator with 5x140mm beQuiet SilentWings 2 fans (*) in push-pull spinning at ~350 rpm. All fans have rubber corners, and also rubber rims all around the circumference on both sides of the fan (not just the corners) so neither the screws, nor the case/radiator touch the fan's plastic case, the build quality of these fans is simply fantastic ... on top of that, I also added 1.5mm thick rubber spacers in between the case/fan and fan/radiator. The PSU is also a beQuiet one with the same type of fan .. the thing is inaudible.
I own a couple of Samsung F2 EcoGreens 1TB 3.5" (2 platter) which are already ancient, but fairly quiet but not so great vibration wise. I also own a Samsung M8 500 GB 2.5" (1 platter) which is quiet and good vibration wise.
With this build, all I hear is the Samsung drives, mostly their vibration ... and I'd like to keep the new RAID array to a minimum level of noise (lower than the 3 Samsung drives preferably).(*) Regarding the beQuiet SilentWing 2 fans
These are by far the most silent, least clicking, least vibration 140mm fans out there, and I'm willing to bet on it ... I know of the multitude of tests and subjective opinions. I actually purchased about 20-25 different brands and models of 140mm fans (I'm not joking) and did some thorough testing for a few good hours in the 250-900rpm range, being most interested in up to 500rpm (where they sit 99% of the time), monitoring clicking, vibration and noise;
The only snag about them is that they are bloody expensive! but I was so impressed with them that I ended up purchasing 6 of them! 5 for the radiator, 1 for the side panel. I'm still not sorry I did.
Did I mention they have not only rubber corners, but also rubber rims all around the circumference on both sides of the fan -- this was utterly useful in my case since the radiator (which is heavy) sits on two fans and then on the case, thus absorbing further vibration.
BTW, the 2nd best fans in my tests were the BitFenix Spectre (the low rpm version) in case you're interested, which are also much less expensive.