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    Right guys - I have tried the noiseblocker s3, silenX and the Accoustifan.

    I decided to order all three to see which did the best job.

    All three were tested this afternoon with a stagnant room temp of 23c. SN45G with an XP1700 @ 2.4GhZ.

    All three fans failed to keep the shuttle at the same temps as the stock fan but there was no more fluctuation than 2 - 3 c.

    Base setting with standard fan was 47c CPU and 38c CASE.

    I had no better testing method than my ears unfortunately, and it was a matter of quickly disconnecting the old fans, reconnecting new and trying to remember how the last one sounded. There wsas nothing much between the noiseblocker and the Accoustifan, HOWEVER the SilenX fan was AMAZING - almost inaudable at 7V and only seemed half as loud as the other two at full pelt.

    I cannot recommend these fans enough - have just put two 120mm and two 80mm in my PC75 Lian Li as well, and can't even hear them above my whisper quiet ENERMAX 550W. !!!

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    i've just ordered up one of those 14db SilenX fans, on your recomendation doopy

    can't stand having this sunon screamer one moment longer...


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    i dont get it, my sn45g runs amazingly quiet, (inaudible from over 2meters away) with the normal fan since i worked out that it would run at 40 degrees at 5% fan speed, and give me the option to pump the speed up for when m playing games, obviosly iv not got anything to compaire this to other than my main system, but isnt this a cheaper/easier way?
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    Quote Originally Posted by doopydug
    Right guys - I have tried the noiseblocker s3, silenX and the Accoustifan.

    I decided to order all three to see which did the best job.

    All three were tested this afternoon with a stagnant room temp of 23c. SN45G with an XP1700 @ 2.4GhZ.

    All three fans failed to keep the shuttle at the same temps as the stock fan but there was no more fluctuation than 2 - 3 c.

    Base setting with standard fan was 47c CPU and 38c CASE.

    I had no better testing method than my ears unfortunately, and it was a matter of quickly disconnecting the old fans, reconnecting new and trying to remember how the last one sounded. There wsas nothing much between the noiseblocker and the Accoustifan, HOWEVER the SilenX fan was AMAZING - almost inaudable at 7V and only seemed half as loud as the other two at full pelt.

    I cannot recommend these fans enough - have just put two 120mm and two 80mm in my PC75 Lian Li as well, and can't even hear them above my whisper quiet ENERMAX 550W. !!!

    Sounds good to me.....nothing better than trusting your own ears !!

    So where do I pick up a Silent X Fan in the uk ? and have your any spec for the fan you tested ?

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    as well what temps did u get with the SilentX

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultra
    Sounds good to me.....nothing better than trusting your own ears !!

    So where do I pick up a Silent X Fan in the uk ? and have your any spec for the fan you tested ?

    Thanks in Advance....
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    Thanks doopydug, will have a good look at the site a little later.......

    Seems like we're heading back to square one ......which fan......looks like a good fight between the Silent X and S3.......
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    i run the ice fan on my SB51 at 5% and it's still far too loud. the power variation is on a logarythmic scale, so there's far more variation in fan speed from 0-20% than in 20-100% (30% is pretty much full whack), so the slower/quieter fan at stock will give me far greater control than the stock sunon fan.

    if this silenx fan is quet enough at full then it'll just be left full permenantly. just hope it cools as well as the sunon at 5%...


    [edit] almost forgot. doopy, how was your silenx tailed? 3 or 4 pin? just in case i have to modify it
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    ok, cool, thanks for clearing that one up, wasnt sure, may be worth me getting a silentX fan then, wasnt sure
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    i'm tempted to get one of these, having seen all the above reccommendations - which one would I need for my SN45G ?? the 80mm I think - but what's the difference between the different dB's ?
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    An increase of 10dB is a doubling of the volume, so a 26dB fan is half the volume of a 36dB fan.
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    hibby, an increase of 3dB signifies a double in volume.

    my SilenX fan turned up today, but i think they've sent me the wrong one (shock horror). I specified the 14dB @ 12V model and they've sent my the variable one :/

    screw paying postage to send it back, i'll just stick the thermistor somewhere hot

    btw, they come in 3-pin with a 4-pin adapter, and rubber mounting grommets... very nice

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    yeah, i decided to go for the S3, easyer for me to get hold of, hope it worth it
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    I'm looking at going with a soadvanced 80mm fan to replace the ICE fan, but I'm a bit concerned on the cooling effectiveness of it. Whats the real temp difference like between this and the stock fan? I plan to overclock my cpu so heat may become an issue. I'm also gonna replace the psu fan.

    Also has anyone tried a sharkoon silent fan?

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