ZALMAN 9500A 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Installed this in my system last night. I have it plugged directly into the CPU fan connection on mobo. Is it worth attaching the Fan Mate control on it? This fan is EXTREMELY loud to the point of being obnoxious, I read if you use the fan mate control knob that you can put it in silent mode? Is there any downfall to running it in silent mode?

Silent Mode = slow fan speed?

I'm a bit dissapointed, considering this is advertised as an "ultra quiet fan."
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  1. You can connect it to a fan controller. It's probably a good idea, since I like to do things manually.

    And yes, silent mode = slow fan speed.
  2. Make sure your motherboards fan control is OFF
    then just slowly dial down the fan mate to a point you can stand it. most fans of that speed get quite a bit quieter just with 500-900 rpms of speed drop. at those speeds(1800-2200 depending on your tastes) you do not loose much cooling power.
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