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I need a new fan this one drive me nuts, advise!

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May 2, 2003 12:07:36 AM


i need a quieter fan. this fan has to go! SO for a pentium 4 3.06ghz cpu what can someone recommend me for a quiet and efficent fan. I don't care if i gotta spend a 100 bucks. This fan is too annoying and too high pitch and i can hear it even with the TV going and it's gonna drive me insane!


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May 2, 2003 2:53:43 AM

Quietest fans around.. PANAFLOW, by panasonic... the 80mm "Low" version runs at under 21dba... you won't hear it...

What heatsink are you using with it though? the stock? it may be hard to afix it on to that heatsink, but you are welcome to try..

They are widely sold... here is an example

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May 2, 2003 8:51:45 AM

zalman makes a fan rpm adjuster that sells for about $7. It works with any 3 pin fan.
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May 2, 2003 11:33:52 AM

I'm kind of surprised at the suddent turn of events on your Intel purchase Sk8ter.

But I agree with you, I've heard some P4 HSFs. The problem is indeed the low RPM of them, because when it's this low often it will go high-pitch. You could try to raise the RPM if you want, it might become more bearable, as odd as it sounds.
A Volcano 7+ is also a nice idea, fan adjustable. But don't go wasting any more than 50$, that only contradicts the whole point of P4s being very good performers silently. My friend did that, and boy what a hypocrite now he is (after claiming for a year that AMD is noisy).
It's true there are not a lot of HSFs for the Pentium 4, so any adjustable fan one should be fine. Remember that at 3GHZ, these CPUs are already running quite hot with a stock sink.

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May 2, 2003 1:23:05 PM

Belive me, I have a AMD prozessor, running my computer makes me feel like I live at a airport :-)
I was thinking of buying a Pentium to solve this problem, but now I'm not so shure if this would really help.

I guess best solution is to buy a watercooling system. They are under 20db :-)
May 2, 2003 3:55:35 PM

to be honest the p4 fan, when not broken lol, might still be even queiter then the AMD. depending on which fan you use.

temperatures don't bother me with the p4 because i know it won't smoke up and go on fire and cause my house to burn down. (i have a funny joke to go with that too). this guy brad upgraded his computer to a amd duron 750. within weeks his apartment burned down. no joke that actually happend. i feel bad for the guy. the joke part is the amd in his system and weeks later ... so ya ...

to be honest i'm quite happy with the cpu. i never said i wasn't happy with it. the noise did bother me but now that i broke it and there is no more noise it's fine ;) 

but you do need to ask yourself if you need the 3ghz cos a 2.53ghz would be fine and pretty fast. i wanted the hyperthreading technology because i do quite a bit of rendering. infact i'n on frame 674 out of 2000. I started this at 1am. can you imagine if i still had my 2ghz chip? i'd be at frame 250!

water cooling - lol i would have no idea how to do that!

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May 2, 2003 4:04:01 PM

i can't raise the rpm's? how do i do that? there is nothing on the heatsink to raise the rpms?

the volcano series are for AMD chips only btw. Otherwise how would it stay? there are no clips like the amd sockets have.

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May 2, 2003 5:12:44 PM

Yeah but did the chip cause the fire? I dont think so. Anyway, the chips cant actually catch fire, they just get hot. Also, considering that the chip is situated about 10cm from anything in the case, it is unlikely to ever set light to anything.

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May 2, 2003 8:06:22 PM

Sk8ter I don't spew info just like that, here's your Pentium 4 and Socket A hybrid: <A HREF="" target="_new">;/A>

As for controlling RPM, I am not sure, but you can also buy fan controllers for little money, or raise the RPM through making the heat higher if it controls itself this way. High-pitch comes from low RPM, often.

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May 2, 2003 10:08:48 PM

Umm, ok, so what is with all this "AMD is loud" crap? I can't hear my HSF at all. However, my hard-drive is really obnoxious. That and the little fan on my northbridge. I have a cheap copper CompUSA HS, a 80MM to 60MM adaptor, and an Antec 80MM fan going about 3/4 speed. My overclocked AXP 1800+ @ 1.79 volts is running 40C (104F) under load conditions. As I said before, I can't hear my HSF. Oh, and I have 1 exhaust fan in my case, and it is turning so slow I can't hear it either (lowest RPM I could get with POT adjuster). My PSU makes more noise than my HSF and Exhaust fan, and it is an Antec (2 80MM fans).

So now I need to find a passive HS for my northbridge, and some way to quiet my WD 40GB 7200RPM drive down (and the Maxtor 40GB 5400RPM one too).

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May 2, 2003 11:02:05 PM

OK, I can say the same about my P4 2,4. With Zalman CNPS5700D-Cu 3/4 normal speed is so quiet that i can listen to music v. quiet at night.It's just the matter of fans, heatsinks and first of all - point of view on this immortal battle AMD v.Intel.
May 3, 2003 4:41:05 AM

You remind me of my friend who has a 2.4, swapped his supposedly noisy HSF for a 50$ Zalman, that I forgot the model number. Sure he can run 1300rpm, but at the cost of having only a copper base, not even fully copper, for such price. Was sad IMO on his part, when much less expensive HSFs or fan controllers are out there.

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