ernhamDjinn wrote:It seems to me that a lot of the noise caused by the fan is the vibration of the back plate the fan is attached to.
Daryn wrote:I have my duo in my family room and it was clearly audible 12' across the room when idle. It was very annoying when under any load because it was often louder than the tv. My wife kept telling me to get it out of the room.
I just installed a Noctua NF-R8. All I can say is: WOW! Initially, I thought the fan was defective since it was virtually silent during startup and didn't feel like it was pushing much air. I recalibrated the fan and I thought the calibration wasn't working since again the fan was silent. I'm used to the hairdryer of the stock Crown fan.
The fan is perfectly fine, and the drives run at 34C instead of 40C+. My duo is now the quietest thing in my home theater. It's quieter than the DVR and PS3. My wife thought I was wasting more money until she heard, or actually couldn't hear!, the duo.
I bought a Noctua NF-R8, 60mm to 80mm adapter, and a fan grill for $20 + shipping from coolerguys.com. I had to use a utility blade to shave a little bit of plastic off the corners of the adapter so the side panel would slide back on. If you are reading this thread, get this fan, you definitely won't regret it.
Sorry for the poor picture quality, but I'm too lazy to take it again.
exrazorfish wrote:You need a Noctua NF-R8 fanDaryn wrote:I just installed a Noctua NF-R8.
Ennio wrote:Why are you all so hooked on Noctua fans? They're not the most silent fans out there, considering their air-flow.
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