Best quiet 80mm fan or PS mod?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Digerati, May 9, 2003.

  1. Digerati

    Digerati Guest

    I have an Antec 300w Powersupply that makes the most noise of anything else in my system.

    It comes with a 80mm ball bearing fan that isn't a jet engine, but is louder than I want.

    Anyhow, I'm wanting to get a quieter 80mm fan to replace in the powersupply.

    From what I've read online, the Panaflo L1A 80mm fans seem to get alot of good reviews for being efficient and quiet. Anyone know of any better fans? and do you think replacing it with an L1A would still provide enough cooling for my power supply?

    I have the following system:

    AthlonXP 2500+ Barton
    Epox 8rda+
    2x256mb spectek pc2700 ram dual channeled
    ATI Radeon Pro 9500
    WD special edition 80gb harddrive wd800jb
    liteon 24x cdrw
    toshiba 4x dvdrom
    sony 52x cdrom
    sb live!value pci
    ati tvwonder ve pci

  2. versionfiv

    versionfiv OSNN Addict

    Washington DC
    Really don't recommend messing with the power supply..
  3. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

    Sacramento, CA
    300 watts isn't a whole lot for that system, good brand or not. i'm not saying your power supply should be replaced, just that it is being stressed and needs all the cooling can get. i don't recommend putting in a slower fan.
  4. canadian_divx

    canadian_divx Canadian_divx

    i would recomend a vantec stealth, they are pretty nice
  5. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Must be dreaming...

  6. Digerati

    Digerati Guest

    how can i tell if my powersupply is being overtaxed and pushed to its limits?

    here are the voltages given by hardware monitor for my system:

    +12v: +12.10V
    -12v: -12v: -12.45v
    +5v: +4.87v
    -5v: -5.24v
    core: +1.57v
    aux: +1.58v
    i/o: +2.61v

    Mainboard temps: 20c
    CPU: 39C
    CPU2: 34C (not sure what temp this represents)

    is this good or bad?
  7. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

    Sacramento, CA
    your 12v and 5v are both fine... but i can't say anything for the core and i/o voltage since i don't know what they should be at for your setup.

    and all of it could be worthless info because the voltage monitors on a lot of boards aren't very accurate. taking a good voltage meter straight to your 12v and 5v (molex connector, yellow and red wires) would give an accurate read.
  8. BonyTony

    BonyTony Moderator

    I have this fan cooling my shuttle pc HERE its silent and works fine
  9. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

    The best way to tell if you can put in a slower, quieter fan is to feel the air comming out of the PSU. Is it hot? If yes, don't change the fan. If no, it might be OK to change the fan. If you want good silent fans look for Papst. Panaflo is also good I've heard. :)