A good quiet power supply?
cswiger at mac.com
Mon Apr 30 13:32:02 UTC 2007
> Just got a new PC at home, it's noisy and was wondering if anyone can
> share some experience here. I just read about a "fanless" power-supply
> and then realized I needed some input.
It's possible to run systems which don't use enough power to need fans, but
you have to design the system accordingly using either underclocked components
or low-power/laptop-oriented CPU and video. Most desktop systems are going to
run too hot without some form of active cooling.
Also, you probably should start by opening the case and seeing what is making
all of the noise: it might be a CPU fan or even a chipset fan, and not the PSU
fan, which is causing most of the racket.
For the PSU, good vendors include Antec, Foxconn, and Enermax...look for a
unit which has a single "smart" (thermally controlled) 120mm fan, as the
larger fan can run at a lower speed and still move enough air.
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