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2017/06/29 15:10:58 (permalink)
Anyone else finding the stock fans on the CLC 280 noisy? Anything above 1200 RPM and it starts to become unbearable for me. And with the default fan curve it's constantly going well above that since my cpu (i7 7700k) is idling between 30-40 Deg. I'm not sure if it's the Phanteks evolv matx tg case I'm using or the fans themselves. I wish I had some other fans to test against.
 
I've been pondering getting a 2 pack of corsair ML140's to run in front of the rad. Anyone tried this combo?
 
Also I noticed the pump speed setting is manual, what's the recommended setting since it defaults at the bottom.
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    Re: CLC 280 Fans Noisy. Other fans recommended? 2017/07/02 18:12:34 (permalink)
    i noticed a weird REALLY ANNOYING buzzing sound on anything over 1500RPM.. it's almost like something is lose or vibrating.. is the type of sound. Nothing is lose though. 
     
    I'll probably change the fans, kinda pissed though, for a cooler that is more expensive than the h115i and that cooler has no issues. 
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    Re: CLC 280 Fans Noisy. Other fans recommended? 2017/07/03 02:26:42 (permalink)
    Is there a reason why you are trying to run these fans, or any fans for that matter, over 1500rpm? Any faster than that is almost always going to mean noise. Exceptions being some of the more expensive fans on the market, but even those will still make some kind of noise at higher RPMs simply due to the air being moved. Gamers Nexus did the most in depth review of the CLC 280 out of any YouTuber or tech publication in existence basically. And normalizing the fans for noise at 1500rpm, the CLC 280 beat out both the NZXT X62 and the Corsair H115i in terms of temps.

    There really shouldn't be any need to go above 1500rpm, if you're running an overclock that can't be handled with the fans at 1500rpm, you need to look at an entirely different cooling solution. Like the new Fluid Gaming 240 open loop kit from EK. Even though it is a smaller rad, being an open loop it does out perform any of the AiOs on the market. Even ones with bigger radiators.

    Also, the CLC280 is also NOT more expensive than the H115i. The H115i has a retail price of $149.99, and that's per Corsair's own website, compared to the $139.99 for the CLC 280. As far as sale prices go, you can find the both on sale at different times. My CLC 280 only cost me $99 from Amazon.

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    Re: CLC 280 Fans Noisy. Other fans recommended? 2017/07/03 07:36:45 (permalink)
    Lucky you, here in Canada clc 280 is 184.99 + 13% tax. The corsair h115i is 169.99. This isn't my first aio, i know that anything higher in rpms will make noise, but these fans make different audible noises, maybe it's my aio kit fans are messed up. I had a h100i before the clc and those fans turned up to the max didn't make wonky sounds, it just sounded like fans on high rpm. The clc fans for me sound like something is wrong with the bearings. The clc beat the h115i by 1 degree. I wouldn't really call that much of a win. Moving to the clc280 from the h100i wasn't much of an upgrade at all either, I don't know why I even turned to aio's when i used to do my own custom cooling loops. I guess it's the simplicity and time savings. Next kit will be a custom loop, these aio prices aren't worth it to me for what you get. Also the Evga flow control is buggy, why cant i turn down the rpms past 25%? the fan curve lower and upper plots are fixed. and the rgb led doesn't sync to my 1080ti card like it's advertised to be able to do. Corsairs software at least works lol. 
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    Re: CLC 280 Fans Noisy. Other fans recommended? 2017/07/03 13:20:46 (permalink)
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    Is there a reason why you are trying to run these fans, or any fans for that matter, over 1500rpm? Any faster than that is almost always going to mean noise. Exceptions being some of the more expensive fans on the market, but even those will still make some kind of noise at higher RPMs simply due to the air being moved. Gamers Nexus did the most in depth review of the CLC 280 out of any YouTuber or tech publication in existence basically. And normalizing the fans for noise at 1500rpm, the CLC 280 beat out both the NZXT X62 and the Corsair H115i in terms of temps.

    There really shouldn't be any need to go above 1500rpm, if you're running an overclock that can't be handled with the fans at 1500rpm, you need to look at an entirely different cooling solution. Like the new Fluid Gaming 240 open loop kit from EK. Even though it is a smaller rad, being an open loop it does out perform any of the AiOs on the market. Even ones with bigger radiators.

    Also, the CLC280 is also NOT more expensive than the H115i. The H115i has a retail price of $149.99, and that's per Corsair's own website, compared to the $139.99 for the CLC 280. As far as sale prices go, you can find the both on sale at different times. My CLC 280 only cost me $99 from Amazon.




    Yeah I read that review. The issue is that the fan curve starts out at 1050 which is way too aggressive esp when the fans can run much lower than that. I hope they update the software to give a higher level of control.
     
    I've found that even at slightly above 1200 they get a bit unbearable. 
     
    I'm wondering about people's experiences using corsair ML140's instead
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    Re: CLC 280 Fans Noisy. Other fans recommended? 2017/07/04 17:25:19 (permalink)
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    Is there a reason why you are trying to run these fans, or any fans for that matter, over 1500rpm? Any faster than that is almost always going to mean noise. Exceptions being some of the more expensive fans on the market, but even those will still make some kind of noise at higher RPMs simply due to the air being moved. Gamers Nexus did the most in depth review of the CLC 280 out of any YouTuber or tech publication in existence basically. And normalizing the fans for noise at 1500rpm, the CLC 280 beat out both the NZXT X62 and the Corsair H115i in terms of temps.

    There really shouldn't be any need to go above 1500rpm, if you're running an overclock that can't be handled with the fans at 1500rpm, you need to look at an entirely different cooling solution. Like the new Fluid Gaming 240 open loop kit from EK. Even though it is a smaller rad, being an open loop it does out perform any of the AiOs on the market. Even ones with bigger radiators.

    Also, the CLC280 is also NOT more expensive than the H115i. The H115i has a retail price of $149.99, and that's per Corsair's own website, compared to the $139.99 for the CLC 280. As far as sale prices go, you can find the both on sale at different times. My CLC 280 only cost me $99 from Amazon.




    Yeah I read that review. The issue is that the fan curve starts out at 1050 which is way too aggressive esp when the fans can run much lower than that. I hope they update the software to give a higher level of control.
     
    I've found that even at slightly above 1200 they get a bit unbearable. 
     
    I'm wondering about people's experiences using corsair ML140's instead



    If you're not going to use the stock fans, which I can understand, go with some fans specifically designed for static pressure from a real water cooling company, and are not overpriced due to other flash like the Corsair ML fans are. For radiator fans it's better to put the money you invest in them into design that better benefits cooling than simply looking cool. EK's Vardar fans, with a proper curve on them are going to be some of the best performing fans at their relative fan RPMs on the market. I would recommend either their Vardar F3-140ER, which maxes out at 2000RPM, or if you don't want to mess with a fan curve, you can use their F1-140 fans that cap out at 1150RPM. If you want to get really crazy, their FF4-140 fans go up to 2500RPM.

    Jayztwocents did a good review on the Vardar fans a couple of years ago. I may still buy a couple of these fans, the F3-140ER fans specifically, just to compare them on my own.
    https://youtu.be/jBFyV0LvKT8



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    Re: CLC 280 Fans Noisy. Other fans recommended? 2017/07/05 10:44:16 (permalink)
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    Is there a reason why you are trying to run these fans, or any fans for that matter, over 1500rpm? Any faster than that is almost always going to mean noise. Exceptions being some of the more expensive fans on the market, but even those will still make some kind of noise at higher RPMs simply due to the air being moved. Gamers Nexus did the most in depth review of the CLC 280 out of any YouTuber or tech publication in existence basically. And normalizing the fans for noise at 1500rpm, the CLC 280 beat out both the NZXT X62 and the Corsair H115i in terms of temps.

    There really shouldn't be any need to go above 1500rpm, if you're running an overclock that can't be handled with the fans at 1500rpm, you need to look at an entirely different cooling solution. Like the new Fluid Gaming 240 open loop kit from EK. Even though it is a smaller rad, being an open loop it does out perform any of the AiOs on the market. Even ones with bigger radiators.

    Also, the CLC280 is also NOT more expensive than the H115i. The H115i has a retail price of $149.99, and that's per Corsair's own website, compared to the $139.99 for the CLC 280. As far as sale prices go, you can find the both on sale at different times. My CLC 280 only cost me $99 from Amazon.




    Yeah I read that review. The issue is that the fan curve starts out at 1050 which is way too aggressive esp when the fans can run much lower than that. I hope they update the software to give a higher level of control.
     
    I've found that even at slightly above 1200 they get a bit unbearable. 
     
    I'm wondering about people's experiences using corsair ML140's instead



    If you're not going to use the stock fans, which I can understand, go with some fans specifically designed for static pressure from a real water cooling company, and are not overpriced due to other flash like the Corsair ML fans are. For radiator fans it's better to put the money you invest in them into design that better benefits cooling than simply looking cool. EK's Vardar fans, with a proper curve on them are going to be some of the best performing fans at their relative fan RPMs on the market. I would recommend either their Vardar F3-140ER, which maxes out at 2000RPM, or if you don't want to mess with a fan curve, you can use their F1-140 fans that cap out at 1150RPM. If you want to get really crazy, their FF4-140 fans go up to 2500RPM.

    Jayztwocents did a good review on the Vardar fans a couple of years ago. I may still buy a couple of these fans, the F3-140ER fans specifically, just to compare them on my own.
    https://youtu.be/jBFyV0LvKT8







    Thanks I'll look into those fans. I didn't consider them.
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    Re: CLC 280 Fans Noisy. Other fans recommended? 2017/07/07 08:46:41 (permalink)
    Noctua NF-A14 PWM . Before switching back to Air cooling I was using the CLC280 I had them controlled through my Asus Maximus IX Hero Mobo and set at 1000RPM and they were pretty much silent

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    Re: CLC 280 Fans Noisy. Other fans recommended? 2017/07/07 19:34:57 (permalink)
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    Noctua NF-A14 PWM . Before switching back to Air cooling I was using the CLC280 I had them controlled through my Asus Maximus IX Hero Mobo and set at 1000RPM and they were pretty much silent


    how do they compare to the vaders?
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    Re: CLC 280 Fans Noisy. Other fans recommended? 2017/07/09 11:51:23 (permalink)
    Tagging for late, might be getting this cooler
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    Re: CLC 280 Fans Noisy. Other fans recommended? 2021/05/13 13:26:10 (permalink)
    This is an old thread but I came across this today after getting my CLC on sale last week.  With it being the first one I ever had I was so disappointed that it made this terrible hum like an outboard motor.  I was about to look at ordering new fans but after realizing the noise went away after I took them off the rad, I tried putting small rubber bands around the screws that hold them on and it worked great.  Maybe it can help someone else.  
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    Re: CLC 280 Fans Noisy. Other fans recommended? 2021/05/14 15:18:10 (permalink)
    Noctua, Artic or BeQueit. Have you configured fan curve for the AIO?Maybe it will help with the fan noise.
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    Re: CLC 280 Fans Noisy. Other fans recommended? 2021/06/07 12:21:37 (permalink)
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    Is there a reason why you are trying to run these fans, or any fans for that matter, over 1500rpm? Any faster than that is almost always going to mean noise. Exceptions being some of the more expensive fans on the market, but even those will still make some kind of noise at higher RPMs simply due to the air being moved. Gamers Nexus did the most in depth review of the CLC 280 out of any YouTuber or tech publication in existence basically. And normalizing the fans for noise at 1500rpm, the CLC 280 beat out both the NZXT X62 and the Corsair H115i in terms of temps.

    There really shouldn't be any need to go above 1500rpm, if you're running an overclock that can't be handled with the fans at 1500rpm, you need to look at an entirely different cooling solution. Like the new Fluid Gaming 240 open loop kit from EK. Even though it is a smaller rad, being an open loop it does out perform any of the AiOs on the market. Even ones with bigger radiators.

    Also, the CLC280 is also NOT more expensive than the H115i. The H115i has a retail price of $149.99, and that's per Corsair's own website, compared to the $139.99 for the CLC 280. As far as sale prices go, you can find the both on sale at different times. My CLC 280 only cost me $99 from Amazon.




    Yeah I read that review. The issue is that the fan curve starts out at 1050 which is way too aggressive esp when the fans can run much lower than that. I hope they update the software to give a higher level of control.
     
    I've found that even at slightly above 1200 they get a bit unbearable. 
     
    I'm wondering about people's experiences using corsair ML140's instead



    If you're not going to use the stock fans, which I can understand, go with some fans specifically designed for static pressure from a real water cooling company, and are not overpriced due to other flash like the Corsair ML fans are. For radiator fans it's better to put the money you invest in them into design that better benefits cooling than simply looking cool. EK's Vardar fans, with a proper curve on them are going to be some of the best performing fans at their relative fan RPMs on the market. I would recommend either their Vardar F3-140ER, which maxes out at 2000RPM, or if you don't want to mess with a fan curve, you can use their F1-140 fans that cap out at 1150RPM. If you want to get really crazy, their FF4-140 fans go up to 2500RPM.

    Jayztwocents did a good review on the Vardar fans a couple of years ago. I may still buy a couple of these fans, the F3-140ER fans specifically, just to compare them on my own.
    https://youtu.be/jBFyV0LvKT8





    I think I might go with the F1-140 fans when I do a liquid-cooled build.
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    Re: CLC 280 Fans Noisy. Other fans recommended? 2021/06/17 19:01:50 (permalink)
    Slightly off topic, but I was wondering what the best radiator fans out there are. If you don't care about noise, and just want a really high static pressure fan, what do you go for. Not including crazy delta fans or some exotic stuff that's very expensive...
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    Re: CLC 280 Fans Noisy. Other fans recommended? 2021/06/23 15:07:04 (permalink)
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    Slightly off topic, but I was wondering what the best radiator fans out there are. If you don't care about noise, and just want a really high static pressure fan, what do you go for. Not including crazy delta fans or some exotic stuff that's very expensive...




    Define "best".

    No, you don't want Deltas unless you're enamoured of Dust Busters.

    Noctua's standard and Redux PWM fans are good stuff.
    In some cases you can get them in 900, 1200 and 1500 RPM models.
    The 1500 RPM are best mix of performance and silence.
    The 1200 RPM are for setups where silence is the primary aim.
    And the 900 RPM are where silence is really your ONLY aim.

    Vardars and BeQuiet fans are decent stuff too.


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    Re: CLC 280 Fans Noisy. Other fans recommended? 2021/06/29 20:47:13 (permalink)
    you can never go wrong with corsair
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