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AMD FX fan

Postposted on Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:41 am

I just got an AMD FX 4170 quad 4.2 with a Gigabyte AM3+ board. The CPU fan in games and other applications the noise goes up and down depending on what I am doing. Any way I can have the fan be the same speed and be quieter?
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Re: AMD FX fan

Postposted on Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:46 am

mjaybird wrote:Any way I can have the fan be the same speed and be quieter?


I find that to be difficult...

You could buy an aftermarket cooler like the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo. A solid performer and cheap :wink:
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Re: AMD FX fan

Postposted on Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:50 am

mjaybird wrote:I just got an AMD F 4170 quad 4.3 with a Gigabyte AM3+ board. The CPU fan in games and other applications the noise goes up and down depending on what I am doing. Any way I can have the fan be the same speed and be quieter?


Let's see, FX 4170 is a 4,2 GHz CPU and yet you say it's at 4,3 GHz stock. You miss a few letters even though the text is quite small and you could have easily checked it. The only reason i'm not 100% sure this is spam it's your join date. If you're for real then post a reply with the complete name of you're motherboard and the name of you're case (possibly others spex if you know them, just so we get an idea of what you're dealing with).

just brew it! wrote:@Arclight - 4.3 is the turbo core speed for that CPU. No need to jump down his throat.


According to AMD turbo is 4,399, i'd call that 4,4 if i was him, imo he could still be spaming. Waiting on his reply.
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Re: AMD FX fan

Postposted on Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:58 am

The stock AMD coolers get the job done, but they're not the quietest.

If it is ramping up in games then that means the CPU is getting hot enough that it probably needs the extra cooling. You may be able to tweak the temperature thresholds in the BIOS to quiet it down some (at the expense of higher CPU temps), but you really want to keep the CPU below 60C.

Better case ventilation may help by giving the CPU HSF cooler air to work with. But your best bet is an aftermarket cooler with a larger fan; that way you can run the fan at lower RPM, resulting in less noise.

@Arclight - 4.3 is the turbo core speed for that CPU. No need to jump down his throat.
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Re: AMD FX fan

Postposted on Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:08 pm

mjaybird wrote:I just got an AMD F 4170 quad 4.3 with a Gigabyte AM3+ board. The CPU fan in games and other applications the noise goes up and down depending on what I am doing. Any way I can have the fan be the same speed and be quieter?


1. If you want the same fan and the same speed and a more quiet PC, your only solution is to add some insulating material to your case (akasa used to make a Soundmat product) or just buy a better case.
2. If you want the same temperature and the same fan, but less speed/noise, make sure your case is well-ventilated (for example, add a pair of 120mm case fans).
3. If you want the same temperature with less noise, think about changing fan and buy an aftermarket cooler. Coolermaster EVO, thermalright, Noctua and Scythe have good products.
4. You can just change the fan profile from Gigabyte software or BIOS, but the cpu will likely increase temperature. Less aggressive cooling could work with less noise, but make sure the system is stable.

Check the contact between CPU and cooler, apply good thermal paste.

Between the above solutions, I would probably buy an aftermarket cooler and add case fans. The advantage of good case fans (and a good case) is that they also help all your other components, eg GPU, HD etc. I would advise you against (1) and (4) unless you have already looked at the other options.
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Re: AMD FX fan

Postposted on Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:28 pm

Aftermarket fan. Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo.
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Re: AMD FX fan

Postposted on Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:28 pm

It is a 4.2 I was wrong on that. Maybe gigabyte has something in its software I can change or the bios. I am sad that you think I am spam. I am a new member trying to get help and all you think of is the font size is wrong so he is spam. (If you look the font is the same size as yours so I could call your message spam also based off of that)
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Re: AMD FX fan

Postposted on Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:28 pm

flip-mode wrote:Aftermarket fan. Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo.


I will go for that. Good idea
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Re: AMD FX fan

Postposted on Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:44 pm

I have a Hyper 212 Plus on my FX-6100 that i've gotten great results wtih
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Re: AMD FX fan

Postposted on Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:17 pm

pikaporeon wrote:I have a Hyper 212 Plus on my FX-6100 that i've gotten great results wtih


Thank you for your option I will look at that
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Re: AMD FX fan

Postposted on Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:19 pm

Another vote for the Evo, I have one on my i5-3570k and it's great.
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Re: AMD FX fan

Postposted on Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:17 am

mjaybird wrote:It is a 4.2 I was wrong on that. Maybe gigabyte has something in its software I can change or the bios. I am sad that you think I am spam. I am a new member trying to get help and all you think of is the font size is wrong so he is spam. (If you look the font is the same size as yours so I could call your message spam also based off of that)


The amount of spam on this site made me cynical. I appologize.

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There are 3 things you can try before getting the aftermarket cooler (long term it is recommended though that you get one):
1. Undervolting&Underclocking
The reverse of OCing, you should be able to do it from the BIOS options, that's why i asked about what motherboard you have. After lowering the voltage test stability of the system by using a stress test software like OCCT. Your chip is unlocked so lowering the frequency to achieve stability at lower voltages should be quite easy, just change the CPU multiplier.

2. Lower the CPU fan speed
Do this also from the BIOS. With my older Asus mobo i can choose between presets like Silent, Normal or Turbo. it really makes a difference during idle or low loads. This should be done after undervolting and underclocking. Use again something like OCCT to check temperatures during high loads. Note that your chip's maximum temperature is 61 degrees Celsius.

3. Depending on what case and fans you have you could reconfigure the airflow in the case to optimize it around the CPU socket. But that's kind of difficult with the stock fan since it's a blow down style HSF. With tower coolers you can direct the airflow in a certain direction allowing you to create a wind tunnel effect.

Lastly i also think that for your budget the Coolermaster Hyper 212+ or Evo is a good choice, but since we don't know what case you have, you should check to see if your case's width allows the installation of such a tall cooler. Iirc the 212 Evo is 152mm tall, but you should througly check the specs before you make the purchase.

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Arclight wrote:You miss a few letters even though the text is quite small and you could have easily checked it.


mjaybird wrote:I am a new member trying to get help and all you think of is the font size is wrong so he is spam. (If you look the font is the same size as yours so I could call your message spam also based off of that)


Read again what i wrote. I never said anything about text font, i was reffering to you're grammer or spelling errors.
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