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deplomb
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The built in akitio fan is permanently running and quite noisy.

To reduce noise level when working without large gpu load
the idea would be to replace the original with a pwm fan and control its speed with the gpu fan controller.

I use a KFA2 GeForce GTX 970 Gamer OC in my built.
Does anyone know if this is possible without too much hassle or taking the gpu apart and messing with thermal paste etc?

Has anyone experience with noise reduction?
I saw mods with the internal akitio fan replaced by a Noctua fan.
Is the noctua really significantly quieter?
Any other recommendation for low noise 60mm fans?

And the main question: how to control the fan from the GPU?

Any help is very much appreciated.

 

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I use a 60mm Noctua and yes, it is significantly quieter than the stock fan. I know that some GPUs have a fan header, allowing you to connect another fan to them. Lacking that, you can use a tiny fan controller (or a purpose built resistor) to achieve a similar effect by dropping the voltage to the fan, with the end result being a slower rotation speed.

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noler
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I'm using a 60mm Noctua fan as well. Very quiet!

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I wanted to switch the fan, but the Noctua is 25mm and doesn't fit with the EVGA 1060. The original one is 20mm. I couldn't find any quieter fan with 20mm thickness.

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deplomb
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Thank you all for the feedback.

@dsaul: good point with the +5mm thickness of the noctua,
same problem with my KFA2 GeForce GTX 970 Gamer OC - no space for the noctua.
I'm thinking about a mod for the inner housing.

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Posted by: dsaul

 

I wanted to switch the fan, but the Noctua is 25mm and doesn't fit with the EVGA 1060. The original one is 20mm. I couldn't find any quieter fan with 20mm thickness.

   

I'm using Noctua with EVGA GTX 1060 😛
It's tight but it works.

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deplomb
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with the gtx 970 there is a 2-3mm gap between GPU and original fan.
I was thinking about this:

 

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You can add thermal sensor for silencing the frontal fan when the card is cold. It will start to blow hot air away when app are demanding gfx power.

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deplomb
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very interesting idea.
where would you suggest to place the thermal sensor?

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Posted by: noler

 

Posted by: dsaul

 

I wanted to switch the fan, but the Noctua is 25mm and doesn't fit with the EVGA 1060. The original one is 20mm. I couldn't find any quieter fan with 20mm thickness.

   

I'm using Noctua with EVGA GTX 1060 😛
It's tight but it works.

   

Does it really fit? It looks so tight with the original fan, doesn't look like will fit extra 5mm. 

Can you take a pic?? Thanks!

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