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chocomonsters
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Has anyone replaced Akitio Node's fan, particularly PSU fan?  It is the loudest component in my office.  Node's front fan seems drop-in replacement, but not sure on PSU fan.

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itsage
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I removed the PSU fan in my AKiTiO Node a while back. It's a fairly standard 80mm fan.

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I am also curious about this. itsage, you also mentioned that you disabled the PSU fan in your review from January. No problems with heat I guess? So you don't see a reason to replace the fan? Just disable by disconnecting the cables?

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casual_g
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When I shut off my computer, the node PSU remains active. This is rather annoying since the PSU fan is loud.

Yet if I turn on the node using the physical power switch, the PSU fan does not switch on until I turn on my computer. It'd be nice to get the firmware updated so that power management on the node is improved.

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chocomonsters
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Any suggestion for brand of fan?  9to5Mac replaced  Akitio Thunder 3 with Noctua fan.  Noctua comes up often on web search.  So 80 mm for PSU fan and 120 mm for front case fan?

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Yukikaze
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Noctua makes great fans in pretty much every commonly used size, so they are a great choice for fan replacement.

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DANgerous25
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Posted by: itsage

 

I removed the PSU fan in my AKiTiO Node a while back. It's a fairly standard 80mm fan.

   

Hi @itsage, how exactly did you manage to get at and remove the fan in the PSU in the Node? Mine seems to be in an enclosed case that doesn't look easily removable. Do you have any pics of how you did it?

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Klasegpu
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Just got my node. I want to get rid of that PSU fan too. Any particular steps we should take and any long term problems?

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Inotna
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Can I disconnect the PSU fan on the Node and leave it out. It so freaking loud. I'm running it with a 1060.  Can it run without a fan?

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markbam
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The stock Node PSU fan is an 80x80x10(or 15, I didn't have a precise enough ruler next to me). I attempted to cram a Noctua 80x80x25 but it was way too thick.

I did some stress tests without the fan and the PSU got hot enough that it shut off power after ~30 minutes, (failsafe?) and it continued to do so, even after I left the cover off. So YMMV.

After a lot of research and dead ends about just how quiet a 10/15mm fan can be, I decided to put the stock fan back in since my graphics card is 10x louder anyway.

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