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gorogoropig
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I found the fan noise a little loud so I ended up replaces the fans as well. Instead of soldering, I bought an adapter for the PSU fan and front fan (I couldn't find these adapters easily anywhere else). For the front fan, I used a be quiet! Pure Wings 2 and for the PSU fan I used a Cooler Master fan. I thought about using the SilenX fan, but I found a lot of negative reviews about the build quality. The replacement fans work very well and it's very quiet now. Loudest fan is now the GPU fans (and when laptop is not in use, PSU fan is very quiet).

 

Front fan with the adapter

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/k3LfQV5F-z-LVLNsFk9NF0im_rvr637Tb3lBo5bA8EmchzCQoihghi0dlJI0CtOzt289gwkN-lxjFyVW34WMnnyLVPqnpZCEog8EPITCyqe5wDCEICTLwZPp8DpghzbSnM7pkjSWrcSiEYpGozaI1XYrjOXHXK6oioSdFdFIo_Ynq4IX2bNkK95fbUQ2Wo_lkMzIoaSNywKX4NyvrYslRvmB2T7UfvkJFZM42PBubW98J4MoKBfMKqiEQRa4m-shjejVWCfZu4cerKXVj07r4KAOrAffyFjI4LdiJInMP69Q5l12NT2iXaPYwsqPM_2_KiF3L8paVBnT4JDzKP0qfRuDoxk_uwxEBxayQk1QyNT8yGbcvWkUl9pB1B5Xfa5YS3O0_Mr6-G5SLcZBhUaKGQ4YDf78FCrgQ8o4Itn0IjvVZ0t7V37BjRXh3Hw3eWhdnm0mBJQZAnE2jeVpsjmHQaC0J0DAuUkciBZ7DOG-fwAllbzuNyfmP5ExCzDtsA2lFWHVgYskddCjnkrEgzkGtIBUCNLk5WnF-W9j7W5IpcSTPLbRZj1be09rvUDFLGwNCPTg2uZVlHI_OgEwW47Y4Y2pujylmm9R14mvFFH49pKdCp_R=w711-h948-no

 

PSU fan

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PSU fan adapter

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drax392
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This is interesting that people complain about the PSU fan being louder than the front fan, I'm beginning to think my front case fan has a defective bearing.  It's not a typical bad bearing sound, but it is definitely the loudest part of my Node and isn't a fan noise but more like a "purr."

I tried running with it disconnected to see if the GPU would maintain its cool, but unfortunately it did climb over 80C and with the fan plugged in it runs in the high 70s under load.  I guess I'll be buying a replacement.  Also good to hear about the PSU replacements, I may do that down the road but for now I don't mind the PSU fan noise.

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gtosi
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@drax392 I agree: in my Node, the front fan is definitely noisier than the PSU fan, also with a constant "purr". I think under load, the PSU fan gets quite noisy as well though. I will replace both fans in time.

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I replaced the original front fan in my Akitio thunder 2 with a dual noctua fan setup at slower speed,
the "siren" went silent and I have better cooling as well.

Noctua is highly recommended.

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drax392
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I ordered this and received it today, ordered a 3-to-2 pin adapter cable as well.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008N2ZVOW

The front case fan is now silent.  Under normal use, the NUC fan now makes more noise than the Node.  I'm super happy with the results, now I can leave the Node powered on and not be annoyed by it.

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AKiTiO Node - EVGA GTX 1080Ti SC2 Gaming, Corsair SF600 PSU, Cougar Vortex HDB 120 case fan
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drax392
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I ended up ordering the SF450 PSU, ATX jumper, and extra PCIe power cables today.  Not for any reason other than I'm bored and if I can make the Node silent most of the time then that would be a nice bonus.

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Can someone please suggest a silent PSU for Node? More powerful, but still silent, would be a plus! 🙂

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Daelin
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Posted by: Jaye

Can someone please suggest a silent PSU for Node? More powerful, but still silent, would be a plus! 🙂

drax392 already mentioned the perfect SF PSU 😉 

http://www.corsair.com/en-us/sf-series-sf450-450-watt-80-plus-gold-certified-high-performance-sfx-psu

there is also a 600W unit of it, but you won't need it!

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drax392
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PSU swap complete!  It didn't go quite as smoothly as I had hoped, the PCIe cables I bought had different pinouts than the Corsair PSU.  So, I ended up removing the pins from the 6-pin connector from the original PSU to free up that connector, removing the pins from the "CPU" connector on the CPU power cable that came with the Corsair PSU, and attaching the original connector to the Corsair cable, making sure the pins matched the PCIe cable supplied with the PSU.

Other than that, everything else was a piece of cake and the Node is silent under normal use, under load the fans are still pretty quiet.  Much, much quieter than with the original PSU (I went with the SF600 just to give some extra headroom as some had issues with the 1080Ti and the 400W/450W PSUs).

If AKiTiO used zero-fan-mode PSUs and silent case fans then they would be perfect out of the box, IMO. It's a bummer that we have to do this mods to quiet them down, but it's still worth it.  🙂

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Posted by: chocomonsters

@DANgerous25.  Nothing to install really.  SFX format PSU is standard size that fits in Akitio Node.  Unscrew and PSU slides out.  No special tools needed.  No need to open up PSU.

I chose Corsair SF450 as it was modular PSU that can accommodate 3 PCIe cables (one PCIe for Akitio Node and 2 PCIe for MSI GTX1070 gaming X).  It is rated 80 plus Gold so it runs cool enough that PSU fan doesn't kick in ever.  It only came on once during stress benchmarking.  This PSU comes with 2 PCIe cables so I requested and received 3rd PCIe cable from Corsair.  All PSU designed to use with motherboard will need "power-on" jumper with paper clip or pre-made jumper tool from Amazon.  Just attach jumper tool to 24 ATX cable to power on PSU.  This simulate power on-signal from computer motherboard and turn PSU on.

I also replaced stock Sunon fan with Noctua NF-S12A FLX fan yesterday.  It is really quiet (17.8 dB at 63 CFM air flow with max speed setting) vs Sunon fan (29.6 dB at 55 CFM air flow) and moves more air than stock fan in Akitio Node.  This fan can run at slower speed but I dont find it necessary.  You do need a 3 pin to 2 pin fan adapter cable.

These are what I used.

Corsair SF450 PSU         www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CGGOXWQ

PSU Bridge Tool               www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NKQ4F98

3 to 2 pin fan adapter      www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002FR84FY

Noctua NF-S12A FLX      www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BEZKX8Y

Corsair CP-8920143 PCIe spare cable from Corsair

 

 

 

Did exactly as describe, very silent now !!! why Akitio can't use better Fans and PSU ?

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Hi @chocomonsters

it' s possible to change the Corsair CP-8920143 PCIe cable with another one that is not from Corsair or you need that Corsair one? Because I don't find it...

Thank you!!

 

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Hi @jefniro.  It is a type 4 PCI-e cable (not common cable to find).  I believe type 3 PCI-e cables would work also.  Now that these PSUs have been out for awhile, they may have different cables that fits also.

Simplest is to contact Corsair support through Accessory Product replacement request.  They do sell these cables as accessories, but they send me one for free of charge/shipping.  My experience with Corsair has been superb.  

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Thank you @chocomonsters I think I need only two cables, meanwhile I have checked my GPU XFX AMD 480 and I need only one cable for it! 

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Posted by: jefniro

Hi @chocomonsters

it' s possible to change the Corsair CP-8920143 PCIe cable with another one that is not from Corsair or you need that Corsair one? Because I don't find it...

Thank you!!

 

You can use any of these Corsair cables, whatever color you want.  They work with the SF450 and SF600 PSUs.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N9GTJUS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1

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Posted by: drax392
Posted by: jefniro

Hi @chocomonsters

it' s possible to change the Corsair CP-8920143 PCIe cable with another one that is not from Corsair or you need that Corsair one? Because I don't find it...

Thank you!!

 

You can use any of these Corsair cables, whatever color you want.  They work with the SF450 and SF600 PSUs.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N9GTJUS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1

WOW!! Thank you!

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Done! Changed my Node's PSU ...it's very very silent now! Really, big step forward! Maybe I will change the Node's fan too...

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.....aaaaaand I have change the Akitio Node's fan too with Corsair AF120! Very satisfied about noise! Indeed, I'm happy with the quiet!

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.....aaaaaand I have change the Akitio Node's fan too with Corsair AF120! Very satisfied about noise! Indeed, I'm happy with the quiet!

Huge difference for sure, this is the way the Node should come from AKiTiO.  Using cheap, noisy components to save a few bucks just cheapens the whole experience.  I would've happily paid more to get a Node with better, quieter components...and ultimately I did, I just had to install them myself.  😀  Can't even tell it and the 1080Ti are powered on until I start playing a GPU-intensive game.

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Im wondering if anyone has adding fans at the back of the node?
The grills seems to be able to fit at 2 25mm fan but there isnt any good fans at that size.

Im thinking of mounting a 40mm noctua fan with strong adhesive tape to push the hot air out from the case.

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@drax392: I agree. Akitio's PSU is definitely louder than GPU, and even some Flex ATX PSUs with a 4cm fan feel more quiet (though a bit buzzy).

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Posted by: chocomonsters

@anima   Thanks for catching that.  Correct one from that vendor is below link for 3 to 2 pin converter.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002FR84FY

Thinking about making these mods myself - I'm struggling to get the 3 to 2 pin adapter - D style in the UK. Is there another name for it? Does anyone know where I could get one from?

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Posted by: imcalledandy
Posted by: chocomonsters

@anima   Thanks for catching that.  Correct one from that vendor is below link for 3 to 2 pin converter.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002FR84FY

Thinking about making these mods myself - I'm struggling to get the 3 to 2 pin adapter - D style in the UK. Is there another name for it? Does anyone know where I could get one from?

You should be able to order the "D" style adapter directly from Cooler Guys, they do ship to the UK according to their site.

https://www.coolerguys.com/products/3-to-2-pin-adapter-4-different-styles

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Posted by: drax392
Posted by: imcalledandy
Posted by: chocomonsters

@anima   Thanks for catching that.  Correct one from that vendor is below link for 3 to 2 pin converter.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002FR84FY

Thinking about making these mods myself - I'm struggling to get the 3 to 2 pin adapter - D style in the UK. Is there another name for it? Does anyone know where I could get one from?

You should be able to order the "D" style adapter directly from Cooler Guys, they do ship to the UK according to their site.

https://www.coolerguys.com/products/3-to-2-pin-adapter-4-different-styles

I just replaced both the PSU fan as well as the fan on the front. The two connectors are DIFFERENT, so it was a bit of a hit an miss with the adapters. For the front fan I got this one:  https://www.caseking.de/luefter-adapterkabel-2-pin-zu-3-pin-molex-zuad-176.html

This one did not fithttps://www.amazon.de/dp/B003D6O53Q

For the PSU I did not find the correct adapter at all. I just cut the cables of the old fan and joined them together with the new fan in these little metal pipes with some isolating tape around. It's really silent now. 

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Posted by: gtosi
Posted by: drax392
Posted by: imcalledandy
Posted by: chocomonsters

@anima   Thanks for catching that.  Correct one from that vendor is below link for 3 to 2 pin converter.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002FR84FY

Thinking about making these mods myself - I'm struggling to get the 3 to 2 pin adapter - D style in the UK. Is there another name for it? Does anyone know where I could get one from?

You should be able to order the "D" style adapter directly from Cooler Guys, they do ship to the UK according to their site.

https://www.coolerguys.com/products/3-to-2-pin-adapter-4-different-styles

I just replaced both the PSU fan as well as the fan on the front. The two connectors are DIFFERENT, so it was a bit of a hit an miss with the adapters. For the front fan I got this one:  https://www.caseking.de/luefter-adapterkabel-2-pin-zu-3-pin-molex-zuad-176.html

This one did not fithttps://www.amazon.de/dp/B003D6O53Q

For the PSU I did not find the correct adapter at all. I just cut the cables of the old fan and joined them together with the new fan in these little metal pipes with some isolating tape around. It's really silent now. 

Indeed, which adapter you need depends on which parts you're using.  I would hope people would buy the adapter needed for the parts they're buying and not assuming everything uses the same connector.  So, if someone says they're having a hard time finding a "D" connector in the UK then I'll point them to where they can order a "D" connector in the UK.  😉

Glad you got your install sorted out, so much more pleasant having everything quiet.

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I’m just gonna say that this thread is sick! The suggestions seem to be awesome - got to know about SF600 PSU from here - fits and works perfectly. 

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Thanks for the reply @drax392

It's such a cheap component and then shipping costs really bump it up!

Did someone here say they were going to post a walkthrough tutorial? I think that would be really useful.

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Posted by: drax392

PSU swap complete!  It didn't go quite as smoothly as I had hoped, the PCIe cables I bought had different pinouts than the Corsair PSU.  So, I ended up removing the pins from the 6-pin connector from the original PSU to free up that connector, removing the pins from the "CPU" connector on the CPU power cable that came with the Corsair PSU, and attaching the original connector to the Corsair cable, making sure the pins matched the PCIe cable supplied with the PSU.

Other than that, everything else was a piece of cake and the Node is silent under normal use, under load the fans are still pretty quiet.  Much, much quieter than with the original PSU (I went with the SF600 just to give some extra headroom as some had issues with the 1080Ti and the 400W/450W PSUs).

If AKiTiO used zero-fan-mode PSUs and silent case fans then they would be perfect out of the box, IMO. It's a bummer that we have to do this mods to quiet them down, but it's still worth it.  🙂

Hi @drax392

Amazing stuff! Thank you

I am going for the SF600 PSU as I am also getting the 1080ti.

Could you please advise me as to what else I should order from amazon in order to make the replacement process as smooth as possible (not experienced, any tips would be greatly appreciated)?

So far I have listed:

1) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008N2ZVOW   (front fan)

2)3 to 2 Pin adapter cable for front fan (any suggestions?)

3) SF600

4)PCIe Cables (any suggestions so that I can potentially avoid the pin issue you faced?)

 

 

Looking forward to hearing from you 🙂

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I have ordered this one:

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Pin-Converter-for-Mobile-Racks-CB-YA-C2P-/230238039226

 

I'm still waiting for it (it's on the way now). I don't if it will works, I hope yes...anyway the name of these adapters are CB-YA-C2P

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I have ordered this one:

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Pin-Converter-for-Mobile-Racks-CB-YA-C2P-/230238039226

 

I'm still waiting for it (it's on the way now). I don't if it will works, I hope yes...anyway the name of these adapters are CB-YA-C2P

For the front fan? I don't think this will fit on the Akitio board I am afraid. When you open the Node and look at the plug, you will see it's different, no?

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@anima   Thanks for catching that.  Correct one from that vendor is below link for 3 to 2 pin converter.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002FR84FY

Thinking about making these mods myself - I'm struggling to get the 3 to 2 pin adapter - D style in the UK. Is there another name for it? Does anyone know where I could get one from?

You should be able to order the "D" style adapter directly from Cooler Guys, they do ship to the UK according to their site.

https://www.coolerguys.com/products/3-to-2-pin-adapter-4-different-styles

I just replaced both the PSU fan as well as the fan on the front. The two connectors are DIFFERENT, so it was a bit of a hit an miss with the adapters. For the front fan I got this one:  https://www.caseking.de/luefter-adapterkabel-2-pin-zu-3-pin-molex-zuad-176.html

This one did not fithttps://www.amazon.de/dp/B003D6O53Q

For the PSU I did not find the correct adapter at all. I just cut the cables of the old fan and joined them together with the new fan in these little metal pipes with some isolating tape around. It's really silent now. 

Indeed, which adapter you need depends on which parts you're using.  I would hope people would buy the adapter needed for the parts they're buying and not assuming everything uses the same connector.  So, if someone says they're having a hard time finding a "D" connector in the UK then I'll point them to where they can order a "D" connector in the UK.  😉

Glad you got your install sorted out, so much more pleasant having everything quiet.

I had a hard time finding a "D" connector in Germany/Uk as well. It's somehow not frquently named that way here I feel. The page I linked to also ships to UK. But shipping is expensive..

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Did anyone find an adapter for the PSU fan? I ended up just DIY connecting the cables. But for anyone who does not want to swap the entire PSU in the future it would be nice to know.

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Would this one work?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-Pin-Converter-for-Mobile-Racks-CB-YA-D2P-/330224647443?epid=1939095252&hash=item4ce2ec3d13:g:5CoAAOSwd4tT46oi

This one is bang on! (Only for front fan)

it also reassuringly says D2P in the article code. The other one was C2P

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Would this one work?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-Pin-Converter-for-Mobile-Racks-CB-YA-D2P-/330224647443?epid=1939095252&hash=item4ce2ec3d13:g:5CoAAOSwd4tT46oi

This one is bang on! (Only for front fan)

Awesome! Thanks!

@jefniro - I think you've found the same one as me.

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PSU swap complete!  It didn't go quite as smoothly as I had hoped, the PCIe cables I bought had different pinouts than the Corsair PSU.  So, I ended up removing the pins from the 6-pin connector from the original PSU to free up that connector, removing the pins from the "CPU" connector on the CPU power cable that came with the Corsair PSU, and attaching the original connector to the Corsair cable, making sure the pins matched the PCIe cable supplied with the PSU.

Other than that, everything else was a piece of cake and the Node is silent under normal use, under load the fans are still pretty quiet.  Much, much quieter than with the original PSU (I went with the SF600 just to give some extra headroom as some had issues with the 1080Ti and the 400W/450W PSUs).

If AKiTiO used zero-fan-mode PSUs and silent case fans then they would be perfect out of the box, IMO. It's a bummer that we have to do this mods to quiet them down, but it's still worth it.  🙂

Hi @drax392

Amazing stuff! Thank you

I am going for the SF600 PSU as I am also getting the 1080ti.

Could you please advise me as to what else I should order from amazon in order to make the replacement process as smooth as possible (not experienced, any tips would be greatly appreciated)?

So far I have listed:

1) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008N2ZVOW   (front fan)

2)3 to 2 Pin adapter cable for front fan (any suggestions?)

3) SF600

4)PCIe Cables (any suggestions so that I can potentially avoid the pin issue you faced?)

 

 

Looking forward to hearing from you 🙂

Hi @pavlhs90

Here's everything that I ordered for my PSU and front fan swap.  Nothing else was needed and the swaps were very easy.

PSU - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CGI5M24
PCIe cables - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N6G25K8
PSU Bridge (this or jumping the pins required for the PSU to power on without being connected to a moterhboard) - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K38IKRY
3->2 D-style fan adapter - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002FR84FY
Front fan - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008N2ZVOW

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