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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.

Intel Skull Canyon NUC (NUC6i7KYK) - 1TB Samsung 960 EVO NMVe SSD, 32GB memory
Apple Mac Pro 2013 - Deca-core 3GHz Xeon, 32GB memory, 1TB Apple SSD, D700 dGPU, eGPU shared with above NUC.
AKiTiO Node - EVGA GTX 1080Ti SC2 Gaming, Corsair SF600 PSU, Cougar Vortex HDB 120 case fan

 
2013 17" ASUS G750JS (GTX870M) [4th,4C,Q] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 16Gbps-TB2>TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + Win10 [build link]  


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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.

Intel Skull Canyon NUC (NUC6i7KYK) - 1TB Samsung 960 EVO NMVe SSD, 32GB memory
Apple Mac Pro 2013 - Deca-core 3GHz Xeon, 32GB memory, 1TB Apple SSD, D700 dGPU, eGPU shared with above NUC.
AKiTiO Node - EVGA GTX 1080Ti SC2 Gaming, Corsair SF600 PSU, Cougar Vortex HDB 120 case fan

 
2013 17" ASUS G750JS (GTX870M) [4th,4C,Q] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 16Gbps-TB2>TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + Win10 [build link]  


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

2017 13" HP Spectre 13" x360 + [email protected] (AKiTiO Node) + Win10

 
2016 13" HP Spectre X360 [7th,2C,U] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + Win10 [build link]  


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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! Smile

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!

MacBook Pro 15" 2017, AMD RP560
Devil Box + MSI GTX 1080Ti Gaming X

Bricked thanks to rEFInd:
MacBook Pro 15" Late 2013, GT 750M

 
2017 15" MacBook Pro (RP560) [7th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (PowerColor Devil Box) + macOS 10.13.3 & Win10 [build link]  


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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. Smile

Intel Skull Canyon NUC (NUC6i7KYK) - 1TB Samsung 960 EVO NMVe SSD, 32GB memory
Apple Mac Pro 2013 - Deca-core 3GHz Xeon, 32GB memory, 1TB Apple SSD, D700 dGPU, eGPU shared with above NUC.
AKiTiO Node - EVGA GTX 1080Ti SC2 Gaming, Corsair SF600 PSU, Cougar Vortex HDB 120 case fan

 
2013 17" ASUS G750JS (GTX870M) [4th,4C,Q] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 16Gbps-TB2>TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + Win10 [build link]  


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silvioalessi
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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 ?

Upgraded AKITiO Node with + +


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jefniro
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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!!

 

2019 14" HP EliteBook 840 G6 [8th,4C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 16Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + Win10 2004 [build link]  

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chocomonsters
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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.  

MacBook Pro 15" 2018
MSI Ge Force RTX 2080
Akitio Node
Windows 10 20H2 / Akitio Node Lite / Samsung SSD 970 EVO


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jefniro
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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! 

2019 14" HP EliteBook 840 G6 [8th,4C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 16Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + Win10 2004 [build link]  

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drax392
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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

Intel Skull Canyon NUC (NUC6i7KYK) - 1TB Samsung 960 EVO NMVe SSD, 32GB memory
Apple Mac Pro 2013 - Deca-core 3GHz Xeon, 32GB memory, 1TB Apple SSD, D700 dGPU, eGPU shared with above NUC.
AKiTiO Node - EVGA GTX 1080Ti SC2 Gaming, Corsair SF600 PSU, Cougar Vortex HDB 120 case fan

 
2013 17" ASUS G750JS (GTX870M) [4th,4C,Q] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 16Gbps-TB2>TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + Win10 [build link]  


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