*New 12.1 series Release:
2019-11-08: XigmaNAS 12.1.0.4.7091 - released!

*New 11.3 series Release:
2019-10-19: XigmaNAS 11.3.0.4.7014 - released


We really need "Your" help on XigmaNAS https://translations.launchpad.net/xigmanas translations. Please help today!

Producing and hosting XigmaNAS costs money. Please consider donating for our project so that we can continue to offer you the best.
We need your support! eg: PAYPAL

High CFM low noise case fans

Everything Hardware related to build that XigmaNAS system!
Forum rules
Set-Up GuideFAQsForum Rules
Post Reply
User avatar
ChriZathens
Forum Moderator
Forum Moderator
Posts: 833
Joined: 23 Jun 2012 09:14
Location: Athens, Greece
Contact:
Status: Offline

High CFM low noise case fans

#1

Post by ChriZathens » 19 May 2015 10:06

Hi people!
Lately I have been thinking about changing the cooling system on my NAS...
My Fractal Design Define R2 case currently has 3x120mm silent fans which are... well silent, but due to the heavy noise insulation and the fact it is located in a wooden wall locker they are not doing a great job in cooling the drives.
In moderate load I can see the Hard disk temps climbing to 46-48 degrees C (especially now that temperatures get higher in Greece and will continue to get higher)
I have seen some cheap (about 4 euro each) Konig 120mm fans which provide per specs 75 CFM (which is much better than the 33 CFM of the Fractals), but also are loud at 37db (while the Fractals are <20)
I have also looked into some Cougar fans which are at 60CFM and are silent at 17.7db
They look ideal, however they are not exactly cheap (best price I have found so far is about 17 euro for 1 - I will get 3 of them.
So, as you can understand there is a significant difference between 12 and 50 euros.. :?
But since I wish to stop worrying about my drive temperatures I am willing to pay that much.
What are you guys using to cool your HDDs?
Has anyone of you any experience with Cougar fans?
Any other recommendations for High CFM low noise fans?
I don't really care for PWM fans (those Cougars I am looking at are 3pin - 4pin are even more expensive and not really a necessity for me)
My Nas
  1. Case: Fractal Design Define R2
  2. M/B: Supermicro x9scl-f
  3. CPU: Intel Celeron G1620
  4. RAM: 16GB DDR3 ECC (2 x Kingston KVR1333D3E9S/8G)
  5. PSU: Chieftec 850w 80+ modular
  6. Storage: 8x2TB HDDs in a RaidZ2 array ~ 10.1 TB usable disk space
  7. O/S: XigmaNAS 11.2.0.4.6625 -amd64 embedded
  8. Extra H/W: Dell Perc H310 SAS controller, crosflashed to LSI 9211-8i IT mode, 8GB Innodisk D150SV SATADOM for O/S

Backup Nas: HP N40L (4x1TB HP branded Seagate disks in RaidZ configuration - 8GB ECC RAM)

User avatar
b0ssman
Forum Moderator
Forum Moderator
Posts: 2458
Joined: 14 Feb 2013 08:34
Location: Munich, Germany
Status: Offline

Re: High CFM low noise case fans

#2

Post by b0ssman » 19 May 2015 14:06

be quiet! Shadow Wings High-Speed - 120mm 30 db 75 CFM
Noiseblocker Multiframe S-Series M12-3 - 120mm 27db 73 CFM
Nas4Free 11.1.0.4.4517. Supermicro X10SLL-F, 16gb ECC, i3 4130, IBM M1015 with IT firmware. 4x 3tb WD Red, 4x 2TB Samsung F4, both GEOM AES 256 encrypted.

User avatar
ChriZathens
Forum Moderator
Forum Moderator
Posts: 833
Joined: 23 Jun 2012 09:14
Location: Athens, Greece
Contact:
Status: Offline

Re: High CFM low noise case fans

#3

Post by ChriZathens » 19 May 2015 16:23

Hey, b0ssman, thanks a lot for the recommendations!
I also found Arctic Cooling F12 PWM rev.2 120mm 74CFM 0.3sone
From searching a bit, I read that a rough estimate of i sone is 25db, so I believe they will be quieter.
My Nas
  1. Case: Fractal Design Define R2
  2. M/B: Supermicro x9scl-f
  3. CPU: Intel Celeron G1620
  4. RAM: 16GB DDR3 ECC (2 x Kingston KVR1333D3E9S/8G)
  5. PSU: Chieftec 850w 80+ modular
  6. Storage: 8x2TB HDDs in a RaidZ2 array ~ 10.1 TB usable disk space
  7. O/S: XigmaNAS 11.2.0.4.6625 -amd64 embedded
  8. Extra H/W: Dell Perc H310 SAS controller, crosflashed to LSI 9211-8i IT mode, 8GB Innodisk D150SV SATADOM for O/S

Backup Nas: HP N40L (4x1TB HP branded Seagate disks in RaidZ configuration - 8GB ECC RAM)

User avatar
b0ssman
Forum Moderator
Forum Moderator
Posts: 2458
Joined: 14 Feb 2013 08:34
Location: Munich, Germany
Status: Offline

Re: High CFM low noise case fans

#4

Post by b0ssman » 19 May 2015 18:23

i have some arctic colling pwm fans. i found them to be very annoying. they had a shushing noise that was louder than the actual air flow.
Nas4Free 11.1.0.4.4517. Supermicro X10SLL-F, 16gb ECC, i3 4130, IBM M1015 with IT firmware. 4x 3tb WD Red, 4x 2TB Samsung F4, both GEOM AES 256 encrypted.

User avatar
ChriZathens
Forum Moderator
Forum Moderator
Posts: 833
Joined: 23 Jun 2012 09:14
Location: Athens, Greece
Contact:
Status: Offline

Re: High CFM low noise case fans

#5

Post by ChriZathens » 19 May 2015 19:01

Well i searched a bit about them. The plus they have is that they are locally available and they are actually dirt cheap - 5 euros each. I read some reviews in a local shop that they are actually very quiet. Perhaps rev 2 is built better ..(?)
What revision are yours?
The pros regarding noise in my case are
a. My NAS in not on at night and
b. Noise will most likely not be a serious issue (of course this does not mean that i can tolerate any Delta industrial fans), because my fractal case has ridiculously good noise insulation (it is actually one of the reasons the hdd temps are high. Because of all the soundproof material. I have my linux server in a cheap case with 3 hdds which are always spinning. It has only one fan, the one for the drives. It is the same fan as the ones used in my NAS, which has 3. Hdd temps in my linux are never above 38 degrees)
My Nas
  1. Case: Fractal Design Define R2
  2. M/B: Supermicro x9scl-f
  3. CPU: Intel Celeron G1620
  4. RAM: 16GB DDR3 ECC (2 x Kingston KVR1333D3E9S/8G)
  5. PSU: Chieftec 850w 80+ modular
  6. Storage: 8x2TB HDDs in a RaidZ2 array ~ 10.1 TB usable disk space
  7. O/S: XigmaNAS 11.2.0.4.6625 -amd64 embedded
  8. Extra H/W: Dell Perc H310 SAS controller, crosflashed to LSI 9211-8i IT mode, 8GB Innodisk D150SV SATADOM for O/S

Backup Nas: HP N40L (4x1TB HP branded Seagate disks in RaidZ configuration - 8GB ECC RAM)

User avatar
ChriZathens
Forum Moderator
Forum Moderator
Posts: 833
Joined: 23 Jun 2012 09:14
Location: Athens, Greece
Contact:
Status: Offline

Re: High CFM low noise case fans

#6

Post by ChriZathens » 25 May 2015 13:21

OK, so finally grabbed the Arctic cooling fans. As mentioned earlier, i got them for 5 euros each...
Some workbench tests at work indicated that they blow a lot of air (compared to the Fractal design silent fans I currently have) and are quiet.
I hope they remain quiet once they are put inside the case...
I will update on the topic once I find free time and install them.
Thanks a lot, b0ssman, for your recommendations!
My Nas
  1. Case: Fractal Design Define R2
  2. M/B: Supermicro x9scl-f
  3. CPU: Intel Celeron G1620
  4. RAM: 16GB DDR3 ECC (2 x Kingston KVR1333D3E9S/8G)
  5. PSU: Chieftec 850w 80+ modular
  6. Storage: 8x2TB HDDs in a RaidZ2 array ~ 10.1 TB usable disk space
  7. O/S: XigmaNAS 11.2.0.4.6625 -amd64 embedded
  8. Extra H/W: Dell Perc H310 SAS controller, crosflashed to LSI 9211-8i IT mode, 8GB Innodisk D150SV SATADOM for O/S

Backup Nas: HP N40L (4x1TB HP branded Seagate disks in RaidZ configuration - 8GB ECC RAM)

User avatar
b0ssman
Forum Moderator
Forum Moderator
Posts: 2458
Joined: 14 Feb 2013 08:34
Location: Munich, Germany
Status: Offline

Re: High CFM low noise case fans

#7

Post by b0ssman » 25 May 2015 13:28

the fans today are generally better.
i got 2 entire drawers full of different fans :)
Nas4Free 11.1.0.4.4517. Supermicro X10SLL-F, 16gb ECC, i3 4130, IBM M1015 with IT firmware. 4x 3tb WD Red, 4x 2TB Samsung F4, both GEOM AES 256 encrypted.

User avatar
ChriZathens
Forum Moderator
Forum Moderator
Posts: 833
Joined: 23 Jun 2012 09:14
Location: Athens, Greece
Contact:
Status: Offline

Re: High CFM low noise case fans

#8

Post by ChriZathens » 25 May 2015 13:40

Lol, me too...
And in various sizes.. 40mm, 80mm, 92mm, 120mm
In total I have about 10-12 fans laying around, without counting the 4 Arctics I just got...
My Nas
  1. Case: Fractal Design Define R2
  2. M/B: Supermicro x9scl-f
  3. CPU: Intel Celeron G1620
  4. RAM: 16GB DDR3 ECC (2 x Kingston KVR1333D3E9S/8G)
  5. PSU: Chieftec 850w 80+ modular
  6. Storage: 8x2TB HDDs in a RaidZ2 array ~ 10.1 TB usable disk space
  7. O/S: XigmaNAS 11.2.0.4.6625 -amd64 embedded
  8. Extra H/W: Dell Perc H310 SAS controller, crosflashed to LSI 9211-8i IT mode, 8GB Innodisk D150SV SATADOM for O/S

Backup Nas: HP N40L (4x1TB HP branded Seagate disks in RaidZ configuration - 8GB ECC RAM)

Post Reply

Return to “Server Build, Tips, Help and Suggestions”