I just got my new PC up and running. It has a Ryzen 3950X with a CoolerMaster ML360R, as I found it was often the best rated cooler in reviews.
The problem is, IT’S SO DAMN LOUD!
I have adjusted my fan curves so the CPU fans spin as slowly as possible, but there is a constant low-frequency humming of the fans vibrating against the radiator. When the fans spin up even just a little, the noise drives me insane.
If I detach the fans and hold them in my hand while they spin, they make almost no noise even running at maximum, so the noise has to be vibration related. I have fastened both my radiator and the fans securely, there are no loose screws or anything like that to blame for the noise.
There isn’t just 1 fan to blame either, I have unplugged all the fans and plugged them in one at a time, and they all make a very loud humm when attached to the radiator.
Since all the fans make the same level of noise, I’m assuming this isn’t a production error, and is in fact just the intended noise level of these fans, even though I find it absolutely maddening.
I have several ideas for alternative ways to attach the fans, to remove the vibration noise:
- Simple velcro. Glue a strip of velcro on each side of the radiator, then glue 4 pads of velcro on each fan. Have anybody tried this before? Do you think it would eliminate the vibration noise, or will the vibration against the velcro just introduce a different noise?
- Sticky pads. A local store has these soft pads with an adhesive on each side. Directly translated they are called “sticky pillows”. Sounds promising.
- Packing foam with double sided tape. Cut out 4 corners of thin packing foam and add double sided tape to each side, then press the fan against the radiator with the foam in between. I would have tried this already of my packing foam wasn’t white, so it would be extremely visible in my case
Do anybody have experience with mounting fans without using screws? My main concern is that the vibration might weaken the adhesive over time.
Any personal experience and anecdotes are appreciated.