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Cooling "chirping" 140mm fan?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Buzzons, 3 Mar 2016.

  1. Buzzons

    Buzzons Minimodder

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    All,

    One of the 140mm fans that came with my Corsair 110i GT seems to "chirp" a little bit at slow RPM settings (~700rpm->800rpm) - If I spin it up using Link to over 1000 it stops making the noise but obviously is now louder for other reasons.

    The other fan doesn't seem to suffer the same issue - and pressing slightly down on the centre of the chirping one stops it.

    Any idea what it could be? should I RMA it? replace the fans? (what would I replace them with?)
     
  2. Vault-Tec

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    Is it PWM?
     
  3. Buzzons

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    it is - but i've set it to a set RPM (700) via Corsair Link - if i spin it up from 700 to 1000 it makes quite a bit of chirping around 800ish.. but then is ok at 1000. The other fan makes no such noise (same set up).
     
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    It's quite common for PWM fans to chirp when they are running very slowly. My Cougars used to do it.

    However, if it's only one and the rest are all cool with it it's quite possible you have a bum fan and need to replace it.
     
  5. Buzzons

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    yea that's what i'm thinking - as i bought it from Amazon, should I contact their support - or should I go direct to Corsair support and ask for a replacement fan?
     
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    Either or really. Corsair support is fantastic, as is Amazon. Did you buy them in a pack of two? reason I ask is because it may be easier to get just one sent by Corsair rather than having to return two fans.

    If it was bought singularly then simply send it back to Amazon (well, drop it off at Collect + or whatever it is they do now) :)

    Edit. Just a thought here.. Have you tried another fan on the same connector as the one that chirps?

    Do that first, it may even be the controller making the fan do it.
     
  7. Buzzons

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    They came with the H110i GT - so I guess as a pair? I've swapped the power over from fan 1 to fan 2 and the chirping one still makes the noise. :(

    Tried a different 140 and it doesn't make the noise either - so guess it's that fan.

    Will see if corsair can send me out a replacement
     
  8. Otis1337

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    I have the Corsair H110i GT too and just opened a ticket with Corsair support with the same problem as you. One of the fans has a high pitched whining noise when below 1000 RPM, the other is fine.

    Asked for a replacement to be sent out. Ill let you know how i get on.

    Update: there sending me a new fan :thumb:
     
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    awesome - will see how this goes for me too!

    you ever thinking of replacing the fans with a different type? How do you find Link? (I used mine to set the fans to 700rpm, pump on quiet and it's almost silent ya - apart from the chirping!)
     
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    Well i use Link, i like it as i wont to keep an eye on the pump.
    I set a custom RPM map for mine to stay silent till my hottest core gets to about 45c then start to speed up.

    They never really go above 750rpm in games and my Hex core stays around 40c. Bare in mind my CPU is a few gens old and is clocked. When idle i have the fans at the slowest possible 500rpm.

    I also like setting the RGB lighting and have a computer shut down measure if the pump stopped or dropped below 1000 rpm within link.

    So yeah i make use of link, think its pretty good to be honest.

    I do want to get some phanteks high pressure fans, but it would cost me £35 for two and the corsair fans are really good performance already, just not the quietest when they speed up, but they never go above 750rpm which is still pretty silent apart from the whine thats getting sorted with a new one for free.
     
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    Which Phanteks you thinking about? (Are they better performance/quieter than the Corsair ones?)
     
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    PH-F140MP

    around the same performance but a hell of a lot more quieter
     
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    Would you still plug them directly into the pump's controller or would you plug them into your motherboard's fan headers? Thinking I may do the same :/

    did your new fans turn up?
     

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