Fan Speed?

By kesler
Nov 2, 2006
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  1. Does it matter how fast you set your cpu fan speed? I've checked mine and my kids computer and get readings from 2500 to 4500. The high reading came from my sons atholn xp. Is it just the noise factor when they are set high? For my kids computers I'm more interested in getting long life rather than noise. Their music drowns out any fan noise. Thanks
  2. nickslick74

    nickslick74 Newcomer, in training Posts: 883

    Generally on OEM computers, you are stuck not being able to adjust the fan speed. Some newer oem's have their systems setup to vary the fan speed on demand. Since your sons computer is an Athlon XP and is older, you can't adjust the speed unless you add an aftermarket hsf and a fan controler (some come with it). Anthlon XP's, especially the Barton core's ran pretty hot, which would explain the high rpms for his fan.

    To answer your other question, yes fans will get noiser the faster they go. Especially the stock coolers, since the fans are usually smaller and lower quality than aftermarket hsf combos. Larger fans will move more air at a lower spped, meaning less noise. You sons computer is probabl yjust fine using the current setup since the noise isn't bothering him.
  3. kesler

    kesler TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 141

    I use speedfan and I can ajust settings. Is the fast setting, 4500 okay?
  4. nickslick74

    nickslick74 Newcomer, in training Posts: 883

    Sure, as long as you don't mind the noise. My old computer sounds like a plane taking of, but I have gotten used to it. When I game I just turn up the sound.
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