I'm currently using a Cooler Master ML240L, but the pump is loud enough to get picked up when I'm recording a podcast, even with a dynamic microphone. Moving the PC farther from my microphone just isn't an option at this point. I still want to have decent cooling performance for gaming, but I need to mitigate the noise when I'm recording.
My CPU is the Ryzen 5600X. I used to overclock, but since my rig has transitioned to podcasting more than gaming, I've scaled back considerably.
What do you all suggest? I'm currently looking at the Noctua NH-U12S and the be quiet Pure Rock 2.
The software for the coolermaster should let you adjust the pump speed. It probably defaulted to 100% but this isn't necessary. Those pumps have a sweet spot for ultra quiet, usually around 60%. play around with the speed setting and see if you can find the quiet zone.
Sadly, it doesn't look like my cooler is compatible with Cooler Master's software.
Is there no speed control at all then?
CoolerMaster's website says:
Pump Noise Level< 15 dBA
Which is rather low I think? Perhaps you can contact their support. You may have a unit with some defect that makes it loud. It should have a 2 year warranty.
How is it mounted? Often, pump noise comes from a AIO that's mounted incorrectly with the pump head above the top of the loop, leading to air getting trapped in it.
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