Best PCIe fan for SAS RAID controller?

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  1. valorouswon

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    I'm looking for the best fan to cool my LSI adapter, it's ridiculously hot just idling, can only imagine when it's running. Should I be blowing air directly onto the heatsink?

    New IT Mode LSI 9211-8i SAS SATA 8-port PCI-E 6Gb/s Controller Card

    FAN suggestions:

    https://www.amazon.ca/Vantec-SP-FC70-BL-Spectrum-System-Adjustable/dp/B000233ZMU

    The heatsink lies face down, so the fan would have to be blowing upward, I have no idea where to go from there. Also attached some pics of my case, my R290 is blocking airflow towards top left.

    Specs:

    3930k
    GA UD5 X79
    R290
    Win 7 x64

    Thanks!
     

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    Not sure where this question falls under in the forum, sorry for double post
     
  3. alxlwson

    alxlwson You Know Where I Live

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    That Vantex will be just fine. Install it, and be cooler.
     
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  4. valorouswon

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    Thanks, but should I be blowing air directly onto or pulling from the LSI heatsink? Not sure which way is correct
     
  5. alxlwson

    alxlwson You Know Where I Live

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    You blow on it.....
     
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  6. acquacow

    acquacow Limp Gawd

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    I have a 9420-8i which is very similar to that card... never had any issues with cooling even with the stock heatsink being right up against other cards in my box.

    Up against one of my ioDrives in another install:
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    I even had it up against one of my 970 SSCs for a while w/o issue:
    [​IMG]
     
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  7. valorouswon

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    Ok thanks for clearing that up, I was told by another I should also draw heat off it as well. Also read it's normal for these to run very hot, but I literally can't touch it for more than 3 seconds.

    This might be a stupid question, but I need the vantec blowing upwards since the heatsink is facing down in my case. Can this easily be adjusted to whichever direction? Naturally, I worry having to flip the entire piece upside down, and it not being able to be screwed in the pcie lane properly.

    Thanks
     
  8. alxlwson

    alxlwson You Know Where I Live

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    The Vantec is configured to blow up into the card above it.
     
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  9. valorouswon

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    Much appreciated, going to order now, but before I do, are these fans fairly quiet? This is an audio machine
     
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  10. alxlwson

    alxlwson You Know Where I Live

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    Adjustable speed
     
  11. valorouswon

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    Nice rig that case looks massive. Can VGA coolers be used for raid cards? Good reviews and most importantly silent, which appears to be scarce with PCI fans:

    Amazon.com: Titan Adjustable Dual Fan PCI Slot VGA Cooler (TTC-SC07TZ): Computers & Accessories

     
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  12. acquacow

    acquacow Limp Gawd

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    That's actually my small case, a Lian-Li A05FNB
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    My big case is an Antec P180B
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    More pics:
    Antec P180B


    As far as VGA coolers and cooling other chipsets, I've had great success with these guys:
    https://www.amazon.com/Logisys-V50-Cooler-NVidia-Graphics/dp/B0087G0MY8

    50mm x50mm with 50mm pin spacing. Shallow height.
    I used one on one of my ioDrives to get a bit more cooling in a slot that just didn't have any:
    [​IMG]


    Even if you can't get the pins to line up, you can use a little thermal glue and just glue it direct to your chipset. They are 2-pin mini fan connectors, so you'll need to re-pin them to something that matches what you can use in your system. I haven't been able to find a normal 2-3pin fan connector version.

    Bonus points if anyone can find one that has at least 12" of power cable on the plug as well.

    Actually, these may work:
    https://www.amazon.com/StarTech-Aluminum-Universal-Connector-FANCSORB/dp/B00006B8EE
    Amazon.com: Manhattan, 45mm Aluminium Radail Fin Heat Sink Video Card Chipset Cooler: Computers & Accessories

    -- Dave
     
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  13. valorouswon

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    Is it just me or is the iodrive not hooked up in those pics? Also how loud is the vga cooler over its heatsink? Don't wana void warranty with the thermal glue an I'm alright with not getting greatest temps. Stuff like this is perfect but IS it actually silent, also I'm assuming the screws near the bracket allow you to blow the fan up down:

    PCI Slot Fan Holder with two slim 120mm UV Blue Fans

    Buy Products Online from China Wholesalers at Aliexpress.com

    I would even go as far as to buy two of these, then build a PCI bracket, problem is that even possible?

    https://www.quietpc.com/casefans


     
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  14. acquacow

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    The ioDrive is "hooked up" in every picture where it's in the pci-e slot, next to the sas card... The only pic where it's not attached is the obvious one where I test-fitted it.

    I don't have any pics with the fan on the iodrive in a slot yet.
     
  15. ari2asem

    ari2asem n00b

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    i am also looking for hba cooler. i found couple of 40x10mm fans. but when i install 10mm thick fan onto the chipset metallic block, i then cann't install hba-card in 1 pci-e slot. it takes 2 slots thickness.

    any options to fit 10mm thick fan so that it still takes 1 slot thickness?
     
  16. hititnquitit

    hititnquitit Limp Gawd

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    3 yr old thread buddy. i would start a new thread and include pics of the issue your having. gl!
     
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    acquacow Limp Gawd

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    what i did.

    there's a hp sas expander and 9240-4i under there.
     
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    ari2asem n00b

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    how hot is the chipset of 9240-4i in your situation?
     
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    About 1/3 of what it was.

    There's no temperature sensors I can pick up afaik but it's not the burn your finger temperature it was before.

    Also it's a 9260-4i
     
  22. ari2asem

    ari2asem n00b

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    and how did u mound the fan in your case? tie-wraps?
     
  23. Master_shake_

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    yes sir zip ties on the rear grille above or beside depending on orientation the PCI slots.
     
  24. LOCO LAPTOP

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    I just do it like this. It's a 9266-8i
    20190122_210714.jpg
     
  25. ari2asem

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    yep, this one is also an option. but...it occupies 2 pcie slots. and that is very big disadvantage for me. i am looking for 1 slot solutions. found enzo technology website. looking at there
     
  26. PliotronX

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    I've always preferred side blowers if space permits. A 92mm at 1,500-2,000rpm would do well without adding much noise.