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i165 Top Fan Replacement - iCue vs Noctua


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Just wanted to post a similar issue to what has previously been reported by a few on here (such as Azureblood).

 

I replaced the top fan with a Noctua 2000rpm Industrial Fan IP67 PWM and it only worked at 0 or 2000rpm despite updating iCue. I believe Azureblood moved the fan header on the motherboard to a different header and controls his now through the bios.

 

I replaced mine with a Corsair ML140 such as they now have in the a100 and lo and behold -> full variable rpm & temp dependent.

 

I take it from this that iCue as software has some bugs..

 

I’ll keep the other to swap in next year when I hopefully can upgrade my i165 to a x570/5900/3080ti/SF750 as it has better CFM at a quieter dB.

Edited by rahaney
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That's strange. I have a Noctua NF-A14 PWM Chromax that works fine with iCue in my i160, just like the default fan. It's the same max RPM as the default fan - perhaps that makes a difference? Edited by Queeg
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That's strange. I have a Noctua NF-A14 PWM Chromax that works fine with iCue in my i160, just like the default fan. It's the same max RPM as the default fan - perhaps that makes a difference?

 

Hmm, I don’t think it’s that because the ML140 runs up to 2k vs the 1.5 of the stock...

 

Glad there’s another option for folk though. My RGB is in general all blue so I just got a blue led ML140 but I’d rather have the better cooling/sounds levels of the Noctua.

 

Cheers

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thanks for the feedback.

 

"I hopefully can upgrade my i165 to a x570/5900/3080ti/SF750"

I would love to see that upgrade too :) Hopefully someone will do a tutorial or youtube video about it

 

I’ll definitely have a play next year, though Kiwikewl has done it the upgrade already. Maybe he’d let us know how labour intensive it was?

 

My main concern is that the AIO coolers are not powerful enough.

 

There’s are rumours about a 3080ti at the same performance as the 3090 but a few GB VRAM less (20 vs 24) :D

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Hi the upgrade to X570/5600x & 3080 was not that labour intensive I did put alot of labor into making my amd bracket though the one that you can order does not sit well because of the way the liquid cooler is mounted. I used a 3dprinted Intel backplate with the bracket I made. I also had some luck with a 3dprinted bracket but it didn't wold up as well as I would like. You have to use a 3080 that isn't tall though and the evga cards seem to be one of the only ones like that except the ftw3 it's too big
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