I have a ~3GHZ pentium 4 cpu that uses a heatsink fan that sounds like a jet engine

Here is the fans model information: C33218-002

CPU Description: found here


  • Product suggestions are explicitly off topic on this site, so this question is likely to be closed. – Journeyman Geek Sep 16 '13 at 7:34
  • where is the best place to ask this question? – Exploit Sep 16 '13 at 7:35
  • Well, we tend to direct people towards chat, but I can't think of anyone there who's that well versed in obsolete hardware. I do think if your fan is running fast, all the time, you may be having other overheating issues, and there may be other solutions. – Journeyman Geek Sep 16 '13 at 7:39
  • Oh, and its a PIV - its likely close to a decade old, so may benefit from a cleanup and new heatsink compound, may have bad capacitors which would hasten its doom, and so on. Its probably not just the fan unless you have worn out bearings - in which case you can still find OEM or aftermarket fans for it online - search for models supporting the same pinout of pentium 4. – Journeyman Geek Sep 16 '13 at 7:54
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    Actually, if you could make the question more general - maybe like "How do I deal with an excessively loud fan", I think this might end up being a good question. – Journeyman Geek Sep 16 '13 at 8:22

If it sound like a jet engine it's most likely the ball bearings in the heat sink fan that has or is in the process of dying (Under the assumption that it hasn't always sounded like a jet engine)

Ball bearings are a constantly moving part of the fine and what would take the most friction so it is the first to go, given this is a P4 it's most likely just reached the end of its life span

Fan diagram

1st option

You can replace it with a factory/clone/refurbished replacement or find just a fan replacement that will fit the current heat sink

This will perform the same as when you first got the P4 so it should reduce the noise

2nd option

You can look into a non fan based heat sink; this would generate 0 noise and is popular with a "Silent PC" configuration

Most of these will work on either the inbuilt fans provided in the case to cool the heat sink or via heat transfer causing an upward draft if the PC has no fans

Fan less Heat sink

As a reminder as Journeyman pointed out "Product suggestions are explicitly off topic on this site" so if you do ask for product recommendations this question will likely be closed

pro tip: searching via your pin configuration rather then your CPU model will be the best way to find relevant products

  • thank you that was very well explained. thank you for all that. – Exploit Sep 16 '13 at 8:26
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    It's what we do, like journeyman suggested re-word your question and it will be a good question and un-likely to be closed off as off-topic. Also more likely to be upvoted ;) – 50-3 Sep 16 '13 at 8:39
  • I found this, what do you think? frys.com/product/5987164?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG – Exploit Sep 16 '13 at 8:53
  • What did I just say about product recommendations. Contact the seller not us. – 50-3 Sep 16 '13 at 8:57
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    @Exploit: The sub-reddit Build-A-PC is the perfect place to seek product recommendations since they aren't permitted here. – headkase Sep 16 '13 at 8:58

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