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Hi all,
Really out of the loop when it comes to CPU cooling (no pun intended).
Have been considiering upgrading from the 120a in my sig, I kinda want to try and push my OC further, temps are bordering on being an issue, maxing out at 75*C on all cores at 1.32v (stupid latest BIOS update made me need to add a ton more vcore). This can peak higher though, my PC backs onto a large radiator (fail placement I know but not much other option, too many doors) so ambients are an issue.

The biggest concern for me is noise, I used to not care about noise (I used to run a Nidec Beta V), but lately fan noise has been getting on my nerves, I downgraded to some ZM-F3's then to Noctua NF-P12's which are running at 600rpm at idle and 1100rpm at load.

I know having a silent PC is almost as bad as mentioning underclocking here at OCN, but does anyone have an experience of coolers (Heatpipe based, or LCS) that thrive on low static pressure setups.

I had considered some of the asetek LCS solutions, though I would likely need to run slightly higher rpms, it would only be one fan instead of two (unless I went push/pull). Though with the higher ambients water-based cooling may not be the best idea.

Price is not too much of an issue, though setting up a custom watercooling setup will not be an option for me, I don't have enough free time to keep it well maintained.
post #2 of 10
Im the same way about Noise.

I have the Prolimatech Megashadow. (or Megahalems) I'm able to get 4Ghz on my Q9550 without a fan on the cooler itself. 30c idle, 55-58 load.

For air cooling, the Megahalems is a beast.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/88...2_AM2_AM3.html

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The Thermalright HR-02 is fanless, but is absolutely beastly. If you do want fans for it though, you can get the Macho version which comes with a TY-140. Those are quiet and wonderful fans.

If you want to kick it up a notch (I think I'm turning into Emeril), then get the Silver Arrow. Same fans so even at high speeds (they're PWM so they can adjust), it'll be quiet. The SA is also ALWAYS at the top of every test (or at least top three). Another brilliant cooler by Thermalright.

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I know having a silent PC is almost as bad as mentioning underclocking here at OCN, but does anyone have an experience of coolers (Heatpipe based, or LCS) that thrive on low static pressure setups.
*gasp* Silence is the most important thing to me

Two options, the former will be the better option imo.

Noctua NHD14. Once plugged in, just lower the fan speeds to ~700-800RPM, that'll keep them nice and quiet.

Your other option would be something like an H80 with quiet fans like the Noctua NF-P12 or Noiseblocker M12-S1. I personally have the H80 and Noiseblocker M12-S2's down to 800 RPMs it's inaudible and my temps never breach 60C [ambient temps are 26.1C]. Granted, I'm at 1.18V.. so it's less heat output :\\

edit: as Samurai Batgirl posted, the SA is also an option, though it is somewhat louder stock... the NHD14 stays quieter imo. Though with proper fans the SA would technically be a better option
    
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edit: as Samurai Batgirl posted, the SA is also an option, though it is somewhat louder stock... the NHD14 stays quieter imo. Though with proper fans the SA would technically be a better option
I doubt that, actually. We know the fans on the D14 can be upgraded. The Silver Arrow already comes with the best 140mm fans.
    
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I doubt that, actually. We know the fans on the D14 can be upgraded. The Silver Arrow already comes with the best 140mm fans.
Correct. The Silver Arrow running 2x TY-140s using PWM is almost silent.
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That makes no sense for someone buying new. Why not just get a Silver Arrow? Performance is equal or better and comes with TY-140s stock
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That makes no sense for someone buying new. Why not just get a Silver Arrow? Performance is equal or better and comes with TY-140s stock
I bought new.

Oh and lol cause I got a NH-D14 & 2 TY-140's for less than I could get a SA, at that time, anyway.

- I'd suggest any of the aforemented CPU coolers. All quiet and excellent.
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Silver Arrow. The best heatsink. The quietest. The best passive heatsink. And cheaper than a D14.

I have a D14 that I will be running with PWM fans. OTOH I have lots of fans. For now - until Noctua comes up with PWM fans - go with a Silver Arrow.

A collective review is here, with passive here. These reviews show the SA bested a little bit by a D14 and a Phanteks. But other reviews disagree. I show these because of the clarity of the graphics, and they're close enough.
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