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Quietest, best CPU cooler with a maximum height of 160mm

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Hello everybody,

I'm using an NZXT Phantom case with an AMD Phenom II x4 940, which will be replaced with an I7 or something the like eventually. I also would like to install a side fan into the case, so am now looking for a new CPU cooler with a maximum height of 160mm, preferably less, since that from my research should still allow me to install a 20mm thick side fan.

My main priority is quietness, but still with as good of a performance as possible, preferably with the potential to overclock the CPU.

What are your suggestions? Thanks a lot. smile.gif
post #2 of 19
NH-D14 - fits in NZXT phantom.
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The Noctua NH-D14 has a height of 160mm with fans and is very quiet whilst providing excellent thermal performance.
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post #4 of 19
thermalright archon or silver arrow are very quiet
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post #5 of 19
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Thanks for the suggestions so far. I think so far the NH-D14 is the best, although I definitely wouldn't mind hearing more suggestions. The more I am below 160mm the better.
The Thermalright Archon is too big unfortunately, otherwise I would have taken that already.
post #6 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by theamdman View Post

NH-D14 - fits in NZXT phantom.
Dose it fit with a fan on the side door?
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post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
The NH-D14 fits if you use a 20mm side fan and "tweak" the installation a little, as seen here:
200mm fan on sidepanel with nh-d14

As you maybe see it just barely fits, that's why 160mm is also the absolute maximum height for me.

I just found about the Zalman CNPS12X. The reviews sound promising, but here in the forum people seem to dislike it. thinking.gif
Edited by cleaner - 12/17/11 at 5:14pm
post #8 of 19
HR-02 or HR-02 macho if you can fit it in there
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by psyclum View Post

HR-02 or HR-02 macho if you can fit it in there

Those are 2mm too high from what I found on the web.
post #10 of 19
yah i know:) but for some cases, due to construction method and material, do allow for a slightly taller heatsink then stated max hight. for example most cases with a mesh side panel do allow for alittle flex in the heatsink mounting area.
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