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post #1 of 71
Thread Starter 
hey,

what is the quietest cpu cooler as of 2013?

I just installed an antel cooler and it's vibrating the hell out of my case. Max height of the cooler has to be less than 160mm.

Thanks for suggestions.
post #2 of 71
The Noctua coolers are probably the quietest at stock, and the height on the D14 is listed as exactly 160mm.

BeQuiet coolers are also probably quiet, but they have horrific mounting systems.

You could just take any random cooler and put some decent fans on it to make it quiet, as long is has the standard type of fans on it.
post #3 of 71
Noctua NH-D14 (or U12P SE2) on silent mode?
Thermalright HR-02 Macho120 (150mm height , http://www.technic3d.com/review/kuehler/1459-thermalright-hr-02-macho-120/4.htm#oc ; http://www.ocaholic.ch/xoops/html/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=881&page=6 , 120mm version of http://www.silentpcreview.com/Thermalright_HR-02_Macho)
Thermalright True Spirit 120 (145mm, http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1326-page1.html)
Edited by AlphaC - 1/21/13 at 2:00pm
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post #4 of 71
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from my experience with the silver arrow, those metal clips that attach the fans on the noctua tend to vibrate and clang.
post #5 of 71
No vibrations on my Noctua
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post #6 of 71
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Hmm would that noctua passively cool a i5 3570k at stock speeds? It's a big chunk of metal.
post #7 of 71
I have a Zalman cnps12x that is really quiet, even without the resistor. It is pretty massive though, but is only 155mm tall.
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post #8 of 71
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I think i'll go for a big cooler and just have it passively cool the cpu.

This antec looked to fit the bill but the vibrations are crazy.

Has an advertised minimum fan speed of 600rpm but it's actually 1200rpm minimum. Shame, because my cpu is idling at 20c at 1200rpm so lower rpm's would fix the issue, but the cpu cooler isn't big enough to passively cool. Sounds like the engine on a moped.
post #9 of 71
Get the highest quality cooler and get the highest quality fan you can get and run it at at the lowest rpm possible.

for example: Prolimatech Megahalems + 1x Silent Wings 2 120mm or 1x Noiseblocker Multiframe S1


What exactly do you mean with passive cooling? If you use case fans then there really is not a point in running the Cooler without fan imo. If you get let's say the Noctua D14, then you are most likely better off with running the 120mm fan at minimum rpm.
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post #10 of 71
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By passive cooling I mean a big chunk of metal on the cpu with no cpu fans running. The case fans on this build are inaudible already, it's a coolermaster silencio 650 with some sound proofing material on the sides.

I hate noises coming from a pc intended for work, office use. The noctua, thermalright isn't avaliable here so I ordered this one:

DeepCool Aeolus Big Frost

http://www.techpowerup.com/168873/DeepCool-Aeolus-Big-Frost-Dual-Tower-CPU-Cooler-Detailed.html

Which is also very big and weighs in at over 1kg, so perhaps could be used without the cpu fans installed. This rig has no discrete gfx card either so that equals less heat inside anyway.
Edited by ilikebeer - 1/21/13 at 3:27pm
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