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Noctua is a great company, I use their cooler on all of my computers. That said, I am thinking of picking up a NoFan cooler for a HTPC. Those will certainly be the quietest and I hear they perform well too.
That cooler is massive and incredibly inefficient, compared to a cooler with a very low RPM fan on it.
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True but it allows you to have no moving parts on your pc at all, wich is kinda nice. But yeah, One really needs to think about the whole concept thorougly to see if it's a good choice.
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True but it allows you to have no moving parts on your pc at all, wich is kinda nice. But yeah, One really needs to think about the whole concept thorougly to see if it's a good choice.
Passive cooling is incredibly inefficient, even compared to very low speed forced air cooling; you can make a fan practically silent, so it is pretty much worthless to have a completely passive heatsink.
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I'm def going for just one fan in push, case has an exhaust on other side of cooler. Anyway this rig is mainly for office so no overclock, shouldn't 'throttle down' the cpu.

The other benefit of going just one fan is i can get rid of the stupid adapter thing and about 30cm of useless cables. I'd say in this setup the rig is probably only 15db from 2 or 3 feet away.

Silence is golden thumb.gif

I also have the fans from a silver arrow i used to have, should i use one of those instead?
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Passive cooling is incredibly inefficient, even compared to very low speed forced air cooling; you can make a fan practically silent, so it is pretty much worthless to have a completely passive heatsink.
Passive cooling is the ultimate in efficiency. Using no energy is as efficient as you can get. biggrin.gif
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Passive cooling is incredibly inefficient, even compared to very low speed forced air cooling; you can make a fan practically silent, so it is pretty much worthless to have a completely passive heatsink.
Passive cooling is the ultimate in efficiency. Using no energy is as efficient as you can get. biggrin.gif

He's talking about cooling/space efficiency. Using a 500rpm fan.

You're talking about who cares about space, no fan is 1000000% efficient. A little different view. I take the former over the latter wink.gif
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point taken.
But if there's room in the case it doesn't matter... as long as it fits.
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Passive cooling is incredibly inefficient, even compared to very low speed forced air cooling; you can make a fan practically silent, so it is pretty much worthless to have a completely passive heatsink.

my Jotul wood stove begs to differ with you sir. it dissipates up to 80k BTU into the house with no moving parts whatsoever.

but seriously, as temperature rises, the heatsink becomes more effective - your goals appear to differ.
 
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Passive cooling is incredibly inefficient, even compared to very low speed forced air cooling; you can make a fan practically silent, so it is pretty much worthless to have a completely passive heatsink.

Worthless to you that is.
Also "practically silent" =/= silent
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Worthless to you that is.
Also "practically silent" =/= silent
My hard drives with an NF-F12 at the lowest that I can set it on my fan controller get up to 45 degrees. Running passive, one of them got past 60 degrees.

I can't hear the fan at the lowest setting over the sound of my breathing, and it makes a massive difference.
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