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Hi,

I currently have a 2600K (4.5GHz @ 1.32V) cooled with the Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B cooler. This is inside a Raven RV03. I am very sensitive to noise, so I have the CPU cooler running at around 900RPM. Anything above 1000RPM makes it the loudest fan inside the case. Extremely disappointed with the noise of the CNPS9900MAX-B. (Computer Noise Prevention System, my ass!)

The current case fan setup is like this.
1. Two front intakes (Enermax TB Silent 120mm)
2. Two bottom intakes (Stock 180mm fans)
3. One rear intake (usually turned off, turned on only when gaming. This is the top exhaust fan that originally came with the case.)
4. One top exhaust (another TB Silent 120mm)

I have all these fans, including the CPU fan, controlled by a fan controller.

To make things worse, I have Corsair Vengeance full height RAM installed in all 4 slots of my ASRock Z68 Extreme4 motherboard.

Now, the current setup is fine in terms of noise. At the current RPMs, it is petty quiet (as long as I don't play games). My problem is with temps. With the CPU fan running at only 900RPM, when I encode videos using Handbrake (I've been doing them a lot recently), the temps - measured using Realtemp - reach 75C on the warmest core. Not to mention, the summer is coming in a couple of months!!! That will probably increase the temps by another 5C.

I would like to drop it below 70C. With the CPU fan running in full blast, it does drop to 68C, but that is intolerable - especially because I encode them while I'm sleeping.

So what can I do to improve my temps while keeping everything quiet?

Options:

1) Wish I could get a H110 because it is quiet and performs very well, but it doesn't fit in my case. I wish I could sell my case and get something that the H110 fits to, but it is almost impossible to sell cases here in Japan. Cases do not have a second hand market. frown.gif

2) Or I could remove the RAM sinks and install Silver Arrow or some air cooler of that calibre.

3) Or I should try to find a cooler that fits my case and my RAM, which can also work well, while doing so quietly.

Note: I would not go for custom cooling, because this case isn't built for that.
Edited by Anusha - 6/13/13 at 4:17pm
post #2 of 15
If you have stock fans installed on the CNPS, you could swap them out for Corsair Static pressure fans in Pull & Push config. I cannot tell you how far the temps would drop, but you should see some good improvements especially at load.
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What about a Corsair H80/H80i with GT fans in push pull?
Have you considered that?
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Originally Posted by huzzug View Post

If you have stock fans installed on the CNPS, you could swap them out for Corsair Static pressure fans in Pull & Push config. I cannot tell you how far the temps would drop, but you should see some good improvements especially at load.
You cannot replace the fans on the CNPS9900MAX-B as far as I know.
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Originally Posted by friskiest View Post

What about a Corsair H80/H80i with GT fans in push pull?
Have you considered that?
I can only find AP-14's. Won't that cripple the stock performance?
Edited by Anusha - 5/19/13 at 3:01am
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Well, RAM synks are overrated. You should probably remove them and get yourself the Silver Arrow. But don't you think the Kraken X60 might be a better solution?
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Originally Posted by Anusha View Post

I can only find AP-14's. Won't that cripple the stock performance?

I am not sure about ap14s, but seeing as you are in Japan,
have you considered this site?
http://kakaku.com/item/K0000007358/?lid=ksearch_kakakuitem_image
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Well, RAM synks are overrated. You should probably remove them and get yourself the Silver Arrow. But don't you think the Kraken X60 might be a better solution?
X60 doesn't fit in my case. The best I could fit it the H100i. That too, isn't perfect.
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I am not sure about ap14s, but seeing as you are in Japan,
have you considered this site?
http://kakaku.com/item/K0000007358/?lid=ksearch_kakakuitem_image
Woah. The last time I checked, the AP15s were not available. But still, that's 14k yen or $140 worth cooling, if I go with the H100i. cannot it be done cheaper?
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X60 doesn't fit in my case. The best I could fit it the H100i. That too, isn't perfect.
Woah. The last time I checked, the AP15s were not available. But still, that's 14k yen or $140 worth cooling, if I go with the H100i. cannot it be done cheaper?

I have a TJ11 myself, and I am pretty sure that you have a 120mm fan exhaust up on the top of the case, I believe the motherboard rotation is similar.

Why don't you just go for the H80? It will be easy to mount, no modding or zip ties needed, and pair it with two GT15s or other fans of your liking.

If I am not wrong the H80 and H100 perform within single digit degrees from each other. The H80 is pretty thick, although not enough to make up for the larger surface area which the H100 provides.

Still, without modding (case and ram etc) and going custom loop (which is actually rather easy in a Raven) then i'd think the H80i would be your best choice.
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I have a TJ11 myself, and I am pretty sure that you have a 120mm fan exhaust up on the top of the case, I believe the motherboard rotation is similar.

Why don't you just go for the H80? It will be easy to mount, no modding or zip ties needed, and pair it with two GT15s or other fans of your liking.

If I am not wrong the H80 and H100 perform within single digit degrees from each other. The H80 is pretty thick, although not enough to make up for the larger surface area which the H100 provides.

Still, without modding (case and ram etc) and going custom loop (which is actually rather easy in a Raven) then i'd think the H80i would be your best choice.
true, i can fit an H80i or even an H100i. but the cost is going out of control (for the performance i might get?)

price is also within $10. so, if i'm going with AP-15's, which is the better rad? the thinness of the H100i might help, but with the H80i, i will have push-pull and AP-15's would do OK?
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true, i can fit an H80i or even an H100i. but the cost is going out of control (for the performance i might get?)

price is also within $10. so, if i'm going with AP-15's, which is the better rad? the thinness of the H100i might help, but with the H80i, i will have push-pull and AP-15's would do OK?

I do not know the exact numbers, but the H100i will likely perform slightly better than the H80i, given that both setups would be utilizing 2 x AP15s.

I only mentioned the GTs because they my own fan of choice for radiators. Some people say they hear a high pitched whine from them at certain RPMs. I am still yet to hear this myself. I'm only mentioning this because you said you are sensitive to noise.

As for rads, don't quote me on this, but i think the H100i is apparently less restrictive. You would be able to run your fans at a lower RPM and achieve same or similar temperature results as you would on a H80i.

Here is a review i dug up comparing the two
http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Cases-and-Cooling/Corsair-Hydro-Series-Cooler-Comparison-and-Review-H60-H80i-H100i

The conclusion states that the H80i would be the best price/performance.

If you ask me, I would choose the H100i if my case naturally supported it, but if it doesn't then the H80i will be just fine and manage your temps well. You can't go wrong with either.
Edited by friskiest - 5/19/13 at 5:54am
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