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I always like to chime in on these threads to point out that I ran a Q6600 at 3.2 ghz (2.4 stock) using a Zerotherm Nirvana cooler with a 120mm fan... Except the fan was dead for a full 6 months while I still ran those clocks and I never had any heat issues at all with it.

The cpu got a bit warmer than normal, but I don't believe I ever topped 70c, and I never had any issues with it. In fact, a friend of mine now has that rig and he still uses it every day (fan works now though).

So I was effectively running a passively cooled, overclocked quad core without any issues. What I never did however, was load it to 100% to test it. I did play games on it constantly though.

A really good cpu cooler, in my opinion, should be capable of cooling your CPU at stock clocks and average use (maybe 75% load or less), without using the fan at all. In my books, that is one major indicator that the cooler is a good unit.

My DH14 does it wonderfully... though not so much at 4.5 ghz lol
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Originally Posted by IlIkeJuice View Post

Yeah, no such thing as passive cooling.

wellllllll....... biggrin.gif

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there is 50 pounds of aluminum heatsink on wheels that would like a discussion on that subject with you biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by ronnin426850 View Post

Take a look at that: http://www.quietpc.com/nof-cr-100a

this or this:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/Streacom_FC8_Evo


If it's supposed to be cheap, then just get a good midrange Twoer cooler (eg Thermalright HR02 MAcho) and put a better quality fan on it and run it at 400-500rpm...
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