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I initially bought a ZALMAN CNPS8900 Extreme 110mm Ultra Quiet Slim CPU Cooler and unfortunately it needs to be oriented a certain way so the heatpipes follow the cpu die. Well, even with low profile memory, the cpu will not fit as it hits the memory. It does fit if you turn it to so the heat pipes go across the die, but performance was not impressive. It would run at 4.0ghz on a 4770k, but it was toasty. I installed a cheap CoolerMaster Seiden 120 I had laying around and even set low, I am impressed with it's cooling power in the FT03 Mini. No problems at 4.2ghz and its very quiet, which for me is important.

I say a solid AIO h2o kit is the way to go. I have a Zalman 320 I picked up cheap with Corsair high pressure fans that totally changed my thoughts about AIO kits. They can be very effective.
post #12 of 13
I have that cooler on my bench (CM Gemini). I can test fit it on my board if you want. Let me know and maybe I can get to it today yet.
Edited by maestro0428 - 8/12/13 at 11:29am
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the offer.
But I've decided on the CM Vortex Plus.
This may not be the very best cooler I can get, but it will out perform other small coolers, will fit in comfortably, and I don't plan to overclock anyway (maybe just under-volt).
Also a cooler smaller than a 120mm makes it easier to get my pinkie finger inside to put out a SATA cable or replace a CMOS battery without needing to remove the whole cooler or GPU card.
If I got a SFF PC last year, then it would have been a closed loop cooler like the H80.
Edited by enewmen - 8/14/13 at 4:32am
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