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NOCTUA NH-L9A - For a AMD PII 955

post #1 of 28
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Hi Guys

Just want to check if this is a hard rule or one of the usual "if you use this product its your fault" type disclaimer

http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=nh_l9a_tdp_guidelines

Basically I'm looking to replace my dead HSF on my HTPC rig (in sig). Its running a 125TDP 955 I believe. The HTPC is only for XBMC and light gaming, games like Lego and NBA 2K etc.

Will the Noctua NH-L9A be ok? I'm basically after the most quiet HSF but that still keeps the chip below the 60C max temp while light gaming... There will be no overclocking etc.

Surely this Noctua is better than the stock HSF AMD provides?

Cheers
post #2 of 28
I think it will still outperform your stock cooler, but if I were you, I'd go with something like the Noctua NH-U9B. Still going to be very very quiet but much better cooling.
post #3 of 28
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Ok. So if I compare these:

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=14092

$90 bucks

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=18913

$70 bucks

The Noctua is quieter according to the specs? But is it worth the $20 bucks more?

Also the noise specs seem really low on the Noctua? Does that include both fans? or should I double the noise to get the true result?
post #4 of 28
What clocks are you hoping to get? a 955 is pretty much going to stop at 4Ghz, maybe 4.1-4.2 if your lucky, what I'm getting at is that a Cooler master hyper 212 is going to be able to push a 955 to 4Ghz and it's cheaper, of course you'll get cooler temps with the other coolers but with a hyper 212 evo the temps will be more than safe.
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No overclocking, theres no point, all this PC does is play movies and lego games haha.

After quiet above anything else, the most quiet that can keep the chip under 60c threshold
post #6 of 28
It just depends on what you are wanting out of it. If you want performance but don't care much about noise, go with the 212 evo. But it seemed like you were wanting quiet cooling, which in that case, noctua is the only way to go but you are going to be paying a premium.
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Ok. So if I compare these:

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=14092

$90 bucks

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=18913

$70 bucks

The Noctua is quieter according to the specs? But is it worth the $20 bucks more?

Also the noise specs seem really low on the Noctua? Does that include both fans? or should I double the noise to get the true result?

So out of these two? I'm still a bit suspect on the rated noise level on the Noctua, it says 7.8 db with the limiter, but surely thats per fan (it has two) so it would be 15.6 db minimum?
post #8 of 28
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No overclocking, theres no point, all this PC does is play movies and lego games haha.

After quiet above anything else, the most quiet that can keep the chip under 60c threshold

Well... I think you should get some liquid nitrogen to get that 955 to 5-6Ghz... Lego games can get pretty damn intensive.
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post #9 of 28
I'm guessing that site is doing the minimal noise level with the dampeners on both fans. http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=productview&products_id=32&lng=en&set=1 Those are the specs for the included fans noise level with and without the noise dampening adapters.
post #10 of 28
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Yeah their site lists the same noise stats as the place I'll be buying from.

So since it says "Fan Specs" I would need to double it due to the dual fans right?

And how does the dampening adapters work? What are they exactly?
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