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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
Hello,

I plan on to build a new system with the Thermaltake Core V1 for the housing.
It has only a clearance of up to 140 mm height, which pretty much erase all the decent CPU tower coolers I know of.

Is there even an alternative to Noctua NH-U9S/NH-D9L with dual fan setup?
I am searching for a cheaper alternative with the same amount of cooling performance or maybe even better. Also most manufactures somehow don't include a 2nd pair of cooler clamps, even though the heatsink is symmetrical and allows a dual-setup.

I plan to put in an i5 6600K with decent OC (maybe up to 4,4Ghz, but atleast constant 4,2Ghz), GTX 1070 and so on.

Now, I have properly read most of the reviews out there, but I cannot find a cooler this size which also the reviewer recommends for some decent OCing of new generation CPUs.




And please don't recommend me some top-blow ones.
post #2 of 26
Less expensive than an NH-U9S with similar cooling and under 140mm tall. I'll take "What is a Thermalright True Spirit 90M? For the win, Alex".

https://www.amazon.com/True-Spirit-90M-Rev-Anodize/dp/B00GIO7ATQ

It doesn't come with a second set of fan clips, but your are likely grossly overestimating the affects of a second fan on a cooler of this size and configuration. You would only see ~2C difference under the heaviest of loads. If you are one of those users who needs to have that second fan there in order to sleep at night, there are a number of ways to rig it.
post #3 of 26
True Spirit 90M is an amazing little cooler! It's performance is within 2c of bigger 120mm fanned H7at full speed, but when both are slowed down from 100% to 33% speed it is only 1c warmer on a 92w TDP CPU.
post #4 of 26
Thread Starter 
I think I might look into the Thermaltake Contac 21.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thermaltake-Contac-Universal-Cooler-Support/dp/B005Y6NZG6/

Fairly old, and can't find any review.

It is stated to be good enough to cool an 140Watt TDP CPU, with only 1 fan.
It has 2x4 copper heatpipes.

But the size is indeed a concern, the height is stated to be 139,5mm, I guess I might order the case first and see whether there is enough room for this cooler.
The bigger the radiator the better, and this is the absolute max I can get, besides 2-heatsinks with 2 fans setups like the
EKL Alpenföhn Atlas
post #5 of 26
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Originally Posted by Hiki View Post

I think I might look into the Thermaltake Contac 21.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thermaltake-Contac-Universal-Cooler-Support/dp/B005Y6NZG6/

Fairly old, and can't find any review.

It is stated to be good enough to cool an 140Watt TDP CPU, with only 1 fan.
It has 2x4 copper heatpipes.

But the size is indeed a concern, the height is stated to be 139,5mm, I guess I might order the case first and see whether there is enough room for this cooler.
The bigger the radiator the better, and this is the absolute max I can get, besides 2-heatsinks with 2 fans setups like the
EKL Alpenföhn Atlas

That ContAC21 is a serious downgrade from the Noctua or Thermalright. That second fan isn't going to change that.
post #6 of 26
Tt Contac 21 is not 140w TDP .. more like 80w TDP. Just look at how heatpipe goes though each fin only contacting 1/2 of the heatpipe. Normal fins have press formed sleeves that fit tightly all the way around the heatpipe.
That's like comparing a CLC like H115i to an AIO like Swiftech H240 X2 or X2 Prestige.
Oh! Wait! There is no comparison between them!
post #7 of 26
Thread Starter 
Hm, okay. But I'd like to see a review of that.

Alternatives I have found worthy:

- Cryorig M9i (2nd pair of clamp included)

- Silverstone SST-AR08 (2nd pair of clamp included)

- Cooler Master Hyper 103

- EKL Alpenföhn Ben Nevis

- be quiet! Pure Rock Slim

- Tacens Mars Gaming MCPU2 (neat looking sandwhich setup with 2 radiator)

I am actually quite curios about the Pure Rock Slim, it is really new to the market.
post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by Hiki View Post

Hm, okay. But I'd like to see a review of that.

Alternatives I have found worthy:

- Cryorig M9i (2nd pair of clamp included)

- Silverstone SST-AR08 (2nd pair of clamp included)

- Cooler Master Hyper 103

- EKL Alpenföhn Ben Nevis

- be quiet! Pure Rock Slim

- Tacens Mars Gaming MCPU2 (neat looking sandwhich setup with 2 radiator)

I am actually quite curios about the Pure Rock Slim, it is really new to the market.

Well, you have fun sifting through reviews of $19 coolers. Since that is what you are wholly basing your decision on, and input here has no value, not going to waste my time in this thread.
post #9 of 26
Thread Starter 
Oh well, just for your information, your great Thermalright True Spirit 90 is also about 20 bucks here.
And you have not given 1 hard fact to why this cooler is superior to the one I have mentioned.


All the coolers I have listed are in the price range of 20€-30€ here.

Well, I guess it is a waste of time for me here, better get the research done by myself by reading reviews instead on relying on people who have tested only a few coolers.rolleyes.gif


Oh, btw. the True Spirit 90 has loud as hell fan and the reviews I have found, it is not even beating/ or barely beating the Enermax ETS-N30 thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif




Heck, it is even not much better than a Boxed cooler.laughingsmiley.gif


Also it is inferior in terms of accessoire, it doesn't have a backplate installation.

Found another review

https://uk.hardware.info/reviews/5629/10/39-cpu-coolers-review-what-is-the-best-choice-graphs-efficiency

The Cooler Master Hyper 103 beats it in both cooling performance and noise level.


Also laughing at this statement.
Quote:
but your are likely grossly overestimating the affects of a second fan on a cooler of this size and configuration. You would only see ~2C difference under the heaviest of loads.

Well, good thing there are reviews out there to prove otherwise.

https://www.technic3d.com/review/kuehler/1823-noctua-nh-d9l-und-nh-u9s-cpu-kuehler-im-test/1.htm

In 1-fan setup, both Noctuas throttled with 4,4Ghz@1,32V, while with a dual-fan setup, they managed to keep the CPU cool.
Makes the difference.
Edited by Hiki - 9/4/16 at 9:38am
post #10 of 26
Why did you ask for advice, and then completely reject a unanimous answer from two very experienced people?
Sorry AMD
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-8400 ROG STRIX Z370-I GAMING ZOTAC GTX 1080 Ti Mini 16gb Gskill Ripjaw V 3600mhz CL16 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
256gb m.2 Crucial noctua nh-l9i Windows 10 Pro AOC G2460PF 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Mechanical Eagle Z-77 (Cheap) Corsair SF600 Fractal Design Node 202 Logitech G400 
Audio
Sennheiser PC 350 (hero mod) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Ryzen™ 1700 Asrock Fatal1ty x370 Gaming K4 Zotac mini GTX 1080ti TridentZ 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSMonitor
256GB M.2 SSD 1TB HDD Windows 10 Pro Acer XG270HU 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 750W Thermaltake Toughpower Gold Rated Thermaltake View 27 w/ riser Logitech G40 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
fx-8350 @5ghz 990fxa-ud3 rev 1.1 PowerColor 290x @1150/1500mhz Gskill 8gig 1600mhz (2x4) @2033 mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
1TB WD Caviar Black rs360 raystorm kit Windows 8 Pro 700 Watt Corsair 
CaseMouse
HAF 912  Logitech G400 
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Sorry AMD
(13 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-8400 ROG STRIX Z370-I GAMING ZOTAC GTX 1080 Ti Mini 16gb Gskill Ripjaw V 3600mhz CL16 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
256gb m.2 Crucial noctua nh-l9i Windows 10 Pro AOC G2460PF 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Mechanical Eagle Z-77 (Cheap) Corsair SF600 Fractal Design Node 202 Logitech G400 
Audio
Sennheiser PC 350 (hero mod) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Ryzen™ 1700 Asrock Fatal1ty x370 Gaming K4 Zotac mini GTX 1080ti TridentZ 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSMonitor
256GB M.2 SSD 1TB HDD Windows 10 Pro Acer XG270HU 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 750W Thermaltake Toughpower Gold Rated Thermaltake View 27 w/ riser Logitech G40 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
fx-8350 @5ghz 990fxa-ud3 rev 1.1 PowerColor 290x @1150/1500mhz Gskill 8gig 1600mhz (2x4) @2033 mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
1TB WD Caviar Black rs360 raystorm kit Windows 8 Pro 700 Watt Corsair 
CaseMouse
HAF 912  Logitech G400 
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