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I'd like a little help on deciding on a new heat sink. Got it narrowed down to these 2. Any input would be of great help.
Big Typhoon or Thermalright SI-128 SE
I am getting the Nexus 120mm PWM fan. I know how everybody loves the TRUE and TT but I don't want to have to add more fans to cool the N/S bridges. If there is a better choice please let me know.
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post #2 of 11
True is claimed to be the best. I have seen some great Lapped BIG TYPOONS that are quieter and in some cases better. If you wanna blow money though go for a Zalman 9700

I would prolly pick the TRUE over the Typhoon though.
post #3 of 11
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Thanks for the reply sublime0. I'm trying to go with a down draft style cooler so I don't need to add additional cooling for the rest of the motherboard.
Can anyone let me know how the Thermalright SI-128 SE is? Or the Big Typhoon? any temps?
If I go with the TRUE will I also need a couple of coolers for N/S bridges or will there be enough air to keep them cool? Thanks for any help.
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I own both the SI-128SE and the Big Typhoon. For a dual-core Opteron, both are supremely effective.

I don't think you can lose with either one, to be honest. More crucial, perhaps, is the choice of fan whichever cooler you choose.

And I think you're brilliant in choosing a heatsink with fans blowing perpendicular to the motherboard plane.
    
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I'm a very happy customer of the SI-128 SE. Dropped my chipset temperatures quite a bit over the Freezer 7 Pro, and installation (once the motherboard was out) was easy.
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post #6 of 11
I'd recommend the Xigmatek S1283. It's about half the price and performs really well in comparison. It also has an optional "spoiler" that allows air to be directed over the motherboard, if you wanted.
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id highly recomend the ocz vindicator/vendetta, both are amazing coolers and very sturdy in attachment, i have the vindicator, and im idling @ 30* now after restting my hsf @ 2.92 ghz they really are amazing coolers, and resonably priced to
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post #8 of 11
The TRUE will cool your components much much better than a "down draft" cooler.

The review I read on the gemini 2x 120mm cooler found that there was actually zero - negligible effect on temps for the surrounding area as there just isn't that much airflow leaving a fan once it passes through a heatsink.

A TRUE should help cool your chipset a little at the very least, though what will ultimately matter is how powerful a fan you put on it.
    
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Originally Posted by trueg50 View Post
The TRUE will cool your components much much better than a "down draft" cooler.

The review I read on the gemini 2x 120mm cooler found that there was actually zero - negligible effect on temps for the surrounding area as there just isn't that much airflow leaving a fan once it passes through a heatsink.

A TRUE should help cool your chipset a little at the very least, though what will ultimately matter is how powerful a fan you put on it.
In my experience, the opposite was true. I used to run an Ultra 120 Extreme in my sig rig (last year), and by the end of summer my original A8N32-SLI was dead. Once Asus sent me a new replacement, I used the Ultra 120 Extreme on the same board (in the same case) and studied the airflow. There is a HUGE dead spot of immobile air where a heat pocket collects near the MOSFET heatsinks surrounding the CPU socket.

I decided then to eschew the Ultra 120 Extreme's slightly superior CPU cooling (one or two degrees on load on my setup) and go with a Big Typhoon, which I'd subsequently replaced with my present heatsink.

As far as telling me to use a better fan on the Ultra 120 Extreme, I've run plenty of 120mm x 38mm fans on it; didn't make a lick of difference in cooling the CPU socket area.
    
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