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Hi im sick of my stock LGA 775 intel cooler i use my PC for downloading alot so its often on all the time can anyone reomend a good passive (fanless) cooler for my cpu. I dont overclock and i dont stress it too much apart from when i render and encode videos. thanx
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What is wrong with the stock cooler? It's perfect if you're not overclocking and just using the PC for normal use. It's not even loud, either.
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I guess a lapped fanless true would be your best option
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if theres enough air flow in your case them passive is possible for long periods of time.
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TRUE, Ninja, Zipang... anything big really.
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The Scythe Ninja is probably one of the best passive coolers. The fins are spaced widely to allow the heat to escape easier.
 
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post #8 of 10
I really wouldn't suggest a passively cooled CPU cooler... the motivation for such an idea is obviously to have a silent computer - but more likely than not, you're going to have something in your case that makes at least SOME noise, whether it be case fans, the fans on your PSU, hard drives or optical drives... you'd be best off to get AT LEAST an inaudible fan (one rated for under 25dBA)

However, if you're REAAALLLLY set on a passive cooler, DO NOT go with the TRUE as everyone seems to be over-zealously suggesting... although large (which is what you want w/ a passive cooler) the fin spacing is very dense - trapping warm air (which is why TRUEs do not perform well with anything less than 80CFM fans)

You will want a cooler that is both large AND has decent spacing between the fins... the Scythe Ninja, Thermalright HR-01 and Scythe Orichi all fit the bill
Edited by killa_concept - 5/23/08 at 7:40pm
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If you do long renders, I would strongly suggest you do not attempt to passively cool your CPU. Rendering is even harder on a CPU than most games are, and while crashing in a game is annoying, crashing during a render can cost you a project, a contract, or even your job (depending on what you're rendering and why).

Since silence seems to be your goal, I'd probably look into a Noctua cooler. Preferably one of the newer jobs that use the NF-P12 fan (NH-U12P and NH-C12P), but if those are out of your price range, consider one of the smaller units like the NH-U9B. All of those coolers are whisper-quiet, and even come with adapters for more silence if the stock speed isn't good enough for you.
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What is wrong with the stock cooler? It's perfect if you're not overclocking and just using the PC for normal use. It's not even loud, either.
At night I have to sleep right next to my PC as you can imagin its makes it difficult to sleep.
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