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Better performance with cooling?

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Does adding a cpu cooler improve performance if you dont overclock?
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The real term for it should be that it will perform "more efficiently". If it's cooler, it can do things for efficiently.

Think about it like your body. When you go and work out, when you get hot and sweaty and tired, you're not as efficient, but if you keep drinking water and stay cool, you will probably be able to work out longer and "better". Best comparison I could think of
    
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You won't gain any extra performance, but if your CPU regularly throttles down because your temps are WAY too high, then yes, it'll prevent it from throttling itself down
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It may improve performance, as it's all physics and chem.
Cooling something down make the molecules move less, meaning electricity can mover more easily, signals will be sent faster. Meaning unlike overclocking, it won't be drastic, but it will run more efficienlty.
 
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post #5 of 7
Unless your CPU is hitting thermal specs and thermal throttling is kicking in, there won't be any performance gains from a new cooler... the "efficiency" people above are claiming as so minuscule that they wouldn't even be noticed

After market coolers are really only necessary if you're going to OC
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Another thing to consider is that intel rates its processors on a 10 year scale with stock cooling at stock speeds.


In fact I have an old beater rig with a PII chip in it that still runs fine with only a heatsink cooler (no fan).

the exception here is if your internal case temps are silly high. Then a better cpu cooler could theoretically dissipate more heat away.
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OR if it's hot where you live, or if you have really bad airflow.

edit: darn Robilar beat me to that point!
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