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post #1 of 11
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I need good suggestions for a good low profile CPU cooler, as indicated by the thread title. I'm new to choosing coolers for CPUs and the like so I'm not exactly sure where to go for quality parts.

Anyway, I'm looking for low profile because my motherboard and case are severely restrictive, which I didn't realize when I bought them so I'm kind of in a jam. Anything tall or wide is immediately out since it butts up against the power supply or something sticking off of the board itself. Hence, restricted.

I'd rather not just buy a new case for something minor like this so I'll just look into different solutions.

The specs for my PC are below, but just in case you're not looking that far down, I have an LGA 775 board, this will be cooling a Core 2 Quad Q8300 and the design should fit directly over the processor to keep the size limited. I would prefer any cooler that has a copper base, but it's not required.

That said, I was considering this particular model - http://www.frozencpu.com/products/73...Quad-Core.html

I'm open to suggestions, which is why I asked. Oh, and don't worry too much about suggesting 'pricier' models so long as it's not above, oh, $80.
post #2 of 11
That is going to be really loud, but if you have space constraints then your choices are going to be really limited.

For $60 you can try a Corsair H50:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Corsair+...ci_sku=9503771

Should be pretty low profile but not a 1U like the heatsink you linked.
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post #3 of 11
Antec KÃœHLER H2O 620

It's the best option available.

Low profile coolers are not that good; the only moderately decent ones are the Thermalright AXP-140 RT and Samuel17.
Neither cool well enough for an "enthusiast" system that's running a Core i7 or Phenom II x6, and allow overclocking.
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I'm a huge fan of the Scythe Big Shuriken. What's the height clearance of your case? Width wise it's 120mmx120mm

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...big%20shuriken
Edited by Xyxyll - 2/23/11 at 2:48pm
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post #5 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xyxyll View Post
I'm a huge fan of the Scythe Big Shuriken. What's the height clearance of your case?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...big%20shuriken
Seconded.

The Scythe Big Shuriken is a killer heatsink. It can be a chore to get it installed though, but I didn't find any fit issues with my regular height dimms.
    
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http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/artic...r-Review/842/1

That shows that cooling a Q6850 overclocked to 3.33 Ghz, temperatures rise 65C over room temperature at load.


I wouldn't recommend it, but it really is one of the better low profile air coolers out there. I'd go with one of the self-contained water coolers personally.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Korlus View Post
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/artic...r-Review/842/1

That shows that cooling a Q6850 overclocked to 3.33 Ghz, temperatures rise 65C over room temperature at load.


I wouldn't recommend it, but it really is one of the better low profile air coolers out there. I'd go with one of the self-contained water coolers personally.
20 degrees cooler (on an overclocked 65nm quad too) than stock isn't too bad for a HSF as short as this one is.

Thanks for the link.
Edited by RonindeBeatrice - 2/23/11 at 3:34pm
    
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post #8 of 11
I found:
http://www.frostytech.com/articlevie...id=2562&page=5

I'm not sure if it'd fit properly:
Intel: http://images.hardwarecanucks.com/im.../C14/intel.jpg
AMD: http://images.hardwarecanucks.com/im...14/amd2_sm.jpg

Thing is that it cools like a dream.

Edit:
Real world performance:
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...-review-9.html
Edited by Korlus - 2/23/11 at 4:30pm
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post #9 of 11
The Noctua C12P cools really well too, and it is pretty short, though a little wide. I'm using it on a EP45 UD3LR, it doesn't overhang the board at all, though the heatpipes come pretty close to the top of the case, it still fits easily, and I could see it fitting it in a smaller case without much problem.

http://www.frostytech.com/articlevie...articleID=2280
    
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post #10 of 11

The prolimatech samuel 17 is actually shorter than the scythe. With the scythe fan (thinnest 120mm on the market) it would be around 52mm vs 55mm if I recall. I've also run into problems on enthusiast boards with the scythe since it is so wide (mosfet heatsinks, northbridge, etc). Normal profile or low profile ram works the best with this as well.

The only thing I ABSOLUTELY HATE about the scythe is that it uses the intel push-pin retention method. I want to kill myself every time I take off the heatsink. The fan on it is also a piece of crap. If you can fit a slightly larger one it is a very worthy upgrade.

The dynatron p199 cools fantastic, but is a little bit noisy (small, but high rpm... so high pitch in frequency). I really wouldn't use it unless you had to. Dynatron have some better stuff if you don't have to deal with 1u height. Unfortunately most of their fans hit about 6k RPM. The video did not record the high frequency tones of the p199 very well. It is louder than in the video.

I'm uploaded a video of the scythe and p199 here. Sorry for cell phone video:


ps : http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?...103e8ef179c191

I always wanted to do a block conversion with one of these. It's set up perfectly... maybe some day I'll sacrifice on the spares.
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