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So I recently picked up a test 1055t Hexcore, and it seems to be kind of a dud, requires 1.5V to get 3.9GHz stable, and runs hot as crap. 61C under Prime95 Large FFT, I can't even complete a full run of IBT or LinX because the chip gets to 71C (maybe even higher but I don't want to let it run that hot, even for a short period). Obviously this wont do.

So there's a decent deal where I can pick up an H50 for $37.50 shipped. I'm considering the switch as on AMD boards the A70 is mounted fans vertically which is pretty stupid, and can be a little noisier than I'd like.

So my question is would an H50 with Stock fan + CM R4 or Dual R4s in push-pull on the radiator provide superior cooling at similar or lower dBs to the A70? Or should I look at fans with lower CFM but higher static pressure or will an H50 always provide similar cooling to an A70 and there's no point?

R4s claim 19dBA and 69.69 CFM, I'd be happy anywhere around there
Edited by ocpokey - 4/6/11 at 12:35pm
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Check out this mini review:

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1530727

Though where I come from the H50 suffers in really hot environments. We've tested an H50 with ambients of 30*C lose to air coolers like the tuniq, silver arrow, etc.

But between the A70 and that take the H50! Enjoy!
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Thanks, but I was looking more for specifics on the dual fan radiator side of things, I've seen a number of more rigorously performed reviews showing the A70 neck and neck with the H50, but I think those are single fan builds. So I was wondering about the R4s in relation to the H50 in terms of noise and cooling. I don't expect it to perform ambients or anything but if I'm going to drop another 60 bucks on cooling I'd like to get some better performance than I have now.
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So I decided to pick up an h50 as I got a really good deal on one, and was wondering, how do you do push/pull on it? Do you need an extra long screw that goes through both fans and the rad, or do you need long screws and can attach to the rad from both sides, or is there another way?

I have very little in the way of fan screw knowledge, haven't been upping fans for years. Don't even know if there are longer fan screws heh.
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Originally Posted by ocpokey View Post
So I decided to pick up an h50 as I got a really good deal on one, and was wondering, how do you do push/pull on it? Do you need an extra long screw that goes through both fans and the rad, or do you need long screws and can attach to the rad from both sides, or is there another way?

I have very little in the way of fan screw knowledge, haven't been upping fans for years. Don't even know if there are longer fan screws heh.
Depends on how you set it up. If it will be fully inside your case, then I believe the screws that came with it will be fine. Two to attack the one fan to one side of the rad, and the other two screws to go through your case's back fan area, through the other fan, connecting it to the rad, as well as the case.

I believe the screw sizes are 6x32 1.25" screws. You can pick them up at any hardware store.

Now if you are adding a shroud or anything, you will need longer screws, and for that you'll have to measure your shroud so you know how much longer to get them.

I have mine set up with the one fan and shroud on the outside of my case, attached to the back, holding the rad on the inside of the case, with the other fan on that.

Legend:

[] - Fan
| - Rad
|| - Case
() - Shroud
> or < - Fan direction

For a visual aid:
Basic Corsair suggested setup:
>||[]|[]>

Same idea, but exhaust instead of intake:
<||[]|[]<

The way I have mine setup:
>[]()|||[]>
Edited by Demented - 4/3/11 at 11:02pm
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Oh yeah, if you decide to add shrouds to both fans, you will need a bolt that is a bit longer than 2 inches. Assuming you have 1 inch wide fan and fan shroud.
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Ahh good info, I was actually debating whether to put the rad on the inside or the outside myself, but I think I have enough case flow that I can keep it inside without worrying.

Is a shroud really that helpful? I'm looking to minimize noise (why I got an H50 in the first place), so I'm not sure if it would add or decrease noise levels. Like I think your setup would be a little too noisy for my tastes demented.
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Ahh good info, I was actually debating whether to put the rad on the inside or the outside myself, but I think I have enough case flow that I can keep it inside without worrying.

Is a shroud really that helpful? I'm looking to minimize noise (why I got an H50 in the first place), so I'm not sure if it would add or decrease noise levels. Like I think your setup would be a little too noisy for my tastes demented.
Not really sure of the major differences with shroud/no shroud as I have had one on mine since I bought it.
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I was thinking, as I'm still looking for something that will provide good CFM/pressure while maintaining low noise...

What do people think about using 140mms (that mount to 120mm) as a cooling solution? And if a shroud would help, what kind of shroud would work with a 140mm fan posted on a 120mm mount?

Or would it just not work?
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So I think that I've decided on just going with Noctuas.

For the Radiator what do you guys think is better in push/pull, Noctua NF-P12s or Noctua-NFS12B FLXs? Or maybe one of each?

The P12 seems to have higher static pressure, but is noisier and moves less air. The S12 has the opposite problem, slightly lower static pressure but higher airflow and quieter.

Not sure how much pressure you need to push air through the H50 radiator, and keep it nice and cool, while maintaining reasonable levels of quietude.
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