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Recommendations for a <130mm tall air cooler for 3.9ghz ryzen 7 1700x

there seems to be slim pickings for an air cooler that is under the 130mm mark for height. Im a bit concerned some of these may not be enough for my Ryzen 7 1700x at 3.9ghz. The only one that looks substantial enough is the Shadow Rock TF 2. Id rather not use an aio.... Any suggestions for me? thank you
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cysquatch View Post
there seems to be slim pickings for an air cooler that is under the 130mm mark for height. Im a bit concerned some of these may not be enough for my Ryzen 7 1700x at 3.9ghz. The only one that looks substantial enough is the Shadow Rock TF 2. Id rather not use an aio.... Any suggestions for me? thank you
What case will you be using? Some coolers might be more suitable depending on the airflow.

Edit: Looking at whats available, its pretty much no contest. The Noctua NH-C14S with the fan on the bottom is probably the best option.

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its going to be a custom setup I'm planning. Basically it is going to be two 120mm fans on the intake, 1 120mm fan on the exhaust, and Toying with the idea of a side intake.
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I'm wondering if a cooler in tower-style might not still be better performance, even if it has to be really small compared to a large top-flow cooler like NH-C14S?

About tower-style, there's Noctua NH-U9S and NH-D9L. Those two are tower coolers in a 92mm fan size, making them short enough to fit into your 130mm height requirement. The NH-U9S is the larger one and is 125mm height and five heat-pipes. The NH-D9L is really short, just 110mm. It is dual-tower with a single fan in the middle that's mounted very low, it's four heat-pipes.

There's a new cooler "Thermalright Silver Arrow 130". It's a dual-tower cooler with exactly 130mm height in its specifications. It uses a 120mm sized fan and has six heat-pipes. I'm guessing it's the strongest air cooling that's possible for 130mm height. I can see it available on amazon.com for $80.
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That may be an option. Its a bit more than I wanted to spend. I may have to reconsider which route im going to go. Thanks for the repleis
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its going to be a custom setup I'm planning. Basically it is going to be two 120mm fans on the intake, 1 120mm fan on the exhaust, and Toying with the idea of a side intake.
Are you going to have a GPU in this system? If so 2x 120mm intake fans will likely not supply enough case airflow. If exhaust grills are not very restictive you don't need both intake and exhuast fans. Case having intake/exhaust fans is similar to cooler or radiator having push/pull fans .. only a few degrees difference at most.

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Are you going to have a GPU in this system? If so 2x 120mm intake fans will likely not supply enough case airflow. If exhaust grills are not very restictive you don't need both intake and exhuast fans. Case having intake/exhaust fans is similar to cooler or radiator having push/pull fans .. only a few degrees difference at most.
I've been wanting to build a custom case for a while. i have pretty much any freedom to plan it as i need, except for the width. That is probably the worst limiting factor. Yes I plan on having a gpu installed in the system. Which fan setup would be the best, figuring that I'm limited to the Thermalright Silver Arrow 130 as the best cooler available for the space?
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I've been wanting to build a custom case for a while. i have pretty much any freedom to plan it as i need, except for the width. That is probably the worst limiting factor. Yes I plan on having a gpu installed in the system. Which fan setup would be the best, figuring that I'm limited to the Thermalright Silver Arrow 130 as the best cooler available for the space?
While I have not used Silver Arrow 130, it would be a good choice. I've used/tested most all Thermalright coolers until this year and all are amont the best in their class.

But case needs to flow more air than CPU and GPU use, so 1x 120mm fan on CPU needs more than 1x 120mm case intake fans. GPU with single fan (most have 2-3x 80/90mm fans) need than 1x 120 case intake fans. End result is 3x 120mm intakes will be about the minimum that can supply airflow demands of CPU & GPU .. and at least 3x 120mm exhaust vents. It this custom case going to be a tower? If so, can you use bottom intakes?

If case is not flowing more air than components use than components have to re-use their heated exhaust .. and every degree warmer the air into cooler is translates into same degrees hotter componet is. Below is link to basic guide to case airflow and how to optimize it:
https://www.overclock.net/forum/22319249-post5.html

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