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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-24-2020, 07:47 AM - Thread Starter
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Best CPU Cooler under 135mm.

Like the title states, what is the best CPU cooler under 135mm. This will be cooling a stock 3900X (with XFR enabled).

Thanks in advance.

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I am leaning towards the Raijintek Pallas. Seems like a good price for the performance.

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First thing is to find out what case you are using for this build. Only way flat coolers work is if is case has a vent directly over CPU for either supplying cooler with cool air or exhausting cooler heated air. If this is your sig rig, case has 180mm CPU clearance and is designed for front to back airflow, not side to motherboard. This means a small tower cooler will likely receive cooler air into cooler becaues it's pushing air through cooler toward rear exhaust venting. Flat cooler with fan pushing air down into cooler air hits motherboard turning out, hit's RAM, GPU, etc turning up along side of cooler and fan where it is then drawn back into cooler fan. End result is 8-12c higher temp air .. which translates into same 8-10c higher CPU temps. Turning flat cooler fan over so it's pulling from motherboard through cooler helps, but there is still not separation of cooler's heated exhaut and case's cool intake airflow.

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like @doyll said, case type is a piece of necessary information.

From Tower coolers your choices are these 4 (in descending order of performanse, though the first 3 should be near one another)

Thermalright Silver Arrow 130 (if u can find it)

Raijintek Delos RBW Rainbow RGB (136mm height, but I'm pretty sure it will still fit)

Thermalright Macho 90

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Quote: Originally Posted by doyll View Post
First thing is to find out what case you are using for this build. Only way flat coolers work is if is case has a vent directly over CPU for either supplying cooler with cool air or exhausting cooler heated air. If this is your sig rig, case has 180mm CPU clearance and is designed for front to back airflow, not side to motherboard. This means a small tower cooler will likely receive cooler air into cooler becaues it's pushing air through cooler toward rear exhaust venting. Flat cooler with fan pushing air down into cooler air hits motherboard turning out, hit's RAM, GPU, etc turning up along side of cooler and fan where it is then drawn back into cooler fan. End result is 8-12c higher temp air .. which translates into same 8-10c higher CPU temps. Turning flat cooler fan over so it's pulling from motherboard through cooler helps, but there is still not separation of cooler's heated exhaut and case's cool intake airflow.
Case is Golden Field M3S. 2 120mm fans mounted on the bottom for intake. Top mounted 120mm as exhaust and rear mounted 92mm as exhaust.

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like @doyll said, case type is a piece of necessary information.

From Tower coolers your choices are these 4 (in descending order of performanse, though the first 3 should be near one another)

Thermalright Silver Arrow 130 (if u can find it)

Raijintek Delos RBW Rainbow RGB (136mm height, but I'm pretty sure it will still fit)

Thermalright Macho 90

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Thank you for the post, I did not even know the Silver Arrow 130 existed.

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Imo, overall the best low profile cooler would be the Noctua C14S.

Good cooling perf., Fan Noise & ease of installation.

For price to perf. the Raijintek Pallas looks pretty great, but cooling a 3900x with XFR enabled might a uphill task.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Ashura View Post
Imo, overall the best low profile cooler would be the Noctua C14S.

Good cooling perf., Fan Noise & ease of installation.
While that may be, it's too tall for this build. It is 140mm with the fan.

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Quote: Originally Posted by gtz View Post
Case is Golden Field M3S. 2 120mm fans mounted on the bottom for intake. Top mounted 120mm as exhaust and rear mounted 92mm as exhaust.

Thank you for the post, I did not even know the Silver Arrow 130 existed.
Golden Field M3S has very poor airflow. Front venting is only on right side and like you said, 90mm rear and 120mm top exhaust venting. Combine extremely poor aiflow with only 130mm CPU clearance and it's not a case I would even consider, even if it was free.

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Quote: Originally Posted by ciarlatano View Post
While that may be, it's too tall for this build. It is 140mm with the fan.
It can be used with the fan mounted under the fins.

Not sure if its efficacy is reduced or not, especially with the rear exhaust fan involved.

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It can be used with the fan mounted under the fins.

Not sure if its efficacy is reduced or not, especially with the rear exhaust fan involved.
Yes, I was incorrect. My recollection on that failed me.

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My goodness. Why in all things sane would you cram a 3900X in that little cereal-box for a case?

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