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Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by Octopuss, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. Octopuss

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    I could use some help deciding which coolers to buy. First would be in my wife's PC. I got to the point where I can't stand the constantly changing buzz of stock Intel cooler. The board has LGA 1156 socket, and there is the first gen Core i3 CPU, only barely overclocked (I don't think I will dig too deep into this, but the question is still opened...). I need to replace the damn thing with something quiet and well performing. Ideally as passive as possible.

    The other is my own PC. This is more like a question to near future as I still have my old P45 board, but I intend to upgrade to Ivy Bridge as soon as it hits the market.

    Now I am a fan of Thermalright, but after reading some posts recently, I am in doubt. People say the coolers don't have flat enough surface, and I don't want to do any additional work in that area at all. I have HR-01 in my PC - I think - but since it's been quite some time since I last screwed around, I don't remember how it looks upside down. Is there anything similarly massive and performing I could buy, or is it ok to stick with the brand? Of course, same deal as with the first PC, I want it as quiet as possible. No idea if I should expect IB to be able to work with passive cooling only even if the technogy is much newer and producing much less heat.
     
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    Budget? I just got a Corsair H100 for my Sandy Bridge system and the fans are really loud at full speed, but now I turned them down with a fan controller and they're really quiet without making much difference in temps.

    As for your wife's PC, I would say probably an H50 would be a good solution.

    I might be a little biased towards sealed-liquid coolers though :eek:
     
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    Go a Coolermaster Hyper 212+ for both.
     
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    I second the 212+, don't let the price turn you away from an otherwise great product. Yeah, some TR surfaces aren't for the average joe (if you're not an expert in sanding etc).
     
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    That's exactly what I refuse to do. Other than that I love how TR coolers look. Massive and great in their simplicity.

    Money is not a problem, although for my wife's PC I don't want to spend too much as it's bloody office thing to run Word, Excel and a movie from time to time when I get my ass to the living room :p
     
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    NOCTUA makes the most silent cpu coolers ever and they perform the best as well
     
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    The Coolermaster looks decent. I will read further about it.
    Not sure about Noctua, I only have experience with their fans.

    Basically I want such cooler where the fan is replacable and which needs only a tiny bit of airflow support. Of course I don't expect performance gaming PC to be passively cooled, but with my P45-based machine which is quite overclocked I came close at some point.
     
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    you could get a d14 for your wifes rig and run it passively if there is enough case airflow
     
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    lol no way, that would cost a fortune
    (and might not even fit in the case lol)

    Checking on the Coolermaster, the base seems everything but flat :(
     
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    You can get a Nirvana NV120 and remove the FAN, I'm using a i5 2500K fanless :D 35-40° idle, 50-60° Load! :D
     
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    +1

    Amazing cooler
     
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    [​IMG]

    This is far from what I consider flat base really...
     
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    Youre way over thinking it. Just because there are peaks and valleys doesn't mean it wont work well.

    Its made like that so the heat pipes directly touch the cup and transfer heat faster. A lot of big cooling companies use this now.
     
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    And at that price may as well go with an XSPC 120.2 kit, using your logic.
     
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    Oh. You might have a point there. The whole cooler looks siginificantly smaller than the Thermal Macho. Wouldn't that one be still better if I was aiming at as passive cooling as possible? Yeah I do have a thing for Thermal products :D
     
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    I take it all back after seeing
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    Will probably go with Coolermaster after all - I don't have that big case :p

    But then you see some other reviews, like http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lga-1156-heatsink,2535-14.html
    ...and the performance doesn't seem to shine THAT much.
    Maybe going with EVO version might be a tiny bit better. Still - reviews seem to show that the relatively small heatsink causes slightly worse cooling results compared to other coolers.
     
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    Cmon, does anyone else haev any other tips or experiences?
    Too bad there are no practical tests with Ivy Bridge CPUs yet :p
     
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    Cooler Master's Hyper 212+ is good. Only reason I switched to a H50 was because I liked more room to do other things in the CPU area.
     
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    I don't doubt it's good. All the reviews say so and so do most people. If I take it, I will go with EVO version.
    My question is, is it good enough for almost passive cooling? I still doubt the heatsink's size in this regard.
     
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    So has anything changed over the months? Anything else I should consider for cooling 3570K, slightly overclocked maybe?
     
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    Nope the Cm hyper 212+ will do you well.
     
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