NoFan CR-80EH & CS-60 Fanless Cooler & Case

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The NoFan CR-80EH is a much smaller fanless heatsink than its big brother, the CR-95C, but it's also far less capable. According to our testing, it's deficient by a substantial 24°C, though this is still enough to handle a processor with a modest TDP, albeit with very high temperatures. The specified 80W limit is accurate in our view, though something in the 65W or less range is preferable. The mounting system assembles with ease, but having to finish the install on the back side of the motherboard (with the cooler upside-down) is a bit of a pain.

The case they rebranded as the CS-60 is an appropriate choice for this type of application. While the In Win Dragon Slayer was designed with more of an enthusiast slant, its open, well-ventilated nature is a suitable complement to a large passive cooler. It's taller than in needs to be (due to its original purpose), but overall, it fits the bill nicely, despite the lack of polish in some areas. The 2.5-inch drive bay is ill-fitting and the external USB 3.0 cable for the front ports is ancient by current standards. Then again, it's more pragmatic to use a cheaper, dated case if all you really need is a box with a lot of holes in it.

The prospect of a completely fanless high performance desktop system is a tantalizing one that can be generally accomplished in one of two ways. We've examined a variety of cases that act as a heatsink, using heatpipes as the middle man between the chassis and the hottest components, but this is an incredibly heavy and expensive solution. The NoFan approach, using a big fanless heatsink and an extremely well-ventilated case is a substantially more affordable option and easier to put together.

The CR-80EH is selling in Europe for €50/£35, about half that of the CR-95C, while the CS-60 is currently priced at US$100/£50, though you can probably save a bit of money by looking for the In Win Dragon Slayer instead. Going this route will result in a larger, inelegant system, but that's the price you have pay if you can't afford a premium solution. Of course, the most practical way to go is a more conventional system with one or two fans running slow enough to be effectively inaudible. Users who can tolerate a little bit of noise can reap the benefits of superior cooling (and thus higher thermal limits), and better pricing.

Our thanks to NoFan for the CR-80EH fanless heatsink and CS-60 case.

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