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 Post subject: What quiet air cooler to use with 52.5mm RAM?
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 2:07 am 
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I have a gigabyte z77-ud3 motherboard, i7-2700k cpu & 4x4gb corsair vengeance RAM. Not the best RAM choice as they're 52.5mm high... I want to buy a CPU air cooler and am not sure what to get. I am not planning on massively overclocking my CPU, so was hoping to spend under £50. I do want something that is quiet! 20dbA is my aim :)

Any suggestions that will clear my crazy RAM?

Thanks!

Warren


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 Post subject: Re: What quiet air cooler to use with 52.5mm RAM?
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 6:08 am 
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You could just remove the RAM heatsinks, which rarely have much benefit, just do it carefully. Then you can choose whatever HS you like. Improved airflow from a bigger/better HSF will more than offset any potential loss of cooling with RAM-sinks removed. But as I said, there's little evidence to show those things really do anything anyway. It's mostly marketing.

Or look for something that fits -- maybe one of the Zalman radial towers like CNPS9900. http://www.silentpcreview.com/zalman-9900max-cnps5x At 1000rpm or lower, the fan on the 9900 is decently quiet (under 20 dBA). The CNPS5X also reviewed in the linked article, will fit as well, though it does not cool as well.

You could try the stock Intel cooler. Maybe with the fan dialed down, you can achieve a reasonable balance of quiet and cooling.

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 Post subject: Re: What quiet air cooler to use with 52.5mm RAM?
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 12:50 am 
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I wanted to replace the stock cooler and was hoping to avoid having to fiddle with the RAM. I'll check out the Zalman's.


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 Post subject: Re: What quiet air cooler to use with 52.5mm RAM?
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 9:03 am 
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warren wrote:
I have a gigabyte z77-ud3 motherboard, i7-2700k cpu & 4x4gb corsair vengeance RAM. Not the best RAM choice as they're 52.5mm high... I want to buy a CPU air cooler and am not sure what to get. I am not planning on massively overclocking my CPU, so was hoping to spend under £50. I do want something that is quiet! 20dbA is my aim :)

Any suggestions that will clear my crazy RAM?

Thanks!

Warren
Prolimatech has a tower cooler specifically designed for this purpose, it's called the Armageddon.

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