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 Post subject: Need Cooler for Intel Core2 Quad Q9400
PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:24 pm 
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Hey guys,

I have an Intel Core2 Quad Q9400
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.as ... 6819115131

Basically, the fan is kinda loud & I want to have it replaced with something quieter. Do u guys have any suggestions?

Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Need Cooler for Intel Core2 Quad Q9400
PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 2:58 am 
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Hi, I had a Q9400 and it's a cool running chip, unless you've got some heavy over-clocking going on.
As a budget solution I like the Hyper TX3, currently $18. The stock fan isn't wonderful but is PWM and can be spun right down to 700rpm or less at which point it's really quiet. Probably also still cool you CPU ok without needing to speed up from this speed often either. You may need to change settings for fan control in your motherboard's BIOS, usually in the system monitoring section and called smart fan or Q-fan etc, to get the lowest / quietest fan speeds. In fact this may well help with the stock cooler too!
It comes with s775 and s1155/6 mounts so you may be able to use it on a future build, not relevant to you but can be mounted all-ways round on AMD systems too, which is useful and unusual. It's bigger brother the Hyper 212 is also great value although I'm not sure how good the stock fan is.

I've also used Freezer 13 and the stock fan is very quiet at minimum speed with good cooling.
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 Post subject: Re: Need Cooler for Intel Core2 Quad Q9400
PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 5:14 am 
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You have plenty of options.
If we follow the proposed budget SebRad, then you might also consider the Scythe Katana 3. Same price range, 92 PWM-fan, but this stock fan has very good acoustics, unlike many from Cooler Master which tend to have a clicking noise (personal experience from a Sileo 500. Review confirms that. Also see review of Hyper 212+).

I don't know if these heatsinks will be able to cool your CPU under load quietly, though. You might take a look at reviews at SPCR to get an idea of that.

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 Post subject: Re: Need Cooler for Intel Core2 Quad Q9400
PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 10:52 am 
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Hey guys, thanks, i'll look into all the suggestions :)


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 Post subject: Re: Need Cooler for Intel Core2 Quad Q9400
PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 3:36 pm 
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ces wrote:
The 92mm Noctua is small and can handle much more heat than your e8400 will ever generate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6835608016

It is capable of handling overclocked quad core cpus. Here is how an older version with just a single fan performs:
http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.c ... 270&page=5

It is only 125mm high
http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=prod ... g=en&set=1
And it is pretty much compatible with any mothboard. They even list the boards for which they have tested its compatability:
http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=comp ... =32&lng=en

Noctua also has a policy of providing new CPU mounts for free as new chip sizes. Just remember to keep your receipts as proof of purchase.

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