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Please advise me on a CPU cooler (Low Profile)

Post by Hitt0r » Fri Apr 22, 2016 5:58 pm

I'm going to replace the stoc intel cpu fan on my Intel G3258 as its slight 'whurring' noise gets on my nerves a bit as it's overclocked to 4.2Ghz (overkill for a HTPC i know!)

The most important factor for me is near silent operation... they are all going to be better than the intel stoc fan at cooling so cooling performance is not as important. I have a 70mm gap and have narrowed it down to these:

Raijintek Pallas £26.76
SilverStone Argon AR06 £25.99
Zalman CNPS8900 £32.77
Noctua NH-L12 £47.81

Would love your thoughts on the above or any alternatives which would recommend.

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Post by CA_Steve » Fri Apr 22, 2016 7:57 pm

Welcome to SPCR.

When you say you have a 70mm gap, would the cooler come up against a solid case surface or a vented surface? If the former, then you'll want 10mm or so clearance between any cooler fan and the side so it can breathe.
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Post by quest_for_silence » Sat Apr 23, 2016 1:42 am

Hitt0r wrote:I have a 70mm gap

Which is the actual enclosure?

Hitt0r wrote:or any alternatives which would recommend.

According to latest SPCR charts, the best contenders seem the Noctua NH-L12 with just the bottom fan (less clearance, more expensive, the best CPU cooling with a single 120mm fan) and the Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev.B (more clearance with stock fan, probably less expensive, probably a tad better at mobo cooling than the L12 with any single stock fan).
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Post by Hitt0r » Sat Apr 23, 2016 3:00 am

Hi,

It's a top down vented surface. I have the Silverstone ML05 Case

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tnfs_3DjJM8

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Post by Hitt0r » Sat Apr 23, 2016 3:04 am

Sorry for another post i cant edit my other post until its approved.

The Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev.B and the Noctua cost £42/48.

Which is the best out of the other 3? i just want a very quiet CPU fan as the intel one makes an awful noise when the CPU ramps up.

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Post by ggumdol » Sat Apr 23, 2016 12:58 pm

I have been using "Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev. B" in two of my computers for a couple of years. The CPUs are i3-4130 and i5-3450. They are reasonably quiet if not completely up to 900-1000 rpms. To the best of my knowledge, it is "the" best available option at the moment for HTPCs. I think that it is worth investing some money into a decent cooler because recent sockets (e.g., 1155, 1150, 1151) share the same cooler dimension.
Hitt0r wrote:Sorry for another post i cant edit my other post until its approved.

The Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev.B and the Noctua cost £42/48.

Which is the best out of the other 3? i just want a very quiet CPU fan as the intel one makes an awful noise when the CPU ramps up.
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Post by Fire-Flare » Mon Apr 25, 2016 2:50 pm

Seconding the Big Shuriken vote, I used one in my parents' HTPC build.
My build: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=69018

Swiftech MCP35X review: viewtopic.php?f=27&t=65287

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Post by baii » Mon Apr 25, 2016 6:02 pm

Considering the price, I would get the pallas. £20 can buy you a few different fan to replace the stock one "if" the stock one have some odd ball sound.

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Post by quest_for_silence » Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:57 pm

baii wrote:Considering the price, I would get the pallas.
Do you know for sure it's effective?
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Post by lodestar » Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:37 pm

This review is fairly positive. And at the relatively low price of around £30 it is probably worth the gamble.

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Post by quest_for_silence » Tue Apr 26, 2016 12:10 am

lodestar wrote:This review is fairly positive.
Unfortunately such a review doesn't worth a iota.
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Post by xan_user » Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:51 pm

FWIW i have a low profile coolermaster that SPCR said was crap. I added 4 strips of foam between the fan and cooler, to eliminate fan vibration, and its does just as good as my shuriken @ $10 less.
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Post by quest_for_silence » Wed Apr 27, 2016 12:52 am

xan_user wrote:FWIW i have a low profile coolermaster that SPCR said was crap. I added 4 strips of foam between the fan and cooler, to eliminate fan vibration, and its does just as good as my shuriken @ $10 less.

Are you referring to the M4 and the original 100mm Shuriken?
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