Looking for a new CPU fan

July 5, 2010 at 18:33:09
Specs: Windows 7
Hi all,
I just recently bought a new rig without buying an aftermarket cpu fan, and am now looking to buy one. Im running a phenom II 965 on an MSI 890fxa-gd70 with 4gigs of OCZ special ops ddr3 1600 ram (currently running at 1333). The stock fan that came with my cpu quite frankly sucks, but I suppose that is to be expected. It keeps my temps ok but the thing is ridiculously loud. I don't know if its a bad fan or what, but I was running an opteron processor in my old rig and the stock fan that came with that chip was awesome, was quiet and cool. Wasnt looking to overclock that old rig however, so the stock fan stayed. Combined with the noise of my current fan, and the fact that I wanna overclock my new rig a bit (at least to get my ram speeds up to 1600, and Id like to see what I can get out of the phenom as well), I am in the market for an aftermarket cpu fan.

Im in a mid tower right now, so I hope the size issue isnt a problem. I always go with zalman when I build rigs for other people, but I've never actually bought a cooler for my own use, and none of the other rigs ive built were meant for overclocking at all. Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for a good aftermarket cooler. Of course I've been looking at zalmans, here are the ones I was considering:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835118223

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835118004

My motherboard cpu fan connection is 4-pin, so I was also wondering if I can get an aftermarket fan with a 4-pin connector for dynamic fan speed control. It looked like on newegg people were saying the zalmans were 3-pin connectors, so the fan speed control has to be dealt with some other way.

Would love any other suggestions. Thanks!

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July 6, 2010 at 08:37:51
memory controller inside cpu support to 1333 ddr unless u overclock cpu. I don't think u will gain anything running ram @1600ddr. Stock cooler is fine even for overclocking. System fan, cpu fan, psu fan, gpu fan=lots of noise.

edit: phenom II X4 is a BE. U can overclock it simply by increasing cpu multi.

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July 6, 2010 at 09:26:18
ok here is it is the cpu is not the only thing running in ur system u have HDD fan gpu fan psu fan the fan that is below the psu if u have one and the cpu of course this will generate noise i mean every pc generates noise thats a fact
and why would u want to run ur ram speeds at 1600 like kuwese said no gain no nothing so the noise is normal and as far as temps are normal then u better rethink the fan thing

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July 8, 2010 at 17:26:03
Get the Corsair H50 Liquid CPU Cooler. It's affordable, and works just as good as the best air fans, if not better than all.

I have one on my Core i7 920 D0 @ 4.01 GHz running at 28 degrees C Idle and about 60 under full load in Lynx.

Check it out here:


And here is how I have it set up, and this verifies that this is the best way to set it up, and it shows performance graphs and info:


The H50 also takes up much less room in the case than a high-end air cooler :)


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July 8, 2010 at 21:37:24
jtrag: The second link you posted is identical to the first–I want to see how you set it up.

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July 8, 2010 at 22:26:23
"It's affordable" $80 for a liquid cooler? Better get prepared when it started to leak.

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July 9, 2010 at 00:28:15
Those little self contained liquid coolers usually clog before they leak. No liquid flow; no cool.

I see that as an advantage; you get to throw it away before it leaks all over your gear.

Audares Juvo

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