Cooling Quad Core

Discussion in 'Overclocking, Cooling & Modding' started by DarKSeeD, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. DarKSeeD

    DarKSeeD BOG Translator

    Hello, I want, from people who tested/own a quad core (Q6600/Q9450) a cooling solution. No liquid and fanless solution. Also the silent the better, silent under heavy load, let's say 40dB max. Price can reach 150USD. I've read many reviews but still can't decide what to get that's why I'm asking advice from people who use such cooling solutions.
    In my list is Scythe Zipang, Scythe Infinity, Xigmatek HDT-S1283, Noctua NH-U9B, Zalman CNPS-9700-LED. Room temperature is 20-25C. [email protected] max, [email protected] max.
    I don't want to keep the system stressed :)
    10x in advance, hope I'm not too picky!
  2. iModAMD

    iModAMD Newbie

    Fanless... well as i remember CNPS 9700 have an fan... want to mean who make not alot of noise?

    All the coolers can make not so much of noise ... if you have an fan controler you can control them(the fans)

    I build 3 QUAD cores systems (3 Q6600) and i putted on them Zalman CNPS 9700 and it's really kick ass as i think... max we reached with overclocking on the Q6600 with CNPS 9700 was 3.5 GHZ(Considering the kick ass boards too :mrgreen: )
  3. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Hmm.. For a quad-core processor, I wouldn't really recommend a fanless heatsink. Like iModAMD said, having a fan doesn't mean a cooler is noisy.

    You can opt for quiet coolers like the Zalman CNPS 9700. I'm using one now and it's pretty quiet. You can further reduce its noise level by running at a lower voltage.
  4. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

    Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme. :mrgreen:
  5. Mac Daddy

    Mac Daddy Pickin' Da Gitfiddle

    If your looking for a fanless solution I would think something from Arctic Cooling but as Adrian and others have said I don't think that's what you want. I have used 2 solutions with a single and dual fan that sell in the 30CAD range(minus additional fans) and kick ass :D

    The first is the Scythe Katana2 I am still running it on my second machine the angled heatsink partitions draw heat off the chipset and RAM ... I say :thumb:

    The second out performs the latter but with 2 fans. If you are using more than one case fan would you even hear one or two inside your case :think:

    I think not ... anyhew check out the Coolermaster cooler Here
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2008
  6. DarKSeeD

    DarKSeeD BOG Translator

    Fanless is not an option!
    No liquid or fanless solutions
    The case I own is a Raidmax Sirius with one 120mm fan for intake and one 120mm fan for exhaust. On the side is a 80mm fan for intake. The PSU is Asus Atlas 55GA - 550W.
    Thanks for the replies so far, waiting for more.
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2008
  7. Mac Daddy

    Mac Daddy Pickin' Da Gitfiddle

    I think we all misread you first post on fanless except for Chai lol.

    Your fan layout is similar to mine. Hmmm I see your case has a top mounted PSU thats too bad. My CM RC690 has a bottom mounted PSU with 2 spots for fans on the top. I am using one 120mm for incoming air on top and the other opening I am actually venting the CPU cooler with 2 120mm fans directly out of the top of the case.

    If you chose a cooler select one with the flexibility of cooler/fan position. You will be forced to vent your CPU cooler in that case out the rear exhaust fan. So ideally you want your fan located on the heatsink opposite the exhaust fan blowing through it this will also draw heat off the chipset and memory.

    The reason I mentioned this as I had issues with the Freezer 7 Pro in a similar case with a top mounted PSU. You cannot change the position of the fan on the cooler or reverse it either physically or electrically. Sorry for the length just some ideas :D
  8. Lacus

    Lacus Newbie

    hmm, using Xigmatek S1283 here..Quite decent i should say..But i think it's better that you get something with 4 heat pipes (i think the S1284)
  9. Max_87

    Max_87 huehuehue

    1. Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme
    2. Thermalright HR-01 Plus
    3. Thermalright Ultima-90

    or Scythe Zipang/Infinity.

    Just pair either one with a low/medium speed 120mm fan.

    Forget about Zalman/Arctic Cooling, they are no match for any of these.
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2008
  10. DarKSeeD

    DarKSeeD BOG Translator

    Actually, the PSU is not that bad, has 1x120mm fan that takes out hot air from CPU. I have the Atlas A-55GA / 550W which is doin' a very good job and is also silent event when the system is overclocked. On Asus site I found only the previous version, Atlas A-45GA / 450W PSU.
    Correct fan distribution: 1x120mm fan in front for intake, 1x120mm fan in rear for exhaust and 1x80mm fan on the side for exhaust.
  11. Mac Daddy

    Mac Daddy Pickin' Da Gitfiddle

    In either case you are running into a fan obstruction. Two fans pushing air in the same direction should not just have air between them or be right next to each other. On your CPU cooler you will want to vent it with a single fan push/pull through your CPU cooler with your rear chassis fan. The fan in your PSU will be less efficient than this configuration but it will still draw heat off the CPU cooler like my Corsair HX-520 did in my other case.
  12. Zenphic

    Zenphic Newbie

  13. Draztic

    Draztic Newbie

    Well if you are searching for the best aircooled heatsink(assuming you are) you might want to add the Thermalright Ultra 120 extreme to your list, I read an article where they had a shootout with 50 or 70 coolers(can't remember) and Im pretty sure the Thermalright won it. I own an xp 120 which is a slightly older design and am very pleased with it. It only has one 12cm fan on it but the Ultra 120 can have up to 3 I think. You should probably lap whichever one you choose though, they never come perfect from the manufacturer and lapping has been shown to drop temps between 2-6 degrees C.

    Edit, looks like I have to get in line to suggest the Ultra, the first time around it didn't show any replies to the thread starting post.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2008
  14. DarKSeeD

    DarKSeeD BOG Translator

    Well, thanks for all the replies, I'm still waiting for my Q9450 to arrive and after that I will let you know how it ended. My choices so far are: Scythe Zipang, Cooler Master Hyper 212, Noctua NH-U12P. I will do a research on the Thermalright. I'm looking for a balance between dB and CFM.
  15. Draztic

    Draztic Newbie

    You might want to get a 120mm fan that has the selector switch on it to choose between 3 speeds, the slowest is pretty darn quiet indeed. Obviously the heatsink wont drop the temps as much with the slower speed but if you were to use the 120 ultra with 2 fans(using directional air supply and air suction) then I am pretty sure you could have em set to lowest speed and still see impressively low temps.

    review: Thermalright Gets Back on Top with the Ultra-120 |


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