Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Help with AM3+ CPU cooler compatibility

18 Oct 2011   #1
Bink

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 
Help with AM3+ CPU cooler compatibility

Hi,

My CPU and M/B died on me for no reason and I've had it with Intel so I've moved back to AMD. I've been using Arctic cooling for years now and I looked through the coolers and picked one out with the motherboard and CPU. "I think some die hard AMD fans have already worked out where this is going already..." Well I actually the difference between AMD and Intel in comparison with size of CPU and motherboard layout. Well I purchased a Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro along with he rest of the kit. Went to install the cooler and then looked with a confused look coupled with steam coming out of my ears.

I think it went a little like this. Oh of **** sake you ******* idiot. This isn't going to fit my motherboard because the RAM is in the way so I have an option. RAM is just stupendously cheep at the moment, so I'm thinking do I get 8GB of DDR3 RAM or spend 50+ on a cooler...?

Even though the Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 and Pro is compatible with AM3+ it does come very close to the RAM even though there is a clearance there for the RAM we are talking less than 1mm

It's a pain in the backside because they state that its compatible but, depending on the RAM you have as well. I've got Dominator RAM and as well all know these are beefy SOB's.

Which is the best CPU cooler for AMD AM3+ the problem with AMD is the positioning of the cooler can only go in one direction as with Intel you have an option of 360 degrees. this is my problem.

Thanks in advance.
Simon


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
18 Oct 2011   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Hello Bink. If you can get oone of these with the bracket, it should take care of it Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, CPUs / Processors, enzotech

The bracket wil let you mount the cooler about anyway you like it, I have one. I was limited with only one direction because it hit my PSU. There are other AMD coolers with a similar bracket though. It clears my RAM about 12mm, 1/2" or so, GSkill ripjaws.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Oct 2011   #3
Bink

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Thanks for that, only one problem... I'm 3000 miles away.



Jezus the price of memory at the moment is just insane it's actually logical for me to get a pack of 8GB of DDR3 memory 9-9-9-24
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

18 Oct 2011   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bink View Post
Thanks for that, only one problem... I'm 3000 miles away.

Yup, understood. I suspect someone in the UK has similar cooler though.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Oct 2011   #5
Bink

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Thanks for the tip though I shall bear this in mind. Just ordered 8GB of DDR3 memory for only 51.00 that's the bargain of the month for me.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Oct 2011   #6
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

One of these,

Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

which can be mounted in an up/down or the usual front/back orientation,

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus AMD Installation & Clearance - Hardware Canucks

and is cheaper than the Freezer Pro 13. And if the fan is in the way of the ram slots, it can be mounted on the back of the heatsink to pull air through instead of set to push when mounted the usual way.

P.S. Is your ram 2 x 4 GB or 4 x 2 GB? Also which motherboard did you get?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Oct 2011   #7
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Cool! DDR3 is getting cheap here too. In Jan 2010 I paid $234 for 8GB of DDR3, about 178 pounds?
Another option is one of these if your case has room for the radiator, which could be installed outside the rear of the case.
http://www.corsair.com/cpu-cooling-k...pu-cooler.html
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Nov 2011   #8
noelw1969

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I had a similar issue with my old Nexus CPU cooler getting ridiculously close to my RAM but the obvious option was to move the 2 sticks I had into the 2nd channel slots.

Nonetheless, after deciding on major upgrades to my system, I purchased the Corsair H60 water cooler and threw a 2nd fan onto it giving a push/pull configuration into the case. My mobo runs at a steady 25 degrees C and my Phenom II X4 965 BE (running at stock 3.4GHz) rarely gets above 36 degrees C, even under heavy gaming conditions. Plus, the H60, in no way encroaches on the RAM, regardless of what or how much you put in there.

My old mobo always ran at around 50-55 degrees C (close to overheating !!) and my old Athlon 64 X2 6000+ only went below 38 degrees C when the computer was turned off !! That was with the more than capable Nexus XIR 2300.

Forget the RAM, go water cooling. I'll never buy a fan again and RAM will only get better and cheaper.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Help with AM3+ CPU cooler compatibility




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
DYI VRM cooler I made out of a ram cooler.
I am not the kind of person to let things go to waste, so when my new motherboard prevented me from using my cool ram cooler, I went to thinkwork (thinking what I can use it for). So I ended up making a small vrm cooler with temp display via LED's, a function that came with it, so I can't take...
PC Custom Builds and Overclocking
Cooler is better
I was playing with WEI and realised that when extra cooling fan is turned on CPU goes from 6.5 to 6.6. I installed fan for video editing and it takes temps from hi 70's down to hi 50's when working. When just doing regular browsing and games it sits around 36- 40c. Art.
Chillout Room
Cooler Master's new All-in-One Liquid Cooler
Just saw this...... Cooler Master Future Proofs All-in-One Liquid Cooling with Expandable Glacer 240L Discuss
PC Custom Builds and Overclocking
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Cooler
I just got the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Cooler today, easily installed and really good. Well better than stock cooler. Hyper 212 Plus - Cooler Master - Leading Provider of Computer Case | Cooler | Power Supply Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus review The 1 fan which is mounted is intake. ...
Hardware & Devices
what cpu cooler should i get?
Im running and intel i5 750 on a gigabye P55A UD3R motherboard with 4 GIG DDR3 and a gtx 275 GPU. Ive been looking at thermeltakes coolers but cant make up my mind? any suggestions? thanks
Hardware & Devices
Old cooler on new CPU
Hey all, I have a Noctura CPU cooler installed at the moment. I 'd like to use this cooler again on another CPU, so I have to take it off and remount on new. Question is what do I do with the old cement from the original installation? Do I need to remove it and how would you do that before...
Hardware & Devices


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:08.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App