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Windows 7: Which Heatsink is better?

04 Apr 2010   #1
pcgamer

Windows 7 Pro 32Bit
 
 
Which Heatsink is better?

I am going to buy a new Heatsink for my AMD 965 Black Edition and i was going to get the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 then i found this 1: Akasa Thermal Solution
And was wundering what 1 would cool better and would make less noise as the stock 1 now sounds so loud.


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04 Apr 2010   #2
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

the artic freezer is quite noisy in use but very good on cooling, so go with the akasa if you want less noise
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04 Apr 2010   #3
pcgamer

Windows 7 Pro 32Bit
 
 

i would perfer best cooloing over noise though really as im a big pc gamer and will be using it under full load for long periodes of time.
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04 Apr 2010   #4
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pebbly View Post
the artic freezer is quite noisy in use but very good on cooling,
Can't hear mine at all. Then again with it running using the PWM feature of the bios it is only running at ~1100 RPM at the moment and only goes up to around 15-1600 RPM under load, but even at full speed (~2400 RPM) it can be heard but is far from noisy.

Also from your specs you list 7 case fans, you sure it's the Freezer 64 and not them?
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04 Apr 2010   #5
pcgamer

Windows 7 Pro 32Bit
 
 

ok cool so the Artic Freezer looks to be the best then im not to bothered about the noise as it would be much less than the stock 1 as that hits 5000+ RPM and it will cool alot better to as well.
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04 Apr 2010   #6
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pebbly View Post
the artic freezer is quite noisy in use but very good on cooling,
Can't hear mine at all. Then again with it running using the PWM feature of the bios it is only running at ~1100 RPM at the moment and only goes up to around 15-1600 RPM under load, but even at full speed (~2400 RPM) it can be heard but is far from noisy.

Also from your specs you list 7 case fans, you sure it's the Freezer 64 and not them?
hi stormy its hard to really say what the noise is ,i can slow all the fans down and have it really quite ,or turn them up full blast and have them noisy but then again how do you define how noisy noise is i find mine acceptable to me but someone else will find it to noisy, so its swings and roundabouts
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04 Apr 2010   #7
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

There are a number of relatively quiet coolers on the market. I haven't tried most of them, but this is a good one:

Ultimate CPU Cooling Solutions! USA

(Thermalright 120.) It's tall, expensive, and it doesn't include a fan. You could choose a 120 X 38 mm fan, which is quieter than a 25 mm thick fan that moves the same amount of air.
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04 Apr 2010   #8
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pcgamer View Post
I am going to buy a new Heatsink for my AMD 965 Black Edition and i was going to get the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 then i found this 1: Akasa Thermal Solution
And was wundering what 1 would cool better and would make less noise as the stock 1 now sounds so loud.
Tell you what... I can't (and wouldn't) recommend any one make or model of heatsink but I will give you some general guidelines...

1) Look for mass at the bottom of the heatsink.
The more metal at the bottom where it contacts the CPU the better.

2) Look for fairly substantial fins.
Heatsinks with feather like fins may seem impressive but the low mass of the fins themselves won't conduct heat as well as a fairly substantial bit of metal does.

3) Cooling is about Surface Area
Aluminum of sufficient mass carrying heat up through the fins has only one way to dispell heat; on the sufrace of the fins. If the fins are stubby or not very smooth you will get less effective heat dissipation than from long, smooth surfaced fins sitting right in the fan's main pressure.

4) The type of metal does matter.
Aluminum fins are better than coper. Copper bases are better than aluminum.
Copper conducts heat far better than aluminum but because of it's higher mass it also tends to hold heat better than aluminum. Aluminum has the unique quality of being thermally conductive and with a valence of 3 it's able to release heat very easily... That is it heats up fast but it does not STAY hot, the way copper does. Ideally you want a heatsink with a large copper insert in the base and aluminum fins. This hybrid design is proven to give you the best of heat transfer and dissipation qualities of both metals.

So... what you should be looking for is a nicely made, substantial heatsink, with nice chunky fins and good smooth surface finish. Of course... bigger is better but not if the size is at the sacrifice of other qualities. It should feel heavy and substantial in your hand... not cheap and certainly not flimsy.


Hope this is of some help....
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05 Apr 2010   #9
DaGooN

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate SP1, VMware Windows 7 64bit Ultimate SP1
 
 

Corsair Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 Intel Socket LGA775, LGA1366, LGA 1156
AMD AM2/AM3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...10&Tpk=corsair

mix that with 2x 120mm Akasa Apache @ 700RPM and you are going to be happy
1300 RPM @ 16.05 dB(A) - 57.53 CFM
http://www.akasa.co.uk/update.php?tp...model=AK-FN058



or

Thermalright TRUE Copper CPU Cooler (Socket 775 / AM2 / AM2+ / AM3)

just never Cheapout on a Heatsink or you will pay the price in High Temps
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05 Apr 2010   #10
pcgamer

Windows 7 Pro 32Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pcgamer View Post
I am going to buy a new Heatsink for my AMD 965 Black Edition and i was going to get the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 then i found this 1: Akasa Thermal Solution
And was wundering what 1 would cool better and would make less noise as the stock 1 now sounds so loud.
Tell you what... I can't (and wouldn't) recommend any one make or model of heatsink but I will give you some general guidelines...

1) Look for mass at the bottom of the heatsink.
The more metal at the bottom where it contacts the CPU the better.

2) Look for fairly substantial fins.
Heatsinks with feather like fins may seem impressive but the low mass of the fins themselves won't conduct heat as well as a fairly substantial bit of metal does.

3) Cooling is about Surface Area
Aluminum of sufficient mass carrying heat up through the fins has only one way to dispell heat; on the sufrace of the fins. If the fins are stubby or not very smooth you will get less effective heat dissipation than from long, smooth surfaced fins sitting right in the fan's main pressure.

4) The type of metal does matter.
Aluminum fins are better than coper. Copper bases are better than aluminum.
Copper conducts heat far better than aluminum but because of it's higher mass it also tends to hold heat better than aluminum. Aluminum has the unique quality of being thermally conductive and with a valence of 3 it's able to release heat very easily... That is it heats up fast but it does not STAY hot, the way copper does. Ideally you want a heatsink with a large copper insert in the base and aluminum fins. This hybrid design is proven to give you the best of heat transfer and dissipation qualities of both metals.

So... what you should be looking for is a nicely made, substantial heatsink, with nice chunky fins and good smooth surface finish. Of course... bigger is better but not if the size is at the sacrifice of other qualities. It should feel heavy and substantial in your hand... not cheap and certainly not flimsy.


Hope this is of some help....
Thanks this is really useful and helped alot i think i will go for the artic cooling as it seems to have better results than the akasa but im sure there nearly the same as they both looks the same.
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