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Windows 7: Good cooler for I7-920 OC

09 Jan 2011   #11
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

OK. I think a good intake fan might make all the difference - what size is the bracket for the fan?

You might also consider playing around with spot fans - Antec Spot - I've never used them though, but the look ideal for moving air into/out off specific areas.


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09 Jan 2011   #12
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

I'm using this one:

Product | Thermalright Ultimate CPU Cooling Solutions! USA

(Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme.) They don't list its real height, but it appears to be less than 170mm above the plane of the motherboard, mounted in place.

I run an I7-920 (original stepping; what was, that, C?) at 3.8 GHz. I don't recall what temperatures I've gotten. I pretty much stopped paying attention to CPU temperature in the absence of any lockups.

I generally keep my house below 26C in the Northern Hemisphere summer, though.
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09 Jan 2011   #13
TanyaC

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon | Win 7 Ult x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
OK. I think a good intake fan might make all the difference - what size is the bracket for the fan?

You might also consider playing around with spot fans - Antec Spot - I've never used them though, but the look ideal for moving air into/out off specific areas.
Either 80mm or 92mm. I'd have to pull it apart again.

The computer is starting to get rather noisy. It has 4 fans now..
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09 Jan 2011   #14
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Tanyan,
If you need air volume with low noise then may I suggest slowly or all at once if you can afford it, replace you fans with Noctua's or similar premium fans. Yes add the front mounted case fan ASAP and then look into the Antec spot fan I have one and like it a lot. Air flow through the cpu cooler should be clear and clean so if you have a card up against or even near the intake then flow will be compromised. If this is the case then orient the intake to another direction either low to high or front to rear.
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09 Jan 2011   #15
TanyaC

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon | Win 7 Ult x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
I'm using this one:

Product | Thermalright Ultimate CPU Cooling Solutions! USA

(Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme.) They don't list its real height, but it appears to be less than 170mm above the plane of the motherboard, mounted in place.

I run an I7-920 (original stepping; what was, that, C?) at 3.8 GHz. I don't recall what temperatures I've gotten. I pretty much stopped paying attention to CPU temperature in the absence of any lockups.

I generally keep my house below 26C in the Northern Hemisphere summer, though.
The height is 159mm. My case is 160mm from top of CPU to inside of side panel. Test show that the HS can maintain a temp of about 18 degrees over ambient under moderate load, which would put my temp at 48 degrees. That's good.

It produces around 45DbA of noise, which is moderately quiet, but louder than the fans I have now.

How do I identify my chip's stepping?

Keeping my house below 30 degrees on a hot day is not easy. There is no cooling to speak of, and electricity prices have skyrocketed in Australia - Increased over 250% in the last two years. My average bill is $325 per month, so running lots of fans is not affordable

The most recent comparison of coolers that I can find that compares more than a doen coolers is 18 months old. Anyone know of a recent comparison (Toms hardware cooler comparison is 10 years old)?
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09 Jan 2011   #16
TanyaC

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon | Win 7 Ult x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Tanyan,
If you need air volume with low noise then may I suggest slowly or all at once if you can afford it, replace you fans with Noctua's or similar premium fans. Yes add the front mounted case fan ASAP and then look into the Antec spot fan I have one and like it a lot. Air flow through the cpu cooler should be clear and clean so if you have a card up against or even near the intake then flow will be compromised. If this is the case then orient the intake to another direction either low to high or front to rear.
Since i rotated the HS front to back yesterday there is more space between MCH and HS than there was before. Unfortunately rotating it didn't reduce my temp.

I am going to visit my local computer shop today to get a new 2TB drive for my server, so I'll see what fans and coolers they have..
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09 Jan 2011   #17
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tanyam View Post

The most recent comparison of coolers that I can find that compares more than a doen coolers is 18 months old. Anyone know of a recent comparison (Toms hardware cooler comparison is 10 years old)?
This comparison is new. I saw a member here had the new Silver Arrow and it gets great reviews BTW.

FrostyTech - Best Heat Sinks & PC Cooling Reviews

Thermalright Silver Arrow Review - Overclockers Club

I have to say, your cooler should be performing much better than it is.

A Guy
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09 Jan 2011   #18
TanyaC

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon | Win 7 Ult x64
 
 

[QUOTE=A Guy;1174323]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tanyam View Post

I have to say, your cooler should be performing much better than it is.

A Guy
Yes, that seems to be the general consensus. It seems to be working hard. And since it only has 3 pins, the speed management function don't work, so it's flat out or stopped

I've purchased some Zalman quiet fans for the front of the cases - 120mm. I'll install that and see what happens, though with the 4 I have now, it is already quite noisy.

thanks
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09 Jan 2011   #19
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

The intake fan in my opinion is critical. So by added them yes your hard drives will love you and the CPU and GPU will be thanking you as well. Noise can be greatly reduced via quality fans and or a fan controller which allows you to run 100% when gaming or in summer then back way down when doing less intense computing and in the winter months. I would think about replacing the other case fans in time with quite models as cash permits....it makes a huge difference.
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10 Jan 2011   #20
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tanyam View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
I'm using this one:

Product | Thermalright Ultimate CPU Cooling Solutions! USA

(Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme.) They don't list its real height, but it appears to be less than 170mm above the plane of the motherboard, mounted in place.

I run an I7-920 (original stepping; what was, that, C?) at 3.8 GHz. I don't recall what temperatures I've gotten. I pretty much stopped paying attention to CPU temperature in the absence of any lockups.

I generally keep my house below 26C in the Northern Hemisphere summer, though.
The height is 159mm. My case is 160mm from top of CPU to inside of side panel. Test show that the HS can maintain a temp of about 18 degrees over ambient under moderate load, which would put my temp at 48 degrees. That's good.

It produces around 45DbA of noise, which is moderately quiet, but louder than the fans I have now.

How do I identify my chip's stepping?

Keeping my house below 30 degrees on a hot day is not easy. There is no cooling to speak of, and electricity prices have skyrocketed in Australia - Increased over 250% in the last two years. My average bill is $325 per month, so running lots of fans is not affordable

The most recent comparison of coolers that I can find that compares more than a doen coolers is 18 months old. Anyone know of a recent comparison (Toms hardware cooler comparison is 10 years old)?
My estimate of the height of the Ultra was above the mainboard, not the CPU heat spreader. It's probably still too tall for your case, though. There are designs other than towers. For example:

Noctua.at - sound-optimised premium components "Designed in Austria"!

(Expensive, though.)

Stepping? CPU-Z can tell you, or you can look it up if you have the CPU's Intel S-Spec (on the box, or on the CPU itself):

http://download.intel.com/design/pro...pdt/320836.pdf

For example: My S-Spec is SLBCH, so my stepping is C0.

Your electric bill averages 325AUD? And I thought that power was expensive here in Connecticut, USA.

I'm not sure what to suggest. My case is a Cooler Master Stacker 830. It seems to give decent cooling, but it's a full tower. It's all-aluminum, so it's not unusually heavy, but it takes up a great deal of space.
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