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Windows 7: CPU Cooler

01 Feb 2010   #1
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
CPU Cooler

For the most part, my CPU run pretty cool, but with a couple of apps (Hulu Desktop is the only one that comes to mind, at the moment), it revs the CPU to nearly 100% when in full screen. If I just have a small window showing, it drops drastically, but when at the high end, the CPU temperature gets closer to the limit than I'm comfortable with.

This has me thinking about an aftermarket cooler, but I've never used anything except the AMD OEM cooler. I don't want to spend a lot, but haven't set a budget for it yet. Also, I noticed a used set of components on eBay a while back, that included a Cooler Master cooler than used an internal water system, along with a fan, that looked a little like an overgrown OEM cooler, except that it was designed so that the airflow went from front to back, rather than vertically. It seemed that this would work well with the overall airflow patterns of the case.

The bottomline is how much would I have to spend for a cooler that would make a significant difference in temperature. I really don't like the idea of water cooling, except as I described above. Along with a price, some specific recommendations would help.


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01 Feb 2010   #2
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Two inexpensive ones I have tried are the CoolerMaster TX-3 and Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro 7

I'm not sure if they're compatible with your setup, but they will both do a good job if you use some good thermal paste and apply it right.

Do a search on your favorite retailer's site and see if they are compatible with your system and good luck. It a good inexpensive upgrade.
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01 Feb 2010   #3
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

The Freezer Pro is good.

for just a bit more, I also really like the Xigmatech coolers.

The direct touch heat pipe ones work extremely well, nearly as well as some of the higher end Heatsinks and are priced quite reasonable.

They have a 92mm and 120mm versions, either have all you need for AMD or Intel Platforms.
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01 Feb 2010   #4
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Do either of you have any idea of how much of a temperature change one might expect going to one of these, vs the stock cooler? I would imagine that it might vary, depending on a number of factors, but if I could only expect a degree or two cooler temperatures, they wouldn't be worth the hassle.
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02 Feb 2010   #5
Bearlout

windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

look here:

Official Corsair H50 Hydro Series Owners Club - Overclock.net - Overclocking.net

Corsair H50 Hydro
small closed looped system

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02 Feb 2010   #6
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
Do either of you have any idea of how much of a temperature change one might expect going to one of these, vs the stock cooler? I would imagine that it might vary, depending on a number of factors, but if I could only expect a degree or two cooler temperatures, they wouldn't be worth the hassle.
I have seen from 8-12C change from stock. It's well worth it.
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02 Feb 2010   #7
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I have been looking mostly at the CoolerMaster TX-3, partly because it was the first one mentioned, but also because it is the only one that appears to be designed to fit on a socket 939 CPU. I find it interesting that it is capable of having dual fans mounted on it, but this raised a question of how best to connect power to them? I looked in the case, but it is too crowded to see if there is an available fan connector positioned in a location that the fan wires would reach, other than a PSU connector and a secondary chassis fan connector. Could both fans be connected via a Y-splitter to the same connector without it causing any problems for either the hardware monitor or SpeedFan to monitor properly?
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02 Feb 2010   #8
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I have been looking mostly at the CoolerMaster TX-3, partly because it was the first one mentioned, but also because it is the only one that appears to be designed to fit on a socket 939 CPU. I find it interesting that it is capable of having dual fans mounted on it, but this raised a question of how best to connect power to them? I looked in the case, but it is too crowded to see if there is an available fan connector positioned in a location that the fan wires would reach, other than a PSU connector and a secondary chassis fan connector. Could both fans be connected via a Y-splitter to the same connector without it causing any problems for either the hardware monitor or SpeedFan to monitor properly?
I am using a "Y" splitter with my two top fans in my case and they read correctly in HWMonitor and any other monitoring programs I have tried, you could do this pretty easily if you have an available 3 pin connector on your board.

I happen to love this cooler, I am using it now for my i7860
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02 Feb 2010   #9
ickymay

win7 ultimate / virtual box
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
Do either of you have any idea of how much of a temperature change one might expect going to one of these, vs the stock cooler? I would imagine that it might vary, depending on a number of factors, but if I could only expect a degree or two cooler temperatures, they wouldn't be worth the hassle.
With a stock heatsink and fan i was running at 110-115f and higher on load, using the Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro my CPU now runs at 98-100f with the fan running slow\silent then it revs up to cope with load and holds the temp at 104f , Cool n Quiet
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02 Feb 2010   #10
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You're looking at the wrong AC Freezer, should be the AC Freezer 64,

Newegg.com - ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

and yes it works very well. If your stock heatsink is anything like the one I had (was nicely concave on the bottom), you should see a very nice temperature drop.
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