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Cooling Best LGA1366 Coolers

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Phalanx, 30 Aug 2010.

  1. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    Currently I'm running a Noctua NH-D14 cooler, and my idle temps are around the 36 degree mark on idle.

    I've reseated the cooler multiple times and I just can't seem to get the temperatures any lower. I want to OC my i7 920 but I just don't feel I can trust this cooler, so I was looking into other coolers and was considering a few such as the Corsair H70 or the Thermaltake Frio which have both come out recently and performed well in tests.

    I was wondering what your opinions were on a decent cooler, as I want to get a nice low temp before I start fiddling with those settings ;)
     
  2. LeMaltor

    LeMaltor >^_^

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    Whats wrong with 36 idle?
     
  3. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    I dunno. Everywhere I read, people get about 4-5 degrees less with the same cooler, which either leads me to question my ability to mount a cooler properly, or question my general cooling knowledge. It makes me think either I've got a faulty cooler or I'm missing something obvious.

    I'm wondering if perhaps I should replace stock fans.
     
  4. dazedandconfused

    dazedandconfused generic babble ->

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    To get real low temps then you need to properly water cool. H70 is meant to be better that the H50 (according to maximum pc) so should better the best air coolers (such as titan fenir) but that depends if you trust their review.

    Personally I would water cool before doing any 'major' overclocking.

    Out of intrest what are you aiming for, 3.8, 4ghz etc??
     
  5. Bloody_Pete

    Bloody_Pete Technophile

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    Using too much TIM perhaps?
     
  6. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    Fair enough, I'll give this another shot then.

    I might order some new TIM and try that out. Any recommendations?

    Would you keep the stock fans that come with the NH-D14 or replace them with something else? And which direction would you mount it? Facing the back exhaust or facing the top exhaust?
     
  7. Matticus

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    What is your room temperature? People getting 4-5 degrees lower may just be sitting in rooms which are 4-5 degrees cooler.

    Plus idle temps aren't the important ones, what are you load temps? Get something like OCCT and load it up.
     
  8. Bloody_Pete

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    I've used Noctua fans before, and I dislike them. They're silent, but have next to no performance. I'd replace the fans with Gentle Typhoons, which I did on my TRUE and my temps dropped by 15C!
     
  9. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    The centre fan is 140mm I noticed. Would it be OK to replace with a 120mm fan?
     
  10. rehk

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    It should be fine as the 140mm Noctua fan has 120mm mounts.
     
  11. dazedandconfused

    dazedandconfused generic babble ->

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    Both of these posts are usefull. a higher room temp means a warmer OC, also ive used noctua fans (800-1200rpm) on a rad before and to say they were OK is like saying a Christian is a Jew (sorry if this offends you) they are really not up to the task of a thick RAD such as an XSPC RX.

    I now use gentle typhoons which are amazing, push a lot of air (can tell by the lower temps) and arent overly noisy.

    Andrew
     
  12. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    Fair enough. I'll get to ordering a couple of new fans and some TIM then.

    I was using Arctic Silver 5, but I'm thinking either the MX-3 or PK-1. Are there any others I should consider? Also, is the Akasa TIM remover a decent remover? I want to make sure it's completely clean when reseating this time.
     
  13. Bloody_Pete

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    I use AS5 and its good :) Maybe your applying too much?
     
  14. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    Hmm, OK well I'll make some purchases and update the thread with how I get on.
     
  15. Bloody_Pete

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    Aquatuning have GT's for under a tenner, plus free postage :)
     
  16. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    I saw that :) However they also have Coolink SWIF2-120Ps (which are PWM-compatible), which I have seen performing stonkingly well in tests. Decisions, decisions...
     
  17. Bloody_Pete

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    How many fans can it mount?
     
  18. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    Erm, well it comes with 2. Not tried 3, although I think it is possible.
     
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    You have one of the best coolers on the market right now. Why don't you just overclock and test what temps you get under load, as those are the temps that really matter?
     
  20. Bloody_Pete

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    You could get one of each fan perhaps?
     

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