1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Cooling ENTHOO EVOLV ITX: CPU cooler and fans

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by silk186, 6 Jun 2019.

  1. silk186

    silk186 Derp

    Joined:
    1 Dec 2014
    Posts:
    1,511
    Likes Received:
    82
    I will be moving my computer into a Phanteks Evolv ITX Mini-ITX Case and I'm looking for advice on cooling.

    I want the computer to run cool and stable while gaming and I want it to run quiet, preferably silent during light loads.

    CPU cooler:
    the Noctua NH-L9i is struggling with gaming right now.
    CPU clearance is 200mm
    What are some good options, would be more than happy to buy used.

    Fans:
    The case comes with one 120mm but is missing the front 200mm fan.
    The case can hold up to 5 fans.
    I want to get the fans right before I put everything together but don't want to waste money.
    I do have a Cooler Master 200mm RED LED that I can use, are these any good?

    Front: 2x 120mm/140mm or 1x 200mmm
    Read: 120mm or 140mm

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: 7 Jun 2019
  2. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

    Joined:
    23 Apr 2009
    Posts:
    11,885
    Likes Received:
    1,545
    NH-U12A if you can afford it, one of the other noctuas if you can't... even the hulking D15 should fit.
     
  3. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

    Joined:
    30 Apr 2010
    Posts:
    8,184
    Likes Received:
    664
    As above, if you buy a Noctua NH-U12A you will probably never have to buy another air cooler again.

    Pricey but as the review on bit-tech says, it embarasses everything else with its quality and performance. It even beats AIO coolers.

    An alternative is to buy @kosch 's BNIB Corsair H60 AIO for £48 in the marketplace?
    https://forums.bit-tech.net/index.p...l-amd-liquid-cpu-cooler-cw-9060036-ww.362186/

    Another alternative is the BeQuiet Dark Rock Slim with is half the price of the Noctua?
     
  4. MLyons

    MLyons Half dev, Half doge. Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

    Joined:
    3 Mar 2017
    Posts:
    2,984
    Likes Received:
    1,094
    The biggest noctua you can fit. They truly make great products.
     
  5. silk186

    silk186 Derp

    Joined:
    1 Dec 2014
    Posts:
    1,511
    Likes Received:
    82
    They NH-U12A is a marvel of engineering but the price is way over budget for my build.
    Case: shipping
    CPU/MB/Memory/Cooler - £270
    12tb storage - £105
    Monitor - £270
    500GB NMVe - £90
    RX 480x 8GB- £110

    That last cooler I bought was a Hyper 212+

    I want something that will perform well with a moderate overclock.
    I did see @kosch 's Corsair H60 AIO for £48 but I wasn't sure if I wanted/needed to pay that much.
    Is it a good value for performance given my build?
    Do many used coolers go on the marketplace?

    The Noctua NH-U12S and Noctua NH-U14S are £53 and £56.
    I would prefer to go around £30-40 if possible.

    I can't find any comparisons between the Noctua NH-U14S and the Corsair H60 (2018).
     
    Last edited: 6 Jun 2019
  6. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

    Joined:
    30 Apr 2010
    Posts:
    8,184
    Likes Received:
    664
    According to a Hexus review here, the NH-U12A and the NH-U14S are very close (within 1C) in performance (8700K).

    According to a TechPowerUp review here, a CoolerMaster Hyper 212X is 7C behind the NH-U12A under load (8700K).

    If you can't afford to spring for a high quality Noctua or even a BeQuiet, go for the CoolerMaster at under £30 because it will at least cool your 6700K better than the NH-L9i will - even Noctua's CPU compatibility listing says that the NH-L9i should only be used on a 6700K with a good ventilation case (i.e. more intake fans than you have).

    If it was me, I would try the 200mm front fan first and see the result, it won't cost you anything. If you have a couple of 120mm or 140mm fans then it is worth trying those in the front as well for comparison. Make sure you have at least one 120mm/140mm exhaust fan as well as there is no point in loads of air intake if the hot air stays in the case. With you running an RX480 there will be a lot of hot air in the case to get rid of.

    Edit: again it it was me, my ideal setup in your case would be something along the lines of 2 x 120mm/140mm intakes with a single 120mm/140mm exhaust and whatever you like for a CPU cooler. My own ITX rig is 2 x 140mm PWM fans as intake with 2 x 120mm Noctua PWM fans as push/pull exhaust on a Corsair H55, cooling an i5 8400 in a Fractal Nano S case. Temperatures are really cool but the biggest thing for me is the silence, I sometimes can't tell if the PC is actually running - but note that I am not running a GPU in my main rig.
     
    Last edited: 7 Jun 2019
    adidan and Arboreal like this.
  7. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

    Joined:
    25 Mar 2009
    Posts:
    14,194
    Likes Received:
    1,696
    I've found this to be the best setup, along with whatever the PSU exhausts the 92mm fan on my cheapo cooler I bought to tide me over in NZ still keeps my 3770 in the 60s in a matx case.
     

Share This Page