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Cooling QUIET CPU AIR Cooler - under £50 ?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by pete*, 2 Sep 2020.

  1. pete*

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    Hey all,

    Just seeing what people recommend for as CPU air cooler for under £50... Am I correct that
    the current king is the Noctua NH-D15 (which is unfortunately over my budget, but if nothing compares at all I may try to stretch to it) ?
    I was going to stick with the stock cooler for my R5-3600, and while the CPU temps are perfectly fine
    (never seems to go over 69 or so with what I do on the PC), its fan is a bit of a whiney bugger.

    Possibly looking at changing the case fans I currently have too, as I think they're a little on the
    loud side aswell, and don't seem to like having low RPM. 4 120 GentleTyphoons (2 intake, 2 exhaust).
    I know I have some AF120L's and an AF140L laying around, anyone know if they're any good?
    I only find reviews of the non-L varients... I am not even sure what the "L" means...

    tia
     
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  3. adidan

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    I have a Noctua NH-U12S happily on my 3600.- about £53 currently on the Zon.
     
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    And if you still want a bit more, the U14S is about £10 more...
     
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    I'm very happy with the Arctic sp 12 fans, as good as Akasa black apaches at a much friendlier price.
     
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  7. pete*

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    Ahh! I forgot about the legendary BeQuiet coolers! Even have a couple of BeQuiet fans, just can't find
    the little plastic pins to be able to mount them. And need a proper good clean.

    But yeah, the Noc would be overkill, as I don't OC any of my stuff. So this about fits the bill!


    As for fans, I WANT to replace the noisey (but airflow is very good) GT's I have, but might try these
    AF120/140s I have first as I have a few different fans about, so buying EVEN MORE, might be a little silly. But they look a bargain! So i'll save that for if I need it, thanks.
     
  8. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    The thing i've noticed is different air coolers don't make that much difference to Ryzen temperatures per se - the better performers just allow them to stretch their legs more and get more Mhz for similar or slightly better temps.

    From what I found anyway.
     
  9. pete*

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    Yeah, it is more the noise than anything. I'm hard of hearing, and even I can hear the whine of this stock cooler. So a quiet cooler is what I want.
    Temps with stock are fine. It doesn't bat an eyelid at the games I play like Horizon:ZD and COD, even at highest settings. Not that COD is that taxing.
     
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  10. adidan

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    IIRC there is an Arctic 34(?) that seemed to be getting good reviews for its cost, about 30 quid.

    May be another to look into.

    Edit: I think it was the 34 esport I was reading about when I was looking for a cooler.
     
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  11. pete*

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    Just been looking at that. £5 extra for the Duo..
    Really like it in white haha, just can’t find it to buy in white. Without silly delivery.
     

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