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What heatsink should I get?

By SuperCheetah ยท 94 replies
Mar 7, 2002
  1. timbob

    timbob TS Rookie

    What heatsink should I get???

    You can avoid damaging your motherboard,memory,etc....when removing your hsf combo by NOT using a regular screwdriver,try this easy method instead;use a multi-bit screwdriver without the bit,just the open hex end that normally holds the bit,or you could use a 1/4" drive ratchet extension with a 3/16",or 1/4",or 5/16" socket on the end of the extension.(whatever fits your clip the best)You will be able to provide the neccesary downward,as well as sideways pressure to release the clip.I've seen too many postings where people have damaged their motherboards while doing this procedure with just a screwdriver,(It slips off)
    also, get your self some silver compound(artic,antech)and follow the directions to the letter.
  2. Butterball

    Butterball TS Rookie Posts: 75

    this is a bit off topic but be VERY CAREFUL with the AS II. it is a great thermal compound but if it gets on any part of the CPU other than the die you may be in serious trouble. i almost fried my chip by getting some on the contacts and was VERY lucky i could save it. well enough of my warnings
  3. Spliffmeister

    Spliffmeister TechSpot Paladin Posts: 508

    As i think i've mentioned before, i cannot recommend the Zalman HS & Fan combo highly enough. For those who want silence, you can have it, for those clockers/modders (u know who u are;)) the fan has a variable speed control, with which you could freeze hell with.

    My Zalman fan
  4. Elcarion

    Elcarion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 169

    I have a ThermalRight AX-7 with a 120mm Panaflo 69CFM fan and 80 to 120mm adapter. I added a 25Ohm, 3W Potentiometer to control the fan speed. It's virtually silent pushing 40-50CFM.
  5. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    It seems like the Thermalright SLK-800 is the king of all heatsinks now. It's all copper, and is in a V shape. One of the things I like about it is it has a 3 cleat clip, meaning in clips onto the 3 cleats available on the socket. It also has steppings to allow you to use 60, 70 or even 80mm fans on it...which is very nice.
  6. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    A new entry to the cooling technology field. I believe it uses 'peltier' effect and a heatsink/fan plus fan speed controls for all your PC fans. Designed for quiet operation. Haven't seen any test reports yet though, and don't know where you can buy one. Interesting none the less. :grinthumb

    Active Cool produces AC4G, the world's first and only smart thermo-electric cooling system for PC CPUs.

    AC4G's patent-pending solid-state cooling represents a significant leap forward in cooling power, processor temperature control and monitoring, and computer noise control. Installed in any PC in less than 90 seconds.

  7. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,724   +377

  8. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    Also check out this water assisted CPU cooler

    Interesting cooler ...

    At 36dBA noise level its not exactly quiet, its also rather large, and I don't like the idea of having water anywhere near electronics components even if a leak is unlikely.

    Also it does'nt work, check out this test report ...

    Water Assisted Cooler - Test Report

    These days I think most users are more interested in quiet operation over cooling performance, but it's nice to have both.:D
  9. Mudshark

    Mudshark TS Rookie Posts: 101

    The new Vantec AeroFlow rocks.
    XP2600+ .....surfing 33*C and after a 2 hour Quake3 workout 40*C
    and it only costs $30.00 US
  10. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,724   +377

    I've now got a 2100+ Tbred B @ 13x167 2.171Ghz (~2700+) with a SLK-800 and a YS-Tech Silent 1950rpm 20dBA fan.
    • Idle is about 35C.
    • Load hits about 40C.
    Now for a quiet setup (2 case fans and CPU fan all < 2000rpm) this is a killed heatsink!
  11. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,350

    I recommend the Thermalright SLK-900 (link here: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?DEPA=&submit=Go&description=thermalright+slk+900)

    It sells for $47.00 at newegg.com, but this is about the
    best heatsink you can buy (for Athlon processors) at the moment.
    Also, you can get some nice 100+cfm processor fans to put on top of the heatsink and make for some MOST EXCELLENT cooling.

    Also, look at this google search for lots of good reviews on
    the Thermalright SLK-900: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=Thermalright+SLK-900
  12. consie89

    consie89 Banned Posts: 47

    How do you find the temperature of your system? what is the recommend temperature?
  13. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Since this thread was started over two years ago, how much have the heatsinks changed? Thermalright SLK-900 seems to be phasing out now - at least stores don't sell it anymore here - and some heatpipe setups have replaced it, like Thermalright SP-94/97. Then we also have Zalman CNPS6500 / 7000, any other recommendations?
  14. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 783

    is volcano 12 good?
    delta fan good for p4 overclocker
    Zalman is great
  15. 1000cc

    1000cc TS Rookie Posts: 70

    BE carefull but if a XP 120 fits your mobo and case thats the best money can buy as far HS , maybe you use the 90 " C " version all cooper much smaller but a lot heavier not recomended if you move your pc around unless you remove the HS . THE XP 120 is big but light since its all aluminum.
  16. 1000cc

    1000cc TS Rookie Posts: 70

  17. 1000cc

    1000cc TS Rookie Posts: 70

    i might add i just got a 120mm Panaflow at 100 CFM sitting less than 3 feet away i dont hear it my A.C wall unit is louder.
  18. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    if you wanna keep a socket 478 cpu running cool, i highly reccomdn the thermaltake spark 7 xaser edition. i installed mine the other day and it lowered the idle and load temps of my cpu and northbridge by about 13 degrees.

    also, the zalman 7700cu is very capable and quiet, but also costs over $40, unlike said thermaltake model.
  19. 1000cc

    1000cc TS Rookie Posts: 70

    Lokem dont take that sound room with recorded fans as a absolute bible. i notice the microphone during that recording is a bit sensitive . only the veriest loudest CPU fans are heard since the case acts like a muffler. steel cases are also better keeping the noise in. so for CPU they are not super critical unless you have extreme sensitive ears. with case fans is a difrent storie and more if they are 80mm size fan. with 80mm around 40- 45 CFM is the limit before they get really loud . AT 4000 RPM they are loud. and ZEPHEAD got some good advice too. money wise all top heatsinks for CPU are in the $39.00 $49.00 range , chump money considering other hardware. if you case is well ventilated you can get by with a lesser CPU heatsink . case fans even top rated fans are relative cheap. a Delta or Panaflow are around $14.95. chump money if you ask me.
  20. 1000cc

    1000cc TS Rookie Posts: 70

    Also Lokem is very important as wish size it is? 80mm = 92mm= 120mm ? 80mm tend to be the loudest since they must spin very fast around 4000 RPM. as the fan size gets bigger they spin less and make less noise. also the larger fan blades of larger fans make less of a high pitch noise. for example a Panaflow 120mmx38mm at 70 CFM is extremely quiet for the amount of air that is moving.
  21. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    which means someone should start designing 200mm fans. :D
  22. 1000cc

    1000cc TS Rookie Posts: 70

    i know your kidding . but they allready have a 140mm <-square fan casing just as the 80mm ,92mm and 120mm and the 175mm and a 200mm are round casing and allready exist. Sanyo have the 175mm and a 200mm. also for your information Delta makes and sell a 225 CFM 120mm case fan but im sure very few souls could tolerate that much noise.http://www.subzeropcs.com/pc_cooling_fans.html
  23. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    ahh, i know a place in nearby franklin park that sells gargantuan 12vdc fans. awhile back i mounted a 12x1" model in a steel rack enclosure, and let's just say it kept everything cool.
  24. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    shiet, thats huge.

    Maybe I should go down to the hardware shop and get myself one of those huge, heavy fans :p

    Not sure if they're quiet, but they'll definately need a different power supply :p

    Again, I don't suggest people get too high CFM fans, they're VERY noisy, and to me, its not really worth the noise. Unless of course, your computer is already overheating, in which case its either noisy, or noiseless (computer dies).

    And who in their right mind has come up with casings which will accept those gargantuan fans?

    And out of curiousity, how much CFM do those fans move? :p
  25. 1000cc

    1000cc TS Rookie Posts: 70

    CMH the highest CFM fan is the Delta SUPER HIGH SPEED 120mm38mm is rated at 225 CFM. if you click at the zubzeropcs.com website above you can see it they have detail picture of the fan.
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