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Best aftermarket cpu heatsink for a mini itx build

Last response: in Overclocking
April 23, 2013 5:00:04 PM

My stock cpu heatsink is way too loud for this mini itx htpc build. I was going to send back the A8-5600k 100W and get the A8-5500 65W CPU instead. But maybe I can make this work. What is the best compact CPU heatsink? The one that comes with the CPU is small yet barely fits under the power supply.


AMD A8-5600k
MSI fm2-a75ia-e53
Apex MI-008 case
Corsair XMS3 4gb 1600mhz
128gb ssd

I tried underclocking it to 3.0GHz and it makes the noise bearable. I haven't under volted it yet though because I don't think I can with this MSI board. I will check again tonight.

Thanks for any help
a b K Overclocking
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April 23, 2013 5:26:22 PM

It depends on how much vertical clearance you have.
I like the Cooler Master GeminII with an aftermarket 140mm fan.
a b K Overclocking
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April 24, 2013 4:20:59 PM

The max heatsink height for that case is 40mm. Some low profile candidates to consider:

Noctua NH-L9a (37mm)
Scythe Kozuti (40mm)
Gelid Slim Silence (28mm)

The Noctua is probably the best.