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Silent CPU cooler?

Most of the reviews I've read seem to show Intel Stock cooler being pretty silent(@ idle) but at the moment its definitely the loudest part of my system even when I'm just idling on the desktop.

Is it normal for the Intel Stock cooler to be audible while idling?
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  1. Yes.
    I heard mine.
    Then i changed it.

    CM should hire people from here.

    A good cooler that is silent is CM hyper 212 evo-provided it fits in your case.
  2. Frostytech found that the Xigmatek Gaia is up to 6db quieter than the Hyper212 (don't remember if it was the Plus or the EVO).
    In any case, there are a number of other 120mm tower coolers that cost less than the CM while offering similar noise and cooling performance, making that one a bang/buck Loser. NZXT and Enermax come readily to mind; the Xigmatek also was, but may no longer be cheaper.
  3. Never said it was the quietest, i am just happy with how quiet mine is.
    However, the general rule for cooler quietness is that the bigger the fan is, the quieter the cooler will be, since it will spin at less RPM to provide the same ammount of cooling.
    You can read the reviews that Onus suggested or pick one of his examples, depending on your cooling needs.
  4. CM Hyper Evo 212 is a very quiet CPU cooler. But if you want the best, check out Noctua's coolers. They run quieter, but are ugly and more expensive.
  5. To clarify, I'm not saying the CM is noisy, or a bad cooler (it isn't either; I used them before I left Breakfast Flock); just that it is a bang/buck Loser, and I try not to recommend losers.
  6. Onus said:
    To clarify, I'm not saying the CM is noisy, or a bad cooler (it isn't either; I used them before I left Breakfast Flock); just that it is a bang/buck Loser, and I try not to recommend losers.

    Why do you think this? I think it's an excellent cooler for it's price.
  7. Best answer
    It isn't a bad cooler, but the similar models from NZXT, Enermax, and until recently Xigmatek (before its price was jacked to match CM) cost less (e.g. $22 vs. $30), while offering similar performance. Why pay 40% more for essentially the same thing?
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