Stock AMD Phenom II 955 BE Fan Loud
It's not so bad when idle at 45* or so but when it get close to 50* it gets obnoxious! If I'm playing a game it's really annoying. Thinking about getting this one since it seems pretty popular and good reviews. Case is an Antec 902
That's the problem with the otherwise decent stock cooler for the 125W Phenom IIs. They get noisy when running at anything besides idle. The 212 EVO is the 'go to' aftermarket cooler for most folks here. You can spend more for an air cooler, but the performance per dollar spent drops off fast. I have 2 EVOs. One on the rig in my sig below, and one on my other machine (PhIIX2 965BE @ 4GHZ/R9-280). Both extremely quiet even at load.
Just be sure you have the room in your case for its height. And it probably will overhang the 1st DIMM slot a bit (depending on orientation), so tall heat syncs on your RAM will be an issue. I slid the fan up a bit to clear one of my sticks, but if you have to slide it up very far, it will retard cooling.
shaw24 said:Very good info! I currently only use 2 x 4GB sticks of ripjaws on the furthest DIMM slots but want to get another 4GB of memory soon. I was looking at the ripjaw x, do you think I'll have clearance problems with those? Again, thanks for that info man!
Yeah, those will be a problem. It's do-able by sliding the fan up enough to clear the memory's heat syncs. That will of course make the overall height of the cooler taller by the amount you move the fan up. Another option would be to mount the fan on the opposite side of the heatsync, pulling the air thru the cooler.
I'm assuming the cooler will sit facing the frontwards/rearwards in the case. The bottom of the fan sits about 1 5/8" off the MB in its normal position. I just measured mine in my PhIIX4 system. That is with the fan in its normal position.
I installed the cooler last week and now I see exactly what you're talking about! It was a little bigger job than I anticipated but I got it installed and working good. I did move the fan up just a little on the heatsink but not much. I set up it to blow across the heatsink and out the back of the case. I was shocked how much bigger it was than the stock AMD!! I wish I would have done this upgrade 4 years ago when I built my PC, my God it makes such a big difference in cooling and noise. It's so quiet now and never got above 53 when I ran Prime95. Best $35 I have spent on this computer!!!!