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A new cooler for the Athlon 64 X2 3800+

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February 18, 2007 8:48:37 AM

This is my current configuration, the processor is running under the stock cooler.

- Asus A8N-E nForce4 Ultra
- AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (Socket 939)

Along with this case:
Thermaltake VA3000 Series DreamTower- Tsunami Series
http://www.thermaltake.com/XaserCase/tsunami/bna/bna.ht...
I also have the Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound (http://www.arcticsilver.com/as5.htm).

I'm planning to buy a new cooler, which would you recommend for me?
And what about that one ( http://www.zalman.co.kr/eng/product/view.asp?idx=141&pr... ) ?

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February 18, 2007 9:42:01 AM

I wouldnt recomend Zalman cos they are overpriced.

Tuniq Tower is probably the best. But it all depends on what you need. If yu dont plan on ocing with high voltage then a Arctic Freezer 64 is very good.

I have the BigTyphoon and its great, keeps my CPU below 40C.
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February 18, 2007 2:52:22 PM

Yes I have also read a ton of good reviews about that one. If it's not out of your budgen then get it. You cant really go wrong with these coolers. They will do what they are made for.
If one performa an inch better than the other who cares.
February 18, 2007 3:11:30 PM

Didn't your X2 come with the AMD heatpipe cooler?? Which is more than adequate for 2-6-2.8 Ghz (which is all you will get out of that chip).

The aftermarket coolers are only slightly better than it, maybe a bit quieter.
February 18, 2007 3:17:07 PM

Quote:
This is my current configuration, the processor is running under the stock cooler.

- Asus A8N-E nForce4 Ultra
- AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (Socket 939)

Along with this case:
Thermaltake VA3000 Series DreamTower- Tsunami Series
http://www.thermaltake.com/XaserCase/tsunami/bna/bna.ht...
I also have the Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound (http://www.arcticsilver.com/as5.htm).

I'm planning to buy a new cooler, which would you recommend for me?
And what about that one ( http://www.zalman.co.kr/eng/product/view.asp?idx=141&pr... ) ?


you have the same system as you

I had a Vortex TX from coolermaster, and id say.. get something better since the 3800 can get hot if you OC it :p 
February 18, 2007 6:17:33 PM

Quote:
Didn't your X2 come with the AMD heatpipe cooler?? Which is more than adequate for 2-6-2.8 Ghz (which is all you will get out of that chip).

The aftermarket coolers are only slightly better than it, maybe a bit quieter.


I don't think the 3800s come with the stock heatpipe cooler. My AM2 didn't. My rig was getting too hot for my comfort (55+C) with a 400Mhz oc. I got the Zalman 9500 and couldn't be happier with it! My load temps with the oc are <45C now.
February 20, 2007 9:52:46 AM

I think that I'll buy the Scythe Infinity cooler. One last question :
Will the Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound ( http://www.arcticsilver.com/as5.htm ) be fine for that cooler and processor?
February 20, 2007 11:39:58 AM

Personally I've put a AC Silencer 64 and AC Silvr 5 on my X2 3800+; it's a s939 one. I pushed it to 2.4 GHz as an afterthought, no voltage modding. Even C'n'Q kept working fine.
I dig Arctic Cooling HS+fans: cheap, efficient, silent. I have several.
February 22, 2007 8:32:26 AM

Is thar thermal compound right for this kind of setup, then?
February 22, 2007 11:34:44 AM

Man, if it weren't right my rig would have been burnt through by now.

It hasn't.

I even used the AC Silver 5 on the passive heatsink on my video card; shaved 40°C off its max temp.
February 22, 2007 12:52:14 PM

Fair enough, thanks :) 
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