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Best HSF that doesn't require MB removal?

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February 22, 2007 3:19:43 PM

I'm looking to replace the Intel Stock HSF in my system with something that cools better and/or is quieter and that will install without removing the motherboard.

The only HSF on my list right now is the Cooler Master Hyper TX.

Are there any other low noise/decent performance bolt on HSF I should be looking at?


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February 22, 2007 4:30:17 PM

The answer to that is... Arctic Freezer 7 Pro.
February 22, 2007 4:32:26 PM

The new Scythe Ninja doesn't require motherboard removal either.

Mine works fairly well and extremely quiet.

However, I do like how the Arctic Freezer 7 Pro pushes cool air down towards the motherboard...

However, the Ninja is fairly tall.
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February 22, 2007 5:14:28 PM

You guys do realize that the freezer 7 pro is no longer $30. It now sells for $75!!
February 22, 2007 5:18:55 PM

At they sell it for like $27.97 or something like that.
February 22, 2007 5:39:10 PM

Hey guys, thanks for the heads up on the other coolers. I have another question... is okay to use heat pipe coolers in a "standard" case like the Antec Solo that I plan to put it in?
February 22, 2007 5:53:48 PM

Don't see why not. The only thing you really need to consider is the height and weight of a new CPU cooler. The heavier, the more stress on the mobo.

If you go to a lot of LAN parties, might want to search for a light weight, yet efficient CPU cooler.

Also, make sure you have very adequate air flow within your case. Normally a fan on the front pulling in fresh air and a fan in the back located near the CPU to exhaust the hot air :) 
February 23, 2007 3:49:11 PM

Well, the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro is out of stock just about everywhere (I looked up every single retailer on the arctic cooling web page).

I went for the Cooler master Hyper HT. It seems to be doing the trick... My E6300 OC to 400Mhz is holding lower temps than the Stock HSF at stock FSB.

I am definitely seeing memory instability, though, and am running tests to figure out which one of my CORSAIR PC-6400 (800) memory sticks won't even run at 400MHz stock settings.

Lots of testing to go to get a stable overclock, but the HSF is doing the job.. and its very quiet.
February 23, 2007 4:32:54 PM

Don't forget Thermalright. They make awesome HSF's and are priced pretty good as well. Even though i am not running an intel chip my xp90 cools by opteron great.