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Need a quiet, cheap cpu cooler for my e8400

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July 10, 2008 4:25:08 PM

any suggestions? any of the following any good:

THERMALTAKE Mini Typhoon
ZALMAN CNPS8700 LED CPU Cooler
ZALMAN CNPS8000 Ultra Quiet Low Profile CPU Cooler
ZALMAN CNPS9500LED Ultra Quiet
THERMALTAKE Golden Orb II
THERMALTAKE Ruby Orb
THERMALTAKE Big Typhoon VX(would this fit into my p182 cabinet?)

or should i just go for a cooler master hyper 212?

the most important thing is cost and noise. it doesn't have to be the best cooler, as i won't be overclocking, but i need it to be quiet and cheap. any good suggestions?
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July 10, 2008 5:08:58 PM

I am using a Xigmatek 1283, its very quiet with the included fan and has excelent cooling, I picked mine up for 40, not sure if that is out of your budget, it is also a large cooler, make sure you have the space.
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July 10, 2008 5:09:10 PM

I should add that's it's worthwhile to actually listen to the HSFs that's a feature at Frostytech. Some of them may be lower in decibels, but they have a high pitched keening sound that can really be irritating (at least for me)
July 10, 2008 5:21:20 PM

care to comment on the coolers listed? there is a question of availability as well.
July 10, 2008 5:48:28 PM

Ok, the TRU/TRUE are not "cheap" as the OP suggested. Please read what is being requested.

Good choices:
Cooler Master Hyper TX2
Xigmatek S963 (extremely cheap and high performance, best bang/buck)
Xigmatek S1283 (cheap and top-end performance)
Scythe Ninja (very quiet, even at full speed)
Scythe Mini Ninja ( " )
Scythe Mugen/Infinity ( " )
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July 10, 2008 5:49:23 PM

S1283 gets my vote!
July 10, 2008 5:49:26 PM

THERMALTAKE Big Typhoon VX sounds like a good cooler. any comments on it? would it fit in my p182 cabinet?
July 10, 2008 7:28:51 PM

Yes, it will fit, but it is more expensive than units that perform much better (read: Xigmatek)
July 10, 2008 7:56:17 PM

as i said, there are some issues regarding what's available and what's not. xigmatek isn't. i'm ordering the cpu cooler from the same place i'm ordering the rest of my pc components. that limits the field slightly. besides, i can just set the typhoon to 6-700 rpm and it'll be silent as f***, no?
July 10, 2008 9:08:38 PM

based on those HSs that are available I would go for the Akasa AK-965

http://www.amentio.no/PartDetail.aspx?q=p:1632400;gr:0

It performs almost identically to the S963 ( http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=213... ) and is much cheaper than the Typhoon (which is quite dated).

I would say the Thermaltake comes in second (without knowing the currency conversion), although the AK-965 probably outperforms it for less $$$. Avoid Zalman like the plague, they're overpriced and outdated.

Edit: here's the current FT chart, and the Akasa seems to be holding its own, even against newer designs.
http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=228...
July 10, 2008 9:29:07 PM

kel varnsen said:
any suggestions? any of the following any good:

THERMALTAKE Mini Typhoon
ZALMAN CNPS8700 LED CPU Cooler
ZALMAN CNPS8000 Ultra Quiet Low Profile CPU Cooler
ZALMAN CNPS9500LED Ultra Quiet
THERMALTAKE Golden Orb II
THERMALTAKE Ruby Orb
THERMALTAKE Big Typhoon VX(would this fit into my p182 cabinet?)

or should i just go for a cooler master hyper 212?

the most important thing is cost and noise. it doesn't have to be the best cooler, as i won't be overclocking, but i need it to be quiet and cheap. any good suggestions?


The CNPS9500 works well and is quiet, I have one on an X2 4400 system and it does a good job.
July 10, 2008 9:56:01 PM

Id say go to the Akasa like KyleSTL said, or the Zalman 9500 eventhough its overpriced. The Akasa isnt on your list but it is at the store you are shopping at.
July 10, 2008 10:17:27 PM

Holy ****, the bend on that motherboard is insane. To hell with the noise, how about the torque of the mounting.....
July 10, 2008 10:57:45 PM

Remember the smaller the fan the more noise it will make. The 120mm fan on the Coolermaster will produce less noise than the 80mm on the VX. I say go with the coolermaster.
July 10, 2008 11:19:55 PM

It always depends on what you call cheap but anyways I own both the Thermalright Ultima and the Xigmatek s1283, they are both relatively quite with performances to booth. The Xigmatek is cheaper and comes with a fan which is not the game with the TRU.
July 10, 2008 11:48:15 PM

the fan dimension on the big typhoon is:
120x120x25 mm

but is it too big and weigh too much? can it hurt my cpu and motherboard?
July 11, 2008 12:00:27 AM

kel varnsen said:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article812-page3.html

seems to be too noisy, which is a deal breaker for me. price and noise is far more important than cooling efficiency. i won't be overclocking.

That's based on SPCR standards. They tear up the Zalmans because they're much louder (in comparison).

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article727-page3.html

The Typhoon does a little better, but it's your choice if it's worth it.

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article718-page4.html
July 11, 2008 12:10:07 AM

if i'm reading this correctly, the big typhoon does very well in terms of noise. only worry, is it too big and heavy for the m-board and cpu?
July 11, 2008 12:29:26 AM

No youll be fine. With the exception of that Akasa, these things would not be sold if they were so heavy/horribly made that they damage motherboards.
July 11, 2008 1:16:20 AM

good. think i'll go for the big typhoon. will make things easier, as i can order it from the same supplier as the rest of my system.
July 12, 2008 3:21:34 AM

kel varnsen said:
good. think i'll go for the big typhoon. will make things easier, as i can order it from the same supplier as the rest of my system.


Thought I would throw my opinion in there if it's not too late.

I recommend this ----> http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/arcofr7forin.html

This will give you a bit of overclocking room if you decided to do so in the future, the best TIM pre-applied, and from personal experience it is totally silent.

Did I mention that it is less than $20 shipped?
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