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Intel I7 920 boxed fan cooler?

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December 13, 2008 9:45:27 PM

I just got my I7 920, I have been trying to find out spec's with the boxed cooler, I cant find ANY info it at all, even intels website make no mention of the spec's, I want to know about the fan, Is it load, do I need to(or can I) replace the fan and still use the stock cooler?

What have you guys been doing, this build is for my wife and she wont be oc'n

tx

Ken
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December 13, 2008 10:02:07 PM

Unless you have purchased an oem cpu cooler, just use the stock intel cooler and fan. It should not be particularly noisy unless the cpu gets very hot, either from heavy use, or overclocking. If you find the noise to be excessive, you can always upgrade the cooler later.
December 13, 2008 10:19:42 PM

What inexpensive quiet aftermarket coolers would you recommend, that would work with the I7 ?

ken
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December 13, 2008 10:28:10 PM

None of them are inexpensive. There is the Thermaltake V1, Noctua NH-U12P SE, TRUE with teh LGA 1366 adapter....and I think the Coolermaster V8 comes with an lga 1366 adapter.
December 14, 2008 12:03:10 AM

dont forget that some TRUE's come with 1366 mounting system as standard now...
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December 14, 2008 1:00:06 AM

Yeah, but that's hardly in the inexpensive category.
December 14, 2008 1:24:05 AM

i was just replying to spathotan saying TRUE with the LGA 1366 **ADAPTER**
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December 14, 2008 1:56:47 PM

It is probably better to stick with the stock fan for now. Many of the aftermarket fans can be a pain to install and the good ones aren't cheap. Also, does using the non-stock void the warranty? Anyway, I think you might as well try stock before you fork over $40-$50 for something that may not help. I also though Intel shipped pretty decent stock coolers, but I'm not sure on that.
December 14, 2008 3:10:31 PM

The stock coolers with the i7 chips are pretty decent from what has been said in some reviews. I agree with EXT and wait on a aftermarket cooler, not only are the current ones expensive, but they are nothing more than pre-i7 coolers with adapters to make them fit i7.
December 14, 2008 6:26:52 PM

Should I get some aftermarket thermal grease/past? Or is the stock stuff good enough?

the aftermarket stuff seems cheap enough if it works better

Ken
December 14, 2008 6:40:40 PM

arctic silver 5
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December 14, 2008 10:07:54 PM

XRWKEN said:
Should I get some aftermarket thermal grease/past? Or is the stock stuff good enough?

the aftermarket stuff seems cheap enough if it works better

Ken


The pre applied material works well enough.

However, I would get a tube of AS-5 or MX-2.

If you have to remount the heat sink, you can't reuse the material.
If you don't get it right the first time, and have to remount you want to have some material on hand.

Go to the arctic silver site for a pictorial tutorial on how to use their products.
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