I have a Phenom II X2 555BE. I am going to be unlocking the extra 2 cores and overclocking to 3.6GHz at 1.432 volts. What cooler should I use. The cpu will run around 41c idle to 69c full load with all 4 cores using the stock cooler. I need to bring this down to at least 55c full load if not lower using air cool.
Liquid Nitrogen, no serious the h50 is not a bad cooler if you don't mind spending between 70 to 80 bucks and it will be less in the way then most high end tower fans only thing is you could get a core contact freezer for half the price, keep in mind that depending on the board you might be blocking a ram slot or having it not fit in your case do to the fact its 150mm+ tall
I have tried Xigmatek Thor's which is great but I cannot put more ram because it is quite big. I have a Corsair H50 on my GA-X58A-UD3R - For me Thermaright is right for the budget next to that is Xigmatek Thor's, the Corsair H50 is expensive but much cool.
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Gigabyte GA-790FXTA-UD5, Cooler Thermaright Venomous X, G.Skill 4x2Gb DDR3 1600, ATI 4770 (Crossfire), CM Sniper Case, PSU Corsair 750W.
im using the Cooler Master Hyper N520 CPU Cooler my phenom x4 never goes above 41c
I have a question on these types of coolers where the fan is actually perpendicular to the CPU in a tower setting. Can the weight of it sticking out so much be a factor on it not sitting correctly on the chip or putting undo stress on the mount? Just curious as most fans are sitting parallel with the chip. I could see where something that sits tall would work fine where the motherboard lays flat along the bottom of the case rather than along the side.
I'm looking at upgrading my stock cooler for my Phenom II X3 720 BE so I can do some OCing and also unlocking of the 4th core.
well with the tower question yes they could put stress on the motherboard so most of the larger ones have backplates to add suport to the motherboard. but the mounts are usually very strong so that they do not effect the sitting of the heatsink