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September 10, 2010 5:36:27 PM

I am about to buy the AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE and am wondering how effective the stock fan is. I really don't plan on overclocking and if I do, I might bump it up to 4ghz. Anyone with this processor still use the stock fan and have moderate overclock success?

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September 10, 2010 6:12:38 PM

In most cases the stock fan is fine when installed properly in a case with adequate ventilation and not too many heat producing components, and is usually fine for mild overclocking (~5%). But the majority of builders here will tell you to at least buy a $30-40 fan to help reduce the baseline temperature to prolong the life or allow you to overclock more than 5%.
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September 10, 2010 8:53:32 PM

EnderWiggin said:
In most cases the stock fan is fine when installed properly in a case with adequate ventilation and not too many heat producing components, and is usually fine for mild overclocking (~5%). But the majority of builders here will tell you to at least buy a $30-40 fan to help reduce the baseline temperature to prolong the life or allow you to overclock more than 5%.


Thanks man. Sounds good. Any fan recommendations?
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September 11, 2010 8:09:00 AM

Coolermaster Hyper 212+ for about £20/$30.
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September 11, 2010 1:24:40 PM

+1 for the Cooler Master Hyper 212+. I often see them on sale (maybe MicroCenter most recently) for around $23. Price/performance is tough to beat. It's a decent size though, at 158.5mm tall. If you have a slim case it won't fit. I have a midsize case, 7.5 in wide and it fits fine, with maybe 2mm to spare.

I installed a CM Hyper 212+ on my i7 860 and compared it to stock cooling. With ambient temps of 18C I hit (stock cooler vs. 212+):

Idle - Stock: 25C
Idle - 212+: 18C

Prime95 8 threads - Stock: 80
Prime95 8 threads - 212+: 51

IBT 5x High 8 threads - Stock: 85
IBT 5x High 8 threads - 212+: 53
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September 11, 2010 4:34:01 PM

ekoostik said:
+1 for the Cooler Master Hyper 212+. I often see them on sale (maybe MicroCenter most recently) for around $23. Price/performance is tough to beat. It's a decent size though, at 158.5mm tall. If you have a slim case it won't fit. I have a midsize case, 7.5 in wide and it fits fine, with maybe 2mm to spare.

I installed a CM Hyper 212+ on my i7 860 and compared it to stock cooling. With ambient temps of 18C I hit (stock cooler vs. 212+):

Idle - Stock: 25C
Idle - 212+: 18C

Prime95 8 threads - Stock: 80
Prime95 8 threads - 212+: 51

IBT 5x High 8 threads - Stock: 85
IBT 5x High 8 threads - 212+: 53


I'm sold. Thanks!
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