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July 13, 2009 10:04:26 AM

Hey

The best cpu cooler for AM3??

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July 13, 2009 12:29:47 PM

Which proc, and which board. Also what are the internal dimensions of the case?
July 13, 2009 2:11:36 PM

IH8U said:
Which proc, and which board. Also what are the internal dimensions of the case?


Phenom II x4 955 MSI 790FX-GD70 Antec 900
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July 13, 2009 2:47:29 PM

Liquid Helium, nuff said


in all seriousness, if you want air then TRUE (ThermalRight Ultra 120 Extreme) would be nice if it fits (no experience with antec 900, but i think it should since the thing is from antec lol)


If you want water, then all I know is don't get kits if you want great cooling, as best heatblocks are ones you handpick from parts and not mass produced.
July 13, 2009 2:58:01 PM

theholylancer said:
Liquid Helium, nuff said


in all seriousness, if you want air then TRUE (ThermalRight Ultra 120 Extreme) would be nice if it fits (no experience with antec 900, but i think it should since the thing is from antec lol)


If you want water, then all I know is don't get kits if you want great cooling, as best heatblocks are ones you handpick from parts and not mass produced.


i am going with air atm
July 13, 2009 3:07:19 PM

Yep, Thermalright Ultra 120 is the answer. Pretty much the best air cooler you can buy.

Example, my AMD X3 720 (When it was @ 3.7GHz 1.5V) never passed 50°C on the slowest fan speed.

If you really wanted to get crazy there is the Thermalright Ultra 120 COPPER, 4lbs of cooling goodness. Not too much of an improvement but it is pretty badass.
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July 13, 2009 3:07:30 PM

get a second opinion from other antec 900 owners about it, the TRUE is the king of air and they have AM2/AM3/AM2+ kits available

One thing I must caution you is that the TRUE needs a backplate, so If your case don't have a removable tray on the back of the CPU area or a window like mine Haf932 full tower, then you have to remove the mobo to mount the sucker.

Now if you want something that looks cool and perform okay, then zalaman stuff is damned sexy, but at the same prince range of the TRUE and usually don't perform as good.
July 13, 2009 3:10:53 PM

theholylancer said:
get a second opinion from other antec 900 owners about it, the TRUE is the king of air and they have AM2/AM3/AM2+ kits available

One thing I must caution you is that the TRUE needs a backplate, so If your case don't have a removable tray on the back of the CPU area or a window like mine Haf932 full tower, then you have to remove the mobo to mount the sucker.


Don't worry about when their website doesn't mention a thing about AM3, the AM2 mounting is the same.

Heres some tests showing how good the TURE really is and were not just saying it.



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July 13, 2009 3:30:20 PM

now my one and only gripe about the TRUE stuff......

<rant>
damn it get some better boxes than that card board POS of doom of greyness (brownness)........
</rant>

of all the coolers when you see it in a computer store, the TRUE has to have the most unexciting boxing and content there is....



comparing that to the box for the zalman stuff:




granted, when you compare performance data between the two....

http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=236...

there is a very large gap in between the two cooling performances.......



but damn, that thing looks sexy, its like that double scopes of honey topped ice cream that you know it's bad for you, but you just can't resist (well I resisted it twice now but thats not the point lol)



for reference this is what the TRUE looks like without a fan:



July 13, 2009 3:49:54 PM

fonkydog said:
I like the laste one xD

But can it fit in a antec 900 ??


They usually put out detailed dimensions of this stuff but they didn't for the TRUE, this is the best I can do

L63.44 x W132 x H160.5 mm
July 13, 2009 4:02:25 PM

volks1470 said:
They usually put out detailed dimensions of this stuff but they didn't for the TRUE, this is the best I can do

L63.44 x W132 x H160.5 mm


How manny fans can ther be on the true
July 13, 2009 4:08:14 PM

you can put up to 2 120mm fans (top and bottom), I can't attest to what kind of difference this would make but one fan should be fine.
July 13, 2009 4:23:09 PM

volks1470 said:
you can put up to 2 120mm fans (top and bottom), I can't attest to what kind of difference this would make but one fan should be fine.


Ok thx
July 14, 2009 12:21:56 AM

Xigmatek S1283, cant be beat for the price and if you get it on the egg you get a free 15 foot USB cable. Added one to my Phenom II and my temps dropped from idling in the 50's to idling in the low 30's. Even after prime 95 for a few hours I havent seen it go above 50 now.
July 14, 2009 2:01:34 AM

Well,,whatever you get ,,make sure that it is a design that pushes the heat to the back of your case so the exhaust fan can remove it from the case,like most you probably have what is called a "mid" tower,the last thing you need is more heat inside and more fans[noise] to get rid of said heat..
Remember the "KISS" principle..:) 
July 20, 2009 7:18:22 PM

Is this Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme CPU cooler better than the Scythe Mugen 2 or Rosewill Fort 120? I'm looking to do overclocking, but i don't want the cooler to cover any ram slots, as i have 4 sticks of RAM on the MSI 790fx GD70. It would help to get back on this soon since i want to order soon.
July 20, 2009 7:34:18 PM

why buy a TRUE and a fan when for a bit more you can get a Corsair H50 which offers around the same cooling performance and is quieter.
July 20, 2009 7:42:46 PM

I got the ZeroTherm Nirvana 120 for $49.99 back months ago. It's got a $20.00 MIR and free shipping right now, so you can get it for right at $30.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835887011
ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 120mm 2-ball UFO Bearing / Transparent CPU Cooler - Retail
Free mounting clip w/ purchase, limited offer

That keeps my OCed 720BE at about 26-28C idle, about 40-42C full load on 4 cores @3.4GHz.

Oh yeah...Arctic Silver 5 too...nuff said.
July 20, 2009 8:07:45 PM

jcknouse said:
I got the ZeroTherm Nirvana 120 for $49.99 back months ago. It's got a $20.00 MIR and free shipping right now, so you can get it for right at $30.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835887011
ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 120mm 2-ball UFO Bearing / Transparent CPU Cooler - Retail
Free mounting clip w/ purchase, limited offer

That keeps my OCed 720BE at about 26-28C idle, about 40-42C full load on 4 cores @3.4GHz.

Oh yeah...Arctic Silver 5 too...nuff said.


Does it block any RAM slots?
July 20, 2009 8:31:20 PM

yannifb said:
Does it block any RAM slots?


No, it didn't block any. It's right over them tho. I think I used the OCZ ram that was fairly low profile.

If the spec on your case says that it's 8.2" wide or more, it shouldn't be an issue.
July 20, 2009 8:45:11 PM

jcknouse said:
No, it didn't block any. It's right over them tho. I think I used the OCZ ram that was fairly low profile.

If the spec on your case says that it's 8.2" wide or more, it shouldn't be an issue.


Good cause i'm using OCZ golds, but my case is 8.1", would that work?
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