Need Advice - AM3 Heatsink for HTPC under 120mm high

Hi All,

I am looking for a recommendation on an AM3 heatsink. I have a 125W AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE. I find the stock cooler too loud (Specifically, I hate the pitch of the noise). I am not really looking to overclock much, I just want quieter operation (does not need to be silent, just quiet).

The catch is I am somewhat limited by size. I have a Silverstone GD04B case with no optical drive so the max height for a cooler is 120mm total. I also have a Gigabyte mATX mobo (GA-GMA-880G-USB3) and GSKILL Ram with heatspreaders. This limits the size a bit as well.

Any help finding a quiet cooler for this setup would be much appreciated.

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  1. Have you considered the Scythe Shuriken Rev.B? Not the Big Shuriken (120mm), the smaller one. It is only 64mm tall and reportedly quiet with it's 100mm PWM fan.
  2. Check the Low Noise HSFs at the link below.
  3. Yes, that is a good suggestion. I was also looking at:

    Scythe SCSMZ-2000 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler

    Enzotech Extreme-X Rev.A

    COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 compatible GeminII S RR-CCH-PBU1-GP


    COOLER MASTER Vortex Plus

    The trick is figuring out which one will fit. My ram needs about 40mm of clearance.
  4. I've personally used the GeminII S with G.Skill Ripjaws. The RAM heatsink in slot #1 barely touched the GeminII and I had to bend the fin a little to give me piece of mind. What RAM do you have?
  5. I've got this ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-8GBRH

    I believe the total height of the module is 40mm.

    Would you recommend the GeminiII S?
  6. Here's what you can expect. This is on an intel board. I'm not sure if an AMD board gives you all 4 mounting directions like intel or only 2 because of the AM3 mounting system.

  7. Thanks for the pic. Would you recommend the Cooler Master Geminii S? How is it for noise?
  8. Best answer
    It was a build I did about 6mo ago. I remember it was relatively quiet, though it was still audible even with the case closed up. You could always change out the fan for a different model I guess. It cooled pretty good if I remember right.
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