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Need Advice - AM3 Heatsink for HTPC under 120mm high

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September 13, 2011 4:32:46 PM

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.

Thanks.
a b K Overclocking
September 13, 2011 4:48:30 PM

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.
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September 13, 2011 5:19:04 PM

Yes, that is a good suggestion. I was also looking at:

Scythe SCSMZ-2000 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Enzotech Extreme-X Rev.A
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 compatible GeminII S RR-CCH-PBU1-GP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and

COOLER MASTER Vortex Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The trick is figuring out which one will fit. My ram needs about 40mm of clearance.
a b K Overclocking
September 13, 2011 5:24:31 PM

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?
September 13, 2011 5:27:18 PM

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Would you recommend the GeminiII S?
a b K Overclocking
September 13, 2011 5:38:00 PM

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.



September 13, 2011 8:56:10 PM

Thanks for the pic. Would you recommend the Cooler Master Geminii S? How is it for noise?

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a b K Overclocking
September 13, 2011 10:54:11 PM
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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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