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Socket AM3 Quiet Cooler / Easy Install Recommendations

Hi all I did a search but could not find a thread specific to my question.

I have an AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE with stock cooler. I don't overclock and don't care about temperature (it's been running fine for a year).

However, I would like a HS/F that is quieter than the stock fan (especially at max fan speed) and also does not require motherboard removal to mount a backplate. As in, a third party cooler than comes with the same brackets that my stock AM3 HS/F came with. I just want a cooler quieter than stock at max loads/temps that isn't a b*** to install.

All recommendations appreciated, thank you!
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  2. gravitybear said:
    Hi all I did a search but could not find a thread specific to my question.

    I have an AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE with stock cooler. I don't overclock and don't care about temperature (it's been running fine for a year).

    However, I would like a HS/F that is quieter than the stock fan (especially at max fan speed) and also does not require motherboard removal to mount a backplate. As in, a third party cooler than comes with the same brackets that my stock AM3 HS/F came with. I just want a cooler quieter than stock at max loads/temps that isn't a b*** to install.

    All recommendations appreciated, thank you!


    Check out the top 5 AMD coolers by noise at www.frostytech.com
  3. thinking of getting this one:

    http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2417&page=1

    seems to meet my requirements: quiet + bracket clip install

    do you agree?

    Also, a socket AM2 cooler wont fit a socket AM3 processor...right?

    Thanks that was a great link for just what I needed.
  4. AM3 and AM2 use the same clip.
  5. thanks! didnt know that, that will help expand my search.

    The one HSF I picked doesnt seem to be for sale anywhere, which sucks.
  6. gravitybear said:
    thanks! didnt know that, that will help expand my search.

    The one HSF I picked doesnt seem to be for sale anywhere, which sucks.


    Yes AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+ all use the same socket form factor. On the AM3+ boards I've noticed that the socket 940 bracket has been changed to eliminate some of the plastic on the sides, but it still works the same.

    I would take a look at a few of the Scythe fans to find something available. All the 3R systems coolers are extremely rare to find, I think they folded or supply European markets or whatever.
  7. Also I'm fairly certain the Igloo 7311 has a 940 coupling.
  8. Ok just to be clear, you could use the same HSF on 940, AM2, and AM3? 940 clips will also fit socket AM3?
  9. gravitybear said:
    Ok just to be clear, you could use the same HSF on 940, AM2, and AM3? 940 clips will also fit socket AM3?

    yep
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