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CPU cooler compatible with motherboard?

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February 11, 2013 12:01:22 AM

Hey guys,

Just to ask a quick question. I am planning on buying a CPU cooler as I feel I'm now competent enough to maybe start trying to overclock my computer.

I have decided to buy a fan cooler for now as I don't have enough money currently to fit water-cooling in my system.

Basically what I'm wondering is if the fan I've chosen is compatible with my motherboard 'cause I can't be bothered getting it then finding out it won't fit.

The cooler I've chosen is the Be Quiet Shadow Rock Topflow SR1 http://www.overclock.co.uk/product/Be-Quiet-Shadow-Rock...

I have an AMD FX-8150 and a Zalman Z11 Plus High Performance case...

Thanks for reading and in advice for your answers!

-A
" target="_blank">http://www.overclock.co.uk/product/Be-Quiet-Shadow-Rock...

I have an AMD FX-8150 and a Zalman Z11 Plus High Performance case...

Thanks for reading and in advice for your answers!

-A

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February 11, 2013 12:18:19 AM

Yes it will fit fine. The heatsink specs say that it will accommodate AM3+ socket which is what you have
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February 11, 2013 1:26:39 AM

But take some measurements to be sure it doesn't interfere with your memory sticks or chipset heat syncs (if they exist).
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February 11, 2013 2:31:22 AM

This CANADIAN link is well sorted with reviews to help you decide:
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?minorcatid=1023&...

Points:
1) ensure the FAN can be speed controlled by your motherboard. Your motherboard will either support 3-pin via VOLTAGE, or 4-pin via PWM. (a 3-pin can fit in a 4-pin but you can't control the speed).

So look at your motherboard manual. There will be BIOS settings related to fan speed control as well as a software application for the motherboard (support site).

2) RAM heatsink clearance as mentioned.

3) Google REVIEWS.
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February 11, 2013 12:01:07 PM

Regarding RAM heat spreader clearance - I solved this issue with my Corsair Vengeance tall RAM by disc grinding off about 2mm of material from the lower portion of the fan on my heatsink; Hyper 212 EVO.
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