I have just bought an Athlon XP 1800 CPU and of course a fan for it. But this fan is too noisy. I asked for a better fan to my shop but they said that I have the best one for Athlon XP series. My fan is Zalman 5000 series. Do you have any suggestion to me. This noise in unbelivable and I can not stand too much. If I could not find a better solution I have to turn to P4 side. Please give me a suggestion.
That's a good HS, and quite quiet. My case fans make more noise, and it keeps my 1600+ under 50C at full load (45-48 depending on room temp).
Many people equate top of the line with cooling power. If you aren't overclocking, you don't need the "top of the line" fans. Anything that keeps your system in tolerable temps is good, and there are several quiet solutions.
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The Zalman is NOT the quietest cooler out there...believe me, and trust me, a P4 solution will not by any quieter than getting a Thermaltake Volcanno 6 Cu. (Copper) believe me it will run great with your chip...and it is very quiet... =)
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Dude, your post makes no sense. Are you guys talking Zalman Flower cooler or the QuietPC type fan (Molex) setup? I thought Zalman makes a standard Heatsink too? Anywho, for a standard non-overclocked Athlon XP, Thermaltake is prolly the best route. Unless you get fancy and start taking the best heatsink (aruguable) and mix and match fans with varying sound. Delta is whiny, Sunnon is as fast, but creates less pressure, and more of a Whoosh. Each fan company's fans have a distinct sound.
Personally I use a 31cfm Thermaltake 60mm fan and an Alpha Pal-6035MFC heatsink. Not silent, I can hear the fan, but it's not an ear peircing turbine that my black Label Delta was.
Basically you have to find a decent heatsink, aluminum or copper, I prefer aluminum with copper inlay, and match the fan you can stand while getting maximum CFM.
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