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TSEternalgl0ry
post Sep 15 2021, 08:52 PM, updated 9 months ago

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Someone recommend me the best air cpu coolers? was told air coolers are more reliable ?

Currently using Corsair H100i GTX in Corsair 540 case

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA motherboard + i7 6700k CPU

So far after years of usage. no problems with temperatures
but Quite annoying clliccccccky sound from radiator shakehead.gif
It only happens under load or high usage

I dont know much about AIOs after 2016 but i replaced once and thinking to replace again. Maybe its better now ? idk

This post has been edited by Eternalgl0ry: Sep 15 2021, 08:54 PM
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post Sep 15 2021, 08:54 PM

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Do you overclock?
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post Sep 15 2021, 09:00 PM

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Noctua D15s. nuff said
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post Sep 15 2021, 09:11 PM

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Maybe fan problem??? Noctua D15 series is bestest...
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post Sep 15 2021, 09:16 PM

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It;s the effective airflow that is important, not which cooler.
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post Sep 18 2021, 03:29 PM

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how much are you willing to spend?
budget: id-cooling
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post Sep 18 2021, 05:43 PM

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Temperature does not seem to have any problems. Looks identical from the day i purchase. sits around average 40c - 65c in random usage

Goes as high around 80++ only while playing high demanding games or video converting that are power hungry

CPU only slightly OCed by builder. Never really touch it since after setup

but the AIO sounds very annoying. I hear people say may be pump issue or something that often happens to AIO

FANS on the AIO are corsair SP120

So i plan to go for more reliability and does not lack performance

budget... hmm, Below 600?

Dont really want spend a thousand cpu cooler

I heard noctua D15 also have d15s version. Which one better?
i wonder can it fit in my corsair 540 case

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA motherboard
RAM are Gskill tridentz 3200mhz

Did not occupy the first slot of my case. Only second/third slot occupied by evga gtx980ti classified gpu

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post Sep 18 2021, 07:50 PM

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QUOTE(Eternalgl0ry @ Sep 18 2021, 05:43 PM)
Temperature does not seem to have any problems. Looks identical from the day i purchase. sits around average 40c - 65c in random usage

Goes as high around 80++ only while playing high demanding games or video converting that are power hungry

CPU only slightly OCed by builder. Never really touch it since after setup

but the AIO sounds very annoying. I hear people say may be pump issue or something that often happens to AIO

FANS on the AIO are corsair SP120

So i plan to go for more reliability and does not lack performance

budget... hmm, Below 600?

Dont really want spend a thousand cpu cooler

I heard noctua D15 also have d15s version. Which one better?
i wonder can it fit in my corsair 540 case

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA motherboard
RAM are Gskill tridentz 3200mhz

Did not occupy the first slot of my case. Only second/third slot occupied by evga gtx980ti classified gpu
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Go for D15 and not the D15s.. this 2 are diff league..
alternative u can go for deepcool assassin iii --> similar/same performance with D15 with better ram clearance...

If u prefer to stick with D15 then u have ram clearance issue for gskill tridentz... u might need to shift the the fan toward panel abit and this might lead to case clearance..

i would suggest you just to get scythe fuma 2 with half the price and no ram clearance issue..

you can check this review.. just nice their testbench is using the same processor as yours..
fuma 2
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post Oct 21 2021, 10:22 AM

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Anything that has the word "Noctua" on it is gooding.
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post Oct 21 2021, 10:30 AM

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I purchased ID Cooling SE-207-XT BLACK for about 190, for my 10700F, with frequency boost to 100W, to sustain 4.6 Ghz all core frequency, max temp was 70 to 71C.

If I recall correctly, my previous 212 surpassed 80C.
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post Oct 21 2021, 07:03 PM

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Which thermal paste do you guys recommend

I was hoping modern cpu coolers already pre-applied instead manual self paste because the outcome may differ
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post Oct 25 2021, 10:32 AM

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if you looking to replace AIO consider

Arctic Liquid Freezer II range
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post Oct 25 2021, 03:53 PM

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i've been using artic silver AS5 for years, still performs great

There are better ones out there based on reviews and performance benchmarks, heck even china cheap ones that rival this AS5
haven't been doing OC for so long already but for normal use i guess AS5 is good enough. I don't trust those stock that comes with coolers but I'm not sure if the top lines Coolers already comes with really good paste

I know Cooler masters one don't, they just provide essentials (okok only) i think

QUOTE(Eternalgl0ry @ Oct 21 2021, 07:03 PM)
Which thermal paste do you guys recommend

I was hoping modern cpu coolers already pre-applied instead manual self paste because the outcome may differ
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post Oct 27 2021, 10:12 AM

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Noctua D15s is the best on market.

You can dismantle the radiator remove the fan from it and replace it with the new fan. The annoying sound should be causing by the fan. I help my friend replace his AIO water-cooler coz he not confident to change it by his own.

Normally on my AIO water-cooler it reach max 82 °C then it drop down to 69~74 °C on video converting. On gaming, max 78 °C and average around 58~64 °C. This is recently temperature monitoring 2 weeks ago before I clean my top filter on my casing. Plan to dismantle my radiator and remove the fan for clean in December. Yearly overhaul maintenance. icon_rolleyes.gif

Penang air quality is very bad. Unless my room is well seal off prevent dusk coming in my room.

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post Nov 8 2021, 07:52 PM

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Noctua D15 is good, but it is overpriced. You can get similar performance for around 200-300 ringgit.

Lower 200 range, got Scythe Fuma II. Gamer Nexus got review, not bad but not as good as D15. Has 6x6mm heatpipes.

At around 280 got Thermalright Frost Commander 140. This one less common, not as much reviews out there. However, it got 5x8mm heatpipes, so more cooling than the Fuma II.

Assuming the fins and fans are all the same, weight is a good enough measure of how heat a cooler can dissipate. First 2 examples weigh around 1kg, while D15 is 1.2kg. I think they most likely weigh slightly more, since the number I found for both of them is exactly 1000g, which is definitely estimated.

However, all this is good and all, best cooler choice depend on what CPU you have. If you cooling something with smaller die size (5600x, 12600k, etc), higher heat density, lower actual heat load, the limiting factor for cooling is not how much heat the cooler can dissipate, but how fast the heat can transfer from the CPU to the cooler.

Thermalright True Spirit 140 Direct is suitable for overclocking those less high end chips. This one around 190, single tower, much smaller than the other ones so in total it cannot dissipate as much heat. However, in the base, the heatpipes directly contact the CPU, not like other coolers that put the heatpipes in a piece of metal then the metal contact the CPU. This make the heat transfer from CPU to cooler faster, since less stuff in the way. Because this one only weigh 650g, a lot smaller than the other ones, cannot dissipate as much total heat as the others.

Sadly I don't think there is a direct heatpipe cooler that is large, so no best of both worlds.

However, keep in mind that those larger coolers I mentioned, most likely can handle those smaller CPUs quite well. I got overclocked 5600x, using Scythe Fuma II, max 70c, cinebench r23 11000.


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post Dec 6 2021, 03:48 PM

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QUOTE(Police4896 @ Nov 8 2021, 08:52 PM)
I got overclocked 5600x, using Scythe Fuma II, max 70c, cinebench r23 11000.
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what is the ambient temp? is your room air-conditioned? thanks.
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post Dec 9 2021, 11:41 AM

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QUOTE(overfloe @ Dec 6 2021, 03:48 PM)
what is the ambient temp? is your room air-conditioned? thanks.
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room not air conditioned, just normal selangor temperature which is around 30c
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post Dec 10 2021, 05:22 PM

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You may try Cryorig R1 Ultimate or Cryorig R5. Price around RM300+
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post Feb 11 2022, 05:59 PM

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QUOTE(Eternalgl0ry @ Sep 15 2021, 08:52 PM)
Someone recommend me the best air cpu coolers? was told air coolers are more reliable ?

Currently using Corsair H100i GTX in Corsair 540 case

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA motherboard + i7 6700k CPU

So far after years of usage. no problems with temperatures
but Quite annoying clliccccccky sound from radiator  shakehead.gif
It only happens under load or high usage

I dont know much about AIOs after 2016 but i replaced once and thinking to replace again. Maybe its better now ? idk
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manage to get new cooler? What brand u get? Plz share ur upgrade
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post Feb 14 2022, 10:17 AM


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RM200< Themalright Peerless Assasin (PA120)
(Comes with 2x 120mm fan, also supported up to 3x 120mm fan.

Im on sff case, my temp never exceed 70c be it load/gaming.

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post Feb 16 2022, 01:21 PM

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i'm using Noctua and no regrets until today...totally silent as well...

QUOTE(Eternalgl0ry @ Sep 15 2021, 08:52 PM)
Someone recommend me the best air cpu coolers? was told air coolers are more reliable ?

Currently using Corsair H100i GTX in Corsair 540 case

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA motherboard + i7 6700k CPU

So far after years of usage. no problems with temperatures
but Quite annoying clliccccccky sound from radiator  shakehead.gif
It only happens under load or high usage

I dont know much about AIOs after 2016 but i replaced once and thinking to replace again. Maybe its better now ? idk
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post Apr 24 2022, 12:44 PM


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Last month bought ID Cooling SE-224-XT White for 12400F. Not bad for RM93. Basic version oos or have to pay extra for LGA1700 mounting.

Not overclocking. With no power limits, 12400F temps at 65c, all core 4Ghz running Cinebench r23.

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post May 18 2022, 10:02 AM

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QUOTE(Police4896 @ Nov 8 2021, 07:52 PM)
Noctua D15 is good, but it is overpriced. You can get similar performance for around 200-300 ringgit.

Lower 200 range, got Scythe Fuma II. Gamer Nexus got review, not bad but not as good as D15. Has 6x6mm heatpipes.

At around 280 got Thermalright Frost Commander 140. This one less common, not as much reviews out there. However, it got 5x8mm heatpipes, so more cooling than the Fuma II.

Assuming the fins and fans are all the same, weight is a good enough measure of how heat a cooler can dissipate. First 2 examples weigh around 1kg, while D15 is 1.2kg. I think they most likely weigh slightly more, since the number I found for both of them is exactly 1000g, which is definitely estimated.

However, all this is good and all, best cooler choice depend on what CPU you have. If you cooling something with smaller die size (5600x, 12600k, etc), higher heat density, lower actual heat load, the limiting factor for cooling is not how much heat the cooler can dissipate, but how fast the heat can transfer from the CPU to the cooler.

Thermalright True Spirit 140 Direct is suitable for overclocking those less high end chips. This one around 190, single tower, much smaller than the other ones so in total it cannot dissipate as much heat. However,  in the base, the heatpipes directly contact the CPU, not like other coolers that put the heatpipes in a piece of metal then the metal contact the CPU. This make the heat transfer from CPU to cooler faster, since less stuff in the way. Because this one only weigh 650g, a lot smaller than the other ones, cannot dissipate as much total heat as the others.

Sadly I don't think there is a direct heatpipe cooler that is large, so no best of both worlds.

However, keep in mind that those larger coolers I mentioned, most likely can handle those smaller CPUs quite well. I got overclocked 5600x, using Scythe Fuma II, max 70c, cinebench r23 11000.
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Scythe Fuma II and Noctua D15 actually price wise is not much different. If you see the price different a lot is because demand and supply that causing it. Actual retail price was Scythe Fuma II cheaper than Noctua D15 about RM20 based on currency exchange. Noctua D15 (1500 rpm) give you cooler as the fan speed max is faster than Scythe Fuma II (1200 rpm). On full load (max fan speed) it generate lesser noise than Scythe Fuma II.


QUOTE(Police4896 @ Dec 9 2021, 11:41 AM)
room not air conditioned, just normal selangor temperature which is around 30c
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30°C is very hot. Your room must keep the door open all time. I use to have 30~30.5°C for my room during day time. While gaming or processing video on Premiere Pro, I will start sweating. So I must keep my room temperature around 28°C with aircon turn on then I could keep my processor and GPU running around 50~70°C else my room temperature with 30°C and just with fan and close door environment, my CPU and GPU would be around 65~85°C. I have external LCD screen to show my RAM usage, CPU and GPU usage and temperature. I very particular about the heat generated, it help to keep my computer to run as optimum.
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post May 22 2022, 11:29 AM

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Looking for a second inlet air fan for my build, to add more air going through the case.

Is Nidec Small Typhoon good?

Dont like loud noise from the fan.

Thanks.


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QUOTE(plumberly @ May 22 2022, 11:29 AM)
Looking for a second inlet air fan for my build, to add more air going through the case.

Is Nidec Small Typhoon good?

Dont like loud noise from the fan.

Thanks.
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If you want quiet fan, Noctua NF-A12x25 is an ideal option
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post May 23 2022, 11:09 AM

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QUOTE(llk @ May 23 2022, 10:55 AM)
If you want quiet fan, Noctua NF-A12x25 is an ideal option
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Thanks.

Quiet and high air flow. Will check the air flow.

Waiting for the acrylic door to arrive, broke the glass door (saw a video where they dropped the tempered glass door from 1, 2, 3 ft, it did not break. Only broke when dropped at 7 ft! Mine broke just an inch from the ground but point of contact was at the corner edge).

Now testing the CPU temp with and without a normal table fan blowing into the case. With so much air blowing in, hardly see any difference in the CPU temp. So question myself what is the point of getting another inlet air fan. But later realised that with the table fan, the CPU fan speed reduced. I was running Cinebench then.


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post May 23 2022, 11:26 AM

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QUOTE(plumberly @ May 23 2022, 11:09 AM)
Thanks.

Quiet and high air flow. Will check the air flow.

Waiting for the acrylic door to arrive, broke the glass door (saw a video where they dropped the tempered glass door from 1, 2, 3 ft, it did not break. Only broke when dropped at 7 ft! Mine broke just an inch from the ground but point of contact was at the corner edge).

Now testing the CPU temp with and without a normal table fan blowing into the case. With so much air blowing in, hardly see any difference in the CPU temp. So question myself what is the point of getting another inlet air fan. But later realised that with the table fan, the CPU fan speed reduced. I was running Cinebench then.
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I still remembered 2 years+ ago i bought the Lian Li O11 Dynamic case, the side tempered glass broken itself at the corner when i lift it, it was a new case. Contacted the distributor and get the replacement with RM80 charged.


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QUOTE(llk @ May 23 2022, 11:26 AM)
I still remembered 2 years+ ago i bought the Lian Li O11 Dynamic case, the side tempered glass broken itself at the corner when i lift it, it was a new case. Contacted the distributor and get the replacement with RM80 charged.
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I guess breaking the glass door is not rare. My case was delivered in the rain, box was wet, guess I did not thoroughly dry my hands while taking out the case from the wet box. I could have just informed the seller that the door broke on delivery. Ha. But honesty is my policy.

Decided to use acrylic as replacement instead of glass. Do not want a repeat. A new glass door will be about RM100+.
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QUOTE(plumberly @ May 23 2022, 11:33 AM)
I guess breaking the glass door is not rare. My case was delivered in the rain, box was wet, guess I did not thoroughly dry my hands while taking out the case from the wet box. I could have just informed the seller that the door broke on delivery. Ha. But honesty is my policy.

Decided to use acrylic as replacement instead of glass. Do not want a repeat. A new glass door will be about RM100+.
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Acrylic is ok just need extra careful as it prone to scratch.
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QUOTE(jetblast @ Sep 15 2021, 08:54 PM)
Do you overclock?
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I think so

 

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