Can anyone reccommend me some cooling products that are NOT water cooling. The best Aftermarket CPU Fan and Heatsink, the best aftremarket GPU Heatsink and Fan, and the Best Harddrive Cooler available. They shouldn't be too expenive? Also, light ones would be better aswell.
12th March 2004
I had a artic cooling fan for my old 4600ti it definitly did the job, I plan on getting one for my 6800
as for cpu, i hear alot of people talking about Zalman, i personally use a ACS64 for my amd 3400+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835185110
I like artic cooling it does the job and does it quitely
and dont forget to use artic silver 5
For me, nothing but Zalman products on my CPU, and Arctic Cooling for my GPU. Arctic Cooling only has one product line for video cards, so I won't bother linking you to one (since I don't know what video card you have). Just get the one that says it fits you're card. They're dead silent, and they have far-better-than-stock performance. Fore the CPU, look into these: CNPS7000B-AlCu -excellent performance on a budget CNPS9500 LED -silent, liqid cooling performance on air... expensive though Unless you have a 400GB or 500GB hard drive, you probably don't need any kind of cooling at all, but in the passive department, check this one out.
edit: Haha, wow.. for some reason that whole post sounds like a Zalman ad.
Yeah the Zalmans look really good.
I like the second one, it sounds great. But i'm a little hesitant on wether to buy it since it might be real heavy and i have heard stories of the acual motherboard pcb cracking under the weight load....
I am probably settling with the Artic Cooler for my GPU (PS- GPU is in sig, 7800GTX), but the stock one on it seems pretty beastie and i was wondering if it would be worth buying a new one?
Picture of stock Fan...
I use this gigabyte cooler for my prescott. It keeps it a a nice cool 37 degrees celsius http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835128005 .I use an arctic coolere nv5 for my 6800
XP-120, Panaflo M1A. Nuff said.
And that new Zalman? Overpriced piece of modern copper art, and fugly to boot.
Do you have a link for these products?
The huge, copper Zalman heatsink weighs only 530g, the XP-120 comes in at about 450g with a fan included. When you purchase a fan for the XP-120, the two come out to be roughly the same price (+/- $15). As for the performance of the ugly, overpriced piece of modern copper art... it will keep a 2.8GHz P4 at 18C above ambient, while an XP-120 with over twice the airflow keeps it at 19C above ambient. I won't argue that it's overpriced, but the numbers say it beats you're XP-120 by a hair. And personally, I don't think it looks that bad doing it.
SPCR is a wholly biased website. They do good work, but if you don't have the same goals that they do, you get skewed results. They have not--indeed, cannot--get good results with Thermalright heatsinks because Thermalright designs their 'sinks for use with a higher pressure fan. Such fans produce nominally more noise than "silent" fans. It's enough to hear, but not to bother the 99% of the popular who find the SPCR crowd to be slightly more anal retentive than a three year old who's just discovered that he does not, in fact, have to crap himself.
Moral: SPCR has good info, but it isn't applicible to most people in the world. Hell, they'll even tell you that the Scythe Ninja bests the XP-120 (which, in their test suite, it does). But it doesn't perform nearly as well if you can handle 24dBA.