Best athlon 64 heatsink?

scutzi128

scutzi128

Philly Sports Freak
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What do you think the best athlon 64 heatsink that is out right now is best? I would perfer it to have an 80mm fan on it but it dosent have to be I have a fan controller so noise is really not an issue.
 
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Moraelin v2.0

New Member
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Well, I guess it depends on:

A. What speed grade of Athlon 64 you have, or plan on buying.

B. What do you plan to do with it.

The cooling requirements for an 104W FX-55 are slightly different from those of a 2.0 GHz one. Also the answer is very different if you want to overclock, compared to someone just wanting silence.

Also, having a fan controller isn't always the answer. Going under a certain speed, which is what a fan controller allows you to, might not cool well enough any more.

That said, as I've posted several times before, personally I'm using a ThermalTake K8 SilentBoost on my 2.0 GHz 3200+ (1 MB cache), with the fan replaced with a 12 dBA Past fan. All copper, lots of fins (hence lots of surface), and seems to do surprisingly well with a slow silent 80mm fan.

But then I fit in the niche which values silence over overclocking potential. Whether that's what you seek too, that's another question.

Downside, you do have to swap the fan on it to get any silence. The numbers for the default fan on it were obviously pulled out of the ass by a marketroid, rather than measured. It's nowhere near 21 dBA, but _at_ _least_ 30 dBA, probably more, and the airflow is probably nowhere near the one they claim either.
 
wrathchild_67

wrathchild_67

Hidden Member
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I would say a Thermalright XP-120. With a Vantec Stealth 120mm fan, it is inaudible and still provides great cooling.
 
sam_fisher

sam_fisher

Hardcore Geek
#4
i'm using the Thermaltake PIPE101 with a 80mm thermaltake LED smartfan. very quiet on my abit AV8 using guru... keeps my FX-53 nice and cool. i only hear the fan midly during intense gaming...

sam..
 
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Moraelin v2.0

New Member
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The 90nm ones are supposed to run slightly cooler (keyword: slightly) even than mine, so I'm guessing any good copper heatsink should do just fine. Probably no real need to be bigger than 80mm either.

Other than the aforementioned SilentBoost, one I'd like to try is the ThermalTake POLO 735

http://www.thermaltake.com/coolers/comboCool/a2144Polo735/polo735.htm

Supposedly it has 66 fins, versus 46 on the silent boost. But I haven't actually tried it, so I wouldn't know if it's actually any good.
 
scutzi128

scutzi128

Philly Sports Freak
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I think I mighght go with the pipe 101. Originally I was just going to buy a retail 3500+ but they are not in stock at new egg and the oem ones are so I am just going to buy an oem one since down the road I would probably have upgraded the heat sink anyway. Do you think that this is a wise decision or do you think I should just buy a retail one and wait for them to get in stock?
 
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Moraelin v2.0

New Member
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The PIPE 101 was also one I was considering. Personally I'm not that convinced that most heatpipes on heatsinks actually do anything other than add weight and look fashionably high-tech, but with that surface of pure copper it shouldn't matter anyway. Ought to be a good heatsink, once you put a good silent fan on it.
 
Mikie

Mikie

New Member
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2nd for the XP-90. I have it on a [email protected] and with the BIOS cool'n'quiet It stays at 40c and no fan.

It is a few degrees hotter than the XP-120, but quite a bit smaller. My first vote would be 120, then the 90.

Because if the XP-90 works this good, I would imagine the XP-120, is amazing and could cool lower still without a fan.
 
scutzi128

scutzi128

Philly Sports Freak
#11
Hey todd could you please tell me how to link pictures directly to threads so that they show up in the thread?
 
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Todd a

Todd a

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Get the address for the image, usually by right clicking on the image and going to propperties and highlighting the address then press CTRL C (to copy it). Then in a message type img surounded by these [], then paste the address of the picture and add /img again surrounded by these brackets [].

That picture above was from NewEgg and is done as this:

http://images10.newegg.com/productimage/35-109-119-07.JPG[/img

The only thing missing is the bracket on the end.
 
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Todd a

Todd a

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Originally posted by Mikie
2nd for the XP-90. I have it on a [email protected] and with the BIOS cool'n'quiet It stays at 40c and no fan.

It is a few degrees hotter than the XP-120, but quite a bit smaller. My first vote would be 120, then the 90.

Because if the XP-90 works this good, I would imagine the XP-120, is amazing and could cool lower still without a fan.
That is impressive. What speed and voltage does it clock down to normall? So when you load a game of something it turns the fan on right away or after it heats up a bit. Does it also vary the spped of the fan or is it just on/off? With all the reveiws of Athlon64 systems out there I have heard nothing more about Cool-n-Quiet other that than that it is a features and in theory what it is for. Noby ever syas how it actually works, like RPM ranges, temp triggers, speeds, voltages... Turning off the CPU fan and still running only 40'C is mighty, even with that monster cooler.
 
DanceMan

DanceMan

Procrastinating Member
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Todd, I've read that C&Q has only three steps. Likely find info on it at SPCR or Anandtech Forums. One of the articles or posts at SPCR had a link to a lengthy Anandtech post about mobile A64 motherboard campatibility.
 
Mikie

Mikie

New Member
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I am quite sure I do not have it working to the 100% mark.

In the BIOS of the board (MSI Neo Plat) there is an area for the C'n'Q and basically I tell it to stay within x degrees with a +/- of 1-5c

And it speeds up and slows the fan. My settings are 40c +/- 3c.

And it does work great, when idle, the vantec stealth spins so slow, I can make out the bomber image and read the words. (yeah real scientific :rolleyes: ) but the temp hangs at 38-40.

Then after gaming for hours (Antec P160) front 120mm turned 1/2 speed and rear 120mm fan 1/2 speed I never go above 43c.
BF:DC/BF:V/DoomIII and I have a 9800xt.

I know the rest of it, is add drivers and power setting, but that is just to much work. Plus I am not sure if it would go 3200 and down, or keep me at 2800 and go down.

Hope that helps. :D
 

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