View Full Version : Are retail AMD coolers pretty quiet?

01-01-06, 12:52 AM
I'm going for a system as silent as I can get, but also on a budget, so I want to use the retail cooler if possible. I'm going for a 3700+ San Diego but not sure how quiet that would be. Does it compare to a Zalman?


01-01-06, 02:53 AM
When the CPU is cool, they're pretty quiet. When it gets hot, they're very, very loud.

01-01-06, 03:55 AM

Everything you need to know.

01-01-06, 06:36 AM
They suck, If you can afford it buy another cooler...

01-01-06, 09:06 AM
Yep, silentpcreview.com should be able to help.

But just so you know...the stock cooler that came with my chip most definitely does NOT suck, it works great, isn't loud and looks bitchin to boot.

I have heard that the stock coolers that come with lower model chips aren't quite as nice.

01-01-06, 11:52 AM
my stock Fx cooler (the one w/the heatpipes) was very quiet untill it got very hot (around 60C) then it went into full spead and was fairly audiable, you wouldnt be able to hear it if you just had walked into the room but for once it goes into full swing it would cool off quickly and change to the lower speed again (i guess thats all bios options)

i thought it was nice (fx cooler though) for a stock cooler
i was 39C idl and like 55-57C load

01-01-06, 12:16 PM
I use a speed controller on my cooler and it keeps the fan from getting too loud.

The stock cooler is not bad at all, on the X2 at least. But when it spins up to max speeds, it can be annoyingly whiny.

01-01-06, 07:10 PM
My stock cooler keeps my 3500+ at 43C while folding.

01-01-06, 10:52 PM
Just upgraded to a 4400 X2 from a 3500+. Ive noticed that the old fan(with the 3500) was much quieter but the new one seems to keep the chip cooler. heh personally noise dosnt bother me, I keep my comp on 24/7 and I did that with a 5900 Ultra.

01-02-06, 08:44 PM
heh personally noise dosnt bother me, I keep my comp on 24/7 and I did that with a 5900 Ultra.

Yeah it doesn't bother me when I'm using it, but I like to keep it on and I don't want to hear it when I'm sleeping. As long as its quiet in idle, thats all I need.

01-02-06, 08:49 PM
You want BIG low spinning fans if you don't like noise. Think about it, a 120mm 2000rpm fan will displace a comparable amount of air to a 5000rpm 80mm fan. This is why I would strongly suggest getting a Thermalright XP-120 and a nice big panaflo fan to top it off.