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Prime
03-01-06, 10:26 PM
Just ordered my Opteron 165 from Monarch, and need a good cooler for it. I want to clock it around 2.4GHz, which shouldn't be too hard. Anything above that is just gravy. What's a good cooler that should get me there quietly?

Roadhog
03-02-06, 08:42 AM
The Zalman 9500 one.

911medic
03-02-06, 11:32 AM
Or even the 7x00 series Zalman's, but heatpipes are the way to go.

Prime
03-02-06, 11:40 AM
911medic, how do you like your CNPS7000? I've kinda had my eye on that one, or possibly the 7700 version. The 9500 I'm sure is one of the best, if not the best, but it's so friggin' HUGE!! I'd be scared to move my case at all with that thing installed.

Riptide
03-02-06, 12:05 PM
7000 is a good HSF. You can do some decent o/c with it if you have good airflow in your case. There are more effective coolers out there now but it still hangs in there.

Q
03-02-06, 12:55 PM
http://froogle.google.com/froogle?q=arctic++pro+64&btnG=Search

The Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro 64. It cools very well, is only $30, and is nearly inaudible. Check out some reviews on it, its well worth the time and money.

Prime
03-02-06, 01:25 PM
Wow! From the reviews, that ACFP 64 looks like a winner! I will definitely have to check that one out. Thanks!

911medic
03-02-06, 02:35 PM
911medic, how do you like your CNPS7000? I've kinda had my eye on that one, or possibly the 7700 version. The 9500 I'm sure is one of the best, if not the best, but it's so friggin' HUGE!! I'd be scared to move my case at all with that thing installed.I have been very happy with it. My previous system had a Thermaltake Volcano9, which was very noisy when it spooled up to higher speeds. The Zalman is extremely quiet by comparison. I leave it running at full speed all the time (don't use the speed controller), and I can barely hear it (if at all) over the other fans in my system. It keeps things pretty cool, too, and I'm OC'ing my CPU a fair bit.

But, it is a huge, heavy chunk of copper. I'd be nervous if I moved my PC a lot (not a LAN party type of cooler, if you know what I mean). They make an AlCu version which is much lighter and performs only slightly worse, so that may be a consideration if you're concerned about weight.

If I had to buy a cooler now, it'd be one of the new breed with heatpipes, though. Here are some reviews (http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/)by XBit Labs.

Prime
03-02-06, 03:19 PM
Based on price/performance, I went ahead and ordered the Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro 64 from ZipZoomFly for $28.50 shipped. Should do what I need it to do.

Thanks for the help!!!

Q
03-02-06, 03:26 PM
You will greatly enjoy it. My system sounded like a Harrier under load before that HSF and the Artic Silencer for my 7800 GTX. Now, it sounds as soft as a bubbling brooke on a warm summer's day.

Prime
03-02-06, 04:25 PM
Great! I can't wait. My system is too loud right now, and that's after putting the zalman gpu cooler on my 6800GT. That made quite a bit of difference, and I'm hoping this will finish it off nicely.

ViN86
03-02-06, 08:13 PM
Thermalright + Panaflo = FTW :D

|MaguS|
03-02-06, 08:26 PM
I found my stock cooling to be great. The fan on it doesn't even start up while im surfing the internet and while gaming the game is usually too load for me to even hear it. The ability for it to cool my CPU while its OC'd and run at a min is amazing.

AMD did a fine job with the stock cooler for the Opteron 170.

keith33
03-02-06, 08:36 PM
Thermalright + Panaflo = FTW :D

FTW

Get a 120mm version though, it will displace much more air at lower RPMs than a 90mm.

john19055
03-03-06, 01:22 AM
If you bought retail then the stock cooler that comes with it works great,with it copper base and heatpipe design.

nutball
03-03-06, 01:59 AM
Thermalright + Panaflo = FTW :D

Heh. Panaflo are *so* 2005 old chap!

ViN86
03-03-06, 08:39 AM
Heh. Panaflo are *so* 2005 old chap!
well, i am old fashioned ;)

but its hard to beat the tried and true imo

Riptide
03-03-06, 10:07 AM
I like my enermax 120mm. Had them for a long time now and they've never started making strange noise (squeaks, chirps, ticks) yet. Most reliable fans I've had to date.

Marvel_us
03-03-06, 12:59 PM
+1 for the Thermalright + Panaflo(nana2)

Q
03-03-06, 02:20 PM
If you bought retail then the stock cooler that comes with it works great,with it copper base and heatpipe design.

For a stock heatsink, the thing is incredible. However, it still doesn't out perform in terms of cooling or noise a third party cooler. I know the difference was night and day between the stock on my 4800 and my Freezer pro. For most people who aren't so picky, the stock is a wonderful solution.

lucida
03-04-06, 11:06 PM
same here, ordered the op165 from Monarch, the fan I choose is Thermaltake Big Typhoon(amazon.com, $47 shipped).

Dazz
03-05-06, 06:21 AM
ThermalRight SI-120 + Panaflo.