64 months ago
I would like to know what would be a good cooler for the 8350.
What's your budget? Are you planning on overclocking?
around 50 and I don't really think I'll do serious overclocking, maybe just overclock what the cooler can handle. I also want something quiet because the stock cooler is worse than a turbine and it annoys me so much that you won't understand...
Oh I do understand. I've been looking for quiet parts for a few years now. :-)
With your budget, you could afford one of the smaller Noctuas:
They're well-known for quiet and excellent performance.
The default budget choice is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO:
Silent PC Review noted that although the performance was excellent, the fan could be a little quieter:
I was considering replacing the fan with a Noctua fan but the combined price ended up being higher than this:
which Silent PC Review indicated performed very well and came with an excellent fan:
I ended up getting it and I agree - great performance and a near-silent fan. It does interfere with RAM though.
So which of the noctuas would be the best one? And which ones might interfere with ram?
The NH-L9a and NH-L12 are low-profile designs. Noctua themselves note that they're designed to fit in tight spaces rather than have high performance. I checked out reviews on silentpcreview.com (who are just about the only ones who take detailed sound measurements) and they noted that the NH-L12 with its dual mismatched fans had some noise problems:
"The two fans were close in noise level and had a fairly smooth character, but only at lower speeds. At 9V and above, the smaller fan was noticeably whiny while the larger model took on a lower, buzzy profile. Unfortunately their noise signatures didn't really blend together, creating a cacophony when both fans are used simultaneously. The 92 mm fan hits the higher notes while the 120 mm fan generates a low-pitched hum."
They also noted that the NH-L12 does have RAM clearance issues:
"RAM clearance was an issue on our board. With the heatpipe bends facing the memory slots, the first slot would only accept a bare DIMM."
They also reviewed the Intel version of the NH-L9a, the NH-L9i. These coolers are designed to be the exact same size as the stock coolers, so RAM clearance isn't an issue. Noise levels were very good:
"The 92 mm stock fan had excellent acoustics, producing a very smooth profile. Aside from turbulence at higher speeds, the sound generated was pleasant throughout the range we tested and we didn't perceive any tonality. It's a vast improvement over mismatched fans of the larger NH-L12."
The cooling performance wasn't very good though - it's just too small. Probably better than the stock cooler and definitely quieter though.
The NH-U9 SE2 has a better tower design which pushes air right out to the exhaust fan. Unfortunately Silent PC Review didn't have a review on it, but I checked out a few others. The consensus seems to be that cooling performance is good, better than the NH-L9a and at least on par with the NH-L12, and that noise levels are low as well - better than the NH-L12 with its mismatched fans. RAM clearance seemed to be OK even with RAM with heatspreaders although high heatspreaders might present a problem.
Of these, the NH-U9 SE2 looks best. Unfortunately there are compromises with all of them though.
Sry I didn't reply earlier I was busy so is there any thermal paste that I'll need to get, if so which one would you recommend?
212 evo is good enough