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Best Cpu Cooler for an 8350

Flamingoknight

64 months ago

I would like to know what would be a good cooler for the 8350.

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  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

What's your budget? Are you planning on overclocking?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

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...

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

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:

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhu9bse2

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhl9a

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhl12

They're well-known for quiet and excellent performance.

The default budget choice is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO:

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2

Silent PC Review noted that although the performance was excellent, the fan could be a little quieter:

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1046-page2.html

I was considering replacing the fan with a Noctua fan but the combined price ended up being higher than this:

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/scythe-cpu-cooler-scmg4000

which Silent PC Review indicated performed very well and came with an excellent fan:

http://www.silentpcreview.com/Scythe_Mugen_4

I ended up getting it and I agree - great performance and a near-silent fan. It does interfere with RAM though.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

So which of the noctuas would be the best one? And which ones might interfere with ram?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

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:

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1261-page5.html

"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.

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1317-page5.html

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.

http://www.thinkcomputers.org/noctua-nh-u9b-se2-cpu-cooler-review/

http://www.relaxedtech.com/reviews/noctua/nh-l12-nh-u9b-se2/1

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Noctua-NH-U9B-SE2-CPU-Cooler-Review/1586/1

Of these, the NH-U9 SE2 looks best. Unfortunately there are compromises with all of them though.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

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?

  • 64 months ago
  • 0 points

212 evo is good enough

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