Decent heatsink?

Discussion in 'Techie Discussion' started by Monkee, Jan 16, 2004.

  1. Monkee

    Monkee Fledgling Freddie

    Upgrading me comp and getting into a bit of a dilemma! I can pick up an AMD 3200+ without a heatsink for £127 including VAT, but then can pick up the retail version with AMD approved heatsink for about £160! Not too hot on knowing wot a good heatsink is and wot isnt. So any idea's and suggestions would be much appareciated, ta :)
  2. .Wilier.

    .Wilier. One of Freddy's beloved

  3. Monkee

    Monkee Fledgling Freddie

    yeh, was looking at those and had been recommended by a m8 who has one! But was just worried about the size of the thing and whether it would fit my case. Just have a normal ATX tower, not one of the big buggers :)
  4. .Wilier.

    .Wilier. One of Freddy's beloved

    Dont sweat it, they will both comfortably fit in an ATX case, or a micro ATX for that matter (my daughter has the jet 7 in an old Tiny case.)

  5. Insane

    Insane Wait... whatwhat?

  6. Jonty

    Jonty Fledgling Freddie

    Hi monkee

    This isn't directly related to your question, so forgive me, but note that the retail AMD CPUs also come with a three year warranty as well as the heatsink and bits and bobs you describe, whereas the cheaper OEM version (which is an identical chip) doesn't have this extended warranty. Many people would rather save the money, but I just thought I'd better mention it.

    Kind Regards
  7. Monkee

    Monkee Fledgling Freddie

    this is very true, and will probably be going for that! Heatsink may not be as good, but at least if it goes wrong, i can just claim back with no worries :)

    basically my new line up will be:

    ATI Radeon 9800 pro
    AMD 3200+ - Retail
    Asus A7V600 (Socket A) Motherboard
    Corsair 512MB DDR XMS3200LLPT Low Latency Platinum CAS2 (until i can afford another 512 stick :p )
    Oh, and a new spangly psu with coloured fans :E

    thanks for the suggestions guys
  8. fatbusinessman

    fatbusinessman Fledgling Freddie


    *slightly late cough*
  9. Stimpy

    Stimpy Fledgling Freddie

    Willier needs a slap :)
  10. Dubbs

    Dubbs Fledgling Freddie

    I did some investigation into this recently and ended up with the following for overclocking my 1.4Ghz Athlon (yep - it's running call of duty/max payne 2/etc., no problems!)

    Globalwin cooler/fan
    Arctic Silver 5 compound (This is VERY important!)
    Akasa CPU fan controller PRO

    All from

    The globalwin is noisy but VERY effective cooling on full tilt, the akasa allows me to turn all the fans right down when necessary.

    The coolermaster kit looks great but apparently is noisy (only "heard" that so don't shoot messenger guys) and the one I saw is HUGE so whilst it may fit, the room it take up and lack of space might mean it's a less effective cooler as it can't move the air around it as well as it should.

    Don't forget that the cpu fan will only move around air within the case so make sure that a good, strong cpu fan has a decent case fan supplying it with good airflow from your room.

    My Globalwin setup in an Antec "quiet" piano black case (recommended with it's 120mm fan at the CPU end!) happily cools my Athlon down to 31degrees and I'm sure I could knock a few degrees off with better cable management and a few small tweaks here and there.
  11. .Wilier.

    .Wilier. One of Freddy's beloved

    consider me slapped, I'll nip and edit it now. :(

    edit// Done. :)
  12. Big G

    Big G Has a sexy sister. I am also a Bodhi wannabee.

    I agree here, I run this heatsink on a 3200+ and it's perfect and (very nearly) silent.

  13. Insane

    Insane Wait... whatwhat?

    i wasnt 100% sure the zalman had been rated to 3200+ speeds but if your running it fine within the "thermal envelope" then it can only be highly praised.

    standard 90mm zalman fan fitted?

    heat these days is a big thing to jump about, when really i've had warmer pentiums, dont be too worried if your CPU is running at 50+ as thats somewhat normal for most systems... i think my 2600+ is running around 55 on full load with the standard AMD HSF.

    *realises he should be leaving work now* :eek6:
  14. Big G

    Big G Has a sexy sister. I am also a Bodhi wannabee.

    I don't think it is rated up to 3200+, but this heatsink has been out waaaay before the 3200+ was around.

    Trust me, it works absolutely fine - im currently running the 3200+ at 50 degrees with the 92mm fan set to the slowest speed.

  15. Xavier

    Xavier Can't get enough of FH

    80MM surely? :eek7:
  16. Big G

    Big G Has a sexy sister. I am also a Bodhi wannabee.

    Nah it's a 92mm fan Xav.

    Pretty big, shifts a lot of air even when spinning on "slowest".

  17. Insane

    Insane Wait... whatwhat?

    as nabbed from KustomPC's info for the Zalman 6000Cu

    says the same on as well :eek6:

    wonder what its cooling would be like with a 120mm fan???
  18. Xavier

    Xavier Can't get enough of FH

    Odd, the two zalmans I have here came with 80mm zalman branded fans.

    I'll take you a photo in a bit :) if I can be arsed to dig out meh camera
  19. RandomBastard

    RandomBastard Can't get enough of FH

    The amd one comes with a 92mm fan according to everything i've seen o_O
  20. Big G

    Big G Has a sexy sister. I am also a Bodhi wannabee.

    Yep, took another look to be sure, deffo 92mm.

    A 120mm fan may be too deep and fowl the heatsink - the 92mm fan sits very close to the top of the heatsink as it is. If you can get a slimline one, it may be ok. The 92mm will suffice for your cooling needs :).

  21. Danya

    Danya Fledgling Freddie

    Part of the bonus of 120mm fans is the depth though, a slimline won't be that much better than a 92mm.

    Besides, air cooling is for the weak. ;)

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