Any good snap on CPU coolers?

lollybo

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Are there any decent snap on CPU coolers? Or at least CPU coolers that don't require taking out the mobo?
 

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For the price, it's hard to beat the Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro (AMD) or Freezer 7 Pro (Intel).
 

imported_TechKid

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Don't know if you Americans have them but get a Thermaltake 120 Ultra or Extreme and wack on a Scythe S-Flex. Its the best cooling you can get. Well...air at least.
 

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Originally posted by: lollybo
Are there any decent snap on CPU coolers? Or at least CPU coolers that don't require taking out the mobo?

That is contradictory in terms!
The push-pin mounting mechanism is a disaster!
It must have been designed by a co-op student at Intel.


Anyway, you can get one of these.
http://www.jab-tech.com/Therma...-Thru-Kit-pr-3605.html

Then, you can convert your push-pin cooler to a bolt-through cooler.

To avoid having to remove the motherboard every time you reseat the cooler, you can use this technique.
http://forums.anandtech.com/me...111635&highlight_key=y
 

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I thought the title read "Strap on... " Never mind.

Sorry again... :D

.bh.
 

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No pipe (tobacco or otherwise), no spliff, no fat boy - all natural...

.bh.
 

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Is there an update to this for Ryzen AM4 motherboards. It is a huge PITA to pull this motherboard. I have a copper heatpipe from an old bulldozer. but it is loud and runs lousy even at an idle. but it is the only AMD cooler I have. my 5800X didn't come with one.

Idle is 70C, please let there be an economocial snap on cooler for AM4.

Sorry to revive such an old thread, but this is the only hit I got at all for snap on coolers.
 

mikeymikec

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Is there an update to this for Ryzen AM4 motherboards. It is a huge PITA to pull this motherboard. I have a copper heatpipe from an old bulldozer. but it is loud and runs lousy even at an idle. but it is the only AMD cooler I have. my 5800X didn't come with one.

Idle is 70C, please let there be an economocial snap on cooler for AM4.

Sorry to revive such an old thread, but this is the only hit I got at all for snap on coolers.

The idle temp sounds wrong, like you've not got your current HSF installed correctly. Even with a really basic HSF it should be a lot lower than that. In the UK with an approximate 20C ambient I'd expect a modern CPU like that to idle between 35-40C.

Having said that, the 5800X when going full-tilt produces a *lot* of heat. I've often used Be Quiet!'s Pure Rock Slim 2 cooler (which doesn't require removing the board to install) for lower-end CPUs, for example it cools my i5-4690K and is near-silent even with the CPU at full tilt, but even with a higher end cooler - the Pure Rock 2 - I ran a 5800X at full tilt and in about ten seconds IIRC it was hitting temps like 80C. Modern CPUs that are classed with a TDP higher than 65W tend to be designed on the principle of "turbo until the processor gets worryingly hot" and AFAIK there isn't a mainstream cooler out there that stops these processors from reaching that. AFAIK it's more efficient to turbo as much as possible than to turbo a little like processors of previous generations used to (like say my Haswell CPU).
 

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When this thread was created not all cases had rear cpu cutouts. Now almost all of them do, so removal of motherboards should no longer be required in mounting a backplate. Without knowing what case you have, it should be as simple as removing the other side/panel.

Did you clean the heatsink and apply new thermal paste to the cpu before attaching your old cooler to your new cpu?
 
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PITA to pull this motherboard.
Well, then if you're going to pull it anyway then consider a case that has rear access. There also may be a kit that allows converting the mount to something easier to deal with. Consider a contact frame and mounting systems.
 

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I admit I've always wondered what the hell the stock mounting brackets on an AM4 motherboard are actually for. You have to remove them even when installing the stock cooler, which makes me wonder why the hell they're even there.

Would be nice to have a good or even basic cooler than could just "latch on" to those mounting brackets for basic builds that don't need a ton of cooling power.
 
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My Ryzen came with
I admit I've always wondered what the hell the stock mounting brackets on an AM4 motherboard are actually for. You have to remove them even when installing the stock cooler, which makes me wonder why the hell they're even there.

Would be nice to have a good or even basic cooler than could just "latch on" to those mounting brackets for basic builds that don't need a ton of cooling power.
My Ryzen came with this snap on cooler, I thought all AM4 stock coolers were like this:

Although I never used it.
 

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My Ryzen came with

My Ryzen came with this snap on cooler, I thought all AM4 stock coolers were like this:

Although I never used it.

-Ahhhh, yeah I remember really old AMD coolers retaining that format, didn't realize that was the format all that up to Zen+.

Modern AM4 coolers are a backplate and screw design. Nice coolers really with a much better mounting solution than Intel's push pins, but kinda a pain when you're just trying to throw a PC together.

 

WilliamM2

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-Ahhhh, yeah I remember really old AMD coolers retaining that format, didn't realize that was the format all that up to Zen+.

Modern AM4 coolers are a backplate and screw design. Nice coolers really with a much better mounting solution than Intel's push pins, but kinda a pain when you're just trying to throw a PC together.

That's wht the 3600 and 5600 came with. Better processors came with the Prizm. I have a 3700x that came with the prizm.
 

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No, I can't access my CPU through the backpanel, per se. I mean there is a cutout, but I have a 2xHDD cage that I am using. 7 drives total. It doubles as a NAS part time.

I have a compact ATX case, Lian Li 011 Air Mini.

And yes, I have that exact same RGB Ryzen cooler linked above.

My temps were high when installing a game. But I noticed it was how putting a large load on the CPU. I guess the decompressing was making most of the load. But when gaming, it usually goes even higher. +80C in most games. But it does OK, I guess, even though it is very loud. I think the noise bothers me more than anything else. lol

But I plan on upgrading to AM5 by the end of the year (or just after), so I guess it isn't that big of a deal. Maybe I'll just move the case to the floor or in the closet. LOL I have a 12ft HDMI cable that'll reach.
 

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FD Meshify 2 will work well for that. It has an internal rack for 13 drives and hood airflow. Room for tons of fans which means quieter operation due to lower rpms needed.

Could temp remove the HDDs to put a proper cooler bracket on the back of the board instead of removing the board.
 

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Pretty much everything @mikeymikec said.

Based on those idle temps (seems way too high), I'd check that the cooler is mounted properly and has good thermal past spread.

Then, I would look into something like the Be Quiet! Pure Rock 2, that doesn't require you to remove the backplate to install (just the brackets on the front of the board). I'm sure there are more, but you will probably need to review the install instructions for individual models to see.
 

mikeymikec

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Then, I would look into something like the Be Quiet! Pure Rock 2, that doesn't require you to remove the backplate to install (just the brackets on the front of the board). I'm sure there are more, but you will probably need to review the install instructions for individual models to see.

Something that surprised me: out of curiosity I checked all of BQ!'s range of coolers (at least the ones that weren't low profile), and none of them seem to require backplate work. To anyone new to third party coolers though I'd strongly recommend using the compatibility checking tools on the cooler maker's website.
 
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Something that surprised me: out of curiosity I checked all of BQ!'s range of coolers (at least the ones that weren't low profile), and none of them seem to require backplate work. To anyone new to third party coolers though I'd strongly recommend using the compatibility checking tools on the cooler maker's website.
Same with anything by Skythe. I'd recommend the Mugan 5S. Very good performance. Much better than BQ from the reviews I've seen.

Would have recommended it before, but I read the OP, had no CPU or case information, and was 16 years old. Why would anyone revive a 16 year old thread for this topic?
 

mikeymikec

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Same with anything by Skythe. I'd recommend the Mugan 5S. Very good performance. Much better than BQ from the reviews I've seen.
Can you link a review? While I'm happy to use BQ for lower end systems, I'm thinking of something like a Ryzen 7700X when I get a chance to do a new build for myself and I haven't completely settled on a HSF yet.

Though quietness is a high priority for me, I'll happily sacrifice say up to 10C if it means not having a whiny fan (at any level of load), which I can be confident I'll get with BQ in my experience.