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Solved! CPU Cooler

retab12332

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Regarding these two coolers, Alpine 12 and Alpine CO, one uses fluid dynamic bearing while the other uses dual ball bearing, respectively. Which one is better?
 

UsandThem

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Are you saying fluid dynamic bearing is better than dual ball bearing ?
I said that a fan from a quality manufacturer will last a long time regardless if it's FDB, rifle, ball bearing, etc.

Neither of those coolers are what I would consider budget options (basically like a stock Intel cooler), and they both have 6 year warranties from Arctic, so I wouldn't put too much thought in which one to buy.
 

guidryp

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A lot of cheap "Fluid Dynamics" look like they have more in common with sleeve bearings. I would say the one with Dual Ball Bearings would last longer.

Also CO stands for Continuous Operation, so it should last longer.

Hope those are the same ones. ;)
 
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UsandThem

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Ball bearings typically last longer, but are also often noisier than other kinds (FDB, rifle, etc).

However, both if both are from a quality manufacturer, both should last a long time (long enough to not really worry about it).
 

retab12332

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Ball bearings typically last longer, but are also often noisier than other kinds (FDB, rifle, etc).

However, both if both are from a quality manufacturer, both should last a long time (long enough to not really worry about it).
Are you saying fluid dynamic bearing is better than dual ball bearing ?
 

UsandThem

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Are you saying fluid dynamic bearing is better than dual ball bearing ?
I said that a fan from a quality manufacturer will last a long time regardless if it's FDB, rifle, ball bearing, etc.

Neither of those coolers are what I would consider budget options (basically like a stock Intel cooler), and they both have 6 year warranties from Arctic, so I wouldn't put too much thought in which one to buy.
 

retab12332

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I said that a fan from a quality manufacturer will last a long time regardless if it's FDB, rifle, ball bearing, etc.

Neither of those coolers are what I would consider budget options (basically like a stock Intel cooler), and they both have 6 year warranties from Arctic, so I wouldn't put too much thought in which one to buy.
O I see, but which one of those, would you recommend?
 

UsandThem

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O I see, but which one of those, would you recommend?
OMG, I can't say it any clearer.

Both are budget $10 coolers. Both have six year warranties, with the same performance. Just get whichever one is available/cheaper, as it really doesn't matter.
 

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