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Question If I wanted near-silent cooling at all times for my 4690k (stock freq), which HSF?

mikeymikec

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In 'not summer' weather the current CPU HSF (CoolerMaster Hyper TX3i) is near-silent. Not so much in UK summertime and presumably under load. The easy way to answer my question would be something like a top-end Noctua product, but I would have thought that a sub-90W CPU could be cooled to near-silent at all times with a lesser cooler? Hopefully someone here has experience with cooling this CPU or say the 4790k and can make a recommendation.

Admittedly I'm tempted at some point to get the top-end Noctua (as its compatibility across platforms seems pretty far-reaching), but it also seems like a great way to ensure that I have to take apart the HSF if I ever want to get to the RAM again or do any rewiring jobs. Up to this point I've been loathe to use a HSF that requires me to take the board out to install it, but it seems to me that if I want something that can do a significantly better job than the TX3i then it requires mounting work on both sides.

I'm in no hurry and I'm just considering my options.
 

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Iron Woode

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In 'not summer' weather the current CPU HSF (CoolerMaster Hyper TX3i) is near-silent. Not so much in UK summertime and presumably under load. The easy way to answer my question would be something like a top-end Noctua product, but I would have thought that a sub-90W CPU could be cooled to near-silent at all times with a lesser cooler? Hopefully someone here has experience with cooling this CPU or say the 4790k and can make a recommendation.

Admittedly I'm tempted at some point to get the top-end Noctua (as its compatibility across platforms seems pretty far-reaching), but it also seems like a great way to ensure that I have to take apart the HSF if I ever want to get to the RAM again or do any rewiring jobs. Up to this point I've been loathe to use a HSF that requires me to take the board out to install it, but it seems to me that if I want something that can do a significantly better job than the TX3i then it requires mounting work on both sides.

I'm in no hurry and I'm just considering my options.
I used an Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 on my old I5 4690K system and it was silent even under full load.

For a new HSF, the Noctua U12S should be plenty.

I use an Arctic Cooling Freezer 34 Esports Duo for my R5 3600. This thing is huge and clears my Corsair RBG Vengeance ram modules. It's also silent under load.

Pic shows my old LPX ram but the RGB ram clears easily:

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mikeymikec

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I used an Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 on my old I5 4690K system and it was silent even under full load.
Huh, I have a spare Freezer 13 that I couldn't install on my then-new-Haswell rig because its push pins wouldn't go in :) I have a spare broken Intel board that I wouldn't mind being rougher with and see if I can install it on that.
 
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Iron Woode

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Huh, I have a spare Freezer 13 that I couldn't install on my then-new-Haswell rig because its push pins wouldn't go in :) I have a spare broken Intel board that I wouldn't mind being rougher with and see if I can install it on that.
I had lost the intel bracket and had to order one from their site in Germany. Took a couple weeks and I was able to install it on my Haswell board. I am sure if you aren't punishing the cpu that cooler should be fine.
 

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