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    Question LGA775 Coolers

    Hey all,

    I was wondering what some of the best coolers for a core 2 duo (I current own a 4300 and would like to overclock), but I want something that will handle a core 2 quad in the future aswell. Ive read alot about the Arctic Freezer 7 Pro, and its meant to be pretty good, its a similar story with the Akasa AK-965 which looks great.
    The main criteria im looking for are:

    - It shouldnt be much louder if any than the stock Intel cooler
    - I really dont want to have to take the motherboard out of the case and fit a backplate.
    - I want to do some overclocking, Ive heard the 4300 o/c's well, but ive never really done any proper overclocking before.
    - In the future I want to upgrade to a Core 2 Quad probably,so Id like it to be able to cope nicely with this aswell.
    Ive read about these also:
    - Scythe Infinity
    pretty big, and some good reviews, but then a bad one from CustomPc?
    Scythe
    - "NINJA PLUS " 6 Heat Pipes CPU Cooler
    Don't know much about this, cant remember where I saw it
    - Thermalright Ultra 120
    This to be honest looks over the top, its insane!

    Incase you need to know I have a P5B-Plus Vista edition, in a Akasa Zen case

    Thanks for any help

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    Re: LGA775 Coolers

    Someone recommended the Thermalright Ultra 120 extreme so i had a look online and yeah it seems like this is one of the best out there. For the fan use Scythe S-FLEX 1600RPM. But from what i read, you DO have to remove the mb to fit the backplate the only problem i can see with this cooler is its very expensive, and having to buy a fan to go with it too. Also its HUGE!

    One thing ive read, is that with that Scythe S-FLEX 1600RPM its really quiet too!

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    Re: LGA775 Coolers

    Quote Originally Posted by Wills View Post
    - I really dont want to have to take the motherboard out of the case and fit a backplate.
    Kind of ties your hands, however, the Scythe Miné will do pretty much what you want and need.
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    Re: LGA775 Coolers

    the ArcticCooling freezer 7 Pro or Asaka AK-965 are both great easy to use coolers that are very cheap, they are both much better than the stock one, use the same clip system and have pre-applied thermal paste.

    However for slightly more the Scythe Mine is better still, better cooling, quiter has the ability to eaisly change the fan for a large/differnt one, still uses push pins (although you have to connect them to the cooler) however you have to apply the thermal paste your self (but that's not really too hard)

    The Thermalright Ultra 120 extreme is one of the best coolers and is actually smaller than some of the other biggies eg Scythe Ninja plus or Scythe Infinity

    Note about the Scythe Infinity, I seem to remember that it's a little old now, and while good when released it's been out performed but newer better coolers.
    So it's generally fallen out of favour, not surpprising when there are better & cheaper coolers around

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    Re: LGA775 Coolers

    I've just ordered a ninja, so i'm fitting that tomorrow- shall see how it does

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    Re: LGA775 Coolers

    I have a Thermalright Ultra 90 and that would also be an option (although you can get the Ultima 90 now) it uses the push pins like the stock cooler so no need for a back plate and dropped my load temps by over 10oC compared to the stock cooler (with same thermal paste, had to change back to the stock cooler when playing around with my HR03 in my tiny case ). Current temps are under full load (F@H) ~52oC (depends on room temp) at 2.5GHz and 1.38v (but unoptimized voltage, set at auto in bios and I am pretty sure I can bring the volts down and it will still be stable which will lower temps a bit).

    Again you will need to pick a fan to go with it and that will determine the noise levels I run mine with a 92mm Akasa Amber and I can't hear the difference when its running at 600rpm to when its running at 1400rpm. A Scythe S-Flex 1600 would also be a good choice and with its higher rpm (higher air flow) you will get better cooling (as long as the transfer to air is the limiting step!).

    The Ultima 90 can even use 120mm fans, but from the installation pics I'm not sure how much better they would be than a 92mm fan. It also requires the installation of a back plate so that may be a no no for you.

    Oh and you can get a Ultra 90 here for a very reasonable price, don't forgot to order a fan as well!

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    Re: LGA775 Coolers

    AnandTech: Thermalright Ultima-90 - 120 / 90 mm fan pix there.

    Scythe S-FLEX 1600 rpm would also be a safe choice with an Ultima-90, if you were pushing quad overclocking further down the line. It's a shame the TR Ultima-90 doesn't have the same design as the Scythe Mine or TR Ultra-90, it's a plus imo.
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