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    Low profile CPU cooler advice

    I am looking for a cheap low profile cooler for an Intel E4300 processor which needs to be no more than 60MM in height and has to fit in a mini ITX motherboard. I do have an E5300 stock heatsink which is the right size but would this be enough for the E4300?? I don't have a huge budget and would prefer to spend under £15 if possible.


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    Re: Low profile CPU cooler advice

    i'd imagine the 5300 stock cooler would be sufficient if the e4300 is running at stock speeds. Give it a go and find out!

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    Re: Low profile CPU cooler advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Flewis View Post
    i'd imagine the 5300 stock cooler would be sufficient if the e4300 is running at stock speeds. Give it a go and find out!
    Thye both have the same nominal TDP although the E5300 does have a higher rated maximum temperature though.


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    Re: Low profile CPU cooler advice

    Should be fine and if the CPU runs too hot just lower the vcore a bit and test if its stable...I'm sure you can undervolt it a fair bit at stock and it'd still be stable but I doubt you will even need to.
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    Re: Low profile CPU cooler advice

    Have a look here CAT
    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/coo...lers-on-test/1

    I have the Zalman and its nice and quiet and improves on the Stock cooler

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    Re: Low profile CPU cooler advice

    Quote Originally Posted by kmac View Post
    Have a look here CAT
    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/coo...lers-on-test/1

    I have the Zalman and its nice and quiet and improves on the Stock cooler
    The Zalman is a nice heatsink which I would like to get but it is outside the price range I am looking at!


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    Re: Low profile CPU cooler advice

    Oops soory didn't see you budget constraint
    Another one that might be of interest is this one

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Low-Profile-HI...221131003r9201

    Low Profile HIPER CPU Cooler Intel LGA775 HFA-10828-C2

    A number of people built mini-ITX bbased systems used this and found it to be decent if the fan was swapped for a quieter one..

    There were two variants a full copper one and a copper with aluminium one ( as per the auction)
    I think Hiper went out of business though so no more production

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    Re: Low profile CPU cooler advice

    If its any comfort the i7 860 comes with the same profile cooler as the Wolfdales.
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    for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.

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    Re: Low profile CPU cooler advice

    I've got a stock Intel cooler that came with a 641 and was only used for a couple of hours if it's any use to you. It is 60mm from the surface of the CPU to the top of the fan frame.

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    Re: Low profile CPU cooler advice

    cant you use the stock cooler and 5v mod the fan if it will suffice or lower vcore etc without spending money?
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    Re: Low profile CPU cooler advice

    Quote Originally Posted by kmac View Post
    Oops soory didn't see you budget constraint
    Another one that might be of interest is this one

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Low-Profile-HI...221131003r9201

    Low Profile HIPER CPU Cooler Intel LGA775 HFA-10828-C2

    A number of people built mini-ITX bbased systems used this and found it to be decent if the fan was swapped for a quieter one..

    There were two variants a full copper one and a copper with aluminium one ( as per the auction)
    I think Hiper went out of business though so no more production
    Hate to say this but that looks exactly the same as the short intel stock cooler, just a different fan on top (oh and that broken fan blade on that auction will make the fan very bad )

    You could look at one of the other zalman or simular, flower type coolers, should be able to pick up something decent 2nd hand.
    Or maybe a pure copper server cooler, with some modding to make it.
    You could simply use a back plate some, long bolts and sprung nuts then sandwich it between the cpu and a fan.

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    Re: Low profile CPU cooler advice

    I have still to receive the mini ITX motherboard but it looks like the CPU will be just under the blasted drive cage of the Shuttle case I am using. If it isn't then I could probably use a normal cooler without any issue.

    I had a quick look on the Intel website and the E4300 I have is an L2 stepping which has a maximum rated operating temperature of only 61.4C! The later E4500 had a maximum operating temperature of 73.3C and the E5300 a maximum operating temperature of 74.1C.

    This must be why the heatsink of the E4500 does not use any copper IIRC and the one on the E5300 is so small. Maybe I need to give the E5300 heatsink a try first and see how high the idle temperatures look.
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    Re: Low profile CPU cooler advice

    Which mini-ITX board did you go for in the end?

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    Re: Low profile CPU cooler advice

    Quote Originally Posted by kmac View Post
    Which mini-ITX board did you go for in the end?
    I found one with a PCI-E 16X slot.


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