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    More low profile cooler advice

    I asked about a budget low profile cooler a few months ago:

    http://forums.hexus.net/hexus-hardwa...er-advice.html

    However I have a much larger budget now of £30.

    The processor I am using is a 95W Pentium D 920 and I am using the KINO-9454 motherboard. I was going to use a 65W Core 2 but the stupid Ebay seller sold me the earlier revision of the motherboard!



    I need a low profile under 60MM in height if possible. The Scythe Shuriken BIG looks a good candidate but it looks like the ATX power connectors will be obscured.


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    Re: More low profile cooler advice

    Zalman VF2000 sounds about right, got one off eBay the other day for £17 posted BNIB
    Last edited by spoon_; 25-05-2010 at 01:44 PM.

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    Re: More low profile cooler advice

    Quote Originally Posted by spoon_ View Post
    Zalman VF2000 sounds about right, got on off eBay the other day for £17 posted BNIB
    I just realised that the Scythe Shuriken BIG use push pins whereas the VF2000 does not.This is definitely an advantage on the part of the Zalman VF2000 IMHO.


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    Re: More low profile cooler advice

    The Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 LP may be worth a look - £15.99 delivered from Novatech (search: AC-FRE7LP). A drawback is that it uses a pushpin design which can be very irritating in my experience.

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    Re: More low profile cooler advice

    The Xigmatek Apache is a cheap cooler for £7.99
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/168303

    I read a couple of reviews, it seems to be an ok replacement for the Intel stock cooler, but I remember those Pentium D's run pretty hot, so not entirely sure if it is suitable, but it gives you another option.

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    Re: More low profile cooler advice

    You may wish to check out this article about the Freezer 7 LP and the website in general - they've reviewed loads of coolers. The Scythe Shuriken cools better than that AC cooler and it's very quiet on low (I have one).

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    Re: More low profile cooler advice

    Does the Scythe Shuriken use push pins or can it be modified to use screws or bolts??

    I found that the cooler from an E4500 caused the board to flex a bit but a similar cooler with screws does not do this.


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    Re: More low profile cooler advice

    Do take note that the VF2000 will overhang the motherboard, Bit-Tech installed one on an Intel 775-based ITX board, but sadly it doesn't say by how much the overhang is. So depending on which case you will be using, there could be incompatibility issues.



    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/coo...lers-on-test/3

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    Re: More low profile cooler advice

    I am trying to plonk the whole shebang into a Shuttle G2 case but it seems to be getting less and less straight forward at every turn!


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    Re: More low profile cooler advice

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    Does the Scythe Shuriken use push pins or can it be modified to use screws or bolts??

    I found that the cooler from an E4500 caused the board to flex a bit but a similar cooler with screws does not do this.
    Scythe Shuriken does use push pins, but you can get something like a Thermalright Bolt Thru Kit if you want to use screws. See this thread:
    http://www.scythe-eu.com/forum/shuri...-shuriken.html

    One reason I did not suggest the Shuriken is that it is 64mm tall and you wanted something 60mm or less. But if it fits your Shuttle case, it would be perfect.

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    Re: More low profile cooler advice

    It comes with pushpins in the box for LGA775/1366 but because of the size of the heatsink it wouldn't be easy to tighten screws unless you stuff the screwdriver through the fins or use a spanner on hex screws. I think the same applies to most LP coolers though because of the width unless they use a different mounting system.

    Edit: oops, sorry about that I went to do something halfway through answering - I ended up with the same link as simonw xD.

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    Re: More low profile cooler advice

    There is around 15mm additional clearance on the left of the motherboard in the Shuttle case. Keeping the height of the cooler to 60MM and under is important otherwise the cooler would clash with the drive cage.

    I do have this 1U passive cooler though:

    http://www.akasa.com.tw/update.php?t...model=AK-395-2



    I could try jimmying up a fan to it but the main issue is that the cooler weighs quite a bit and there would no VRM cooling as the base is solid.


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    Re: More low profile cooler advice

    What about using the stock cooler with that Thermalright bolt kit?

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    Re: More low profile cooler advice

    Quote Originally Posted by watercooled View Post
    What about using the stock cooler with that Thermalright bolt kit?
    I don't have the Pentium D cooler as I picked up the CPU for £5 without the cooler.

    I have the standard Intel E4500 aluminium cooler - will this be enough you think? The cooler may just about fit!

    I assume this is the kit:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Therm...-LGA775-Mo-bos


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    Re: More low profile cooler advice

    The E4500 is a 65w CPU so it would be worth checking temps with the 95w CPU before buying any accessories, I'd expect it to run a bit hot and/or the fan to spin fast especially in a small case.
    That kit is only for specific Thermalright coolers, it's like the one supplied with my Ultima-90 cooler. I'm not too sure where to buy the other one TBH but would there be a big problem with just using the pushpins?

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    Re: More low profile cooler advice

    The push pins cause the board to flex. I tried coolers which use screws and these don't cause any problems like this.

    It seems that an Ebay seller sells the other bolt through kit:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Thermalright-L...item5d292f2833

    So basically it comes down to one of the following heatsinks:

    1.)Scythe Shuriken BIG with bolt through kit.
    2.)Zalman VF2000. However I need to check the overhang on the cooler first.
    3.)Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 LP. I am uncertain whether the cooling performance will be enough for a 95W TDP processor though.
    Last edited by CAT-THE-FIFTH; 25-05-2010 at 06:43 PM.


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