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    Post Low(ish), silent socket AM2 CPU cooler

    Want to quieten down the stock cooler on my AM2 CPU in an Antec Aria case. Because of size limitations in the case I need a pretty low profile cooler. Must be practically silent as it is for my HTPC.
    I've seen this one -> http://www.thermaltake.com/product/C...4022/a4022.asp
    ...but noone seems to sell it in the UK at the moment.

    Anyone got any suggestions please ?

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    Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 & I believe that its predecessor the Silencer 64 (which I believe is lower) will probably work too.
    Last edited by BUFF; 13-07-2006 at 10:06 PM.

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    Hrrrm, doesn't specifically say that they're for socket AM2 which is what it must be....

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    Sounds like this one could be ideal:
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=171615

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    Quote Originally Posted by machinist
    Hrrrm, doesn't specifically say that they're for socket AM2 which is what it must be....
    The Alpine 64 definitely is & the Ultra used the standard AC clip (as on Alpine Freezer 64) so I'm pretty certain that it will fit.

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    Thanks for replies so far.
    I like the look of the Arctic Cooling stuff, but according to this noise table -> http://www.frostytech.com/articlevie...id=1893&page=3
    ..they ain't all that quiet really

    Anyone got any first hand views on this ? Comparing it to an AMD stock cooler ...

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    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=307331

    Hows about that one ?

    Low profile style cooler, supports the AM2 platform and has a rated noise level of 16 dB

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    You beauty
    That's the one for me......... /me gets out wallet

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    I was going to recommend the Susurro with a fan swap but Buff's proved the Arctic is the winner.

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    Hrrm, interesting articles.
    One of Susurro's Pros is "Silent operation for Office-PC class system thanks to Smart Fan", so still appears to be a good choice for my HTPC.....think I will stick with that one.

    Thanks for all your suggestions though

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    Resurrecting thread......

    Is this one -> http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=353437
    ..compatible with AM2 socket ?

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    I hope so as I bought one with a mobo and 30 quid Sempron from Scan. It really looks like it aught to fit the motherboard OK and Arctic say it fits "all Athlon64/Sempron", but I have not tried it with the CPU installed as the whole lot is having to go back as DOA and I never got past using the AMD cooler

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    Thanks DanceswithUnix.....anyone else with real experience of this cooler on AM2 ?

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    To resurrect this old thread, just in case anyone finds it with a search:

    The AC Silencer 64 Ultra TC didn't fit my AM2 board.

    It goes into the holder fine, but when you push the lever down into position there is no latch on the retention module base fitted to the motherboard, so the lever pops back up and the heatsink is all ready to fall off.

    The motherboard has 4 holes for mounting the retention module, whereas the module that came with the heatsink has 2 holes so it won't fit the motherboard.

    May I ask what you ended up using ad whether you are happy with it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix
    To resurrect this old thread, just in case anyone finds it with a search:

    The AC Silencer 64 Ultra TC didn't fit my AM2 board.

    It goes into the holder fine, but when you push the lever down into position there is no latch on the retention module base fitted to the motherboard, so the lever pops back up and the heatsink is all ready to fall off.

    The motherboard has 4 holes for mounting the retention module, whereas the module that came with the heatsink has 2 holes so it won't fit the motherboard.

    May I ask what you ended up using ad whether you are happy with it?
    I carried on and used the Arctic Cooling fan with a few mods
    Note, that this was for an Antec Aria case with not much space between mobo and PSU (which overhangs the mobo !).

    1. I cut off the plastic 'latches' on each hinge of the heatsink mechanism. As you say, there are no hooks on the AM2 socket to accept the latches. Therefore to make sure the hinges went down far enough to produce enough tension and hold the heatsink down, I just clipped the latches off et voila ! The heatsink stayed on nice 'n' snug as it should.

    2. The fan is far too tall for the Aria PSU, so I took it off from the heatsink and removed the plastic lip of the fan housing facing the PSU. This allowed me to push the fan back along the heatsink and thus getting it in to my case was then a breeze.

    Hope that all makes sense ??

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