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Best air cooler no taller 155mm?

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by Goose, Jan 5, 2019.

  1. Goose


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 4,239

    Location: Kent

    I returned a BeQuiet AIO because the pump was so noisy and decided to replace it with an Alphacool Eisbaer which i also found to be too noisy for my liking.

    I've decided to stick with air cooling for now until i pluck up the courage (and funds) to do a custom water loop.

    NH-D15's and Dark Rock Pro4's are too tall for my case so i'm looking for an alternative that is no taller than 155mm.

  2. TangoEchoAlpha


    Joined: Jun 13, 2016

    Posts: 620

    Location: UK

  3. chippy08


    Joined: Sep 21, 2008

    Posts: 3,833

    Another one to look at is the Deepcool Gammaxx 400
  4. doyll


    Joined: Jul 1, 2011

    Posts: 7,371

  5. GoRedwings19


    Joined: Jun 30, 2006

    Posts: 742

    Location: Cardiff

    Just ordered another cpu cooler for the collection. Bought a noctua u14s but found it wouldn't fit in my mitx case shame as I thought it would for some reason.
    Ordered a Corsair h75 but it has substantial pump noise then I was expecting and drives me crazy. My other h115i pro is nowhere as noisy. So am now replacing it with a noctua nh-cs14s.
  6. doyll


    Joined: Jul 1, 2011

    Posts: 7,371

    NH-CS14S is not a bad cooler, but being a pancake means when fan/s are flowing toward motherboard it's almost impossible to keep it from re-using it's own heated exhaust airflow. Reason is air flowing toward motherboard turns out at motherboard, then up at RAM, GPU etc. flowing up alongside cooler and fan/s to where it is drawn back into fan on top. I found even using an open bench test station with a 140mm fan flowing air over CPU area of motherboard the air was 5-6c warmer than room, and when I switched the cooler fan so air was flowing away from motherboard CPU temps wer 5-6c cooler.

    So it might be worth trying fans pulling air away from motherboard instead of usual pushing air toward motherboard. Also try fan under finpack vs over finpack. ;)

    If your case has a vent that lines up with CPU cooler. Then you could make a short duct from cooler fan to case vent to either draw cool air into cooler or push cooler's heated air out of .. and that way being able to keep heated exhaust air from mixing into cool intake air and increasing component temps.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2019