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Topic Title: AM3 CPU Cooling Fans
Topic Summary: What aftermarket CPU coolers are best for AM3 socket?
Created On: 08/22/2009 05:28 PM
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 08/22/2009 05:28 PM
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mechedd
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Hi everyone,

I read through some of the posts here and I see that many of them deal with the CPU temperature.

My question is which aftermarket CPU coolers are best for the AM3 socket? Newegg.com does not list any for the AM3 socket so I am confused about which one to buy.

I ordered a Phenom II x4 955 BE yesterday and will have it sometime next week. I spent a lot of money on my system and I do not want to risk overheating components. Plus, my MSI motherboard has a cool OC dial that I would like to play around with.
 08/22/2009 06:01 PM
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Any AM2 and AM2+ will work.
 08/22/2009 06:15 PM
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AMD has not changed there base CPU clip design in YEARS lol.

This is a good thing.

939 (DDR)

940 (AM2)

940 (AM2+)

938 (AM3)

All the same clip and layout design.

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 08/22/2009 06:20 PM
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The Heatsink I'm using on my AM3 I bought back when the AMD64 s754 3200+ first came out, it's a Thermaltake CL-P0075 , it has the same type clips and that handle you rotate to lock it down.

Works great, X2-550 at stock, CnQ enabled, core temps at idle were 20C, with Prime95 blend core temps never went past 38C, Room temp was about 73F.

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 08/22/2009 09:19 PM
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mechedd
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Thanks everyone. Vendors should indicate that the heatsinks are compatible with AM3, for people like me who are new to building computers.

I am upgrading from a stock Dell Optiplex 2400 with a Pentium 4 to a custom machine with:

Phenom II x4 955 BE processor
MSI 790FX-GD70 790FX motherboard
XFX HD-489A-ZDFC HD4890 video card
6 gigs of Corsair DDR3 1600 RAM
A 700W power supply
Coolermaster case with three stock 120mm fans
Also, 22 inch wdescreen monitor up from 15.

I should have it Tuesday!

-mechedd
 08/22/2009 09:41 PM
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Originally posted by: mechedd

Thanks everyone. Vendors should indicate that the heatsinks are compatible with AM3, for people like me who are new to building computers.


Probably too much hassle for them to do that, plus some of those heatsinks use their own type of brackets so they can't be swapped from say the older AMD s939 to the newer AM2/AM3 sockets because the holes in the board where the heatsink retention frames go has changed, s754/939 only used 2 screws, the newer ones use four.

Best of luck with the new system!

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 08/25/2009 01:57 AM
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Most any AM2/AM2+ cooler should work for the AM3 socket. The biggest thing you need to look at is the wattage handling of the cooler. The Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 is rated for up to 130W but to be safe I would recommend the Freezer Xtreme but Arctic Cooling thats rated up to 160W. Both the Freezer 64 and Xtreme are designed for numerous sockets. Here are links for the Freezer 64 and Xtreme and I tossed in a link to the AM2/AM2+/AM3 cooler page at a retailer that I like to use from time to time for my system cooling products. Some of the coolers at this site can be found cheaper at Newegg.com or Mwave.com but I like the variety that Coolerguys. com has to help compair products. I also attached a link for a coolermaster CPU cooler thats rated to 180W I'd love to run it myself but its a little to big for my case and components.

http://www.coolerguys.com/840556058274.html - Freezer 64
http://www.coolerguys.com/840556087588.html - Xtreme
http://www.coolerguys.com/840556090250.html - CoolerMaster
http://www.coolerguys.com/amd.html#top - Product index page for AMD products

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Motherboard: ASUS M4A78-E
Memory: 8 Gig (4 x 2Gig) G-Skill 1066 DDR2
CPU: AMD Phenom II x 4 955 BE @3.8Ghz
Cooling: AC Freezer 64 cooler
PSU: Corsair 750W
GPU: Gigabyte GV-R489UD-1GD HD 4890
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 08/28/2009 03:20 AM
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Originally posted by: mechedd

Thanks everyone. Vendors should indicate that the heatsinks are compatible with AM3, for people like me who are new to building computers.



I am upgrading from a stock Dell Optiplex 2400 with a Pentium 4 to a custom machine with:



Phenom II x4 955 BE processor

MSI 790FX-GD70 790FX motherboard

XFX HD-489A-ZDFC HD4890 video card

6 gigs of Corsair DDR3 1600 RAM

A 700W power supply

Coolermaster case with three stock 120mm fans

Also, 22 inch wdescreen monitor up from 15.



I should have it Tuesday!



-mechedd

nice build but i must ask a question about your ram selection. Is that a 2x3gb kit or a tri-channel 3x2gb kit? because amd do not support 3 channel ram.

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 08/28/2009 07:40 AM
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@ jdetnerski

The reviews on the freezer xtreme that I have read have said that it is shockingly bad at cooling. So bad that it allowed the cpu to overheat and shut down. I was going to buy one until I read that particular review.

@Mechedd

Word of warning with the GD70 regarding some fo the coolers out there, make sure you buy a cooler that can actually be oreintated so that the fan blows to the rear if you dont have a roof exhaust in your case. I bought the Titan Fenrir to go with my 955BE and GD70 motherboard and I can only mount it with the fan blowing directly upwards or downwards which isn't ideal for my case.

The close proximity of the fan to PCI-e slot 1 also meant I couldn't mount my graphics card in that slot as it would have restricted airflow.

I plan on changing to a Noctua N12P or the Scythe Mugen 2 because of this issue. I am also looking at the Corsair H50 all in one water cooler which seems to be very good indeed.
 08/28/2009 03:56 PM
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jdetnerski
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I hadn't seen that review for the freezer xtreme, I've only heard good things. Where do you go for your reviews?. Noctuas are pretty decent, I just put one into a friends Dell to replace the stock cooler and its working great.

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System Specs:
Motherboard: ASUS M4A78-E
Memory: 8 Gig (4 x 2Gig) G-Skill 1066 DDR2
CPU: AMD Phenom II x 4 955 BE @3.8Ghz
Cooling: AC Freezer 64 cooler
PSU: Corsair 750W
GPU: Gigabyte GV-R489UD-1GD HD 4890
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 08/28/2009 04:31 PM
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I buy a magazine here in the UK and I remember them saying that they were provided with a Freezer Extreme to test and preview and they weren't very happy with its performance at all and then as I have just found they did a proper review of it in a later magazine and they said it wasn't a bad cooler (average really scoring 74%) and that it was a b-tch to fit.

The same magazine then did a labs test of 21 coolers using a 940 @3.6ghz with a vcore of 1.6v (ouch) and the Xtreme, Auras GTO-990, Thermaltake V1 and Bigtyp14 pro (with low fan speed) and they all failed allowing the cpu to overheat and throttle (both under load and idle. So looks like it may do a reasonable job under normal conditions but if you push it then its next to useless. Of course this is only coming from one source!!

The xtreme faired better on the Intel 775 rig but was still 13c astray from the Titan Fenrir.
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