As some of you may know, who knows with the way this forum has been going, I just switched (today actually) from a Xigmatek HDT-S1283 with a Delta jet engine to a Corsair H60 with my stock case fan (as exhaust/pull) and included fan (as intake/push). And I have to say...IT'S QUIET AGAIN! After so long with that Xigmatek, even before the Delta fan, it was so loud, even at idle. But now with this H60, even with the fans at 100%, it's whisper quiet, really the only noticeable sound is air moving, which 90% of that is from my front intakes. It is so quiet, I can run my TV at half the volume level I did before and could even go more quiet. As for efficiency...I'm sitting here, sweating, ambient temp 78°F, and the core temps are idling at 40°C. Prime95 "Blend" test picks it up to, well, to high, but this IC Diamond TIM hasn't had time to spread. Yes I know it says it doesn't but it does a bit. When I installed it and ran Prime95 it topped out at about 54°C, dunno what's happened now, but I'm not worried. If it keeps up I might reapply the TIM (or add more) tomorrow. Encoding a movie, which hammers all 4 cores at around 85%, which is the highest real world situation I can think of as games don't hammer it that hard and Prime95 is synthetic and artificial, it tops out at 52°C core temp (remember, ambient is 78°F / 25.6°C) Also, since the mounting brackets are fixed, this thing is a dream to apply, much easier than that Xigmatek I had...Or any AMD heatsink with that sliding mounting bracket.
Now, the Artic Silver Articlean, This stuff
. At first I didn't want to get it, after all, it's $8, but I decided to anyway. Now, I've had to clean heatsinks before, several times, but with this stuff it's an entirely different beast. Before I would use 91% alcohol, a rag, and elbow grease. With this stuff, it's a few drops, let it set, wipe off, repeat once for good measure (as I was using a cheap paper napkin this time which isn't very absorbent), put on the second stage and wipe off. I tell you it's a dream, plus with only a few drops each time you'll have to order 3 or more tubes of TIM before you buy more of this stuff. So, at $7.45 (and free shipping)...I've wasted $7.45 on far worse stuff than this. So especially if you use Diamond based TIM, -get this-, you won't be sorry.
AMD FX-8350 w/ Corsair H105, ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Gen3/R2, 8GiB G.SKILL DDR3-2133, XFX HD 7970, 512GB Vertex 4, 256GB Vector, 240GB Agility 3, Creative X-Fi Titanium w/ Creative Gigaworks S750, SeaSonic X750, Corsair C70, HP ZR2440w, Win 7 Ultimate x64
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