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Is this Noctua CPU fan really overkill?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Since it has been a couple of years that I have worked on a desktop I am currently working on a build for programming purposes. So you can expect that the PC would be used to run IDE's, docker containers, virtual machines and such.

 

At the moment I have chosen the following components:

  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600 (BOX) Boxed
  •  MSI B550-A PRO
  • Fractal Design Define 7
  • Noctua NH-D15 SE-AM4
  • Crucial Ballistix BL2K8G36C16U4B
  • Fractal Design ION+ 560W Platinum
  • Samsung 970 EVO 500GB

As you can see I went with a pretty high end CPU cooler. The reason I did this is that I wanted to build a computer that is as quiet as possible since I will be putting the case on top of my desk and I will be sitting pretty close from it. Thus I would like to have a build that is as cool and quiet as possible. I also want to re use the CPU fan if I ever decide to upgrade the CPU.

 

So my question is the CPU cooler really overkill? I've read some review about it and it seems to be a pretty solid CPU fan but if it would be possible to buy a cheaper one that performs as well or slightly less than I would definitely consider it.

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Let's say bad value among coolers overkill for the R5. There are cheaper.options like the Scythe Mugen 5, Fuma and be quiet Dark Rock Pro 4 that usually sell for.less.


CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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Posted · Original PosterOP
2 minutes ago, Jurrunio said:

Let's say bad value among coolers overkill for the R5. There are cheaper.options like the Scythe Mugen 5, Fuma and be quiet Dark Rock Pro 4 that usually sell for.less.

Funny that you mention it but I have come across the Dark Rock Pro 4 multiple times. The Dark Rock Pro 4 is at the moment around 7-10 euros cheaper at the web shops that I am able to order in my country at. I'll compare both coolers and see if the price difference is justified or not.

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If the DRP4 is overkill even for a 3800X you can imagine where the D15 stands.

 

I went for a large HSF because I was so SICK of my ancient AM2 stock cooler running at 5500RPM all the time, that thing made enough noise it could be perfectly heard from outside my house on a quiet night.

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51 minutes ago, vadiba2045 said:

I recently came across the Scythe Mugen 5 PCGH Edition.

 

Some reviews I read gave it some vary favorable remarks. Would this CPU cooler be a good and less costly alternative than the Noctua I have selected now?

 

@Jurrunio

yep, also since the fans max out at 800RPM you can run them on full speed and still be quiet


CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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2 hours ago, Jurrunio said:

yep, also since the fans max out at 800RPM you can run them on full speed and still be quiet

It can get annoying above 80% i wouldn't really recommend running it faster, but It wont be a problem a 3600. Default iirc is 65% up to 80C but it will realistically never reach that without an overclock.

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