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CPU Cooler for i7-7700 (Non K) ?

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I want to replace my stock cooler, so I started looking at some aftermarket ones. I stumbled upon the Gammaxx 400 as I found it really cheap were I am located (The 212 evo is almost twice as expensive and it performs nearly the same if not worse than the gammax).
My question is, if it's an OK cooler still or I should search for a better one(if possible to point me at some models) ? My worry is that my case is not full size ATX, it's an Micro-ATX case and anything bigger than Gammaxx 400 would not fit (i think).

- My budget is around 50euro (60dollars)
- I don't need it to have RGB
- I don't mind it getting louder but not obnoxiously loud

Thanks in advance !

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9 minutes ago, wojtepanik said:

why do you have no ssd in your system ? :D

 

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Motherboard: MSI BM250-PRO-VD           <-- Build 1    Build 2 -->        Motherboard: ASRock Z370M Pro4                     
CPU: Intel Core i7-7700                                                   CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K
GPU: Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1080                                          GPU: Gigabyte Windforce OC GTX660 (Saving money for RTX 2080)
RAM: 16GB HyperX Fury DDR4 2400Mhz                                        RAM: HyperX Predator 16gb DDR4 3000mhz
PSU: Seasonic M12II EVO 620w Bronze+                                      PSU: Seasonic Focus Gold Plus 650W
CPU Cooler: Gammax 400                                                    CPU Cooler: Gammax 400
SSD: Kingston A400 250GB                                                  HDD/SSD: 3 * 1TB WD blue Kingston A400 250GB 
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5 hours ago, wojtepanik said:

Hmmm, The evo 212 hyper is like 25 bucks or so just fyi.  Get the Noctua and listen to wojtepanik and you will be set.

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5 minutes ago, Turtle Rig said:

Hmmm, The evo 212 hyper is like 25 bucks or so just fyi.  Get the Noctua and listen to wojtepanik and you will be set.

Here is 40USD for 212 EVO and 22$ for the Gammaxx : /
But yeah, I may get the Noctua as I see it's a good one.
Just last question, are the base and heat base, painted to not be in Cooper color ? @wojtepanik @Turtle Rig

Motherboard: MSI BM250-PRO-VD           <-- Build 1    Build 2 -->        Motherboard: ASRock Z370M Pro4                     
CPU: Intel Core i7-7700                                                   CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K
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RAM: 16GB HyperX Fury DDR4 2400Mhz                                        RAM: HyperX Predator 16gb DDR4 3000mhz
PSU: Seasonic M12II EVO 620w Bronze+                                      PSU: Seasonic Focus Gold Plus 650W
CPU Cooler: Gammax 400                                                    CPU Cooler: Gammax 400
SSD: Kingston A400 250GB                                                  HDD/SSD: 3 * 1TB WD blue Kingston A400 250GB 
Headphones: HYPERX CLOUD ALPHA                                                                                               Case: Thermaltake V200 RGB
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1 minute ago, voiha said:

Here is 40USD for 212 EVO and 22$ for the Gammaxx : /
But yeah, I may get the Noctua as I see it's a good one.
Just last question, are the base and heat base, painted to not be in Cooper color ? @wojtepanik @Turtle Rig

Man when I was using my Evo, I remember buying it from Fry's and it was literally 25 bucks or 28 bucks max many many many years ago.  Now its 40 bucks WTF ?  I understand RAM prices going up, but HSF price gone up 12 dollars in all these years.  Very weird that is.

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4 minutes ago, Turtle Rig said:

Man when I was using my Evo, I remember buying it from Fry's and it was literally 25 bucks or 28 bucks max many many many years ago.  Now its 40 bucks WTF ?  I understand RAM prices going up, but HSF price gone up 12 dollars in all these years.  Very weird that is.

Well, I am from Bulgaria so, prices differ. Here most of the stores tend to higher the prices just because the buyers are idiots and they pay 20-30% the price on top. There are 6 year old pc parts that are still selling for full price. I don't have a comment, it's kinda sad

Motherboard: MSI BM250-PRO-VD           <-- Build 1    Build 2 -->        Motherboard: ASRock Z370M Pro4                     
CPU: Intel Core i7-7700                                                   CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K
GPU: Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1080                                          GPU: Gigabyte Windforce OC GTX660 (Saving money for RTX 2080)
RAM: 16GB HyperX Fury DDR4 2400Mhz                                        RAM: HyperX Predator 16gb DDR4 3000mhz
PSU: Seasonic M12II EVO 620w Bronze+                                      PSU: Seasonic Focus Gold Plus 650W
CPU Cooler: Gammax 400                                                    CPU Cooler: Gammax 400
SSD: Kingston A400 250GB                                                  HDD/SSD: 3 * 1TB WD blue Kingston A400 250GB 
Headphones: HYPERX CLOUD ALPHA                                                                                               Case: Thermaltake V200 RGB
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11 hours ago, voiha said:

My worry is that my case is not full size ATX, it's an Micro-ATX case and anything bigger than Gammaxx 400 would not fit (i think).

 

Which case is it? If its something generic or lesser known, you can use this handy tool from Cryorig http://www.cryorig.com/depthchecker.php

 

Personally I would go for little bit beefier than 212 and likes of it. Are you purchasing from local stores only or is Amazon.de option?

 

5 hours ago, Turtle Rig said:

Man when I was using my Evo, I remember buying it from Fry's and it was literally 25 bucks or 28 bucks max many many many years ago.  Now its 40 bucks WTF ?  I understand RAM prices going up, but HSF price gone up 12 dollars in all these years.  Very weird that is.

 

Location, location, location. When prices are given in EUR, you should already know prices being talked about are somewhat higher. Like taxes much, really.

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10 hours ago, LoGiCalDrm said:

Which case is it? If its something generic or lesser known, you can use this handy tool from Cryorig http://www.cryorig.com/depthchecker.php

 

Personally I would go for little bit beefier than 212 and likes of it. Are you purchasing from local stores only or is Amazon.de option?

Wow, didn't know they provide this kind of solution ;d

I don't mind buying from elsewhere, just to not be from USA or Asia, as the shipping costs would be...
If it's a newer Cooler, some stores around here tend to place it in a fair price point

 

Is the NH-U9S a valuable choice as @wojtepanik pointed ?

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RAM: 16GB HyperX Fury DDR4 2400Mhz                                        RAM: HyperX Predator 16gb DDR4 3000mhz
PSU: Seasonic M12II EVO 620w Bronze+                                      PSU: Seasonic Focus Gold Plus 650W
CPU Cooler: Gammax 400                                                    CPU Cooler: Gammax 400
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4 hours ago, voiha said:

Is the NH-U9S a valuable choice as @wojtepanik pointed ?

As former user of U9B, a older version, I would rather pick 120mm cooler. I don't think there are such advantages with U9S that it should consider over most 120mm coolers.

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3 hours ago, LoGiCalDrm said:

As former user of U9B, a older version, I would rather pick 120mm cooler. I don't think there are such advantages with U9S that it should consider over most 120mm coolers.

The NH-U9S has an updated heatsink that's more dense with 43 fins as opposed to 36, an additional heatpipe, and a newer fan that allows for better performance at low rpm compared to the NH-U9B. The result is a cooler that's notably quieter with better performance. I'd consider the NH-U9S a true contender with entry - mid level 120mm coolers whereas the NH-U9B is more similar to most 92mm coolers. 

It's quieter than the Gammaxx 400 but probably not worth the price premium for anyone not aiming for silence. Even then, there are usually cheaper options for quiet operation like the PR Slim.

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4 minutes ago, WoodenMarker said:

The NH-U9S has an updated heatsink that's more dense with 43 fins as opposed to 36, an additional heatpipe, and a newer fan that allows for better performance at low rpm compared to the NH-U9B. The result is a cooler that's notably quieter with better performance. I'd consider the NH-U9S a true contender with entry - mid level 120mm coolers whereas the NH-U9B is more similar to most 92mm coolers. 

It's quieter than the Gammaxx 400 but probably not worth the price premium for anyone not aiming for silence. Even then, there are usually cheaper options for quiet operation like the PR Slim.

I assumed as much on performance part. But the price is the thing. U12S is rather competitive, even as being pricier with its performance. But I would still look something else than Noctua if height isn't that big of issues, or if it isn't die hard Noctua/silence fan.

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@WoodenMarker @LoGiCalDrm thank you both for your comments

the NH-U9S here is 62.29USD, while the Gammaxx 400 is 25.03USD
I assume that the NH-U9S would be the better cooling solution but is it worth the 37USD premium ? If yes, tentatively by how much ? Thanks in advance !

Motherboard: MSI BM250-PRO-VD           <-- Build 1    Build 2 -->        Motherboard: ASRock Z370M Pro4                     
CPU: Intel Core i7-7700                                                   CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K
GPU: Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1080                                          GPU: Gigabyte Windforce OC GTX660 (Saving money for RTX 2080)
RAM: 16GB HyperX Fury DDR4 2400Mhz                                        RAM: HyperX Predator 16gb DDR4 3000mhz
PSU: Seasonic M12II EVO 620w Bronze+                                      PSU: Seasonic Focus Gold Plus 650W
CPU Cooler: Gammax 400                                                    CPU Cooler: Gammax 400
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59 minutes ago, voiha said:

@WoodenMarker @LoGiCalDrm thank you both for your comments

the NH-U9S here is 62.29USD, while the Gammaxx 400 is 25.03USD
I assume that the NH-U9S would be the better cooling solution but is it worth the 37USD premium ? If yes, tentatively by how much ? Thanks in advance !

Those after conversion from EUR (or local currency, never remember which countries use EUR)? No, its not worth that big of cap. If it was U12S, then there's something to think about. U12S is close to cheaper 140mm coolers in performance. But I woulnd't pay that kind of premium for U9S. I'm pretty sure you could find other coolers that fit into scale and outperform Gammaxx 400 while being reasonable quiet.

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7 hours ago, voiha said:

the NH-U9S here is 62.29USD, while the Gammaxx 400 is 25.03USD
I assume that the NH-U9S would be the better cooling solution but is it worth the 37USD premium ? If yes, tentatively by how much ? Thanks in advance !

The NH-U9S would be quieter but wouldn't perform better. What separates the NH-U9S from other cheaper quiet coolers would be Noctua's 6 year warranty, excellent support for future sockets, ease of installation, and the high quality fan that won't only last long but reliably stay quiet over time. How much more value these features provide is dependent on the user. For most people and what you're describing, it's probably not worth the extra $37. 

The NH-U9S is usually best fit on an oc'ed cpu in a case where a larger cooler wouldn't fit. 

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