[mythtv-users] Recommendation for fanless heatsing with AMD Athlon II X2 proc?

Mike Dent mcdent at gmail.com
Mon Nov 16 16:22:43 UTC 2009

2009/11/16 James Crow <james at ultratans.com>:
> Mike Dent wrote:
>> Hi (again)
>> I'm considering using an AMD Athlon II X2 240 (socket AM3) processor
>> in my new mythtv system:-
>> http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=384979&CatId=2481
>> I'm going to use the Antec Fusion case, which is 140mm high.
>> I'm wondering which heatsink I can use for this processor, I assume it
>> runs fairly cool, and can I get away without using a fan.
>> Any recommendations would be welcome.
>> Thanks again!
>> Mike
>> UK
> I have a Phenom II quad-core 3.0 GHz (95W) CPU running with stock heatsink
> and fan. The CPU temps in my full tower case hit the high 30oC range with
> all 4 cores at 100% load. The northbridge gets hotter. I have 4 x 80mm < 20
> db case fans. I never hear the CPU fan over the hard drive noise and I have
> WD Green "quiet" drives. I would not worry much over the CPU fan noise
> unless you are building a completely silent system. Hard drive noise will
> likely be much more noticeable than CPU fan noise.
> I have built a few systems with Antec Fusion cases and setting the 120mm
> fans on low makes them nearly silent. I used 45W dual core CPUs and the
> systems were very quiet.
> Cheers,
> James

Thanks James, looks like I will go with the stock AMD heatsink/fan then.
Glad to know the Fusion cases are a good choice!


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