Intel stock coolers: are they quiet?

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Intel stock coolers: are they quiet?

Post by shunx » Sun Oct 07, 2012 1:58 am

eg the coolers for i7s and i5s.

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Re: Intel stock coolers: are they quiet?

Post by lodestar » Sun Oct 07, 2012 2:33 am

SPCR tested the Intel stock cooler for the 1366 i7 920 but I suspect that the results are probably fairly typical of any cooler of this type.

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Re: Intel stock coolers: are they quiet?

Post by JazzJackRabbit » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:22 am

I would describe them as semi-quietish at idle. Basically quiet enough to get you through the webbrowsing and whatnot, but they get louder if you actually use your CPU.

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Re: Intel stock coolers: are they quiet?

Post by fuzzymath10 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:11 pm

Depends on the CPU too. I think <=95W CPUs that are undervolted at stock speeds will be fine; that's how I run all of mine (with 3rd party) but when they were using the OEM cooler, I was pretty impressed.
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Re: Intel stock coolers: are they quiet?

Post by Das_Saunamies » Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:04 pm

Since lodestar already posted the SPCR review link, I'll set performance aside and just point out that it is a hassle to install a replacement cooler later if you're not happy with the stock one. It's better to just buy a good one off the bat so you never have to touch it again once it's on. :wink:
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Re: Intel stock coolers: are they quiet?

Post by Angelus359 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:46 am

stock cooler was loudest component till i got hyper 212 evo

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Re: Intel stock coolers: are they quiet?

Post by BrianF » Fri Nov 30, 2012 6:46 am

For the past 5 years I had been happy with the stock Intel branded cooler on my Core 2 Duo. Silent? No, but by far the quietest thing in my box. Rarely, even under gaming load, ever went above 1krpm.

Just upgraded to an i5-3570 and was appalled to find the heat sink is half the size/mass of the old one. Lowest speed is just over 1krpm and has a "tick" to it (this last may just be bad luck with my sample). Its winter in Canada right now so under load its barely hitting 60C so the fan isn't ramping but I expect when summer comes and the ambients climb it will be an issue so I'm hunting for an alternative right now...

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Re: Intel stock coolers: are they quiet?

Post by Cod » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:18 pm

I haven't had any issues with the stock cooler on my i5-3570k. I live in Hawaii and the outside temp rarely gets below 70 and I keep my house at 73 year round. The only time I heard the cooler get loud was when I was running the Intel Burn Tests when I first put together my system. Keep in mind, even though it is somewhat quiet, there are better solutions out there that are much quieter and much better at cooling.

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