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    I just got a AMD X4 Phenom 965 today for my windows desktop/Ubuntu server box, but unfortunately the stock fan was extremely noisy. Even with Cool and Quiet enabled, the fan runs at 4100 RPM idle, and during load it can run as high as 6k RPM.


    As far as I can tell the temps are cool and nice, but I find the noise really annoying. Now, I've still got the cooler that I used with my previous processor, a AMD X2 64 6400+. Would it be safe to use my old cooler instead of this? (- Also stock -). I never saw it run above 3900 RPM, and it was almost impossible to hear, even under high load. (I'm not over clocking or anything like that.) Strangely enough my old cooler looks very similar to the new one, so the only thing that I worry about is whether or not it would be able to adequately cool my CPU.


    Any thoughts?
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    Re: Noisy AMD Phenom X4 965 stock fan

    Try the old cooler with some new thermal paste, it can't hurt. If you need a aftermarket cooler look at the Hyper TX 2 - Cooler Master

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    Re: Noisy AMD Phenom X4 965 stock fan

    Evo 212 works wonders too.

    I've got that one in my server.

    Sidenote: The Athlon 64 X2 6400+ is a 125W CPU, where the Phenom II X4 965 is a 140W CPU.

    Keep that in mind.
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    Re: Noisy AMD Phenom X4 965 stock fan

    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesA View Post
    Evo 212 works wonders too.

    I've got that one in my server.

    Sidenote: The Athlon 64 X2 6400+ is a 125W CPU, where the Phenom II X4 965 is a 140W CPU.

    Keep that in mind.
    In other words, your suggesting that the old fan might struggle to keep the X4 965 cool?

    I guess getting a new fan is an option, but I then again if the one I had lying around was okay, then I'd not bother...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dry Lips View Post
    In other words, your suggesting that the old fan might struggle to keep the X4 965 cool?
    Normally the stock fans are tailored to the CPU they are being sold with, it is is possible. Granted the machine would probably power down if the CPU got too hot, but there is still a risk.
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    Re: Noisy AMD Phenom X4 965 stock fan

    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesA View Post
    Evo 212 works wonders too.

    I've got that one in my server.

    Sidenote: The Athlon 64 X2 6400+ is a 125W CPU, where the Phenom II X4 965 is a 140W CPU.

    Keep that in mind.
    there is a phenom II 965 that is 125W, i have one in this computer with my hyper 212 evo cooling it, low 30s idle and 51c max (45C max @ stock config)
    i put a Hyper TX3 (130w TDP) on my mom's chip (same as mine) since a hyper 212 (180W TDP) is too big for her case
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    +1 for hyper 212 evo

    you can try under volting the chip to lower temps (verifying stability takes a long time, for a server 8hrs of prime95/mprime)

    http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/K10/AM...65FBK4DGM.html locked 125W
    http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/K10/AM...BGMBOX%29.html unlocked 125w
    http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/K10/AM...BGIBOX%29.html unlocked 140w


    a side air duct really helps the cpu stay cool, if you want to make one for your case
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    Re: Noisy AMD Phenom X4 965 stock fan

    Nice links. It looks like the one I have is the 125W version.
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    Re: Noisy AMD Phenom X4 965 stock fan

    OEM HSFs make decent door stops.

    I have a Hyper 212 EVO on a Phenom II x4 BE that runs at 75% 24/7 doing a BOINC project and it does a good job with just the one fan it came with.
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    Re: Noisy AMD Phenom X4 965 stock fan

    For the records... Seems like the one I've got is the unlocked 125W version... How would you go ahead undervolting the chip, btw? Couldn't find any such option in the BIOS... (Might not have looked everywhere, though).

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    Re: Noisy AMD Phenom X4 965 stock fan

    Quote Originally Posted by Dry Lips View Post
    For the records... Seems like the one I've got is the unlocked 125W version... How would you go ahead undervolting the chip, btw? Couldn't find any such option in the BIOS... (Might not have looked everywhere, though).
    Depends on the BIOS/mobo. I found it in M.I.T. (or something like that) on my Gigabyte board.
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