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Old 03-31-2009, 10:27 PM
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CPU Fan Heatsink Recommendations?

One of my most hated events (since i started using Sage) occurred tonight right before my eyes--a server hardware failure... A quick flash on the screen... [something or other] communicating with [something or other].. it was too quick to read, and then the server powered-off. WAF got rather low.

Restarted and the same thing happened, right about when starting up Windows.

I thought it might be the battery UPS system detecting a spike or electrical noise, so i unplugged the USB cable and crossed my fingers (hoping the UPS software was just being too sensitive), and rule that possibility out. Nope, same thing.

But after this restart, i noticed during POST, the CPU temp was 71C degrees! Ouch. I take apart the case and notice the heatsink fan isn't spinning, or just barely, sometimes. It's a Masscool AMD K8, ball bearing fan. It's only been running for maybe a year and a few months.

I have a AMD Socket 939 in the server, and want to know if there are any recommendations on a replacement....or if there is a certain price point or features i should target. It seems you can go anywhere from $6 up to $90 for a retail CPU fan/heatsink.

My only goal is something reliable, doesn't even have to be quiet, just keep it cool and not crap out after a year and cause the mobo system monitor to shut everything down, which i'm very grateful worked...since the CPU does not seem to be damaged.

i need to replace it very soon to raise the WAF back up,
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Old 03-31-2009, 10:46 PM
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I've been extremely happy with my Scyth Ninja Mini. I even run it fanless on a AMD 4850e. I sit at about 45c normal operation in a 68F room. I hit about 58 running 100% both cores for extended periods of time. Add a nice fan or even the stock fan and I'm sure you'll be satisfied.
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Old 04-01-2009, 01:23 PM
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I've been extremely happy with my Scyth Ninja Mini. I even run it fanless on a AMD 4850e. I sit at about 45c normal operation in a 68F room. I hit about 58 running 100% both cores for extended periods of time. Add a nice fan or even the stock fan and I'm sure you'll be satisfied.
One more vote for the mini ninja. I'd replace the stock fan though, it's a bit raspy. Chances are if you have good cooling in the case you won't need it, I didn't when it was cooling a 4200+.
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Old 04-01-2009, 05:25 PM
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thanks. i felt i had to get something tonight, but my local computer store didn't have any scythe stuff. I ended up just replacing the fan instead of the whole heatsink. it says a MTBF of 50,000 hours, so we'll see. In the meantime, i'll keep your recommendations of the ninja mini in mind when i get around to replacing the motherboard and CPU some day.
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Old 04-02-2009, 07:11 PM
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I know you already have solved your problem but the Ninja is good as is the Xigmatek HDT-S1283. A great site for stuff like this is http://www.silentpcreview.com/
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Old 04-08-2009, 10:31 PM
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I'm also using the Ninja Mini without a fan. I was surprised how well it works, and have been happy with the results. My CPU (Core 2 Duo E8400) seldom goes over 40 C. The cooler sits right in front of the exhaust case fan so I expect that helps out a lot.

A great site to get quiet components from is http://www.cooltechpc.com/
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