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Old 08-11-11, 08:38 AM
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With the search for silent PC components making a lot of noise of late we take a look at the Nofan passive CPU cooler. Yes PASSIVE!

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Old 08-11-11, 09:28 AM
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It does look fantastic (apart from the price), but I think you hit the nail on the head at the end - where would you use it? Silverstone Fortress FT03? Does it perform well horizontally, for say a HTPC case, or does that compromise its performance?
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Old 08-11-11, 09:32 AM
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Sounds like a perfect match for the i5-2405S - I just wonder if the height will allow installation in a HTPC case.
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Old 08-11-11, 10:19 AM
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IMHO: they have got it all wrong...

it is not aimed for the overclocker, but for low-to-mid range systems.

it certainly won't be any good in an OC'd rig as it cannot dissipate big temps.

it is too large for a smaller media-server. and, if anyone made a HTPC with one of these - it would be defeating the purpose.

it is fugly... and comes with a hefty price-tag.



a Noctua NH-C14 without fans would be better !!!
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IMHO: they have got it all wrong...

it is not aimed for the overclocker, but for low-to-mid range systems.

it certainly won't be any good in an OC'd rig as it cannot dissipate big temps.

it is too large for a smaller media-server. and, if anyone made a HTPC with one of these - it would be defeating the purpose.

it is fugly... and comes with a hefty price-tag.



a Noctua NH-C14 without fans would be better !!!
The review had no overclocking in it............
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It's an interesting cooler, not something I would buy myself but for the right purpose you couldn't really go wrong.
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Old 08-11-11, 10:55 AM
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The review had no overclocking in it............
i know

i am just saying that if someone was using a cpu at stock (with turbo) it would be okay-ish. it still doesn't make me think that it is not fugly tho - lol (!!!marmite!!!)

BUT just imagine the potential IF they went the other way and put a near-silent vortex-type fan in the centre of it. then i would change my mind
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Two questions Tom:

1) Will this mammoth thing fit on an ITX board without hindering a GPU? Thinking of HTPC.

2) What is the inside dimension of it? Wondering how well it would do WITH a fan.
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Two questions Tom:

1) Will this mammoth thing fit on an ITX board without hindering a GPU? Thinking of HTPC.

2) What is the inside dimension of it? Wondering how well it would do WITH a fan.
I think this image sums it up for your first question...

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Old 08-11-11, 11:26 AM
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Hugely overpriced, considering the amount of coolers out there that are less that half the price and perform better I don't see many people buying this.

I like the idea of passive coolers, and this is a good start, but it needs to have better performance and it needs to be cheaper. If they released one that performed better than an air cooler then I would pay £100 but not for the performance it offers now.
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