The Best CPU fan is one that offers High Cooling Capacity and Low noise:

The best CPU fan?

Some of our readers may wonder why a site devoted to audio has articles about comptuters, computer parts and overclocking. The answer is very simple. One of the best ways to enjoy high end audio playback, room correction, and digital speaker crossovers is with the use of a computer.

And one of the most satisfying and inexpensive ways to do this is to build the computer yourself. (because its so easy)

That being said…

The best CPU fan is one that is both quiet and does a great job of keeping the CPU cool.

No one likes a noisy computer.

And no one likes a computer that is constantly overheating…

If the PC is in the home theater room; the HTPC user cannot tolerate the distraction of a loud PC fan.

The Easy Part of PC Cooling:

Making a CPU fan that cools well and sounds like a blower off your car is easy.

Making one that works well and is a silent CPU fan?

Well, that one is a bit more difficult.

How to Choose the best CPU Fan for Your PC (and socket):

You can’t just pick any CPU fan and slap it in your PC. Chances are; it won’t fit…

You must first determine the type of socket that your PC uses.

Check your CPU type; this will tell you the type of socket that your fan will need to accommodate.

Whether building a new PC or upgrading an old PC: When you know the socket type, now you can choose your fan

The first thing to do is to choose a fan.

Then make sure it is not too tall to fit in your PC case.

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Choose the CPU fan size: bigger is usually better. (often the fan is included in the kit)

What is CFM? CFM or cubic feet per minute is -the measurement that fan manufacturers use to calculate the amount of air the fan will move. *See Zalman 90mm cooler to right.

The only problem is; manufacturers sometimes make specs look better than they really are.

So get a brand name CPU fan by a manufacturer that has a good reputation (like Skythe).

Compare the fans to other fans in their product lines. A good company should use the same system for calculating all of their CFM ratings.

Choosing the CPU fan size:

I like to use really large 120mm fans on the CPU.

The larger fan can move at a slower speed creating less wind turbulence.

Larger fans also don’t have to work as hard to push the same amount of air; and they do it quietly.

I don’t plan on telling you which CPU fans to use.

Your needs may vary from mine considerably.

And all coolers do one thing; cool your CPU.

Small Coolers and stock Cooling systems:

If you see a tiny cooler with a small fan don’t expect it to do better than a large cooler with lots of fins and a large fan.

It just isn’t possible. (unless it is spinning at very high RPM)

The cooling is done by the surface area of the fins and the amount of air moving over them.

The quality of metal on the cooling contact block and the size and CFM of the CPU fan will have an effect of how well the system will cool as well.

Not sure which is better for you; AMD VS Intel CPU?

Water coolers and the CPU:

If you want the best CPU fan possible you will have to use a water cooler on your CPU.

CPU water cooling systems are not as complex and scary as they seem. There are several sealed systems on the market that will do a good job keeping your temps down.

Air Coolers and the CPU:

I have used several with very good results.

One of my favorites is the Skythe Ninja. (just as an example)

It is really large and will only fit in some PC cases. It has a 120mm fan that is very quiet.

And it also includes an external fan control knob for making quick adjustment to the fan speed. So if you are gaming turn it up.

If you are just surfing the web or watching a Blu Ray your CPU demands will be low and you can turn it down.

I leave mine set to low unless I am playing a game.

The large area of heat sink allows this cooler to keep the processor very cool without a need to spin the fan at high RPM’s. The cpu fan on the Skythe Ninja is nearly silent.
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