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Do i need an Aftermarket CPU Cooler for my i5-4690 if i am not overclocking?

The motherboard is an GIGABYTE GA-H97-Gaming 3 and the GPU is a MSI R9-280 if info of these are needed. I have 4 Corsair AF-120MM fans and 1 Corsair AF-140MM fan plugged up to a NZXT fan controller and these fans are what i use for cooling except for the Intel CPU fan it came with. Should i buy a better CPU cooler or will i not need one since i will not be overclocking?
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  1. Nope. I would run prime 95 and see what your temps get up to while under full load. But I am very willing to bet they will be just fine. By the way, is that you playing guitar in your picture?
  2. RookieOfTheYear said:
    Nope. I would run prime 95 and see what your temps get up to while under full load. But I am very willing to bet they will be just fine. By the way, is that you playing guitar in your picture?


    Ok thanks. And yea thats me and my Gibson SG Standard, Cherry Red.
  3. The stock one is designed to do the job and will, though if you want a quieter PC that runs higher turbo frequencies more often an aftermarket heatsink is nice. The ~$20 Arctic Cooling i11 or SilverStone AR02 or Zalman CNPS5X or CM TX3 or basically any 90mm 3-pipe job will be a great upgrade over stock to reduce noise.
  4. I recommend an aftermarket cooler. My i5 4590 would quickly reach 93c with the stock cooler when running prime95 high-heat test when turbo-boost was fully enabled. The Rexus cooler in my signature brought the temps down only two degrees. Now I'm using a Hyper 212 and temps reach the high 80's on a warm day. Normal usage rarely pushes temps to the 70's (gaming, encoding). High temps seem common in Haswell processors.
  5. mdocod said:
    The stock one is designed to do the job and will, though if you want a quieter PC that runs higher turbo frequencies more often an aftermarket heatsink is nice. The ~$20 Arctic Cooling i11 or SilverStone AR02 or Zalman CNPS5X or CM TX3 or basically any 90mm 3-pipe job will be a great upgrade over stock to reduce noise.


    So i actually gain some performance with an aftermarket heat sink? I thought were mine was not a K version it could not do anything?
  6. spankmon said:
    I recommend an aftermarket cooler. My i5 4590 would quickly reach 93c with the stock cooler when running prime95 high-heat test when turbo-boost was fully enabled. The Rexus cooler in my signature brought the temps down only two degrees. Now I'm using a Hyper 212 and temps reach the high 80's on a warm day. Normal usage rarely pushes temps to the 70's (gaming, encoding). High temps seem common in Haswell processors.



    WOW!!! Hey i finally found someone that has the CPU i have! SO what do you think of it so far, does it perform great with games and such for you? And what is Prime95? Also if i do buy a heatsink for my CPU i think i will get the ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B because it is super cheap and has the best reviews out of any other CPU Fan Heatsink under $60. I love Noctua but im not rich lol.
  7. Best answer
    Ferrariassassin said:


    So i actually gain some performance with an aftermarket heat sink? I thought were mine was not a K version it could not do anything?


    Far as I recall, all i5 desktop parts have turbo speeds. The turbo speed that the chip runs at is determined by temps and calculated power dissipation, so in conditions where temps and dissipation allow, the CPU ramps up to higher turbo speeds. By installing aftermarket cooling, we create more circumstances where it can run higher turbo frequencies. This can have a positive effect on performance for any Intel CPU with turbo function enabled, K or non K does not matter.

    The *amount* that it will effect performance is pretty minuscule. maybe 5%? But it's something.
  8. Ferrariassassin said:
    RookieOfTheYear said:
    Nope. I would run prime 95 and see what your temps get up to while under full load. But I am very willing to bet they will be just fine. By the way, is that you playing guitar in your picture?


    Ok thanks. And yea thats me and my Gibson SG Standard, Cherry Red.

    i have one just like that.
  9. jjsjr01 said:
    Ferrariassassin said:
    RookieOfTheYear said:
    Nope. I would run prime 95 and see what your temps get up to while under full load. But I am very willing to bet they will be just fine. By the way, is that you playing guitar in your picture?


    Ok thanks. And yea thats me and my Gibson SG Standard, Cherry Red.

    i have one just like that.


    I love the Gibson Les Paul more but it is $5,000 and weighs a million pounds lol so i think the SG is the best in between due to its perfects sound and light weight. I just hate the finish they put on it because it dents from barely touching it.
  10. Ferrariassassin said:
    jjsjr01 said:
    Ferrariassassin said:
    RookieOfTheYear said:
    Nope. I would run prime 95 and see what your temps get up to while under full load. But I am very willing to bet they will be just fine. By the way, is that you playing guitar in your picture?


    Ok thanks. And yea thats me and my Gibson SG Standard, Cherry Red.

    i have one just like that.


    I love the Gibson Les Paul more but it is $5,000 and weighs a million pounds lol so i think the SG is the best in between due to its perfects sound and light weight. I just hate the finish they put on it because it dents from barely touching it.

    i could never afford that, i have one like that but it is epiphone, and still ways a million pounds
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