I have been a long-time advocate for air cooling however I’m running into thermal issue with my current set up. At first, I was thinking about swapping out my case for a more air flow centric design. The wife of course brings be me back to earth by common sense and has made me question my thinking.
The case is an NZXT H440, I do like the styling it’s reasonably quiet and more than big enough for my build.
The cooler I’m running is the Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4 one of the few AM4 compatible air coolers around at the time I built my system. I have been a long-time user of Noctua but in the past it would have been the larger D14. I have used it in many builds for myself and others.
I’m not sure if it’s the cooler, case air flow or my bad luck in the silicone lottery but my CPU is running warm even at idle. While I type this its package temp is 40°C. also my max safe Overclock is 3.8GHz. I have never been able to achieve the magical 4GHz that everyone says is possible with this CPU.
So, what are your experiences with keeping the Ryzen 1700X cool. What I have “should” be good enough.
If it’s an AIO what models do you recommend. There is room in the case for quite a large radiator. I have little interest in LED’s so there is no way I’m going to spend more to have them. However, I understand it’s hard to avoid them these days so let’s keep them subtle.
I can’t get much more air through this case without it getting loud. I’m running three 120mm Noctua fans in the front, one in the roof and one 140mm in the back maintaining positive air pressure. They are on a silent speed profile. There is still a large volume of air moving through the case.
- AMD Ryzen 1700X
- Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4
- ASUS PRIME X370-PRO
- Corsair CMK32GX4M2B3200C16 Vengeance LPX 32 GB
- NZXT H440
- Corsair RM650x 650 W 80 Plus Gold
- Sapphire Vega 64 Nitro+
- Crucial MX300 525GB
- Crucial MX300 1TB