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Thu Dec 16, 2010 | 4:01P| PermaLink
" The Synology DiskStation DS211j is operating system agnostic so it can be used on home/work networks running either Windows, Mac or Linux systems. The built in Media Server is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) capable allowing the NAS to stream seamlessly to DNLA ready devices such as the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360."

Heatsink Advice: What is the Best sub-92mm Tall AMD Heatsink? - Heatsink Advice: What is the Best sub-92mm Tall AMD Heatsink?
Sun Mar 07, 2010 | 6:45P| PermaLink
Question: Austin asks; "I was wondering if you all have ever tested the stock AMD cooler provided with processor's such as the AMD Phenom II 955? I'm trying to find the specs (width, height, depth) so I can figure out how much bigger I can go for my small slim case. I've tried measuring with a tape measure and I know the depth is 92mm but that is all I can tell."

Answer: The AMD Phenom II 955 BE is a 125W chip so you want a fairly powerful heatsink. The dimensions of the OEM heatsink (AVC AV-Z7UH40Q001) aren't really the deciding factor, you're limited by the internal dimensions of your slim case, provided there is enough space around the margins of the heatsink so it can comfortably intake and exhaust air.

In other words, any socket AMD heatsink that fits inside the case and is designed for 125W CPU Thermal Design Power (TDP) will be fine. Many low profile heatsinks are made for 85W TDP or 65W TDP, which means they will not properly cool that chip. Looking at the best Low Profile AMD heatsinks (sub-92mm tall) tested on Frostytech, it breaks down like this:

  1. AVC Z7U7414001 - 17.0C (rise over ambient temperature)
  2. Coolermaster GeminII S - 18.3C
  3. Zalman CNPS8700 LED - 19.5C
  4. Thermaltake Venus 12 - 21.7C
  5. CoolJag SFO-Q - 22.2C
  6. Cooljag SFO-H - 23.6C
  7. AVC Z7U3301 - 24.6C
  8. Zalman CNPS7500-Cu LED - 25.0C
  9. Coolage Frozen Orb 2924HDC - 25.3C
  10. Thermaltake DuOrb - 25.6C
  11. OCZ Tempest - 26.0C
  12. Scythe Big Shuriken - 26.2C

All are under 92mm tall, but several may be too wide for slim PC cases (see the individual reviews on Frostytech for details and noise figures). Basically, the stock AMD heatsink is likely the best performing option where this height limitation is considered. The Scythe Big Shuriken is the quietest of the bunch (39.6 dBA).


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