Low profile air cooler for 3U case

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by Joust, Mar 11, 2019.

  1. Joust

    Joust 2[H]4U

    Nov 30, 2017

    As far as I can tell, there appears to be a max height of 110mm for an air cooler in a 3u case. I've been running a 3570k in an open case, but I'm moving the entire rig into a more hostile environment and need to close it up.

    What is the best option? Noctua, bequiet! Both have low profile offerings. Sound is a non-issue. With the coolers I've seen, I'll need a tornado of wind to make up for the heat exchanger surface area difference. (Currently using a full-size Noctua)
  2. Smitty2k1

    Smitty2k1 Gawd

    May 31, 2005
    I love my NH-L12s as an actual "low profile" cooler. 110mm is a huge height. You have plenty of space.
  3. Dullard

    Dullard 2[H]4U

    Jun 28, 2012
    I have an original NH-L12 (not the L12s) and it works fine - but mine is just on a non-OCd HTPC i5-4690. I think it could handle quite a bit more, looks like the 12s is the same heatpipe assy, just a single thin fan - adding a second fan to the 12s might up its game a bit if you have the room.