Intel Launches New Reference Cooler for Small Form Factors

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I guess the important thing is that it's becoming a new standard for desktop use. Very few of those laptop cooling solutions were usable on another board even by the same manufacturer. Thin mini-itx has similar problems with board compatibility.
 

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Smaller fans have to turn a lot faster to move the same quantity of air. So they end up being much noisier than bigger ones.

A friend just changed the VERY loud 80 mm exhaust fan of is case with a 120 mm one. He can almost not hear it anymore.
 
Yes, but you're assuming constant airflow, whereas at constant RPM the noise is very linked to the size of the fans. Run a 40mm fan at 2K RPM and it's almost inaudible; a 120mm fan would be screaming. You can also pack more smaller fans into the area taken up by one large fan.

3380RPM is still a lot for a 80mm fan though, but I'm not sure about how noisy a centrifugal fan is at the same speed.
 
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