Nofan CR-95C IcePipe 95W Fanless CPU Cooler Review

Nofan CR-95C IcePipe 95W Fanless CPU Cooler

Nofan CR-95C IcePipe 95W Fanless CPU Cooler  

Introduction

Pretty apt name when you think about it "Nofan" produce passive and 100% silent CPU coolers, you are probably already think if its passive it has to be really hot though right? Well that's what we thought to be honest, but you really need to read on because this review might surprise you a bit!

Specifications

Totally fanless CPU cooler
Uses patented IcePipe technology
Can cool Intel & AMD CPUs with TDP of 95 watts or less
Maintenance free and dust free
Absolutely silent in operation

ModelCR-95C
Dimensions180mm diameter x 148mm high
Weight730 g
Thermal resistance @ 25°C ambient0.51 °C/W
Dissipation area217,036 mm²
CPU socket compatibilitySocket LGA1155/6, 775, FM1, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2.
Intel CPU compatibility2nd Gen Core i3, i5, i7, Core 2 Quad/Duo *
AMD CPU compatibilityA6, Phenom II, Athlon II, Phenom, Athlon X2
CPU supported cores / clock speedsSingle, dual and quad / all speeds
Maximum CPU thermal output95 watts
Maximum RAM height40 mm
Supplied thermal greaseNF-SI100
Acoustic noise level0.0 dBA
Warranty24 months



Testing

We couldn't use our normal method of testing this cooler as its not supported, so we have decided to use a range of 1155 CPU's at stock settings in the Gigabyte P67-UD7 motherboard all housed in the Corsair 500R. We ran each CPU twice, once with the front and rear case fans on, and a second time completely passive. Systems were allowed to idle for 30minutes before running Prime95 for a further 30 minutes at this point we take our results.

Intel i3 2120, 2500K & 2600K
Gigabyte P67 UD7
Mushkin Silverline
HIS 6850
Corsair AX750W
Corsair 500R



Video Review

 

Conclusion

Right so a 100% passive heat sink, we honestly thought this would be a bit of a downer review, but I can confirm nice and early we completely love the CR-95! To do the cooler justice we did have to adjust our usual testing procedure and we broke out all of our 1155 CPU's to do this and give you all a good range of temperature to compare too.

The difference between an active case and passive seemed to be greatest with the i3 at around 20c warmer, but only 10c warmer with the 2600K. So you could run your rig 100% passive and therefore completely silent but we would advise making sure your motherboard can handle it. Heat sinks on the mosfet's would be an absolute necessity should you be needing to run the system at 100% for any length of time. If its just going to be used as a home server with very low CPU usage then then motherboard cooling should not really become an issue. We would also suggest that you use this in a case with some form of mesh or fans at the top of the case so that the heat can naturally convect out the top of the case, the better the roof ventilation the better the cooler will perform.

The cooler is very easy to install, it has a 2 stage mounting system but the greatest bit is you just have to slide your hand inside the massive cooler opening to install the final screws that hold the heat sink to the mount. We do feel it would have been better to have engineered the cooler and the mount slightly higher because you will be restricted to standard height ram, anything where the heat sink comes out from the ram PCB by more than about 2mm will heat the cooler and stop you from fitting it properly.

Things to point out really are that with it being fanless that means that its 100% silent and wont get clogged up with dust over time and for this reason the temperatures should not creep up due to there being no dust starting to insulate the heat sink. So although we had to alter our testing to fit within the supported hardware of the CR-95 it has performed well enough to shock us, the heat pouring out of the top of the test rig is a testament to its design to best aid the laws of thermal convection. The only bad bit about the CR-95 we can find is its price, at £100 including the dreaded VAT it does carry a sting in its tail, but we have a feeling if silence is your biggest requirement then the price will not matter.

So for the design we are happy to award it the OC3D Innovation award, considering it is 100% silent it would be rude if we didn't award it the OC3D Silence award as well. Kudos Nofan, Kudos.

     Nofan CR-95C IcePipe 95W Fanless CPU Cooler

We would like to thank Quiet PC for the sample on test today, you can discuss your thoughts on this review in our forums.    

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08-11-2011, 04:38:51

tinytomlogan


With the search for silent PC components making a lot of noise of late we take a look at the Nofan passive CPU cooler. Yes PASSIVE!

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08-11-2011, 05:28:54

sheroo
It does look fantastic (apart from the price), but I think you hit the nail on the head at the end - where would you use it? Silverstone Fortress FT03? Does it perform well horizontally, for say a HTPC case, or does that compromise its performance?

08-11-2011, 05:32:54

Luscious
Sounds like a perfect match for the i5-2405S - I just wonder if the height will allow installation in a HTPC case.

08-11-2011, 06:19:05

dugdiamond
IMHO: they have got it all wrong...

it is not aimed for the overclocker, but for low-to-mid range systems.

it certainly won't be any good in an OC'd rig as it cannot dissipate big temps.

it is too large for a smaller media-server. and, if anyone made a HTPC with one of these - it would be defeating the purpose.

it is fugly... and comes with a hefty price-tag.



a Noctua NH-C14 without fans would be better !!!

08-11-2011, 06:30:05

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by dugdiamond View Post

IMHO: they have got it all wrong...

it is not aimed for the overclocker, but for low-to-mid range systems.

it certainly won't be any good in an OC'd rig as it cannot dissipate big temps.

it is too large for a smaller media-server. and, if anyone made a HTPC with one of these - it would be defeating the purpose.

it is fugly... and comes with a hefty price-tag.



a Noctua NH-C14 without fans would be better !!!
The review had no overclocking in it............

08-11-2011, 06:53:38

Excalabur50
It's an interesting cooler, not something I would buy myself but for the right purpose you couldn't really go wrong.

08-11-2011, 06:55:12

dugdiamond
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

The review had no overclocking in it............
i know

i am just saying that if someone was using a cpu at stock (with turbo) it would be okay-ish. it still doesn't make me think that it is not fugly tho - lol (!!!marmite!!!)

BUT just imagine the potential IF they went the other way and put a near-silent vortex-type fan in the centre of it. then i would change my mind

08-11-2011, 07:05:58

Earthmonger
Two questions Tom:

1) Will this mammoth thing fit on an ITX board without hindering a GPU? Thinking of HTPC.

2) What is the inside dimension of it? Wondering how well it would do WITH a fan.

08-11-2011, 07:10:32

sheroo
Quote:
Originally Posted by Earthmonger View Post

Two questions Tom:

1) Will this mammoth thing fit on an ITX board without hindering a GPU? Thinking of HTPC.

2) What is the inside dimension of it? Wondering how well it would do WITH a fan.
I think this image sums it up for your first question...

08-11-2011, 07:26:49

SieB
Hugely overpriced, considering the amount of coolers out there that are less that half the price and perform better I don't see many people buying this.

I like the idea of passive coolers, and this is a good start, but it needs to have better performance and it needs to be cheaper. If they released one that performed better than an air cooler then I would pay 100 but not for the performance it offers now.

08-11-2011, 08:12:23

Earthmonger
Quote:
Originally Posted by sheroo View Post

I think this image sums it up for your first question...


Damn! Well maybe if it's turned the other way... oh wait... :/

08-11-2011, 08:22:35

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by sheroo View Post

I think this image sums it up for your first question...


Thats the CR100 - the CR95 is smaller than that dude

08-11-2011, 08:29:27

sheroo
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

Thats the CR100 - the CR95 is smaller than that dude
C'mon then wack on your htpc itx board and take a quick snap then.

08-11-2011, 08:35:48

Earthmonger
I just visited Nofan's site looking for information and was astounded by the sheer crappiness of it. They need to get some actual info on that site ASAP.

08-11-2011, 09:19:29

marsey99
could a fan be mounted to the grey ring on the top of the heatsink?

if so would it make much difference?

i like the looks btw, nice to see something thats not a rip off of the true or ifx14 these days.

its price is the killer tho imo :|

ifx14 was sold with no fans dude and i tested it passive on my wolfdale@4ghz and it was as good as stock cooling xD

08-11-2011, 09:43:38

yassarikhan786
Quote:
Originally Posted by marsey99 View Post

its price is the killer tho imo :|
Yep, it is definitely too expensive.

08-11-2011, 13:42:37

Timbaloo
Am i the first one to find the Nofen typo in the picture?

But that's just me being anal

Anyway, i was aswell surprised by how good the cooler performs. But i would not run any of the systems tested completely without case fans, and then i must question the sense of having a passive cpu cooler, while i could get a cpu cooler with a low rpm fan for about half the price that i would not be able to hear out of the whole system and not having space/compatibility issues.

08-11-2011, 14:25:44

ionicle
Quote:
Originally Posted by Timbaloo View Post

Am i the first one to find the Nofen typo in the picture?

But that's just me being anal

Anyway, i was aswell surprised by how good the cooler performs. But i would not run any of the systems tested completely without case fans, and then i must question the sense of having a passive cpu cooler, while i could get a cpu cooler with a low rpm fan for about half the price that i would not be able to hear out of the whole system and not having space/compatibility issues.
you were probs the first to spot it, but i noticed it too after

i wonder if this would be any good for socket 939 ...or if its even compatable...

08-11-2011, 15:19:57

CocaCola
It would probably be great for a larger sized HTPC where you don't need to OC and are using the fans in the case for cooling and for silent operation.

08-11-2011, 15:34:23

sheroo
Quote:
Originally Posted by CocaCola View Post

It would probably be great for a larger sized HTPC where you don't need to OC and are using the fans in the case for cooling and for silent operation.
I agree, but if you look at the price of a decent quiet air cooler then.... Plus if you are adding case fans and a psu with a fan it kinda defeats the object. Don't think I'd be comfortable running a completely fanless standard air cooling setup unless it was very low powered - but then those systems tend to come with fanless heatsinks anyway. Its a great idea, but I'm struggling to think of where I would use one?

08-11-2011, 15:46:10

CocaCola
Quote:
Originally Posted by sheroo View Post

I agree, but if you look at the price of a decent quiet air cooler then.... Plus if you are adding case fans and a psu with a fan it kinda defeats the object. Don't think I'd be comfortable running a completely fanless standard air cooling setup unless it was very low powered - but then those systems tend to come with fanless heatsinks anyway. Its a great idea, but I'm struggling to think of where I would use one?
Yup, that's true. For the price and for silence in a HTPC, I would probably buy something like the Noctua NH-U9B SE2 or one of the Zalman low profile top down coolers.

08-11-2011, 20:26:51

Earthmonger
People are complaining about the price, but it's only 20 quid more than an H100. What is that, ten cans of Monster?

09-11-2011, 01:01:42

Calibretto
The level of attention this thing is getting is surprising me.

I realize that this is a nice piece of hardware, but this isn't the first time we've seen quality passive performance from a good heatsink.

And fuck yeah it's overpriced, but where the hell else you gonna go if you want your pc to STFU

09-11-2011, 04:00:39

sheroo
If you have a side window, your PC will look like a washing machine.

09-11-2011, 04:14:11

Timbaloo
That's it! Don't attach fans to it, make the whole cooler spin

09-11-2011, 04:46:51

silenthill
[/size][size="3"]This has made me think of building a whole passive new pc, it will be great to have a office pc with a db of 0.

09-11-2011, 04:49:19

sheroo
Quote:
Originally Posted by silenthill View Post

[/size][size="3"]This has made me think of building a whole passive new pc, it will be great to have a office pc with a db of 0.


What case would you put it in?

09-11-2011, 07:05:07

silenthill
Quote:
Originally Posted by sheroo View Post

What case would you put it in?
[/size][size="3"]I be using the Inwin Dragon Rider, lots of ventilation because I won't be using any case fans also looking for a passive GPU, so any suggestion ?

09-11-2011, 09:12:21

sheroo
Quote:
Originally Posted by silenthill View Post

[/size][size="3"]I be using the Inwin Dragon Rider, lots of ventilation because I won't be using any case fans also looking for a passive GPU, so any suggestion ?


If you must go passive there is the Gigabyte Silent Cell 6770 but for about the same money you can get a 6790 which is meant to perform much better. You really do pay a premium for the fancy cooler on the Gigabyte card.

09-11-2011, 09:31:32

silenthill
Quote:
Originally Posted by sheroo View Post

If you must go passive there is the Gigabyte Silent Cell 6770 but for about the same money you can get a 6790 which is meant to perform much better. You really do pay a premium for the fancy cooler on the Gigabyte card.
[/size][size="3"]any passive GPU's with the green team ?

09-11-2011, 13:34:37

Timbaloo
I'd rather use the internal graphics for an office pc.

09-11-2011, 17:55:03

ionicle
Quote:
Originally Posted by sheroo View Post

If you have a side window, your PC will look like a washing machine.
i likes

just fill the rest of the pc with watercooling (gpu, ram, chipsets etc) and it will complete the look

11-11-2011, 16:48:18

JPEG
hey guys, i think the graph is a little messed up. It says the average is higher than both the Delta AND the Idle. I think the Delta temp needs to be switched with average. Just throwin that out there for ya

12-11-2011, 04:05:55

Vorpal
Quote:
Originally Posted by JPEG View Post
hey guys, i think the graph is a little messed up. It says the average is higher than both the Delta AND the Idle. I think the Delta temp needs to be switched with average. Just throwin that out there for ya
The heck you say... the temperature is never colder than ambient for air cooling, so Average > Ambient. Delta = Average - Ambient by definition, so yes, numerically Average should be greater if Ambient is positive. Don't know what graph you're looking at to get 'Idle', but the one in the main review looks perfectly consistent.

But it makes no sense to compare Delta to either Average or Ambient anyway, because the latter are actual temperatures while Delta is a relative difference. If for some reason TTL wanted to use kelvin (or gods forbid, rankine) scale, the first entry might have looked like:

Delta: 57.25, Avg: 351.40, Ambient: 294.15

And still it's the Delta that's directly indicative of the cooling ability of the heatsink.

15-11-2011, 04:04:28

Zeals
Imagine what temps you'll get if you had it in the Silverstone FT02 case .

18-12-2012, 10:53:22

totesmagotes
I use my computer for gaming, media, and work, and I can't stand PC noise (especially when I'm using it for work), so I'm strongly consider getting this because my CPU is where the majority of my PC's noise is coming from. I am concerned about the cost however, and also the fact that I'd have to remove it just to replace my RAM, and for all I know, I might take it out of the box and find that it doesn't fit.

11-12-2013, 06:28:30

loty1825
Were those tests made with side cover open or closed?

11-12-2013, 06:38:45

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by loty1825 View Post
Were those tests made with side cover open or closed?
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