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XPS 8940, Better 3rd party cooler

Hello there

I would greatly appreciate any help to find a new/better 3rd party cooler for my XPS 8940. It came with the thin and small stock cooler and is overheating the whole time. I got a i9-10900 processor with 128 GB of RAM and I need this computer to generate some GIS layers. These jobs take 2-4 hrs every time and I can see that the processor is throttling or C° 97+ all the time.

I tried the Noctua 15S but the problem is there is no space for the bracket under the motherboard. The stock fan screws directly into the chassis from above.

Thank you very much

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@SteveK318  To edit your post, click on the three vertical dots at the top right and select 'Edit Reply', it's the top option.

Yeah, I've tried that, no luck.20210405_153958_000494.jpg

@Jon-62 - looks like 'edit reply' is only there for a short time after it's posted.


@SteveK318  I always buy small quantities of fasteners from one of the retailers on Ebay here in UK.  I can get 10 off M3x25mm stainless steel socket set/grub screws for £1.39 posted.

@Jon-62 - that's a good deal. Maybe someone on the forum with an ebay account want's to buy a boxful and sell them cheap in quantities of 5 to other members !!! 

@Richmond Dan , @SteveK318 what can you expect when even their official service manual shows a mess of thermal paste on the CPU ?  

@bertro514 & @Richmond Dan - yeah, that's a mess ! 20210405_154859_000496.jpg

Great find on that new Vetroo cooler!  Win-win on performance and price. EZ installation and fit a plus.

120mm fan CPU coolers will typically perform better than the 92mm fan versions and should also be quieter.

Nice having some options for cooling.


Hi @SomeCaliGuy ,


Thank you so much for the suggestion! I got the cpu cooler ordered and on the way! I also ordered a new fan for the back of the cage cause why not! I also ordered the vrm coolers that you linked in your post, may I ask what those are used for? I'm kind of a computer noob, and since you used them I went ahead and ordered them. 



@Incogniton the VRM is the Voltage Regulator Module. It's those components placed right next to the CPU socket, and their role is to provide power to the CPU (transforming 12V into much lower voltage needed by the CPU). They handle a lot of current, and tend to get pretty hot, especially when the CPU is running at full load and drawing a lot of power. Putting a heatsink on them allows for that heat to dissipate faster.

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