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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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@FartManly Im using the vetroo v5 with great results. I didnt use their 120mm fan though, im using an arctic fan that spins at 1800rpm max speed. 


Same here ...Vetroo + Arctic fan


Which Arctic PWM fan?  It would look good with one or two Arctic BioniX P120 fans.  Then it would look like an Arctic Freezer 34 eSports or DUO, just sitting a little lower on the mobo.


Nothing special, a simple Arctic P12 PWM PST CO 120mm. Quiet efficient & effective.




@Jon-62 , yes, i used the one with m3


@Jon-62  Can i know this is for double frame or single frame? and what screw we are using to screw this frame onto the pc frame?/ Thanks !

Fan frame mounting points.jpg


@Kelvin Lee  I've produced designs for both a double fan frame and a single fan frame, which I have uploaded to Thingiverse.

The double fan frame requires four screws, washers and Nyloc nuts and, at present, I've only produced this to suit #6-32 UNC x 1/2" screws which go through the four square holes highlighted in yellow.

The single fan frame requires only two screws, washers and Nyloc nuts and has been produced in variants requiring EITHER  #6-32 UNC x 1/2" screws OR M3 x 10 mm / M3 x 12 mm screws.  These go through the two lower square holes highlighted in yellow.

The fan / fans required are 80 mm.


@Jon-62  alright sir thanks.

Do we need to remove the highlight red bracket things? because I find it blocks the installation of the fan. Fan frame mounting points.jpgIMG_20210604_214216.jpg


@Kelvin Lee  I'm not (yet) seeing your pictures, but the two square cable retainers inside the case need to be removed to fit either fan frame.  The frame and fan(s) go inside the case, so the two WiFi antennae on the outside of the case should not need to be removed.


@Jon-62 , I can see the photos now. @Kelvin Lee - yes, they need to be removed. They just snap out. Just move the wires aside, being careful of the connection in the motherboard.

-- Steve

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