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For what it's worth I'm currently running a 930 @ 3.8ghz. At full load temps top out at ~73c. Idle in the low 30s, normal use (gaming) ~43c. And that's with the stock TIM CM puts in the package and I can guarantee you I seriously fubared the TIM application. Just got some MX-4 and will be re-applying it at some point soon, hopefully will get a few more degrees cooler without that pool of **** on my CPU. lol
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Originally Posted by mark_thaddeus View Post
Well as far as I know the type of test they are using is a very scientific method considering that they eliminate all external factors in the capability of a heat sink. Plus testing a heat sink using 85w, 125w and 150w is totally fair considering that most heat sinks do have to be able to handle at least those conditions.

As an engineer these are the types of tests we run in a lab to try out products. In any case, any of the coolers on their top 10 list should be good and should be within 1~2*C from each other.

Whichever you choose from the 2 (frio or spire... even the noctua )on your list, they should kick butt!
Yeah, thats why I used to trust them. But according to a lot of people here (and they are right on this) CPUs do not heat up in the same manner as a copper block. There is no way in heck a Frio does EXACTLY the same performance as a Noctua NH-D14, which is what Frostytech says.
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Yeah, thats why I used to trust them. But according to a lot of people here (and they are right on this) CPUs do not heat up in the same manner as a copper block. There is no way in heck a Frio does EXACTLY the same performance as a Noctua NH-D14, which is what Frostytech says.
For us to say that a specific heat sink can't match another heat sink when a scientific and methodical test just proves that is pure subjective opinion and not objective.

Granted that It may not heat up like a copper block since the CPU is made up of 2/4/6 cores and not one whole block like the die, it is still a better test since it heats up the whole surface. This would mean that if the heat sink is given a full load (since the copper block does represent a full load versus a CPU die that has different zone temps) it would show the true capabilities of a heat sink at any given load.

Also, the real world tests that the other sites run has many factors that affect their temps as well compared to a controlled environment.

In any case, to each his own I guess. No need to argue about the merits of one particular test to another.

Let me put it this way, their numbers have shown (3 heat sinks I have bought and compared to the numbers they give as results) that they are within 5%~7% of the actual real life performance of the heat sinks I have gotten. 5%~7% is a pretty good number considering that's about 1~1.5*C in temp difference. Not to shabby if you ask me.
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Well the 212+ is a great cooler and can be had for under $30. I love mine, keeps my I7@3.6ghz with HT idle at 30-35, load in games 50-55.
I vouch for the 212+ as well. My i5 2500K OC'd to 4.0 GHz idles at 33, load in games never goes above 56. Running Prime95, my temps never went above 60.

You just need to be careful that the 212+ fits in your case, its large!
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