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post #11 of 29
Def get the 212+ best bang for your buck cooler.
post #12 of 29
Noctua NH-D14. It's a little on the expensive side, but I've found it to be more than worth the price. I've got my 2500k at 4.5Ghz 24/7, and it idles at 30-35. And, more importantly, it's very quiet.

NewEgg has them for $85, but I know they were just on sale recently. You could definitely get one cheaper.
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Originally Posted by eus105454 View Post
Noctua NH-D14. It's a little on the expensive side, but I've found it to be more than worth the price. I've got my 2500k at 4.5Ghz 24/7, and it idles at 30-35. And, more importantly, it's very quiet.

NewEgg has them for $85, but I know they were just on sale recently. You could definitely get one cheaper.


How about your load temps? I'm just curious because I'm planning to get
nh-d14 also. At 4.4Ghz 1.4v HT on my load temps with 212+ push/pull I
get 32-40 idle during load i get 82 max.
Edited by dhenzjhen - 10/6/11 at 5:56pm
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post #14 of 29
Look how my OC idles at 4.4Ghz HT on http://www.overclock.net/benchmarkin...l#post15210268
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post #16 of 29
Good Heatsinks.

Hyper 212 Evo forget the Plus. $35. My sig rig is at 4.7ghz 24/7 and temps never go above 70°C while gaming. best bang for the buck.

Thermalright Silver Arrow $85

Noctua NH-D14 $85

Good watercooling.

Corsair H80 $93

Corsair H50 $71

Corsair H60 $68
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post #17 of 29
Hyper 212, Silver arrow, NH-D14, NZXT Havik, and I would recommend the one I have. Not as good as the nh-d14, but better than the Hyper 212. I would stay away from the Corsair liquid coolers. They don't perform as well as a high end air cooler like the NH-d14.
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post #18 of 29
You can't go wrong with Hyper 212+.
And for the price, it's pretty amazing.

Also, there's Zalman 9900max. Check it out if you think NH-D14 or Silver Arrow are to bulky for your case.

A note about 9900max though... it's really frustrating to install that thing.
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post #19 of 29
Getting a Thermalright MUX-120 Black. It's effectively a Ultra-120, but not the Extreme version (that would be more along the lines of the True Black), but for the price I couldn't pass. Was a little more than the Gelid Tranquillo, which is another cheap cooler that performs well.

Looks like very good quality, good mounting mechanism, very quiet with a X-Silent 120mm / 1300 rpm fan, and seems to perform well according to that review.

The Hyper 212+ is the king of budget coolers though. The MUX was only £6 more so what the hell

I have a H50 with a 1055T, and very happy with it. Using MX-4 and getting good temps, but a 'water' cooler imo is unnecessary for SandyBridge. Any decent air cooler will give you 30% overclock without too much stress.

So, to add to the list of coolers... On the quiet side, and in order of price.

Hyper 212+.
Gelid Tranquillo.
MUX-120.
Zalman CNPS10X-Quiet.
Be Quiet Dark Rock Advanced.
Thermalright Silver Arrow.
Noctua NH-D14.
post #20 of 29
+1 for the Hyper 212+, its $25.99 on newegg.
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