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I have exhausted the last 2 days reading more than my fair share on air cooling with regard to being able to use all 4 ram slots on the Asrock z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ... and have been able to come up with the following as working (please correct me if any will not):

HR-02 Macho
Noctua NH-U12P-SE2
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283
Prolimatech Genesis

I may choose to go sealed water cooling (H80), but really am not fond of going that route. And although I only want to achieve 4.5GHz, my case temps get into the 35C+ range during the summer months being upstairs and I would expect the top tier air coolers to hopefully compensate for the warmer air. Price vs performance is an issue in that I would like to get the most for my money, but I will pay top dollar if the results are worth it.

System components will be:

2500K
Asrock z68 Extreme3 Gen3
16GB G.Skill Ripjaws
Nvidia 570GTX
Seasonic X750 (may go SLI next year)

The cases I have available are Antec 900 and P182 from Blk Friday a few yrs ago .. and I think as long as the H on the heatsink is 160 or less I will be fine.

PLEASE give me your thoughts on the above cooling choices and if I have overlooked any other well performing heatsinks that will work with utilizing all 4 ram slots on this board.
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You might also want to look at the Thermalright Silver arrow and the Noctua NH14D They both are reed as the two best air coolers for amd and intel. As for your men issue I would recommend just removing the heat spreaders. most the time they just make ram hotter. Though check if you case is big enough first they are both massive coolers.
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You might also want to look at the Thermalright Silver arrow and the Noctua NH14D They both are reed as the two best air coolers for amd and intel. As for your men issue I would recommend just removing the heat spreaders. most the time they just make ram hotter. Though check if you case is big enough first they are both massive coolers.
Thanks for the response DSP1.

After giving it some thought, I think the most I want to spend is $65. This would eliminate the SA and NH14D, as well as the Genesis. And in hindsight I wish I would have just purchased standard mems without sinks so I would not be in this delimma. Possible warranty issues prevent me from removing the sinks so that is not an option.

You know with memory prices so low I would think there would be alot more people running 16GB (with at least 50%+ heatsinked) on their rig even if it is overkill. This would in itself net me with alot more responses since this is my main concern. Otherwise I could just choose any heasink/fan combination.

I think I have it narrowed down to two, the HR-02 Macho or the Noctua NH-U12P-SE2. Any feedback in helping me resolve my choice would be most appreciated.
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Not trying to be a jerk here, but why build an awesome machine like that and then cheap out on the CPU cooling? A silver arrow or D14 are a mere $20-25 more and provide a great cooling experience (assuming they will fit your case) and are soo quiet.
    
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Not trying to be a jerk here, but why build an awesome machine like that and then cheap out on the CPU cooling? A silver arrow or D14 are a mere $20-25 more and provide a great cooling experience (assuming they will fit your case) and are soo quiet.
No offense taken. I want feedback of any sort because I would like to order this today and be done with it.

Question to you CK ... based on your sig I assume you are able to run a D14 on your Asrock board with all four mem slots populated. Can you tell me if you had any issues with this install/setup?

Please people I need as many responses as I can get. Help me out here.

PS .. I don't think choosing either the HR-02 Macho or the Noctua NH-U12P-SE2 is cheapening out
post #6 of 11
You can easily get the silver arrow our the d14 as long as you get low profile ram. Don't get ram with high heat sinks as it is not that useful as they don't get that hot and they will be in. front of a fan that will help cool it. Get the silver arrow or d14. I an getting the same rig as you but using go skill sniper ram. The ripjaws are just overrated high profile ram that just get in the way imo.

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No issues at all running 4 sticks. They fit nicely under the first fan (I am not using stock fans anymore on my D14, but stick with 120mm for ram clearance).

I have owned both the D14 and the SA, and I prefer the D14 due mainly to the superior mounting mechanism.
    
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I switched several of my systems from high end air coolers over to Corsair water systems with a bit of trepidation. The end result though is that I am very pleased with both their performance and internal ergonomics.

The H80 and H70 provide stellar performance and are not unreasonably priced. You can find an H70 on sale for $60-$70 if you hunt around. It will provide comparable performance to any of the high end air coolers and your issues with RAM clearance will be a thing of the past.
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You can easily get the silver arrow our the d14 as long as you get low profile ram. Don't get ram with high heat sinks as it is not that useful as they don't get that hot and they will be in. front of a fan that will help cool it.
Thanks for the response chinesethunda, but unfortunately I purchased the ripjaws over a month ago from newegg shell shocker ... just had to pull the trigger and not thinking about clearance issues at the time.

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No issues at all running 4 sticks. They fit nicely under the first fan (I am not using stock fans anymore on my D14, but stick with 120mm for ram clearance).

I have owned both the D14 and the SA, and I prefer the D14 due mainly to the superior mounting mechanism.
Thanks for letting me know it will fit. I just was at the Noctua website reading the compatibility section ... think I missed that link when I was there earlier. If you remember, can you tell me if the 120mm fan rests on the heatsink of your ripjaws or is there some space between.

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I switched several of my systems from high end air coolers over to Corsair water systems with a bit of trepidation. The end result though is that I am very pleased with both their performance and internal ergonomics.

The H80 and H70 provide stellar performance and are not unreasonably priced. You can find an H70 on sale for $60-$70 if you hunt around. It will provide comparable performance to any of the high end air coolers and your issues with RAM clearance will be a thing of the past.
Thanks Robilar, I have the P80 at the top of my list IF I go the sealed water route ... but am very hesitant at this point after having read people's experiences with them. The majority were favorable, but I just cannot overlook some of the problems if one happens to get a lemon. And if it were not for the ram sink issues, I probably would just not go that route ... just personal preference. Appreciate your suggestion though.
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There is a sheet-of-paper width between my ram and the fan.
    
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