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[TH] Big Air: 14 LGA 2011-Compatible Coolers For Core i7-3000, Reviewed

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"Do Intel’s Core i7-3000-series CPUs really need closed-loop liquid cooling? Today we're testing fourteen different LGA 2011-compatible air coolers on an overclocked Core i7-3960X in order to determine whose is the most effective."

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Good article! Thanks
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Wow, D14 still king of the hill
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Bang for the buck is still evo 212+. Thats what i am going to order till I do a water setup.
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I honestly thought the Silver Arrow or Phanteks would top that list...

Anyways, I love my NH-D14, might not have the best cooling performance in the world, looks a little weird, but the quality is just amazing.
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There have been similar comparisons where the Phanteks did beat out the D14. Both are great.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dispersion View Post

I honestly thought the Silver Arrow or Phanteks would top that list...
Anyways, I love my NH-D14, might not have the best cooling performance in the world, looks a little weird, but the quality is just amazing.

Silver arrow doesn't mount to LGA 2011 (I think anyway), they made a new dual tower that does fit LGA 2011, it just wasn't benched there.
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Badness View Post

Silver arrow doesn't mount to LGA 2011 (I think anyway), they made a new dual tower that does fit LGA 2011, it just wasn't benched there.

Yup:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1213702/tpu-thermalright-coming-up-with-the-silver-arrow-sb-e-cpu-cooler/0_60
    
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post #9 of 16
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Bump, just in case anyone wanting to air cool their LGA 2011 missed it. smile.gif
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post #10 of 16
I have the SilenX one, and the fan sucks :pn Heatsink itself is nice I just put different fans on it.
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