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I'm leaning towards the Phanteks. It's also the least ugly out of the 3.
     
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Zalman CNPS 12 X? Since Price/Performance doesn't matter?
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IIRC Alpenföhn K2 outperforms the Phanteks.
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If you plan on staring at the inside of your case, then get the Phanteks, but most of us, we like to look at the monitor. Anyways, I highly recommend for the best performance and silence: Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E. The new revision to the Silver Arrow performs slightly better and I believe either as silent or more silent then the original version which has 135mm PWM fans. The SB-E edition will come with a TY-150, which is a 150mm PWM fan that is inaudible but pushes air quiet well.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11676/cpu-tri-77/Thermalright_Silver_Arrow_SB-E_Dual_Fan_Universal_CPU_Cooler_Sockets_775_1156_1366_2011_AM2_AM2_AM3_AM3_FM1.html
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Can't go wrong with any of the fans recommended. K2, SA, D14 and the Phanteks are excellent coolers. The temp difference between them is ~1c. Pick one that looks nicest to you, or allows the most mods you want. That 5 fan D14 was oh so sexy.
K2 Review along with all others.
    
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Originally Posted by matrix2000x2 View Post

If you plan on staring at the inside of your case, then get the Phanteks, but most of us, we like to look at the monitor.

I'm not sure why you'd say something like that when the Phanteks's claim to fame is usually temperatures, confirmed by the link right below.
And since its advantage seems to increase at higher and higher overclocks, I'll make an educated guess that the trend continues, a good sign.
In that particular review, the Phanteks is slightly behind the Corsair H100 at stock frequency and ties the Noctua NH-D14, but starts to pull ahead noticeably as they overclock.

Agreed that if one is noticeably quieter than the others, that could be a deal-maker, but I haven't looked at such charts because the Phanteks at max is quiet enough for me to not think about it at all.

I'm no "fanboi", that just seemed a rather edged and silly comment.
Edited by Ranguvar - 4/11/12 at 8:58pm
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Make a list of all coolers that cost $79 or more, then pick whichever you think is the best looking or draw the name out of a hat.
    
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I'd say my priorities are
1 by far) Performance
2) Silence
3) Looks (theoretically #2 but fans can be switched and/or painted with very little problems)
99) Price
     
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Using the review before: http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/alpenfoehn_k2_cpu_cooler_revisited,10.html

I would say it's pretty clearly Phanteks PH-TC14PE vs Corsair 100.

The former is quieter and has no risk of leaking (not to imply this is common), the latter will not obstruct anything (more expensive, but not by much and I've seen it go on sale for around the same price).
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ranguvar View Post

Using the review before: http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/alpenfoehn_k2_cpu_cooler_revisited,10.html
I would say it's pretty clearly Phanteks PH-TC14PE vs Corsair 100.
The former is quieter and has no risk of leaking (not to imply this is common), the latter will not obstruct anything (more expensive, but not by much and I've seen it go on sale for around the same price).

He wants an AIR cooler. He would go custom WC if he could tongue.gif
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