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11 Cpu Coolers Tested on Q2 2011 for LGA1366 and LGA1155

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Buying a CPU cooler can be a confusing business these days, there are dozens to choose from, all claiming to have the best performance available. The last year or so has been an interesting time for high end air cooling, with some significant leap forwards in performance by tweaking the design and stepping away from conventionality. We've seen everything from HDT (Heat pipe Direct Technology) variations, to mirror finish bases, 140mm fans and dual radiator panels, just to get that performance advantage over the competition.

Today's shootout will take several of the latest and (potentially) greatest coolers, of all shapes and sizes, and see what they can do. We will of course be establishing which is the best performer, but we will also be looking at things like build quality, ease of mounting, noise and the price.

With the arrival of Sandy Bridge, we have been treated to some seriously high overclocks, and also, some people have been piling on the voltage to as high as 1.7v, so it makes sense to include 1155 tests within this shootout, and we've taken the decision to test all our coolers on the 1366 Core i7 platform too, for the simple reason that it generates much more heat. Even at lower clocks, such as 4.4GHz, or even 4.2GHz, it is still churning out more heat than a 2600K Sandy Bridge at 5GHz.

The final thing that I'd like to mention, is that we went to each manufacturer/distributor and asked them if they would like to submit any number of coolers for our shootout, most of them had at least one, but some had two, but others had three, so what we had to do, was weed out the ones that weren't quite suitable for a high performance test, but were decent coolers in their own right, and keep in the ones that, on paper, could be contenders. By doing this, some manufacturers have more than others, and this wasn't planned, it's just the way it happened, so please keep that in mind.


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thanks for link. kind of curious that over a year (even longer), havent seem many new products or innovation. phanteks cooler is nifty but not really earth shattering over silver arrow ...
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thanks for link. kind of curious that over a year (even longer), havent seem many new products or innovation. phanteks cooler is nifty but not really earth shattering over silver arrow ...

there is Cooler master TPC 812, Thermaltake Frio Extreme, Some more that right now I dont remember biggrin.gif
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NOTE: This review is a year old. One thing I noticed: today you can get the HR-02 Macho model which comes with a fan and is much cheaper for some reason. Changes things up a little and it's not the only new cooler from the past year.
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thanks for link. kind of curious that over a year (even longer), havent seem many new products or innovation. phanteks cooler is nifty but not really earth shattering over silver arrow ...

The Phanteks, being a good 2c better than the SA, is getting about as good as it gets on air, given the constraints of motherboards and cases. I haven't done the testing myself, but it looks like the Phanteks achieves its ends with a fifth 8mm heatpipe and a slightly louder fan.

 

The only way to get better results is to use much louder fans, and these heatsinks show diminishing returns when they are pushed. Perhaps with a tandem tower TRUE first edition, with it denser finset, a heatsink could be built to take advantage of more powerful fans, but I don't think enough users would be willing put up with the noise to make a market.

 

So, perhaps we'll see some catch-up from some manufacturers, but doubt breakthroughs. In fact, with the Ivy Bridge built as it is, the IHS seems to be a heat barrier rather than a heat spreader. So maybe even a sub-ambient cooler won't make much of a difference. Stay tuned.

 

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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 4790k Gigabyte GA-Z97X Gaming-7 Intel HD4600 Crucial Ballistix Sport Very Low Profile 8GB Ki... 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 840 EVO 500GB Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. C Windows 8.1 Home Premium 64-bit Acer K242HL 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Dell SK-8110 (PS/2) Seasonic X460 Fanless motherboard tray from CM ATCS 840 Logitech MX 1100 
Mouse PadAudio
Dell Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi MB3 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 860 Gigabyte GA P55M UD2 ZOTAC/NVidia GTX 650 Ti 2GB 4x4GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1333 CAS9 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3 7200.12 Plextor 24x DVD burner Cooler Master Hyper Z600R Win7 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell E207WFP 20-inch flat panel Logitech Wireless 510 Seasonic X-650 fully modular 80+ Gold Lian Li PC-7FN 
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Wireless Mouse WACOM Intuos 3 generic 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 4790k Gigabyte GA-Z97X Gaming-7 Intel HD4600 Crucial Ballistix Sport Very Low Profile 8GB Ki... 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 840 EVO 500GB Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. C Windows 8.1 Home Premium 64-bit Acer K242HL 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Dell SK-8110 (PS/2) Seasonic X460 Fanless motherboard tray from CM ATCS 840 Logitech MX 1100 
Mouse PadAudio
Dell Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi MB3 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 860 Gigabyte GA P55M UD2 ZOTAC/NVidia GTX 650 Ti 2GB 4x4GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1333 CAS9 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3 7200.12 Plextor 24x DVD burner Cooler Master Hyper Z600R Win7 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell E207WFP 20-inch flat panel Logitech Wireless 510 Seasonic X-650 fully modular 80+ Gold Lian Li PC-7FN 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Wireless Mouse WACOM Intuos 3 generic 
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I'm quite surprised how poorly the NH-D14 did compared to the SA. It was embarrassingly bad. I heard temps between these two were only supposed to be 2-3C apart even at load.
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Samsung 840 Pro 256GB Samsung 840 EVO 500GB NH-D14 w/ 2x NF-A15 Prolimatech MK-26 w/ 2x NF-S12A 
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Win 7 Ultimate HP ZR24W Ducky Shine 2 DK9008S2 Rosewill SilentNight 
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Samsung 840 Pro 256GB Samsung 840 EVO 500GB NH-D14 w/ 2x NF-A15 Prolimatech MK-26 w/ 2x NF-S12A 
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Win 7 Ultimate HP ZR24W Ducky Shine 2 DK9008S2 Rosewill SilentNight 
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I knew when I went with the Ven X, I went with a winnar biggrin.gif
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I knew when I went with the Ven X, I went with a winnar biggrin.gif

price performance it´s
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