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Air Cooling vs. H100?!

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I may be upgrading soon, now I am planning on getting a AMD 6-core (80 bucks more for intel's cheapest unlocked Ivy Bridge?! no way!), and was wondering if instead of spending $115 on a H100, is there a cheaper more affordable cooler? The case is most likely going to be a NZXT Phantom 410, so I was worried that the air cooler would block out the window also. I would love to here your thoughts on this (almost, very likely) upgrade.
post #2 of 6
the nzxt havik fits in my phantom 410 great and performs very close to the noctua nhd14 with only one tower.thumb.gif
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I think I will go with what you suggested, It should allow great airflow, but the main question is this-will it allow the FX-6100 to hit pass 5.0 Ghz?
post #4 of 6
possibly depending on your case airflow and how good your chip overclocks. Good luck thumb.gif
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The h100 is total garbage don't buy it. I went from a zalman heat pipe air cooler to the h100 and not only did it not cool as well and cost over twice the price but it was much louder. I just got a noctua dh-nf14 and it is half the price a quarter of the sound and cools better.

Down vote on h100 for sure.

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post #6 of 6
This has all been discussed before. There are numerous highend HSFs as good or better than the H100 and HSFs don't leak water and damage PC hardware. See the links below for details and always confirm PC case and RAM clearance before purchase so there are no surprises.

http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2655&page=4

http://www.anandtech.com/print/5054

http://www.overclock.net/t/1242753/overclocking-my-8120-need-cooling-advice

http://www.overclock.net/t/1221186/best-cpu-heatsink-for-fx8120

http://www.overclock.net/t/1249998/best-possible-cpu-fan-for-under-60

As always I recommend that people technically educate themselves on the Pros and Cons of air vs. closed loop liquid coolers and then Buy What Makes You Happy.
Edited by AMD4ME - 5/4/12 at 6:14pm
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