Originally Posted by hyp3rtraxx
What cooling sys are you saving up for? If i was you and had the chance to save cash each month i would go for a custom waterloop. But if you dont wanna spend that cash, my kuhler is able with np to cool my clock to 4.8ghz but i dont think i would advice anyone to get the kuhler 920 unless its on a discount. The i100 cooler i would advice if you got space for the radiator, if not go for the kuhler 920. And btw i love the hyper 212+ cooler you have, its one of the coolers you get most bang for the buck! I used my 212+ with my phenom 965@4ghz! But well the fx8350 puts out alot more watt so your 212+ is probably having a hard time cooling your oc´s and its not really not worth upgrading to like my cougars 120mm cause the cougars cost me about 40 euros for 2.
I figured Id just go big air for now. Probably only thing that will fit my case (if im lucky) is the noctua nh-d14, its the only one the same height as the hyper212, The hyper212 is AS TALL as my case will go its already sticking into the bubble of my side window. I have been also looking into the Alpenfon K2 I havent heard much about it but it looks pretty sweet (Same height as noctua + hyper212). I am not sure what I should get yet though. I dont have the ability to really save money at this time. I can probably come up with the 90 bucksish at some point to get a decent air cooler but I dont really want a CLC and will probably just wait for a future SLI build with a full water loop.
Anyone familiar with the K2? Main question is am I going to have the same ram clearance as the nh-d14? noctuas website says my mobo+ram is compatable, I really like the K2 it is much more visually stunning (not that this matters much in my miss-matched case) also it seems to be a better heatsink with fans that dont perform quite aswell (very minimal difference):
Passive is a 1.75 degree difference better then the noctua, while with fans its .25 degree worse. Not a large difference anyways but if the K2 will fit above my ripjaws ram I will probably go with it. (also notice without fans it beats the hyper212 with 2 noctua fans LOL, should be able to run passive and beat the hyper212)
Its such a close battle based on other websites it can go either way:
that last ones in german (i think) and shows theres 2 different versions, the pwm version seems to perform worse and may be part of the tests giving it worse scores. The first vortez review is a revisited review so im thinking the newest revision is going to be the only one worth getting
. Anyways anyone know much about the K2 and how much ram clearance vs noctua?Edited by dmfree88 - 8/10/13 at 2:15am