I usually go by the top reviewing sites to make a judgement because I know there are a lot that are way off. But it's just strange how every site I have looked at it says the same result. I usually use hardware secrets and hardware canucks because they use the same test specifications for each cooler to get an accurate reading against other coolers.
Also I never go by idle results because yeah that does mean nothing. I always go by load results depending on the CPU, I usually look for reviews that overclock Ivy bridge i7s or the older generation, the i7 960 that products a lot of heat I go by also. Because I know my Phenom may be in that range in terms of heat. There aren't many reviews that look at AMD CPUs, so as long as it can keep an Intel chip pretty cool it should be able to keep AMD cool. I know the heat limit is a lot different for each chips though.
Also, any cooler would be fine for stock
even a moderate overclock most coolers are fine at, I only need to bump a few degrees off to feel in the safe range.
Also your Phanteks cooler is pretty awesome, passively I assume it would cope under stock. My Thors Hammer is OK at stock passively, just
I always try and go for higher static pressure fans to push the air and my 140mm fan can fortunately mount onto 120mm mounts, so I use it for any heatsink.
But then if you say you can't compare it against a similar cooler how'd you know which one is better. One is more suited to the job?
The reason I went for the DK is because it has thick higher rated capacity heatpipes which should mean they can get a lot hotter than ordinary heat pipes. The coating on it is appealing because it should mean it doesn't absorb heat as easily, so it should get released (Frosty tech put it under the microsope to show it, it isn't just a paint apparently, made by SAU thermal conductive stuff). Also the direct contact is appealing because I know heat transfer should in theory be a lot quicker. My Thors Hammer is discontinued and the reason why it doesn't hold up well under hot load is because it wasn't designed well enough. It has a lot of heatpipes and fins so in theory that should hold more heat, but the way their manufactured it wasn't perfect so the heat transfer wasn't doing its job. The CM 212 EVO is good because its very well designed, it has less heatpipes and is much thinner than my current cooler, but because of its design it can successfully transfer heat to the top much better than mine can
I do understand what you are trying to explain. Hope you understand how I see things, I suppose I am looking at different angles than you are. I think the design is more important than size because it depends how its implemented.
I know you know all that above, but just explaining the way I look on things
I don't want to get into a row about things! lol. I am not saying I am right, I am saying where my knowledge takes me, whether it be in the middle or the completely wrong direction. If my understanding there is completely wrong I'd rather know!
All the fun me and you are having lol. The way you words things! If we're still here next week arguing butt in!
The V8 looks awesome though!Edited by mikeo01 - 12/7/12 at 6:49am