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[SOLVED] XIGMATEK Dark Knight II: fits ASRock Z77e ITX?

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Thread Starter 
Is this any good? I'm looking for something quiet for my prodigy/asrock z77e itx build. will be oc'ing to about 4.5, maybe higher in future. it looks great with that black ceramic finish, and costs half as much as the noctua 14/phanteks tcpe14 (which don't fit anyway), a little bit more than the evo 212, a lot less than water cooling. had my sights on the zalman 9900max until i saw this being featured on newegg. thoughts?

XIGMATEK Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler with Stealth Aerospace Industry Thermal conductive ceramic coating ALL intel AMD IVY BRIDGE compatiblehttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029&Tpk=xigmatek%20dark
post #2 of 33
LOL no,

Go with the Hydro series, you'll get quietness plus performance. In a mini build the H60 would be your best choice, single 120mm fan, 120mm radiator, get a gentle typhoon on there and you're golden mate biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by compuman145 View Post

LOL no,
Go with the Hydro series, you'll get quietness plus performance. In a mini build the H60 would be your best choice, single 120mm fan, 120mm radiator, get a gentle typhoon on there and you're golden mate biggrin.gif
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a CLC fan spamming all recommendations threads

OP if you want to go silent Noctua fans are the best you select the heatsink
post #4 of 33
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a CLC fan spamming all recommendations threads
OP if you want to go silent Noctua fans are the best you select the heatsink

Indeed. CLC coolers are louder, cost more and don't cool any better than air coolers. thumb.gif
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Indeed. CLC coolers are louder, cost more and don't cool any better than air coolers. thumb.gif

Really? cause the clc are actually rated better than dam near every heatsink except 3 or 4 and those are just as expensive. you want to show proof? considering the h100 is 99% the top cooling heatsink available today that statement is just false.

http://www.techradar.com/us/news/computing-components/processors/best-cpu-cooler-2012-12-top-coolers-reviewed-and-rated-956968/4#articleContent
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The reason to go with water is to achieve lower operating temps for less noise. What's more, a decent closed loop water cooler tends to have longer legs than an active air cooler since they're that little bit less sensitive to dust than an air cooler
post #6 of 33
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Originally Posted by Papas View Post

Really? cause the clc are actually rated better than dam near every heatsink except 3 or 4 and those are just as expensive. you want to show proof? considering the h100 is 99% the top cooling heatsink available today that statement is just false.
http://www.techradar.com/us/news/computing-components/processors/best-cpu-cooler-2012-12-top-coolers-reviewed-and-rated-956968/4#articleContent

Your quote is with statements like 'longer legs' and 'little bit less sensitive to dust' say nothing about actual performance. 'lower operating temps with less noise' is just more BS. H100 is 55dBA loud cooler compared to Silver Arrow SB-E being 1c warmer and 38dBA.

Yes, really. The best air coolers and best CLC coolers are too close to say one is better than other in most cases. H100 is not a good example of CLC. It's probably the worst in terms of owner problems... and H100i released 2 weeks ago has hundreds of new owners complaining about it.

You don't see any of the top air coolers having the number of problems Corsair Hydro series have. Can add all top air cooler problems together and still not have as many problems.

Many reviewers use cases and make claims of how much better CLC performs... They will claim same ambient temp but never show what the cooler intake air temp is. CLC cooler are either pulling outside air into case or pushing case air out of case... no mixing of heated exhaust back into cooler intake air. But these same reviewers pay no attention to how much heated exhaust air gets mixed into air cooler intake.

The reviews on open test systems show CLC and air being very similar. In fact a German reviewer's results have Silver Arrow SB-E 1c warmer than H100 but 17dBA quieter..38dBA to 55dBA for H100 and Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme 7c cooler than H100 at same noise level... well 56dBA instead of 55dBA for H100.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6xrsuPwDbo
jump in to 3:40 for results

i7 3820 @4.75GHz
Temperature is delta.

H100 . . . . . . . . 41c 2500rpm. . . . . . . . 55dBA 2
SA SB-E . . . . . . 42c 1000rpm & 1300rpm 38dBA TY-150 & TY-141
SA SB-E Extreme 34c 2500rpm. . . . . . . . 56dBA 2x TY-143
Edited by doyll - 11/30/12 at 3:29pm
post #7 of 33
Thread Starter 
The Silver arrows cost almost twice the price. Noctua fans are also quite expensive. How about cougar vortex fans on the dark Knight? Will that give me good noise performance?
post #8 of 33
The Dark Knight performs decently and the Fan got a big rpm range, so if you dont want to spend more money it's an ok choice.
You should have a look at the NZXT Havik 140 wich would be a great choice for the price.
Edited by Elohim - 12/1/12 at 1:34am
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post #9 of 33
Like Elohim says; Havik 140 does cool better and is cheaper. Also take a look at Thermalright True Spirit 140 but keep in mind it's 170mm tall.
Edited by doyll - 12/1/12 at 4:56am
post #10 of 33
Thread Starter 
I think they'll clear the bitfenix prodigy, although I'm not sure if it'll fit the asrock z77e itx. Is the nzxt good for oc on the 3570k to about 4.5?
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