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Hi
i want to know whats best air cooling in 2013
and whats best site for comparig air cooler performance
tnx for sharing your experiance smile.gif
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Take your pic biggrin.gif

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6830/cpu-air-cooler-roundup-six-coolers-from-noctua-silverstone-and-cooler-master
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Sorry forgot this -

http://www.frostytech.com/
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Sorry forgot this -

http://www.frostytech.com/

tnx man
you have good cooler.in max your cpu load, How many degrees?
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Sorry forgot this -

http://www.frostytech.com/

FrostyTech is a bit of a joke with their testing methodologies.

The absolute best on the market right now is the Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme. Following that, look at the Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E, Noctua NH-D14, Phanteks TC14PE, Zalman CNPS12X, BeQuiet! Dark Rock Pro 2, Deepcool/Logysis Assassin/Alpenfohn K2, Silverstone HE01, and even the Thermaltake Frio Extreme (though that last one isn't my favorite for the money). It's a little hard to name any one of those king since testing varies and there's no consensus on the best, though the Silver Arrow SB-E, TC14PE, and Dark Rock Pro 2 tend to round out the top with the NH-D14 and CNPS12X following and the Assassin/K2 and Frio Extreme closely following those.

The bigger determining questions are your tolerance for noise and your aesthetic.
Edited by nubbinator - 3/14/13 at 2:45pm
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FrostyTech is a bit of a joke with their testing methodologies.

The absolute best on the market right now is the Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Extrem. Outside of that, look at the Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E, Noctua NH-D14, Phanteks TC14PE, Zalman CNPS12X, BeQuiet! Dark Rock Pro 2, Deepcool/Logysis Assassin/Alpenfohn K2, Silverstone HE01, and even the Thermaltake Frio Extreme (though that last one isn't my favorite for the money).

those are the best, cream of the crop.
But Nubbinator do you really place the frio extreme in their tier? i was thinking of getting it.. and i can get a nice deal on it.. but i said i could spend more and get better. so please tell me if it's good enough to be placed among the top beasts
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The bigger determining questions are your tolerance for noise and your aesthetic.

Aesthetic. no! That's me, mine is an enclosed case so it can be ugly as it-wants , long as it does the job biggrin.gif

But big time, noise is the main factor without a doubt, rather have a heat sink with higher temps thumb.gif
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those are the best, cream of the crop.
But Nubbinator do you really place the frio extreme in their tier? i was thinking of getting it.. and i can get a nice deal on it.. but i said i could spend more and get better. so please tell me if it's good enough to be placed among the top beasts

I wouldn't place it in the very top tier, but it's not really far behind. The testing I've seen puts it within 2-5C of the top tier coolers while overclocked. It's only really a deal when it's at the $60-65 price point you can sometimes find it at.

I'm not really sure why I put it where I did when it's closer to the Thermalright Archon and Prolimatech Armageddon. I also don't know why I forgot to add the Prolimatech Genesis to that list.
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The bigger determining questions are your tolerance for noise and your aesthetic.

Aesthetic. no! That's me, mine is an enclosed case so it can be ugly as it-wants , long as it does the job biggrin.gif

But big time, noise is the main factor without a doubt, rather have a heat sink with higher temps thumb.gif

And not caring about looks is part of your aesthetic. It means your aesthetic is utilitarian. If it gets the job done, you like it.
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Nubbinator summed it up pretty good. I'd also add the Thermalright Archon SBE X2 and the NZXT Havik 140 to the list though.

That being said, the Phanteks is arguably the best out of all, just looking at the heatsink. It's great fanless as well as with higher speed fans. The build quality is also top notch. The fans are only mediocre though. But if you want the "best cooler" you might want to chose your own fans anyway.

If you want to know wich heatsink is the best (not factoring in the stock fans) i'd look at a test that compares all coolers with reference fans, for example:
http://www.hardwaremax.net/reviews/kuehler/518-test-alpenfoehn-himalaya.html?showall=0&start=7
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post #10 of 23
Don't forget the Scythe Mine 2 and the Prolimatech Genesis!

Basically any dual-tower design with 2 fans (preferrably 140mm) is good in terms of performance. They all sit at different points of the Noise/Performance-tradeoff. For example the Silver Arrow Extreme is hugely powerful because of its high-speed fans, but also very loud for a modern air cooler. The other extreme is the Bequiet Dark Rock 2, which is very, very quiet but not extremely powerful.
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