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I bought a CM hyper 212 evo over the weekend but im not really happy with it. I was able to OC my 3770k to 4.6 ghz @ 1.16 vcore at temps of around 80-85c max @ max fan speed. I like to lower the fan to about 900-1000 RPM due to noise levels, but with the fan running at that speed, temps hit around 95c-99c. All of these tests were run with intense stress testing, IBT / P95. So normal use and gaming, never really goes above 70c. Although considering the past few days in southern california have been well over 90f, my room feels closer to 100f.

So im thinking of getting the best air cooler possible since that was my original plan, its just the hyper 212 evo is sold everywhere around me and i cant find any noctua products unless i order online from newegg.

What i want is for my 3770k @ 4.6 to run at max 80c, i will even live with 85c @ low fan operating levels.

My current considerations are Noctua nh-d14, noctua Nh-U14s

I do want a swiftech h220, but i dont really feel like dropping 150 bucks on a cooler. 70$-80$ would be the max im willing to spend.

So for that price, are the noctuas still the best? And im aware that the d14 has been out for quite sometime, will an nh-d15 be released soon?
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The D14 hasn't been the best for a few years. That honor now belongs to the Silver Arrow SB-E extreme. Though the extreme version is a bit on the loud side due to the 2500rpm fans. Due to that the standard Silver Arrow SB-E (uses 1300rpm fans) is a better option. Its better then the D14 both in temps and noise but not quite as good at cooling as the extreme (again due to the 2500rpm fans).
    
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The D14 hasn't been the best for a few years. That honor now belongs to the Silver Arrow SB-E extreme. Though the extreme version is a bit on the loud side due to the 2500rpm fans. Due to that the standard Silver Arrow SB-E (uses 1300rpm fans) is a better option. Its better then the D14 both in temps and noise but not quite as good at cooling as the extreme (again due to the 2500rpm fans).

This or phanteks ph-tc14pe. the Noctua nh-d14 is still a great cooler tho
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for ivybridge, all the best HSF would mean nothing if you don't have good TIM. ivybridge has very high thermal density so you need good TIM if you intend to OC with it.

I would start off with a nice tube of TIM (something like IC diamond or something of that quality) then try the hyper212 again. if that doesnt give you good results, you still have a nice tube of TIM for whatever you end up getting.
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between the phanteks and silver arrow.... which one would produce less noise at equal fan RPM? Im sure they are well within 1-2c of each other so i dont think thats a big deal
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between the phanteks and silver arrow.... which one would produce less noise at equal fan RPM? Im sure they are well within 1-2c of each other so i dont think thats a big deal

the one that will actually fit inside your case and is compatible with your mobo biggrin.gif
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Phanteks with TY-140s tbh.

The Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme only wins out over the Phanteks when the fans are stock (see Sb-E vs Phanteks)


http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/thermalright-silver-arrow-sb-e_5.html#sect1



http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/thermalright-silver-arrow-sb-e-extreme_5.html#sect1

The only problem with buying a $80 Phanteks and then swapping the fans for 2x TY-140 ($25-30) is the cost puts you close to a Swiftech H220 which runs $130ish.

To answer the thread title, no but if you can get one for $70 it's worth the money since stock fans are quiet to ~1100RPM unlike Phanteks/Silver Arrow SB-E. Also the Silver Arrow is larger.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/59957-phanteks-ph-tc14pe-ph-tc12dx-coolers-review-8.html
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for ivybridge, all the best HSF would mean nothing if you don't have good TIM. ivybridge has very high thermal density so you need good TIM if you intend to OC with it.

I would start off with a nice tube of TIM (something like IC diamond or something of that quality) then try the hyper212 again. if that doesnt give you good results, you still have a nice tube of TIM for whatever you end up getting.


I am using the noctua nt-h1 paste
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i have a fractal R4 and asrock extreme 4 mobo. It fit the coolermaster hyper 212 evo with no problem....are these coolers like double the size lol?
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Phanteks with TY-140s tbh.

The Silver Arrow SB-E only wins out over the Phanteks when the fans are stock

Yeah though the Phanteks is already expensive as is so swapping out the fans makes it very poor value. That's why IMO the Silver Arrow SB-E is a better choice as it comes with the TY-141 as stock.
    
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