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Megahalems Rev. B vs. Newer High-end coolers... How does it stand up?

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I'm in the process of upgrading my sig system to an i7-4770K on a UD4H with 16GB of DDR3 2400. I've recently established that my old Megahalems Rev. B will fit the new socket, but now I'm left wondering if air cooling tech has advanced sufficiently in the last 6 years or so to have made this monstrosity obsolete. I plan on going for a 4.5GHz overclock (1GHz over stock), which I've heard is possible on air, and which is similar to what I was able to squeeze out of my q9950 (28GHz-3.8GHz), so I put it to the community, is the older cooler going to be up to the task, or should I be looking into something newer, or maybe even liquid?

Thanks.

EDIT: Even though I mentioned liquid, I would still much prefer to avoid it. I've never been comfortable with the idea of liquid, and a good system that would also include my gpu is probably going to cost at least a few hundred dollars by my estimate...
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post #2 of 35
The Megahelams is still a very nice, very capable cooler (I'd dare say it's still one of the top single-tower coolers around). imo not worth plunking down the cash for one of the newer big-dog towers, which may net a small benefit. Big-hunk-of-metal-with-a-fan-strapped-to-it technology hasn't advanced that much, aside from getting a little bigger. If you want that nice upgrade feeling, maybe buy a new fan for it.
    
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post #3 of 35
Use your Megahelms. There are a couple cooler that are 5-7c better but if the Megahelms keeps your new system cool at an acceptable overclock why spend more?
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Use your Megahelms. There are a couple cooler that are 5-7c better but if the Megahelms keeps your new system cool at an acceptable overclock why spend more?

This. I have one on my 3770K with super low RPM fans and it keeps my chip cooler than my H80 did.
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post #5 of 35
Another in agreement unless you find it can't sustain what you want, it is still a very capable HSF. I know I still use one myself on one of my AMD FX builds.

It's not a very top dog anymore but still acceptable in many scenarios and OC'ers books I think.
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In the PC building world you should always have the best and most expensive, its the only way you can have real friends.
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post #8 of 35
If it works fine why not use it? Unless you sell it and buy a newer cooler which will be roughly the same within a few degrees, I don't see a point.
post #9 of 35
FWIW I had a Megahalems for a short time and compared to the Noctua NH-D14 (which is in the mix of some of the best air coolers out there) the Megahalems was about 4-5°C warmer. Regardless of its age, the Megahalems is still a very capable cooler. thumb.gif
post #10 of 35
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I'll probably keep it then and see if it's going to do the trick. Considering what was said here, unless a stable OC results in only a few degrees above target temp, I'd have to make the jump from the Megahalems over to liquid anyway.
    
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