Originally Posted by CaptainZombie
So which CPU cooler do you see as being the best that would allow to also use the side panel?
It seems like the GeminII would.
The Noctua NH-L12 you'd have to take the 120mm off I think and place it underneath so then you can use the side panel fan.
The NT06-Pro doesn't allow for the side panel fan to work, unless you mount it on the outside.
From what I've gathered now the Geminll seems to be best bang for the buck, as it offers decent temps, allows the use the side panel fan (15MM only) and its relative quiet.
I couldnt confirm on the NH-L12. Yes the top fan must come off, but not sure if you replace the bottom one with it. (i guess you could if the MB would allow) Seems the smaller 92MM on the bottom sits more indent so it may not interfear with ram or some other component on the particular MB its going to be installed on. I THINK you can use the side fan, if its 15MM.
For me its a tossup for the NH-L12 vs GeminII, but I going to try out the GeminII as its priced a heck of a lot cheaper than the NH-l12, and i know for a fact you can still use the side panel fan.