Originally Posted by CaptainZombie
I should of done better planning with my motherboard choice. LOL!
The NH-L12 is rather pricy at $70, a knock that Noctua always gets about their prices.
Since you are still looking at the coolers and I read through your posts with doyll, the AXP-100 still looks like its really good. I found another positive review for it:
The Zalman CNPS8900 Quiet CPU Cooler
is what was recommended by a few people in the earlier pages here in this thread. I think there is another one that is a step above this one which is the Extreme Quiet Edition
So it seems that the AXP is just below the NH-L12 by 2 degrees at stock clocks, but at over clocking it was on 13 degrees more than the NH-L12. This was the test I was referring to when you first mentioned the AXP-100, granted I quickly gazed at it. What I dont like about this sort of test is it looks like they are doing it with the MB out in the open. With our RVZ01, we could/would have the side/top 15MM fan mounted as intake blowing on top of the AXP. 59 degrees seemed a tad high but I guess these load tests are a little inflated in comparison a load of a game would be? and I would guess much lower during a HD movie stream/playback.
Toms hardware did a review of 8 low profile coolers. On that list the is the Zalaman CNPS8900 Quiet, NT06, NH-L12 and the AXP-200 (not sure how it differs from the 100) They rank the Zalaman best buy and it actually scores good temps. it measured 51 degrees overclocked at 4Ghz with a lower voltage. The NH-l12 clocked 49, axp-200 in the middle at 50. NT06 was 49 as well. They go on to talk RPM and noise levels (and the NT06 was loud) Tthe review is here:
Someone on this thread did mention the Zalaman in their build...I was reading some reviews on newegg and it was mixed. Some people said it was quiet others loud and didn't cool well...but Im not so sure I would trust the average schmuck that posts there over Toms, they may not know what they are doing. I think the 15MM intake above the CPU should help too.
I think we can rule out the NT06 as we've seen people on this thread claim it was loud, and Toms review showed the DBs were real high albeit a good temp at 49.
Not sure how much different the AXP-100 is over the 200, assuming not much it seems that we have 3 decent Air Cooled options:
AXP-100/200 based on Toms Hardware review and the review you found on it on this site
NH-L12 minus the 25MM top fan but use the 15MM case fan we get in its place based on Legtoms review in actual action with this case (and Toms hardware review)
Zalaman CNPS8900 Quiet based on mentions on this thread and Toms Review.
Price goes to AXP followed by Zalaman and lastly NH-L12.
Still a tough choice...I cant seem to find the AXP in Canada but I kind of like it and would probably get it (gonna check ebay). The only thing turning me off the Zalaman is the fan (are these replaceable in the event of failure or do you buy a whole new kit?) Noctura is the premium, but does seem to perform well at the loss of the top 25MM fan. Would a 25MM fit under the GPU in this case, you could chuck it there...my OCD wouldn't like the fact there is 2 different fan types, but at least it wouldn't go to waste.
Capt, are you stuck with your MB or can you return?Edited by whoanelly - 3/28/14 at 9:24pm