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Phantek PH-TC12DX vs be quiet! Dark Rock 3 for moderate i5 4690k OC

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Allright, after 6 YEARS of faithful, quiet service of cooling both my Core 2 Duo E8500 and i5 2500k, my very trusty and reliable first edition Xigmatek Dark Knight HSF is gonna need to be retired for a hopefully upcoming Devils Canyon upgrade in the next few months sans any new updates about Broadwell. Considering the over $100 price premium, I decided that the i7 4790k just isn't worth the small performance increase from what i've researched, so i'll be cooling a i5 4690k CPU for moderate overclocking in the 4.0ghz-4.4ghz range.

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That being said, I don't wanna deal with AIO watercooling setups still and like my clean, quiet and no hassle air cooling for my basic gaming needs nowadays, so im gonna stick with good ol air.

My pleminary reseach shows that the Phantek and Dark Rock 3 seem to trade blows pretty close to one another, especially on TechPower ups review

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/beQuiet/Dark_Rock_3/6.html

I DO NOT wanna go dual tower HSF as its completely overkill, overpriced and honestly, looks flat out stupid having a heatsink that farking large and heavy in my case, so no dual tower HSF suggestions please


Also, I don't care HOW WELL they perform, the Noctua's are butt ass ugly and I don't want them in my ROG color themed case. End of discussion.

That all being said, what has been users experience with these coolers that would promote me getting one or the other? Or is there another HSF that I missed thats better or lower cost?

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For a moderate overclock you can easily chose wich one is cheaper or suits your aesthetic needs better. The bq certainly comes with the better fan (+ with the sleeker looks imo). The Phanteks has better build quality, better mounting and is a bit smaller though, performance wise it doesnt really matter... so your choice.

What about the Megahalems Black Edition as a third choice though wink.gif


It's essentially a slightly bigger and better version of the Phanteks
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^ Doesn't work with 1150 sockets and pricier with no fans on top of it. For the price your paying, its a bummer none of them come with anti vibration mounting systems like the Xigamatek does.
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1155=1150
but yeah its a bit pricier

the bq does come with anti vibration strips though, and it should be considerably quieter than your dark knight overall
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1155=1150
but yeah its a bit pricier

the bq does come with anti vibration strips though, and it should be considerably quieter than your dark knight overall


I replaced my Dark knight with a Gelid fan some time ago, so its really quiet now. Ouch, the be quiet is freaking expensive on amazon...
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What about the LEPA LV12?, I´ve read good things about it, I´ve already ordered it from eBay at $45.

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You are really looking at a very small performance difference between the two. The BQ is noticeably quieter, though.

As stated earlier, the Phanteks is a much easier install. There was a mention that it was better built than the BQ, but owning both I disagree wholeheartedly as the Dark Rock 3 is one of the nicest assembly and finishes around and quite a bit more polished than the 12DX.

The Cryorig H5 would be another top piece to consider, though the white may not go with the color scheme. Also, Phanteks has a new TC14S which is a tick behind the 12DX in performance (but still quite good), but is quieter and has a very unique look.
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