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Triple Threat Shootout for my Next Cooler

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Ok, this is a tough one for me.

I am a man of flair, and as much as it shames me to admit it, a cool looking PC appeals just as much to me as getting the most performance.

I have been scouring the interwebs looking at some of the options available to me. Im looking for a cooler which looks pretty awesome, but at the same time has good cooling, as well as lending itself in some ways to cooling the chipset as well.

To this end, I have drawn up three options:

Noctua NH-U12P

This seems to be the best power cooling option. My plan for this was to push-pull it with some scythe s-flex fans. I know its cooling power closely matches that of a TRUE, so performance is good. However, physical size and weight are a limitation here. This will cause a lot of flex in my motherboard, and I dont want the cooler damaging the board, as DFI boards are like Gold dust here in Blighty.


Asus Arctic Square

This is the one I am currently leaning towards. It seems to have a rather good performance, whilst not being unbearably heavy or bulky. It also has the built in LED, which looks wise is awesome.


Asus Silent Knight II/AL

This is my Vanity coming through here. I think this thing looks proper awesome, so it wins my vote in terms of its looks, and it has relatively good performance, although not up to par with the previous two mentioned. Also, it is relatively small and light, so Motherboard flex wont become an issue.


So basically, It choosing the Right one for my new phenom chip.

Im willing to look at other Options as well, but Ideally I want something with good orientation in an AM2 socket (Something which I know some coolers, TRUE's included, dont have.)

Thank you in advance for anybody who can be bothered to read all that.

For the TL;DR's, basically, which cooler?
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I'm using the Arctic Square right now. You can see my temps in the P35-DS3L thread. Its in the last couple of pages in the thread.

Here: http://www.overclock.net/3727645-post2062.html
System is in the sig. Also, I attempted to lap the HS and CPU. It was my first time and there's a good chance I didn't do it right.
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