Originally Posted by onlycodered
Hmm. Perhaps it's because my CPU is lapped? I know how to mount a heatsink. You're talking to the son of a mechanical engineer here.
Not that it takes such a prestigious title to install a flippin heatsink
.... But yeah, most reviews of the core contact freezer say that the retention method is horrid
That said, to answer the OP's question:
The Xigmatek HDT-S1283 is the best bang for the buck right now with performance equivalent to the renowned Tuniq Tower (while being $10 cheaper).... it will be more than enough to cool a E8400 (which as has been stated, is more restricted by volts than by heat)... Also, when you get some extra cash down the road, you can invest in a better fan and a bolt through kit which should drop the temps about 5-7C making it a better performer than the Tuniq
Lastly, I've been on a crusade to dispel the constant comparisons of the HDT-S1283 to the TRUE:
they are in no way similar in cooling capacity! Given a load of 100-150W of heat, the two coolers DO perform similarly.... but any higher than that (for example, a Q6600 @ 3.7GHz w/ 1.5v = 211W of heat) and the Xigmatek's limits are reached while the TRUE is still capable of adequately dissipating the heat... While the HDT-S1283 is a GREAT cooler at an AWESOME price, there is a reason why the TRUE is at a higher price point: heatpipe direct touch technology does not compare to the TRUE's massive size, high number of heatpipes and dense fin structure when attempting to dissipate high wattage loads!
The TRUE is considered the God of air coolers for a reason!Edited by killa_concept - 8/12/08 at 10:18am