Originally Posted by Gunderman456
the best at stock will most likely be best at an overclock. Unless a fan that is doing abysmal at stock will somehow through osmosis cool better in an overclock!?!
Originally Posted by Marin
The temp gap gets a lot wider between the TRUE and S1283 when there is more heat (because of OCing/higher vcore).
Your statement that "the gap gets WIDER", indicates that the TRUE is a better cooler at stock and increases it's lead as the load is increased
(also indicating it is still better at load
Their positions don't "flip-Flop"
Which is actually agreeing
But that is partially because the TRUE is such a beast! and it beats just about everything at stock, at max OC, at Idle, at 100% load,
etc. etc. etc.
But, it's 2-3 times the cost soo... Duh!)
Some coolers can
actually perform better
than others at stock/Idle and then perform worse at very High temp loads
- but, that is not necessarily a bad thing!
It's all about the dissipative rates and Load.
HDT coolers (Xiggy OCZ V2 et. al.) dissipate their heat very quickly so they often actually perform beyond their "level"- beating other "better" coolers under "normal" Load
But, once they're faced with "Extreme" heat loading -which exceeds their dissipation capacity -then the larger "monster" coolers like the TRUE do indeed pull ahead.
(extreme heat loading being Very High
OC's -or older 65nM OC'd quads;
and heat load dissipation capacity being simplistically analogous to raw "fin" surface area)
So, unless you plan on having a huge
heat-load any HDT cooler (The Xiggy or the OCZ V2) is a excellent option and better for traveling than the Tunig (not nearly the mass or torsion)
Back on Topic:
My vote goes for the Xiggy (Again)
I recently did a side by side of the Xiggy and two new coolers from CM. (Hyper-N 520 & 620)
I tested an e8500, an E8600 and a Q9650! all at stock and each at a reasonable
OC. (E8500 @~4.25, E8600 @~4.45 and Q9650 @~4.2)
The Xiggy kept all three cpu's cooler
at IDLE at stock and mild-med OC's
It only started to lose ground- slightly lagging
behind the larger
of the two CM HyperNs' cooling performance at 100% load;
At the upper limit of OC's!
(Keep in mind those Hyper-N's are Double fan
asymmetric designs too!)
(and I'm talking about only two or three degrees C higher while running IBT
The Xiggy S-1283 is
cooler on many fronts...
It performs very admirably for 99.9% of the typical usage scenarios.
It's dead cheap right now,
Newegg has the Back plate ACKI7751 in stock right now!
(Easily one of the simplesst and most secure
mount-kits on the market -IMHO- much better
than the CM nut-n-bolt "juggle" kit)
OR you could wait for the new Xiggy Dark Knight
(Has even better specs & comes with
the back-plate and bolt kit!)
and YES; you would
want to use aftermarket TIM (My current fav. OCZ Freeze)
HDT TIM application Guide