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post #1 of 29
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Competitors:

Noctua NH-D14

Thermalright Silver Arrow

Thermalright Archon

Prolimatech Super Mega

Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B

Rules:

1. Price is not an issue

2. State which one is better and why

3. System will be i7 2600k @ 5.0

4. Its just raw cooling power

5. you can add fans

6. DO NOT EVER MENTION: H50/H60/H70/Custom Watercooling

7. Never cheap out and suggest Hyper 212+

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post #2 of 29
Thermalright Archon + an additional TY-140 fan for the ultimate low noise high performance cooling solution (as well as allowing tall ramsinks), or Silver Arrow + a pair of San Ace H1011 fans for even better performance but it is loud as hell.
post #3 of 29
I personally just bought the Noctua NH-D14.

My reasoning is that it is CONSISTENTLY seen as the top air cooler across all performance review sites. While I understand that individuals have seen better performance on their own machine, I like to see where the general trend line is.

I will definitely update this once I get mine installed later this week, but I have seen CONSISTENT results amongst people being able to achieve 4ghz+ on the older i7 line with very reasonable temperatures.
 
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post #4 of 29
The 2600k will stay cool regardless.

I would go with the Arrow and the San Ace fans suggested or the D14.
    
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post #5 of 29
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So guys, Archon+Extra fan or Silver Arrow or NH-D14?
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post #6 of 29
you will max out your oc with any of those i gues,
so take the one that fits your style ;D
i'm getting an archon, looks best, pretty quiet and fits my mobo and ram
   
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post #7 of 29
Arrow and DH14 are over sized for their performance, interfere with taller ram sinks and are an eyesore [imo].

Go Archon with dual TY140 fans out does any other aircooler on the market, uber silent, provides top notch temps and works with all ram regardless of their heatsinks

The Archon is the new king. Both quiet and extremely low temps.

The only issue is that it is taller than most CPU heatsinks so be sure your case has room, otherwise the DH14 would be your best option [though monstrous]
    
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post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by somebodysb2 View Post
So guys, Archon+Extra fan or Silver Arrow or NH-D14?
Archon + extra TY-140 is what you want for low noise high performance

Silver Arrow stock would be second for low noise high performance

Silver Arrow + San Ace H1011 or other 38mm thick fans is best total performance

NH-D14 is like the Silver Arrow without the good TY-140 fans and without the ability to use 38mm thick fans so this is why I would rule out the D14, even though it is a very good cooler
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btw, does the archon fit in a phantom and does it NOT cover the first PCI-E slot on a M4E?
   
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Soooo Archon+Extra TY-140 fit in a Silverstone FT02, Maximus IV Extreme/Formula/P8P67/Intel DP67BG, Muskin Redline/Blackine?
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