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    Corsair A70
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    Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B
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post #1 of 28
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I am working on buying the parts for my brothers SB build, and the last part I am stuck on picking out is the heatsink.

It will be mounted onto a Asus P8P67 PRO, and the CPU is a 2500K.

I need to keep the price down to less than $50. I have been looking on New Egg and these 2 seem to be the best deal:

The Corsair A70: Link

Pros: After MIR it is ~ $13 cheaper, 2 fans, decent thermal paste, DHT

Cons: A bit harder to apply TIM, conflicting reports of performance, fan quality a little low


and


The Scythe Mugen 2 rev. B: Link

Pros: A lot of metal for the money, easier to apply TIM, decent fan

Cons: A to install, 1 fan, conflicting reports of performance, price before MIR compared to A70


I am torn between these two. What confuses me is that I have read some posts on here saying that the Mugen 2 is better, but then I read reviews like this which paint the opposite result: Link

Please post any other heatsinks in that price range that are better.
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post #2 of 28
mugen2 !

but the stock cooler of the 2500K will give you about the same temps as a mugen2

I would go for something like the NH-D14 , silver arrow or H70...
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post #3 of 28
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Originally Posted by ranerX3 View Post
mugen2 !

but the stock cooler of the 2500K will give you about the same temps as a mugen2
How?

Quote:
Originally Posted by ranerX3 View Post
I would go for something like the NH-D14 , silver arrow or H70...
I would if price wasn't an issue. It also seems that with SB you hit a voltage limit before temperature is an issue with a decent cooler.
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post #4 of 28
the 2500K cooler is the same as the 980X cooler...
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post #5 of 28
Try the stock cooler first and see what kind of clocks your able to get, if your satisfied then go with it. If not then go ahead and buy a top notch air cooler nh-d14 is huge but a good cooler, prolimatech ones are good also.

Best budget one would be a cm 212+
best performance in my opinion is nh-d14 or megahalem or silver arrow.

Mind as well go budget or all the way, no inbetween
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post #6 of 28
try to save for the silver arrow its a little less expensive then the nh-d14 but it will give you the same temps.

or the h70 its will be around the same cooling temps as those 2...
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post #7 of 28
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Try the stock cooler first and see what kind of clocks your able to get, if your satisfied then go with it. If not then go ahead and buy a top notch air cooler nh-d14 is huge but a good cooler, prolimatech ones are good also.

Best budget one would be a cm 212+
best performance in my opinion is nh-d14 or megahalem or silver arrow.

Mind as well go budget or all the way, no inbetween
I would try the stock cooler if it was the one that comes with the 980X. Sadly it is the one that looks like they cut the bottom off of a pop can.

My budget is ~$40 so that would put me in the budget territory. The NH-D14 looks like a beast, but about twice my budget.

Am I correct in my assumption that the Corsair A70 is better then the 212+? Most review sites put it ahead. After MIR I can get it for $5 more then the 212+

How come there is such a variance between review sites. On some the Mugen does really well, and on others the A70 wipes the floor with it.
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post #8 of 28
the mugen 2 is the more effective heatsink, but the a70 comes with two 2000rpm fans, so with stock fans the a70 is slightly better, but with identical fans the mugen 2 wins.
i'd go with the mugen 2 for sure, since the corsair is very noisy, and you can buy new fans for the mugen 2 later on, if you actually need them...
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Originally Posted by Elohim View Post
the mugen 2 is the more effective heatsink, but the a70 comes with two 2000rpm fans, so with stock fans the a70 is slightly better, but with identical fans the mugen 2 wins.
i'd go with the mugen 2 for sure, since the corsair is very noisy, and you can buy new fans for the mugen 2 later on, if you actually need them...
I was also thinking that the Mugen2 would be better due to the increased amount of metal compared to the A70. What threw me for a loop is this review. http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1389/6/

They found that the A70 was almost 10C cooler then the Mugen 2 when overclocked. Either this review was flawed, or the larger heat pipes / direct contact, and 2 fans makes that big of a difference.

Does anyone on here actually use a A70? I find it odd that there isn't much information about the A70. Sort of like the H series has overshadowed the A series.

Price wise the A70 is more expensive, but it has the MIR which brings the price down to 212+ prices.
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post #10 of 28
I have a CNPS10X, and its a pretty good cooler, imo. Gets the job done. But, if you really wanna go balls to the wall with cooling, but don't exactly wanna replace fans, get the A70.

Just my 2 cents.
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