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Hey guys,

I am looking for a good, reliable website that shows all the new heatsinks in comparison. I've heard frostytech is a bit sketchy, Spire Thermax Eclipse II currently tops their list. There is no mention of the Archon or Silver Arrow in the top 10...

Just trying to decide on a cooler for a new sandybridge system. I know the 212+ is a huge favorite here, I'm hoping to get my system to 4.5ghz stable and I'm not sure it could handle that as a permanent OC.
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Originally Posted by grassh0ppa View Post
Hey guys,

I am looking for a good, reliable website that shows all the new heatsinks in comparison. I've heard frostytech is a bit sketchy, Spire Thermax Eclipse II currently tops their list. There is no mention of the Archon or Silver Arrow in the top 10...

Just trying to decide on a cooler for a new sandybridge system. I know the 212+ is a huge favorite here, I'm hoping to get my system to 4.5ghz stable and I'm not sure it could handle that as a permanent OC.
hi,

yes frostytech is really sketchy and cant really be relied upon. i reckon just googling one HSF after another and creating your own comparison is the way to go. tomshardware and other hardware sites are pretty reliable(as well as OCN). thats the way i do it and thats the all i have always done it. as for my recommendation i recommend a promilatech megahelm with two push pull fans or possibly a noctua D14 which is arguably the best air HSF. with either one and with your SB u can easily overclock to 4.5ghz and above. have fun and good luck!!!

your welcome.
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I'll link to some reviews. You can generalize from there to look at other reviews on those websites.

Here's one.
Here's another.
And another.
Another.

They all use differing methodologies, so pay attention. The Devil is, as always, in the details.
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Originally Posted by ehume View Post
I'll link to some reviews. You can generalize from there to look at other reviews on those websites.

Here's one.
Here's another.
And another.
Another.

They all use differing methodologies, so pay attention. The Devil is, as always, in the details.
The 4th link is pretty decent for a start. It is hard to make a decision on only one review and you should really try to research items individually once you have a few in your sight. Check as well was is the availability from the "local" shops.
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or possibly a noctua D14 which is arguably the best air HSF. with either one and with your SB u can easily overclock to 4.5ghz and above.
l3gend.

Thanks so much for this recommendation. I have had a devil of a time installing the Tuniq Tower, my problem being how much to tighten it down. I'm hoping the Noctua D14 will be an easier install. It sure looks like it is.

Found this by "googling" OCN. Sorry if I am intruding.
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Here's some graphs.

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post #7 of 9
Why's FrostyTech "really sketchy"? There's no such thing as a definite accurate result since there's always a margin of error, whether it be in measurement or amount of TIM applied. If you read a review saying heatsink A is better than B by 1~2 degrees that doesn't mean it's definite.

Go look at the test results page from their latest review it's a good basis for a start since it compares a lot of coolers: http://www.frostytech.com/articlevie...id=2588&page=5

X-bit's reviews are good since they go into details about different mounting orientations.

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They all use differing methodologies, so pay attention. The Devil is, as always, in the details.
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l3gend.

Thanks so much for this recommendation. I have had a devil of a time installing the Tuniq Tower, my problem being how much to tighten it down. I'm hoping the Noctua D14 will be an easier install. It sure looks like it is.

Found this by "googling" OCN. Sorry if I am intruding.
The Noctua mount is the easiest and firmest of all the backplate mounts. You'll be blown away when it arrives.
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The Noctua mount is the easiest and firmest of all the backplate mounts. You'll be blown away when it arrives.
Thanks for taking time to reassure me, ehume. I just bought the Noctua so "the die is cast". For what it's worth I used to be a member of numerous groups. Now I hardly ever stray from OCN. Everyone is knowledgeable and helpful - and No One is a Chest Pounder!

Briefly I am setting up an AMD 1090T which I plan to overclock to about 3.8 GHz., which according to Toms Hardware is a safe limit. My other rig is a bit slower (2.8 I think) 6-core and due to my laziness I will just use the stock cooler.

Thanks all!
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