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Ill be overclocking a i5 2500k as soon as the new boards are available and im just wondering if I should go with the Corsair a70 for what seems like a steal at $32 or fork up the big bucks for the SA.

After looking at the reviews below im tempted to go with the A70 since its only 3 degrees behind and 2.5 times cheaper. Value looks to be there but im also concerned with noise and the SA looks to be quieter, but with the $ I save I could just get new fans...

So, I know the SA is top of the line but how much will I notice the 4-6* difference? Also is 6dB worth paying for?

Thanks

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/...ooler_review/3

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/..._unit_review/3
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post #2 of 11
The Corsair A70 won't perform unless you use high CFM fans on it; so it's not going to be a silent cooler.

On the other hand; the Silver arrow can be with it's stock configuration.

I would personally go for the Silver Arrow because it's a cooler that will last awhile.
Edited by Tator Tot - 2/21/11 at 3:21am
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post #3 of 11
Where is the a70 for $32?
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Originally Posted by Tator Tot View Post
The Corsair A70 won't perform unless you use high CFM fans on it; so it's not going to be a silent cooler.

On the other hand; the Silver arrow can be with it's stock configuration.

I would personally go for the Silver Arrow because it's a cooler that will last awhile.
I second this idea.

The Corsair A70 is not worth it at all, I rather stay on stock cooler.

Go grab the Silver Arrow, it's a damn great cooler and even within stock fans, it's the best in the market, and it's really silent.
    
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My a70 stays pretty cool 3.6@ 35 idle and 60 with intelburntest

But my friends tuniq extreme is awesome. I rebuilt his system with the new cooler and its 20 degrees idle at 3.2 and 40 full load.

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post #6 of 11
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The Cooler Master A70 won't perform unless you use high CFM fans on it; so it's not going to be a silent cooler.
Corsair, not CoolerMaster.
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Originally Posted by kcuestag View Post
The CM A70 is not worth it at all, I rather stay on stock cooler.

Go grab the Silver Arrow, it's a damn great cooler and even within stock fans, it's the best in the market, and it's really silent.
See above. Also, the A70 is way better than a stock cooler, and I would gladly take the A70, or any other reputable cooler over stock.

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Originally Posted by MCImes View Post
Hello,
Ill be overclocking a i5 2500k as soon as the new boards are available and im just wondering if I should go with the Corsair a70 for what seems like a steal at $32 or fork up the big bucks for the SA.

After looking at the reviews below im tempted to go with the A70 since its only 3 degrees behind and 2.5 times cheaper. Value looks to be there but im also concerned with noise and the SA looks to be quieter, but with the $ I save I could just get new fans...

So, I know the SA is top of the line but how much will I notice the 4-6* difference? Also is 6dB worth paying for?

Thanks

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/...ooler_review/3

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/..._unit_review/3
As per your question, if you plan on heavy oc's, get the SA and just keep pushing until your chip gives out, the SA wont

If you plan on mild oc's and just want something simplistic but that works well, the Corsair A70 is a great option.

As for the price... at $32 that's actually a really good deal
    
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post #7 of 11
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thanks for the replies. THe A70 is $32 on newegg after MIR.

Ill probably fork up the money for the SA and call it good for life
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post #8 of 11
SA for $80 = win.
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Off topic, but is the silver arrow worth it at $70 CAD
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post #10 of 11
wath the... ??? A70 is a great cooler, look the reviews

is 35$ in amazon BTW
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