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post #11 of 20
I recommend you NOT to upgrade.

I had the 212+ and currently use the D-14. It's very nice, but unless your 212+ is inadequate for your overclocking needs, it's unecessary. There are people in these forums who have hit 4ghz on the amd quadcores with the 212+.

The only advantage out of the box are Noctua's quieter fans compared to the stock coolermasters'.
Also make sure your pc case has enough clearance.

The only reason i made the switch was because i picked up the D-14 used for $40.
Your money will be better spent buying an aftermarket gpu cooler and playing around with video card overclocking.

Accelero TWIN TURBO Pro


pic of my 212+ side-by-side with the mounted D-14.
A few degrees better cooling wasnt worth the hassle to me.



But yes, to answer your question, the Noctua D-14, Silver Arrow, and Proligmatech Armageddon are the top 3 air coolers.

Get with a 212+, you'll be happy.
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post #12 of 20
OP does not have a 212+. OP has stock.

Best, quietest: Silver Arrow.
Budget excellent buy: 212+
Mid-range in price excellent in cooling: CM V6, Tt Frio

I no longer recommend the Mugen 2, though it cools well. It is a female dog to mount. You end up putting the mb on the cooler, not the cooler on the mb. I have now installed stock, Arctic Cooling, Prolimatech, Noctua, Cooler Master and Scythe heatsinks on my various builds. I have carefully inspected pictures and read reports by users about Thermalright mounts.

In order (ease of mounting + solidity of mount):
Noctua is better than Prolimatech,
which is better than Thermalright,
which is better than the rest,
nearly all of which are better than Scythe.

Carefully read detailed reviews (do web searches) before you buy any heatsink.
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post #13 of 20
Zalman CNPS 10x Extreme: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118051

Titan Fenrir: http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0334422

Gelid Tranquillo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...d%20tranquillo

In that order. This going by performance and looks, both are important to me.

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/201...ooler-review/3

The D14 is a fantastic cooler and the ugliest thing I've ever seen, but that's my opinion. If you like flesh / brick red color fans, go for it. I've never used the Hyper+, I used the original Hyper and it was a fine cooler, but there's never a shortage of people who recommend the 2nd version, so I'm sure it's great too.
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post #14 of 20
I just started looking into this myself.
Here is a site I was looking at. http://www.frostytech.com/

and here is the top cooling fans+heatsinks for intel http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

so far I believe frostytech.com is to air cooling as jonnyguru is to PSU

Does anyone know of another website that tests out aircoolers to help OP and myself with more data?
post #15 of 20
Prolimatech Megahalems! Noctua NH-D14! Thermalright ULTRA120! Best air coolers out there. Get them instead of a H50/H70 unless your case is too crammed.
post #16 of 20
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Prolimatech Megahalems! Noctua NH-D14! Thermalright ULTRA120! Best air coolers out there. Get them instead of a H50/H70 unless your case is too crammed.
TRUE 120 is old(still good, but far better options nowadays), the Venomous X, Archon, HR-02, Silver Arrow are all better Thermalright products than that.
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post #17 of 20
I never even bother looking at Frostytech any more. I look at Benchmark Reviews, x-bit and Vortez, mainly. As for the rest, I look carefully at their testing methodology. For example, did anyone notice that when Hard OCP tested the Silver Arrow they used it with center/pull rather than push/center? Their method takes 2-3c away from the cooling power of the SA. That's the kind of detail you need to look at.

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TRUE 120 is old(still good, but far better options nowadays), the Venomous X, Archon, HR-02, Silver Arrow are all better Thermalright products than that.
which is the best of them

i'm looking to buy new one

previously i used long time Thermalright true black & only fed days Noctua nh-d14

what should i buy next



+imo thermalright fan clip is was so bad, noctua fan clip is easy & better
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which is the best of them

i'm looking to buy new one

previously i used long time Thermalright true black & only fed days Noctua nh-d14

what should i buy next



+imo thermalright fan clip is was so bad, noctua fan clip is easy & better
Best coolers are: Noctua NH-D14, Thermalright Silver Arrow, and Thermalright Archon with 2 fans in terms of air.
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u can go for H70 hybrid water cooling , almost same performace of king of air coolers - NH - D14 (which i am having)

AND LATER IF U INTERSTED IN MODIFYIN AND ALL
U CAN CONVERT U R H70 TO PERFORM BETTER ALSO
http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...ide-noobs.html
http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...rsair-h50.html



NH D14 its really huge so need enough clearence in case and RAM also north bridge .
u need to give xtra time for mounting ..
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