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AC to Outperform NZXT x31

have the NZXT x31, but looking for a cooler to outperform it. have a z97 and a 4790k processor. Not looking at the Noctua-D15 its just too massive, and I need clearance for DDR3 cruicial ballistix Elite with high fins.
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Thermalright Le Grand Macho RT. Performs on par with the D15 and won't block RAM slots.

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That case has room for a 170mm cooler and the Thermalright Le Grand Macho RT is 159mm so thats an option

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with the high fin ram, is it possible to mount it where fan is near the VRM and venting toward the RAM?
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why would tall RAM make you need to completely wreck your case airflow?

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Just about any top tier 5+ heatpipe cooler will outperform it , it's mainly the RAM restriction that could be an issue.


Examples (not every cooler):

Scythe Mugen 5 Rev B
Scythe Fuma 2 (dual tower with offset)
Thermalright Macho Rev B / Rev C
Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power (171mm height)
Noctua NH-U14S
Noctua NH-U12A
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Prolimatech Megahalems (doesn't have AM4 mount if you decide to go with AM4 socket in future , first RAM slot limited to 42mm , older)
Alpenfohn Matterhorn (in Europe , old)
Reeven Ouranos
Gelid Sirocco

Direct touch stuff:
Thermalright True Spirit 140 Direct
Enermax T50 Axe (with decent fan speeds)
Alpenfohn Brocken 3 (older)
Raijintek Ereboss (thermalright Macho look a like)


etc.

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Quote: Originally Posted by AlphaC View Post
Just about any top tier 5+ heatpipe cooler will outperform it , it's mainly the RAM restriction that could be an issue.


Examples (not every cooler):

Scythe Mugen 5 Rev B
Scythe Fuma 2 (dual tower with offset)
Thermalright Macho Rev B / Rev C
Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power (171mm height)
Noctua NH-U14S
Noctua NH-U12A
Be Quiet Dark Rock 4
Prolimatech Megahalems (doesn't have AM4 mount if you decide to go with AM4 socket in future , first RAM slot limited to 42mm , older)
Alpenfohn Matterhorn (in Europe , old)
Reeven Ouranos
Gelid Sirocco

Direct touch stuff:
Thermalright True Spirit 140 Direct
Enermax T50 Axe (with decent fan speeds)
Alpenfohn Brocken 3 (older)
Raijintek Ereboss (thermalright Macho look a like)


etc.
It's an X31. You could essentially go to NewEgg, add a filter showing only coolers above $29, and that list would be 90%+ accurate for "air coolers that outperform an X31". You don't need to spend much or have something very large for that task.

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Just how I have it now is the rear fan is intake, with exhaust at the top and bottom window fan near GPU exhausting. So I would most likely mount the heatsink with the fan near the VRM in push.
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