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What's the best price/performance CPU Cooler with the best RAM Clearance?

I have been away from the market for a while recently my AIO's pump decided to stop working... so I wonder what are the best budget options for a cpu cooler? is still the best option the Mugen 5?

My Case is a Rosewill Throne. the Height clearance for the CPU cooler shouldn't be an issue

I can accept suggestion for old/ancient cooler like HE01 but preferably would like something with good noise-performance ratio

The best I could find locally was a BeQuiet Dark Rock 3 for $40 but it's too far from me. and Someone was selling a TR Venomous (1156) for $35

Coolers that I could buy on my price range:
FSP Group Windale 6
Thermalright Macho Direct
Scythe Mugen 5 Rev. B
Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Direct

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Remove the oversized passive cooler => low profile ram. This should give you enough clearence for any Cooler.
The most budget air cooler is the boxed one ofc. But it is up to you if you can live with the noise and what type of usage/strain you put your cpu under.

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I’d grab the venomous. I own lgmrt and ts140p and between those two lgmrt has the best clearance. I can’t speak for the others on your list..

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I’d grab the venomous. I own lgmrt and ts140p and between those two lgmrt has the best clearance. I can’t speak for the others on your list..
"lgmrt" le grand macho rt? I dont know how it compares to the Macho Direct also the Le Grand Macho (RT)(Direct) seem to have more Width than the True Spirit 140Direct

also review show the TR TS14D has great performance


though the Mugen 5 seem to be better in some benchmarks




Macho Direct:

102mm
Mugen 5:

85mm
True Spirit 140 Direct:
42mm

Winsdale 6:
110mm

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The 140P blocks the closest dimm on my X58, and rubs on Z77 but still works pretty damn good for fifty bucks. As good as my Le Grand Macho. I could have sworn they quit making it but just checked amazon and they are loaded. I skipped the D as I had the room, and hot CPU’s.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Owterspace View Post
The 140P blocks the closest dimm on my X58, and rubs on Z77 but still works pretty damn good for fifty bucks. As good as my Le Grand Macho. I could have sworn they quit making it but just checked amazon and they are loaded. I skipped the D as I had the room, and hot CPU’s.
Well they have iterations of it
True Spirit 140 (had green+blue colors)
True Spirit 140 Power (TY-14X fan design with black and white) redesign
True Spirit 140 Direct (TY-14X fan design with black) and HDT heatpipes, keeps similar design as Power but it has been shrunk

I think to avoid any clearance issues I am between the Mugen 5 and the ID-Cooling SE-234-ARGB

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http://thermalright.com/product/true-spirit-140-power/
the 140 power is wider also taller that explains why it performs so bad compared to the ID-Cooling... perhaps I would still consider the two aboves

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Quote: Originally Posted by Owterspace View Post
The 140P blocks the closest dimm on my X58, and rubs on Z77 but still works pretty damn good for fifty bucks. As good as my Le Grand Macho. I could have sworn they quit making it but just checked amazon and they are loaded. I skipped the D as I had the room, and hot CPU’️s.
Well they have iterations of it
True Spirit 140 (had green+blue colors)
True Spirit 140 Power (TY-14X fan design with black and white) redesign
True Spirit 140 Direct (TY-14X fan design with black) and HDT heatpipes, keeps similar design as Power but it has been shrunk

I think to avoid any clearance issues I am between the Mugen 5 and the ID-Cooling SE-234-ARGB

edit:
http://thermalright.com/product/true-spirit-140-power/
the 140 power is wider also taller that explains why it performs so bad compared to the ID-Cooling... perhaps I would still consider the two aboves
Scythe makes good coolers. I don’t follow when you say the 140P performs so bad? Do you mean the 140D performs bad? It’s not a cooler I would buy personally just because I like to overclock.

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Scythe Fuma 2, Ninja and Mugen.
Thermalright Le Grand Macho, True Spirit.

Edit:
Most silent cooler I never heard is the Mugen PCGH btw.
It also has great RAM clearance.

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Scythe makes good coolers. I don’t follow when you say the 140P performs so bad? Do you mean the 140D performs bad? It’s not a cooler I would buy personally just because I like to overclock.
Yeah the 140D has smaller dimensions hence worse performance I thought that the 140D was the 140P with HDT
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TRUE Spirit 140 Power only similarity to other TRUE cooler is it's a single tower. It's bigger, taller & wider and has 8mm heatpipes while all others have 6mm heatpipes.

Techpowerup uses a Thermaltake Core P3 case which isn't as closed in a most, but still not at test station. And they use room air temp not, but don't say when it is recorded .. and they really need to use cooler intake air temp recorded same time CPU temp is recorded.

So I don't trust their results

Tweaktown uses an INWIN D-Frame and again no idea when or where air temp is recorded except for saying it's "ambient room temperature" So again, no way of knowing if results are really accurate or not.
So I don't trust their results

Might be able to better figure what coolers will fit once I scale center CPU to RAM and PCIe sockets.

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