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When you buy a processor it almost always comes with a CPU cooler these days, with as a result that the affordable CPU cooler market has pretty much disappeared. The market for high-end and fancy coolers is thriving, however, since more powerful coolers are needed when you want to overclock a CPU. Noise is another reason to not use the stock cooler. While they usually aren't extremely loud, separately sold coolers are often more silent. The combination of good cooling performance with silence is what makes a good CPU cooler.
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Always nice to see some large tests for coolers. Would like a test of the top 10 or so with better fans added onto them to see which one then performs the best. A lot of the coolers have crappy stock fans (Dark Knight especially) and perform tons better with a better set of fans.
 

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Be Quiet! Dark Rock Advanced C1 (single tower) seems good for silence , definitely looks better than Noctuas in terms of color.
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"Along with the Scythe Big Shuriken the Be Quiet! Dark Rock Advanced C1 is the most silent cooler in this test, and also cools very well. The Advanced C1 is more affordable than the Gold Awardee Dark Rock Pro 2 and other high-end models."

" Most efficient at low speeds for Ivy Bridge are the Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2, Be Quiet! Dark Rock Advanced C1 and Scythe Mugen 3 PCGH."

"The most silent affordable coolers are the Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev. B, the Be Quiet! Dark Rock Advanced C1 and the Be Quiet! Shadow Rock Pro SR1, where the last two still provide adequate cooling at 160W."

@ 130 & 160W , the Noctua NH-D14 does the best at High and Low speed though.
 

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Three CPU coolers in this group test earned the Hardware.Info Gold Award. The Cooler Master TPC-800 using the Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1450rpm fan is the most efficient cooler we tested. It cools really well and doesn't make much noise. The expensive Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 is definitely worth the money. It's in the top 5 for cooling, but is the only one that's still relatively quiet. WIth the fan running on low speed, it made the top 3 for most silent cooler. The very affordable Cooler Master Hyper 412S is the best cheap cooler in this test, also good for a Gold Award.

We tested more great coolers that earned the Silver Award. The Noctua NH-D14 has the best cooling performance, and is perfect for overclockers that don't mind a little noise and paying a little extra. The Be Quiet! Dark Rock Advanced C1 is one of the two most silent coolers in the test, but it still cools well. The DeepCool Neptwin is a great cooler for its price, and it's almost on the level of the much more expensive Noctua NH-D14. The Gelid Tranquilo Rev. 2 is a good alternative to the Cooler Master Hyper 412S.
The TPC-800 is the same as the TPC-812 but with no fan (in the US).
I have the 812 myself and will probably replace the stock fan that came with it. And it also comes with brackets for a second fan.
 

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