LGA2011 CPU Cooler Review Roundup

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TinaHiggs22

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Baer

So, I spend about a half a grand on a cpu, perhaps twice that on a pair of GPU's a couple hundred on a high end PSU, more on memory Etc and I really care about saving twenty five bucks on a cooler and 250 pennies on thermal paste?
Yes, that should be part of the review but if this is really still MAX PC it should not carry any weight as far as PERFORMANCE ratings go.
I have always had great results from AS-5 but the Tuniq TX-4 pared with the H100 sounds like a good choice for my next build.

BTW, a lot of tedious work went into this matrix of tests and this review, thank you!

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xXSINS OF WARXx

I would have loved to see the phanteks ph-tc14pe added to this review.

Still think The Hyper EVO is the best bang for your buck. Spending +$30-50 for 2-4 degrees celcius is not worth it IMO. That price range, liquid cooling should be the only option relevant.

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And3rs0nTX

I'm using a corsair H60 at the moment and I couldn't be happier with it especially since I got it for only $60.

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iplayoneasy

I've always been a fan of those. I grabbed the cheesier h40 for $45 on sale once and had an AMD 965 Black @ 4.2GHz for the last 2 years.

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jrcaptain

Labels are wrong on Gaia and NZXT on the quick look.

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iplayoneasy

Considering I got a high watt, high temp FX 8320 clocked at 4.7 GHz, I'd have to say the $30 hyper 212 is the best deal out there. 59C prime95 after 6 hours.

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Meat_Juice

These coolers are for pussies. A water loop is the only way to go for a real MaxPC enthusiast.

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Penterax

Yah, and I bet your Daddy's name is Piston, and claims to have 7 pecs instead of 2.

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Meat_Juice

LOL :)

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nsvander

A year after the socket comes out, you do a review on coolers? I am still using my Thermalrite TruBlack 120 that I had from the 1336 days, bought an adapter and happy as a clam with it.

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nedwards

I did this roundup for the print magazine a year ago. I'm not sure why it's being posted now.

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cmasupra

New coolers can come out after the platform is released. In fact, many have. It's a valid review.

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Penterax

Socket 2011 is rumored to be good through another CPU release (Ivy Bridge-E), but regardless, it's a popular overclocker platform good for testing coolers.

I would like to see an updated thermal paste test suite that includes my current fav, Phobya HeGrease Extreme.

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afatgoat

Include decible output at idle and burn!

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Electrik

I would like to see some external cooling towers reviewed.

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kiaghi7

Big though it may be, I still gotta give it to the NH-D14, on hotter ambient it cooled to lower than all but the H100, and even then the difference was negligible at idle and very modest at burn-in.

While its size can be an encumbrance, the nice thing is that the "front" fan that could potentially interfere with RAM can readily be raised up over its level and lends additional air-flow over the RAM.

The caveat obviously though is that it is BIG in every since of the word, so most "mid towers" and smaller need not apply... It's just not intended for tight spaces.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo is the highest performing cooler for the price AND weight (Only 1 lb, 4.6 oz)

So, what is the highest performing sandy bridge and Ivy bridge chips that can be cooled with this WITHOUT THE FAN?

Just Curious

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