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Old 04-16-2012, 04:19 PM   #1
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Default Best Air CPU Cooler for IB Overclock

Hey!

I tried searching, but couldn't find an exact answer: what is the best air cooler for overclocking an i7 3770K to 4.4 tops. I will only likely OC up to 4.0 or 4.2, but I might go as high as 4.4. What CPU cooler should I look to?

The Mugen 3 was recommended to me, but I was also looking at the Zalman CNPS9900A (although it only says LGA1156 compatibility...).

Thoughts?

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Old 04-16-2012, 04:21 PM   #2
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http://www.amazon.com/Noctua-Heatpip.../dp/B002VKVZ1A
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Old 04-16-2012, 04:26 PM   #3
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That looks like a monster! Are there others closer to ~60? By build is already pushing $2400 so far....
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Old 04-16-2012, 04:50 PM   #4
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I got the heatsink linked above for 60 on sale, may be able to find it around there.
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:06 PM   #5
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I'm telling you ALL now. DO NOT waste your money on air cooling if you plan on going Ivy.

Buy this or stay with Sandy Bridge

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=30187
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:17 PM   #6
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I'm telling you ALL now. DO NOT waste your money on air cooling if you plan on going Ivy.

Buy this or stay with Sandy Bridge

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=30187
Even for low overclocks? I don't plan to push it past 4 or 4.2. I won't consider 4.4 if it is so problematic.
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:37 PM   #7
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Even for low overclocks? I don't plan to push it past 4 or 4.2. I won't consider 4.4 if it is so problematic.
Under 4Ghz you could get away with a stock intel crappy cooler but over 4 starts getting hot when the voltages are turned up. Tri Gate does not like the high voltages.
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:13 PM   #8
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Under 4Ghz you could get away with a stock intel crappy cooler but over 4 starts getting hot when the voltages are turned up. Tri Gate does not like the high voltages.
Ok, but how would a good air cooler (if the Intel is crappy) fair at 4-4.2?
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:48 PM   #9
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It would be fine.
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:26 PM   #10
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Ok, but how would a good air cooler (if the Intel is crappy) fair at 4-4.2?

Get a D14 if you want air bro.
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:35 PM   #11
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Get a D14 if you want air bro.
Ok, but according to this link, it is for LGA1156 - will it work on an LGA1155?
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:00 AM   #12
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yes it will DH-N14 or Phanteks
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:52 AM   #13
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Looks like I will go with the DH-N14 then
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:29 AM   #14
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If it is ganna be an air cooler, you can save some $$$ and still get comparable performance to the Noctua by getting the legendary TRUE 120 Rec C from thermalright. That and you also will NOT have to deal with the massive size of the Noctua D14. You will be saving 40-50 bucks...

Just an opinion!
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Old 04-18-2012, 04:18 PM   #15
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What about the NZXT Havik 140? Overclock3D shows it outperforming the NH-D14.
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Old 04-21-2012, 02:22 PM   #16
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I just picked up a Venom X from MC yesterday for 20 bucks and at 4.7Ghz i'm idling at 29C and maxing around 70C in BF3
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:27 PM   #17
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Processors never really get that hot in games, probably 50 C here in BF3 despite heavy overclock, but linx puts me into the 80s :/
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:52 PM   #18
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what about the alpenföhn everest

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Old 04-22-2012, 02:20 PM   #19
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These air coolers are ridiculous. Why don't you just go for watercooling and then if you change sockets later, all you have to do is replace the mounting hardware.
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After going full water cooling for my current build I am all w/c'ed out. It is too much hassle and expense to push for those last few hundred Mhz's. Air cooling for me from here on lol.

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Now: lighting broke, swapped vid card for non w/c'ed one, tubing got all clouded, possible algae growth, several leaks which were a bitch to fix, and broken fittings which I had to replace with cheapy plastic ones to last until next build, fan bearings rattle and squeak but no way to swap them out without dismantling the whole thing.


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Old 05-01-2012, 04:21 PM   #21
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anyone know how a h212 evo would work on a 3570k? Im about to order the rest of my parts, and i cant make a decision.

I want to be able to at least hit 4.5ghz.

Its either that, or a noctua D14 for like $80 bucks. I feel like once im spending close to 50, i might as well get the noctua, and then just keep it for my next build as well.

Any other recommendations are welcome.
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Havik 140!
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Havik 140!
lowest i see is 60, and i can get a noctua for 80.
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Whatever happened to the Godhand? Guess Scythe wasn't confident in the product.

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what about the alpenföhn everest

Alpenföhn have some of the best air coolers in the world. Sadly, most tech sites don't even seem to know they exist. I have an Alpenföhn Nordwand in my secondary PC and it's simply amazing. The build quality on that cooler unlike anything I've ever seen - not even on my Noctua NH-D 14.
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