Best Air CPU Cooler for IB Overclock

Cymera

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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?

Thanks!
 

Cymera

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That looks like a monster! Are there others closer to ~60? By build is already pushing $2400 so far.... :p
 

TidusZ

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I got the heatsink linked above for 60 on sale, may be able to find it around there.
 

Don Karnage

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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.
 

Cymera

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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?
 

iamgenius

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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!
 

Don Karnage

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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
 

TidusZ

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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 :/
 

shauni

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what about the alpenföhn everest

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jesh462

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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.
 

QuantumPion

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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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Nvidiaguy07

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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.
 

ZipSpeed

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Whatever happened to the Godhand? Guess Scythe wasn't confident in the product.

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tulx

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what about the alpenföhn everest

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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.