Best Air CPU Cooler for IB Overclock

Discussion in 'Cases & Cooling' started by Cymera, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Cymera

    Cymera Member

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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!
     
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  3. 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
     
  4. TidusZ

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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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  6. 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.
     
  8. Cymera

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    Ok, but how would a good air cooler (if the Intel is crappy) fair at 4-4.2?
     
  9. TidusZ

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    It would be fine.
     
  10. Don Karnage

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    Get a D14 if you want air bro.
     
  11. Cymera

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    Ok, but according to this link, it is for LGA1156 - will it work on an LGA1155?
     
  12. LagunaX

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    yes it will DH-N14 or Phanteks
     
  13. Cymera

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    Looks like I will go with the DH-N14 then :)
     
  14. iamgenius

    iamgenius Senior member

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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!
     
  15. Cymera

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    What about the NZXT Havik 140? Overclock3D shows it outperforming the NH-D14.
     
  16. 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
     
  17. 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 :/
     
  18. shauni

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    what about the alpenföhn everest

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  19. 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.
     
  20. 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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  21. 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.
     
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  23. Nvidiaguy07

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    lowest i see is 60, and i can get a noctua for 80.
     
  24. ZipSpeed

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

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  25. tulx

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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.
     
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