Question Cooler for 12700K

CU

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I have a 12700K and DDR4 on the way. Pretty much decided on the MSI PRO Z690-A for the motherboard. I had decided on the Thermalright Frost Commander 140 as the cooler, but it seems I cannot get the 1700 bracket for it. Without paying the Noctua tax is there another cooler I should be looking at that comes with the 1700 bracket? I had also looked at the ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 280. I can sometimes find the 1700 bracket in stock on Amazon. Although may case doesn't really support it. It is a modded Cheiftec Dragon. The front does support two 140mm fans. The problem is the mounts are to low in the case. It looks like it needs about 20mm below the fans to account for the radiator sticking out below them. My bottom fan is almost setting on the bottom of the case. I don't feel like modding the case anymore. I could maybe design and 3D print an offset bracket to move it up. That may or may not create some wind noise as the fans would no longer be flush against the octagonal cut outs. It would be like a 140mm to 120mm adaptor, but this would be two 140mm to 140mm adaptors that move the mounting holes up vertically probably around 15mm. There is also the fact that it would be blowing warmer air toward the gpu. Maybe, I should just wait on Thermalright?
 

13Gigatons

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All the Asus Z690 boards accept the LGA1200 coolers...no extra bracket needed.

Just wish they had concentrated on DDR4 boards first.

Also the Noctua Redux is $50 but maybe you want more cooling power?
 

CU

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The Asus boards do have extra holes to accept LGA1200 coolers, but from what I have read that doesn't make up for the 1mm or so height difference. LGA1700 is lower than LGA1200, so I am not sure if the pressure on on the cpu would be correct. As for the Redux I was wanting to get the best cooling for the money and since heat seems to be the limiting factor on these chips I was looking for a pretty beefy cooler. I do need to look at that Redux some more though.
 

DrMrLordX

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You might be able to get a Dark Rock Pro 4 now with an LGA1700 mounting kit included, but if you get an older LGA1200 model, you can get a free conversion kit. Can't promise you you'll like the be quiet! tax any more than the Noctua tax, though. As an alternative, you may wish to consider the Scythe Fuma 2. There is a mounting kit for this as well:


(SCFM-2000 = Fuma 2)
 

CU

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I actually got the Thermalright FC140. I have the bracket coming. I like the look of big coolers, so an AIO doesn't buy me much. Plus the heatsink will out last any AIO. Metal bricks don't really fail.
 

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