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Enermax T-40 Cluster CPU Air Cooler vs Noctua NH-U9B SE2 CPU Heat Sink With Dual Noctua Fans

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December 8, 2013 8:09:36 PM

I have FX-8350 and trying to get a cooler for it. I came down to Noctua NH-U9B SE2 and Enermax T-40 Cluster. which one is better. Noctua cost few bucks more. is it worth extra bucks?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EBYYW28/ref=ox_sc_s...


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SLJMQ2/ref=ox_sc_a...

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December 8, 2013 8:42:29 PM

The Noctua is better! The Enermax is in class with CM Hyper 212 EVO http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-r... and therefore to expensive!
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December 8, 2013 8:43:58 PM

I'm with rolli the noctua is the better of the two and is a top notch cooler
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December 8, 2013 11:08:34 PM

If you're going to get the ETS-T40, get the ETS-T40-TB variant. It's the bare-bones variant, without any of the frills, and at worst will probably run just a couple degrees less in terms of thermal performance. I have yet to see any definitive comparisons, but I can't really justify an extra $20 cost for just a couple degrees. $30 is a really good price for a cooler of that quality.

Either way, the Enermax will probably edge out in terms of absolute thermal performance. Noctua is known for the quality of their products, but Enermax isn't a slouch either. Enermax also has the size going for it.

Some other coolers to look at are the Thermalright True Spirit 140, and the Phanteks PH-TC12DX. Both are around the $50 range, and would probably be better performers.
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