Hey guys i have a arctic freezer pro 7 and lets just say i really want to replace it.
My cpu is: E8400
Case: HAF 932
I cant decide to whether to choose the V8 or the Dark knight. I've looked on frostytech and seen that the Dark Knight scored a little higher while the V8 was still holding its place.
Im thinking the V8 as it'll go great with my HAF932 (which i painted matte black with the drive bays, expansion slots, etc. fire red) but one thing that seperates both of the heatsinks is the cost (and the Dark Knight being a little cooler, no pun intended ).
I just dropped a V8 on my SkullTrail rig and it dropped my CPU temp by 30C compared to the Rosewill RCX-Z775 I was using. The open box V8 on newegg is shown with a back plate you just have to put it together; if it doesn't come with the V8 back plate you are screwed, the XIGMATEK back plate won't work with the V8. The V8 looks awesome but can be a b*tch to install and you run the risk of the metal back plate grounding out your mobo if you overtighten it -Trust me.
I haven't checked out the V8 so I can't really tell you much from a performance standpoint but one thing to consider is the fact that the Dark Knight comes with the backplate. The V8 backplate might be inexpensive but if it doesn't have free shipping then get ready to tack another five or six dollars on the cost. I just bought a Dark Knight for that very reason. I wanted a backplate but I didn't want to pay for S&H for one so I went with the bundle. That is actually how I chose my thermal grease too.
I thought about it and my kid's PC has an E8500 OC'd to 3.8Ghz with an aftermarket cooler and you will hit a FSB wall before you'll overheat it. Seriously, he doesn't get above 42C running Prime95. You could run the stock cooler with the E8 series since they are considered UnderClocked to begin with. Sorry I didn't think of that first. The V8 would be a PITA for that CPU.