Hmm, I use that site more than not. I'm not asking you to look at other sites on that link, read the reviews on the site. Don't just click on an advertisement link, stay at the site. You can report it at Frosty, I know it will be fixed.
The prolimatech megahalem cooler is pretty much the best in the market right now according to some reviews. Well if you willing to spend that much on a heatsink then get that one. But if you want one of the best heatsinks for cheap then get Core contact freezer. 25 dollars after rebate on newegg. buy the 1366 bracket for 10 dollars. total = 35 dollars
You can still use the rankings. Just check out the 150W test ranks. Just because it wasn't done with an i7 under it, it's just to get an idea of how well heatsinks keep high power processors cool. The i7 has a TDP of 130W at stock so the 150W is a good test.
It's also an invaluable site for determining a heatsink's performance relative to another one, as they have reviewed tons of them.
I got the V8 HSF on my new PC that has a the amd 955 be and my MB is gigabyte ma790fxt-ud5p. The V8 is big and just fits in my case but most good HSF seem to be big. The V8 is quiet and keeps my cpu at a good temperature. Im happy so far. I wanted to get the 'Thermalright Ultra 120 extreme rev C' for am3 motherboard but I couldn't get it where I am. This HSF has better stats than the V8.
My 955 is overclocked but I haven't gone all out yet, Im still playing and testing my way up with different settings. ATM I only have it at 3600mhz. I live in a warm place but I have my temp between 51C to 56 C.
No I didn't use Prime 95, I have been using my bios mainly.
I just reinstalled my V8 and reduced the thermal paste and now Im getting about a temp of about 35C to 40C, give or take. I read a few articles on heatsinks and problems and just reinstalled and got a good result. Im still overclocked at 3600. Im going to push high soon but I want a to wait may be until windows 7 and get vista off my pc.
Im in China near Shanghai and we get temperatures here in Summer about the same as Cairo but humid.
Thermaltake V9 case
Corsair HX620w PSU
Gigabyte ma790fxt-ud5p motherboard
6gb Kingstone DDR3 ram 1333
2x2 TB harddrives
Sapphire Radeon hd 4890 2gb graphics card
My advice to you is to try prime 95 for two reasons:
1-Test the CPU stability @100% load(torture test for 1 hour)
2-See if the CPU will overheat or not @ 100% load (Maximum operating temperature for this CPU is 62C)
P.S.You can use Core Temp or SpeedFan to monitor the temperature of your CPU.If it pases 62C, then you need to take the CPU clock down a bit
Yeah I have prime 95, I haven't used it yet, I also got AMD overdrive to help tinker and monitor my PC. But as I stated before Im going to start playing with OC'ing when I get Vista off my machine and do a clean install of Windows 7. When I do start I will let you know how I go Youssef.