Which CPU Cooler for 4Ghz OC?

Hello,

I’m in the market for a great CPU cooler for my new setup i7 920 CPU & P6T Deluxe v2 MOBO.

I will be OC this system to a 4Ghz (at least I will try) so the cooler must be good. The only requirement I have is for it not to be over 160.5 mm in height as my Cosmos S case has a 200mm fan on the side that will restrict anything higher. The 160.5mm is a height of a True 120 so I drought there will be problems as most of them I believe don’t exceed this number. If however there is something out there that is truly great but is over 160.5mm please name it I might end up doing some moding to the fan to accommodate & the cooler need to be socket 1366 competable (duhhhh)

Anything with in $100 range works for me. From my 30 min researching these are the 3 that I am looking at:

Thermalright IFX-14
Prolimatech Megahalems
Ultra-120 Extreme RT Rev.C


Thanks
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  1. I use the Thermalright Ultra 120 True Black (lapped), with a 120MM 109CFM Cooler Master fan and at 3.6GHz 8 hours of Prime95 it sits around 45C. Of course, the lapping and fan will cost you extra. I think I put in about $140 on the whole setup.
  2. I'd say save up money for ~$250-300 and go Water cooling.
  3. Thanks for all the input guys. I decided to go with the "Prolimatech Megahalems"

    All I need now is select a good Fan to go with it. I have 7 Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120mm Fans in my PC and they been working really good for me. here is the link http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185006

    Its been more then a year since I did any good research on fans and would appreciate ur help. It needs to be able to push a lot of air and yet not to be to noise.

    Thanks
  4. I have used this fan on several builds and IMO it is flawless.... At 1900 RPM you will be able to hear it but nothing to get worried about...

    Scythe S-Flex SFF21G 120mm Case Fan - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185065
  5. I'm liking these at the moment .....mainly do to the low noise. ...and $7.99 each is hard to beat.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835214001
  6. Scythe DFS123812-2000 120mm Case Fan - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185053

    Scythe DFS123812-3000 "ULTRA KAZE" 120 x 38 mm
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185054&Tpk=scythe%20ultra%20kaze

    The Ultra Kaze has 46dbm compared to the #2 choice with 32dmb. Yes the Kaze will put out more CFM but at what price? I mean I dont want my PC to sound like a rocket... Will I be able to tune down the Kaze using MOBO power connector? Or will the #1 is also a good selection and I should just go with that?

    EDIT:

    I looked at some reviews for the "ULTRA KAZE" and it does a great job cooling but the noise it emits is just very loud! Are there any suggestions for what to get?

    I'm thinking about Scythe DFS123812-2000 120mm Case Fan - Retail 87 CFM 32 dBA 2000 RPM what you guys think?
  7. The #1 is a good choice. Be aware with the KAZE. If using as a CPU fan it MAY block your RAM slot due to it's increased thickness (38mm). Also take a look in to the Scythe "Slipstream". They have good noise to CFM ratio. (I use the 110CFM on mine)
  8. Yea the 38mm is too thick and heavy....

    I agree the slipstreams are top notch fans....
  9. I would not do 4.0 GHZ on air.

    I would look into this: self contained H2O system and it's inexpensive.

    http://www.corsair.com/products/h50/default.aspx
  10. With an H2O you will get basically the same results or worse vs. a Top-End air cooler....

    As long as temps stay at a tolerable level there is no reason not to do 4Ghz on Air...
  11. mark_k said:
    I would not do 4.0 GHZ on air.

    I would look into this: self contained H2O system and it's inexpensive.

    http://www.corsair.com/products/h50/default.aspx

    FAIL! DON"T EVER recommend that . High end air cooling beats it: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/h50-fort120-cogage,2401-6.html
    The H50 is NOT watercooling FYI. If you want water do it right else forget it. A good HSF like the Core Contact Freezer is under $40 ($25 after MIR). Put in a 110CFM Slipstream and you are set.
  12. +1 Shadow...... =)
  13. I love Corsair, but the H20 system they have is no match, for a good HSF, recent reviews (today) (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/h50-fort120-cogage,2401.html) showed it get beat by a good 10c to 15c, air won that one.
  14. You guys are all wrong about the Corsair H50. I used to have the Coolermaster Z600 and after getting the Corsair H50 my load temps dropped about 10-12 degrees Celsius. This is with an E8400 clocked at 3.6Ghz. If you want to see my set up check it out here.
    http://www.techpowerup.com/gallery/2274.html
  15. ragsters said:
    You guys are all wrong about the Corsair H50. I used to have the Coolermaster Z600 and after getting the Corsair H50 my load temps dropped about 10-12 degrees Celsius. This is with an E8400 clocked at 3.6Ghz. If you want to see my set up check it out here.
    http://www.techpowerup.com/gallery/2274.html


    We are not wrong, it is a fact that the H20 is no better than a high-end heat sink. The link above is based on actual testing and it is not biased whatsoever.

    Look, your CPU is not even breaking a sweat @ 3.6Ghz.... Show me your temps at 4.0Ghz and beyond and we can compare some numbers.....

    550 @ 3.6Ghz (LOAD) 37c MAX Primed using a cheap but very efficient AC Freezer 64 ;)





    Ambient @ 28c
  16. Don't get me wrong price/performance I will always reccomend the coolermaster 212+ but considering that I only paid $69.99 for the Hydro H50 I think it is worth it.
    Here is an old thread where I did a mini review of my own experience with it.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/253522-29-corsair-hydro-sold-everywhere-help
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