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  • Cooling
  • Intel i7
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June 19, 2010 11:41:05 PM

Ok have been doing a lot of reaearch and i am down to four final candidates for an aftermarket cooler for my i7-930. I need a cooler that is no taller than 131.5mm b/c of my case. My final four in order of best to worst is

1. Noctua NH-C12P-SE14
2. Arctic Cooling Freezer 7
3. Scythe SCSMZ-2000
4. Dynatron G950

Just wanted to get insight on wht yall thought would be the best to go with. Based on performance the Noctua is the best thats why it is number one on my list but wanted to see from people who had them wht they thought.

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a b K Overclocking
June 20, 2010 2:05:44 AM

Yep, it's #1 if those are your only choices, #2-4 you couldn't pay me to put one of those in my computer.
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June 21, 2010 5:26:55 PM

RJR said:
Yep, it's #1 if those are your only choices, #2-4 you couldn't pay me to put one of those in my computer.



well let me ask you this. Would a corsair H50 be a better option since i have height limitations? I am looking for the best cooling performance in a package that will work with my case without having to remove the 200mm side fan. I get mixed reviews when reading about the H50 that some say it is good and others say it is crap. I do not want to remove the side fan b/c im using it to keep my gpu's cool. So im stuck finding something that has great performace but limited height. Been researching for over a week and still cant decide on wht to go with. Do you have any other ideas?
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a b K Overclocking
June 22, 2010 12:50:23 AM

If you can't put a high end air cooler in like the NH-D14 or Megahalem, then YES the H50 would be your best bet at controlling your temps, just don't expect to do any sky high overclocking and have good temps.
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June 22, 2010 1:32:25 AM

RJR said:
If you can't put a high end air cooler in like the NH-D14 or Megahalem, then YES the H50 would be your best bet at controlling your temps, just don't expect to do any sky high overclocking and have good temps.



Ok so if i only want to overclock to 3.8ghz or 4.0ghz would the h50 suffice to keep my cpu cool. Also wht is your opinion on temps? My current temps are max core temp after running prime95 is 78 degrees and cpu temp of 67 degrees. I want to keep my core temp at 65 or below at max load. Will the H50 do that for me if i oc to 4.0ghz?
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a b K Overclocking
June 22, 2010 3:05:22 AM

I don't have an H50 and an i7 930 so I can't tell you at this voltage and frequency you will have this core temp, but then again you would still have to take into consideration what case, what fans, what ambient temp, etc..

Do I think you can OC your 930 to 4.0 Ghz and have the core temps at a max of 65c under load, NO, but it will depend on all the other variables too.

One thing for sure though, if you are limited with space in your case and don't want to go with full blown water cooling ($250-300) or a bigger case, the H50 is about the best you can do.
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June 22, 2010 9:07:57 PM



Ok well i have an ambient room temp of 24 degrees, average case temp of 27 to 29 degrees and my case is an NZXT hades case with two 140mm fans on top 120mm in the rear, 200mm front and side fans. The 200mm side fan is why i am limited to space or i would have 161.5mm to work with, but i have two gtx 470's that produce a buttload of heat so i have not wanted to remove the side fan b/c of my gpu's. Is my best option still the H50?
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