Looking at some of the larger, push/pull capable CPU heatsinks for my upcoming build but I'm concerned the heatsink + fans will overlap some of the RAM slots (probably on the Asus Rampage III Formula).
Anyone have any pics or info regarding how big these heatsinks are compared to the board, etc?
I have the 212. Tall heatsinks will cause a problem. My G.skill DDR2-800 only has short normal ones so I didn't have any issues. What I did have issues with was my NB heatsink. The 212 was so big on my x38 board that I had to mod the NB sink to get it to fit. I'm not sure about the board you listed but if it has a tall sink as well you might want to consider it as well.
I have done so many rampage III builds and they have no issues with any coolers... I have installed a noctua NH D14 in one and mind you that thing is HUGE!!! I'm sure it would take any of the top coolers...
I'm a big fan of the 212+ but i have seen really mixed reviews/results with a i7 9XX when OC'd... If budget is restricting the choice of the cooler then go for Zalman CNPS10X Performa for $35... top notch and better performance than the 212+...
^ I would believe that. The higher 9xx chips are 130W chips and from what I've seen the 212+ has issues with dissipating the heat fast enough. Even in a push/pull config. Its not a bad cooler, but there are better out there.
I read a review on tweaktown that some addict sent me (cant remember who) but the CPU cooler was up there with the noctua NH-D14 and everything and it was relatively cheap its the scythe yasya look for it