I was wondering about which heatsink would be best for my Athlon 64 X2 5200+. I've got stock cooling and I plan on doing some overclocking.
There was a nice looking cooler I had found on the internet, but I can't remember the name of it for the life of me, or if it even supports AMD processors or not. All I know is that it was huge and It had wavy edges.
I'm a little concerned about size and I motherboard heatsink is pretty close and may bump into any large heatsink I buy. I just need something good for overclocking and looks nice inside a clear sided case.
My question; What are your thoughts?
Motherboard: ASUS M4A78 PRO
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ 2.7GHz (With Intentions of 3GHz)
Case: Antec 900
Ive got a scythe infinity with AS5 and a wicked enermax fan (70cfm 18db) keeping a Q6600 @ 3.3Ghz at 29*C Idle appx 40*C under full non-synthetic load and stays around 50*C under Prime95. The Scythe Mugen is essentially the same thing. 10 heatpipes huge/flat copper baseplate, staggered fins. For less than $40 you cant go wrong. The stock fan pushed alot of air, prolly around 50cfm, just not as much. It was kindof a pain to install and i could prolly get better temps if i had the backplate that comes with the mugen ( But i got it secondhand for free ) but im more than happy with what ive got. For the record its huge. Seemed at least as big as the Cooler Master V8.
The installation is a royal pain in the butt, but I can assure you that it is securely attached to my mobo/CPU. It looks good, works considerably better than stock, and it's very quiet (by my standards at least) Like someone said earlier, www.frostytech.com is a good resource for aftermarket cooler reviews.
Btw, that's some crappy cable management you got going on there. Next time you're in the market for a case, get one with room behind the mobo for wires!