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3570K overclocked to 4.0GHz, Realistic cooling

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May 29, 2012 5:58:27 AM

What cooler would be a realistic / cost efficient aftermarket CPU cooler to use on an Ivy Bridge 3750K Oc'd to 4.0GHz. (gaming PC)

Online opinions vary from the less expensive 212 evo to the Corsair H(40-100.. honestly i cant seem to find consistent reviews on these things), and I've also recieved feedback saying use the Noctua NH-d14. I have never overclocked a processor, and i don't intend to push my luck so I figure i will set my goal to 4.0 GHz

I just want to be realistic, the more unnecessary costs i can shave off this build the more i can spend on my GPU. Is it necessary to spend $80 cooling?

Donno if the specs are really relevant but as it stands heres the build:

Corsair 500R
i5 3570k
Gigabyte Z77-UD5 (or 3, have not done my homework on this yet)
CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX650 power supply
8gb Kingston HyperX RAM
a c 149 K Overclocking
May 29, 2012 6:12:53 AM

Hyper 212 EVO will be the best option.
May 30, 2012 1:37:02 AM

The Phanteks or the Noctua NH-D14

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May 30, 2012 5:01:44 AM

Xlerator said:
The Phanteks or the Noctua NH-D14


Thanks, but those are both $80.00+ air cooling solutions.

I watched a youtube video of someone overclocking their 2500k sandy to 4.6 at a max temp of i think 81C with the Noctua d14 which is awesome that an air cooler can do that.. but if i do not intend to OC that high is that price range justified?

Im just trying to learn here. So many different cooling units and types.. I dont know what is needed and what is not. What i do know is that the intel stock Heatsink does not have the best performance(based on reviews) so i would like an aftermarket one because i will be using around 70-90% CPU with my tasks for hours on end.

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May 30, 2012 5:18:53 AM
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The 212 Evo is plenty for 4.0 on a 3570K. The NH-D14 (or equivalent) is only needed when you get up to the 4.4-4.5+ range.

And whoever made that video of 4.6 on a 2500K with a NH-D14 is doing something VERY wrong to have 80C+ temps. I'm at 58-62C max at 4.5 with my 212 Evo (push/pull, but still...). Even when I tried 4.6 (required more voltage than I wanted it at, so I left it at 4.5, for now), it STILL only got into the high 60's.
May 30, 2012 5:19:24 AM

amuffin said:
Hyper 212 EVO will be the best option.


Ditto with amuffin for an OC to 4.0 Ghz. More than that it will be difficult because Ivy Bridge tends to get quite hot as the voltage goes up.
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May 30, 2012 5:21:29 AM

iocaine1 said:
I watched a youtube video of someone overclocking their 2500k sandy to 4.6 at a max temp of i think 81C with the Noctua d14 which is awesome that an air cooler can do that.. but if i do not intend to OC that high is that price range justified?

It sounds like this person had no idea what he was doing, a D14 should be able to keep a 2500k in the low 60s at 4.6 GHz, worst case. For 4.0 on a 3570k a Hyper 212 would suit you just fine.

Edit: And if you're really looking to shave costs, the 212+ is $14 cheaper than the 212 EVO after rebate on Newegg right now, and it would take care of you at 4.0 or even higher.
May 30, 2012 5:40:09 AM

cuecuemore said:
It sounds like this person had no idea what he was doing, a D14 should be able to keep a 2500k in the low 60s at 4.6 GHz, worst case. For 4.0 on a 3570k a Hyper 212 would suit you just fine.

Edit: And if you're really looking to shave costs, the 212+ is $14 cheaper than the 212 EVO after rebate on Newegg right now, and it would take care of you at 4.0 or even higher.


To be fair the video i watched was youtube.com/watch?v=okgWNsc56PY Noctua results are shown at 10 minutes and i had a couple of my facts wrong and neglected to mention how he was testing the OC. I was just watching reviews.

Budget isnt really the issue ill probably go with the EVO as opposed to the +

Shopping for pc parts cracks me up though, (for just 10 more dollars you could get...) its a vicious staircase you dont even realize your climbing.

Thanks for the replies everybody.
June 6, 2012 12:25:57 AM

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