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October 1, 2012 3:43:14 AM

I've had an I5- 3570K installed for about three weeks with the Intel cooler installed. I did this for a couple of reasons. I wanted to establish a baseline of noise and heat. I also wanted a little time for my wallet to recover.

But now I want to replace the factory CPU cooler. I would like some CPU cooler suggestions for this motherboard. There are not many reviews of this motherboard yet. So I will have to measure for clearance. The Asus video on this motherboard says that the Xigmatek Dark Knight will fit, but that isn't much help since it is a rather small cooler to begin with. I want at least 120mm pwm fan(s). I prefer air cooling, but I am not adamant about it. I prefer high performance and low noise products.

My case is the Antec P280. It is an excellent case with plenty of room for most any cooler. The memory is G. Skill Ripjaws X series.
Thanks.
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October 1, 2012 4:12:18 AM

$80 - $100 .... These are good for about 7-10C better than Hyper 212

1. Phanteks PH-TC14PE - Best thermals, 5 year warranty, attractive appearance, $87
http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/phanteks_ph_tc14pe...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$10 off w/ promo code Phantek0912, ends 9/30

2. Therrmaltake Silver Arrow - Same decibel level but sound at less intrusive frequency compared to Phanteks
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

3. Noctua DH-14 - Very close to the above 2 coolers thermally, only 1 year warranty, fugly color scheme
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$50 - $60 .... These are good for about 5-7C better than Hyper 212

Hyper 612 PWM - Excellent thermal performance competes with chart toppers
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Scythe Mugen 3 - As above
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$30 - $35

Hyper 212 - baseline aftermarket cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
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October 1, 2012 5:01:26 PM

None of the coolers mentioned so far can supply both performance and silence at the same time, the cooler that "can" is the Thermalright Macho!!
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October 1, 2012 7:24:07 PM

alot of them can, the XSPC kit bigcyco mentioned could be dead silent depending on the fans
October 1, 2012 7:28:58 PM

Maybe dead silent, but not with the performance of the Thermalright Macho :sol: 
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October 1, 2012 7:36:03 PM

PowerHungry42 said:
Maybe dead silent, but not with the performance of the Thermalright Macho :sol: 
Show me proof?
October 1, 2012 7:57:32 PM

Just look at the numerous reviews of both and you'll see for yourself without me pointing you in any direction!!
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October 1, 2012 7:59:37 PM

I don't see any reviews comparing XSPC Rasa 750 RX240 rasa kit & Thermalright Macho please provide link

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October 1, 2012 8:34:54 PM
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terry4536 said:
I've had an I5- 3570K installed for about three weeks with the Intel cooler installed. I did this for a couple of reasons. I wanted to establish a baseline of noise and heat. I also wanted a little time for my wallet to recover.

But now I want to replace the factory CPU cooler. I would like some CPU cooler suggestions for this motherboard. There are not many reviews of this motherboard yet. So I will have to measure for clearance. The Asus video on this motherboard says that the Xigmatek Dark Knight will fit, but that isn't much help since it is a rather small cooler to begin with. I want at least 120mm pwm fan(s). I prefer air cooling, but I am not adamant about it. I prefer high performance and low noise products.

My case is the Antec P280. It is an excellent case with plenty of room for most any cooler. The memory is G. Skill Ripjaws X series.
Thanks.


I have the same Motherboard and RAM series as you, and I just put my build together yesterday. I'm currently using the stock Intel heatsink (for an i7 3770K), and my case is the Corsair 600t white (plenty of room for large coolers).

First off, I emailed Noctua support and they said the cooler would fit, and even provided an overlay of the cooler on the CPU/motherboard showing the coverage. I purchased the Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 model (yes, I know that this technically won't fit with my CPU, but Noctua kindly offered to send me the NM-I3 mounting kit, which I'm waiting for at the moment.)

I don't know what the other person was talking about in terms of the warranty... It's a 6-year warranty for the NH-D14 coolers: http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=productview&products...

I will agree that the colour scheme takes some warming up to, but it has great performance to go along with its quiet operation. In case you were wondering, I got the SE2011 model because it comes with dual PWM fans and it was priced at $69.99 CAD when I bought it.

EDIT: I should mention, the Noctua cooler will fit with the RAM series that you have - I was anal about checking all of the parts before I built it, because these large coolers are notorious for intruding upon the memory slots (which this Noctua cooler will do on your motherboard - the RAM is short enough to fit underneath though). Also, and unfortunately, it will cover that wicked red ROG light-up square underneath your CPU - a bit of a bummer, but something I can live with as I'm not going to be staring inside my case all the time).

And lastly, by better thermals, 0.75 C is the actual difference. You should read them as being equal in cooling performance. I do believe the Noctua ends up being the quieter one for sure as I've read reviews saying the Phanteks can be unbearably loud.
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October 1, 2012 10:32:51 PM

evilqueens said:
I have the same Motherboard and RAM series as you, and I just put my build together yesterday. I'm currently using the stock Intel heatsink (for an i7 3770K), and my case is the Corsair 600t white (plenty of room for large coolers).

First off, I emailed Noctua support and they said the cooler would fit, and even provided an overlay of the cooler on the CPU/motherboard showing the coverage. I purchased the Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 model (yes, I know that this technically won't fit with my CPU, but Noctua kindly offered to send me the NM-I3 mounting kit, which I'm waiting for at the moment.)

I don't know what the other person was talking about in terms of the warranty... It's a 6-year warranty for the NH-D14 coolers: http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=productview&products...

I will agree that the colour scheme takes some warming up to, but it has great performance to go along with its quiet operation. In case you were wondering, I got the SE2011 model because it comes with dual PWM fans and it was priced at $69.99 CAD when I bought it.

EDIT: I should mention, the Noctua cooler will fit with the RAM series that you have - I was anal about checking all of the parts before I built it, because these large coolers are notorious for intruding upon the memory slots (which this Noctua cooler will do on your motherboard - the RAM is short enough to fit underneath though). Also, and unfortunately, it will cover that wicked red ROG light-up square underneath your CPU - a bit of a bummer, but something I can live with as I'm not going to be staring inside my case all the time).

And lastly, by better thermals, 0.75 C is the actual difference. You should read them as being equal in cooling performance. I do believe the Noctua ends up being the quieter one for sure as I've read reviews saying the Phanteks can be unbearably loud.


Hi,
Yes, I am aware of the pwm scenario on the NH-D14. Part of my reluctance to use the Noctua was that I could not find the NM-I3 mounting kit. The Phanteks are overpriced in my opinion.
Were you aware of the light effects on the motherboard? I wasn't, until I powered it up. It is a nice touch.
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October 1, 2012 10:43:28 PM

^ask noctua and they should give you the LGA 1155 mounting kit for free
October 1, 2012 11:45:06 PM

terry4536 said:
Hi,
Yes, I am aware of the pwm scenario on the NH-D14. Part of my reluctance to use the Noctua was that I could not find the NM-I3 mounting kit. The Phanteks are overpriced in my opinion.
Were you aware of the light effects on the motherboard? I wasn't, until I powered it up. It is a nice touch.


Yep - part of the reason I paid a little extra is because it is one 'badass' motherboard in terms of looks. It has a nice feature set and I figured I'd indulge and pay a little bit more for it. Looks sweet :D  and a very cool UEFI BIOS as well.

Yeah, as nna2 above said, ask Noctua support directly and they should be able to point you in the direction of a vendor who sells the NM-I3 kit. If they can't find one locally, they may just send you one for free like they did with me. Obviously, the SE2011 version won't fit on the motherboard unless you have the kit - I only bought it because of the price/PWM fans and the fact that Noctua sent me the NM-I3 kit for free.

I would say that Phanteks is a bit pricey. You can get a Corsair H100 if you look for it at that price.
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October 2, 2012 4:05:05 AM

evilqueens said:
Yep - part of the reason I paid a little extra is because it is one 'badass' motherboard in terms of looks. It has a nice feature set and I figured I'd indulge and pay a little bit more for it. Looks sweet :D  and a very cool UEFI BIOS as well.

Yeah, as nna2 above said, ask Noctua support directly and they should be able to point you in the direction of a vendor who sells the NM-I3 kit. If they can't find one locally, they may just send you one for free like they did with me. Obviously, the SE2011 version won't fit on the motherboard unless you have the kit - I only bought it because of the price/PWM fans and the fact that Noctua sent me the NM-I3 kit for free.

I would say that Phanteks is a bit pricey. You can get a Corsair H100 if you look for it at that price.


i'd recommend getting a cheap true W/Cing kit, like one of the ones listed earler over the H100
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October 2, 2012 4:25:16 AM

nna2 said:
i'd recommend getting a cheap true W/Cing kit, like one of the ones listed earler over the H100
+1
October 2, 2012 5:43:38 AM

bigcyco1 said:
+1


Yes, definitely. I didn't mean to sound like I'd recommend the Corsair H100 - just drawing a comparison.

If you are looking to water-cool, then definitely do it custom-built. There are a plethora of sites detailing how to do this effectively. Look around in these forums, as well as others online.
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October 2, 2012 10:11:08 AM

evilqueens said:
Yes, definitely. I didn't mean to sound like I'd recommend the Corsair H100 - just drawing a comparison.

If you are looking to water-cool, then definitely do it custom-built. There are a plethora of sites detailing how to do this effectively. Look around in these forums, as well as others online.
I understand :) 
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October 4, 2012 11:36:15 PM

bigcyco1 said:
I understand :) 

Hi,
I see in your system you are using a Rasa water cooler. I had looked into water cooling briefly and came across non-conductive coolants. I am a chemist, and was wondering about what is used for these coolants? I have concerns about coolant leaks destroying my motherboard, video card, etc. These non-conductive coolants could solve some of these issues if they are effective and do not cause other problems.

Other than removing heat exchanger size & weight considerations, how does the $100-150 Corsair H100 or Rasa 750 kit compare cooling wise to the $ 69 Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 (on sale now)?
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October 11, 2012 2:36:34 AM

Best answer selected by terry4536.
October 13, 2012 4:05:20 AM

terry4536 said:
Hi,
I see in your system you are using a Rasa water cooler. I had looked into water cooling briefly and came across non-conductive coolants. I am a chemist, and was wondering about what is used for these coolants? I have concerns about coolant leaks destroying my motherboard, video card, etc. These non-conductive coolants could solve some of these issues if they are effective and do not cause other problems.

Other than removing heat exchanger size & weight considerations, how does the $100-150 Corsair H100 or Rasa 750 kit compare cooling wise to the $ 69 Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 (on sale now)?


I can't speak in regards to the Rasa 750 kit, although I'm pretty sure it will spank either the H100 or the NH-D14 in performance. However, the NH-D14 and H100 are very very close in terms of performance. Multiple reviews have shown them to be very close and the Noctua stock fans are much, much quieter than the stock Corsair fans. At this price point, I don't really see any reason (other than possible space concerns in the case - but then the H100 has a massive radiator anyway) to choose the H100 over the NH-D14 from a practical standpoint. Some people just like water-cooling though, and will pay extra for it.

Also, I'm not too familiar with water-cooling in general, so I can't really answer your question about non-conductive coolants.

Hope this helps!
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