XIGMATEK Dark Knight Nighthawk Heatsink

Hey guys

Just wondering, im getting a i5-3570k and intend to overclock it
Im new to overclocking so i would be doing a big one (4.-4.5Mhz if i can)
Im looking at the XIGMATEK Dark Knight Nighthawk air cooler.
I know you will all suggest different ones (the EVO or a NH but i really like this one)
If anyone has had any experience with this cooler or any tips for me, i would be grateful
(im using arctic silver 5 thermal compound)


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  1. or h80 or h60
  2. i have never personally used it but you should just get a

    hyper 212 evo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    or a

    h100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181017

    I personally have the h100 and its worth every penny but the 212 is also good for price
  3. Check out this chart.


    The 212 is not on it but that should not suggest it is not on par as far as performance goes.

    The H60 is only as good as the 212, no point in going through the trouble of fitting the radiator in your case. And the H100 is way too huge. I would just get D14 (small and superior performance).
  4. Take a look at the FrostyTech charts. The Dark Knight is way ahead of the 212 Evo in terms of cooling ability. The 212 Evo is basically on-par with the $20 Gaia model that is made by Xigmatek that I am currently using and am impressed with. The Dark Knight was, from memory, 2-3c lower and in the top ten coolest temps for the entire list of tested models. The high-end Xigmatek towers were basically shown to be so efficient in their FrostyTech reviews, you almost could use them without the fan if you are running a 125w chip at factory clocks.

    Now, I submit that there is no reason to drop more than $30 on a heatsink if you are okay with some marginal noise and have room for a tower design as tall as the Dark Knight. But, if you don't mind the price, I am certain it will be a good choice.
  5. Here is a quick screencap of the chart showing where the three rank on a 150w CPU application:

  6. With two fans, it can be a really good cooler. And for the price right now, it's pretty awesome. $35

  7. I dont have the dark knight, but as a avid batman fan it does sound real cool ;)

    I do use the 212 evo. for the price its damn fine.

    rockdrock1's link, makes me think that it would be worth the buy!
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