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Which heatsink would you recommend for i5 3570k?

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January 28, 2013 2:28:29 AM

Hey guys.

Thread title says it all. Which do you recommend?

I'm leaning away from liquid cooling systems so please only recommend air cooling.

I'm looking for something under $100 preferably as cheap as I can go. I probably wont OC and even if I do it'll only be for a little. What's the best bang-for-the-buck you can recommend?

What specifications should I be looking for when searching for a fan?
What do you guys think of the Noctua-DH14? Or the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO?

Thank you
a b K Overclocking
January 28, 2013 7:50:43 PM

Any of those Coolers you mentioned are great, for the best performance/value I think you should go with the Hyper 212 EVO or the 212 Plus. But if you want something better to overclock the 3570K the NH-D14 is going to be the best air cooler.

You should be looking for direct contact heatpipes, number of heatpipes, the density of the heatsink fins, and a good pressure optimized fan. That should transfer the heat away from the CPU faster.
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a b K Overclocking
January 28, 2013 9:11:22 PM

The Noctua is the best out there but pricey. The i5 is not that hot of a chip. the Hyper 212 EVO is fine for most overclocks, is inexpensive, and doesn't weigh a ton.
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