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May 13, 2011 3:12:26 PM

Hey Everyone, another quick question for the community!

Summer is here, and things are heating up! I'm looking for the hands-down best, price-no-object, CPU cooler.

I'm currently on a Corsair H70 water....but I feel the slightly warmer and more humid temps would render another cooler a better option.

Current stats: Q9650 @4GHz (1.31v) Idle: 36C Load: 58C Max Load: 63C (the room is never higher than 22-25C ambient temps)

Only restrictions: Its needs to fit in a Cooler Master Storm Sniper BE case (which is huge) *however* I use HyperX T1 RAM (which has massive cooling fins)

Anyone have absolutely outstanding results with a high-end air cooler? (I am leaning Zalman, just because of other reviews I have read.)

Thank you so much!

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a c 97 à CPUs
May 13, 2011 3:49:06 PM

Prolimatech Megahalem. But, it may not be better than your H70. Just stay with your H70.
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May 13, 2011 3:50:57 PM

Ubrales said:
Prolimatech Megahalem. But, it may not be better than your H70. Just stay with your H70.

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May 13, 2011 3:54:50 PM

I saw that the Megahalem and CM V8 both had good results......I just feel I'm getting a bit warm with the H70...
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a b à CPUs
May 13, 2011 4:01:13 PM

listen to ubrales.
the man is genius
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a c 159 à CPUs
May 13, 2011 4:40:42 PM

Your question is quite open.

For price: Hyper 212+
For performance: Thermalright Silver Arrow, Thermalright Archon or Noctua NH-D14
For price/performance: Zalman Performa, Titan Fenrir, Thermalright Venomous X, Thermalright Ultra 120...

Stay away from CM V8 and CM V10.
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a c 97 à CPUs
May 13, 2011 4:40:55 PM

Galwynd said:
I saw that the Megahalem and CM V8 both had good results......I just feel I'm getting a bit warm with the H70...

I have the CM V8; average performing heatsink. I wish I had the Megahalem, but I will have to do some cutting off of the lower fins in order to accommodate my tall Corsair Dominator RAM. I will do this soon.

Your H70 will outperform air cooled heatsinks any day. If you want to boost performance, look into installing a radiator fan with higher CFMs than the present fan. Accordingly, compensate for intake air by either adding an intake fan, or by increasing the intake by using a fan of higher capacity (CFM).

And make sure that you are using the recommended coolant; not tap water containing minerals which will be deposited on the cooling tubes, thereby reducing the heat transfer.
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May 18, 2011 12:47:44 AM

I ended up swapping out my H70 for a V8 (was able to get a great deal on one from a friend) However........I have no idea how it compares because I just did a major parts upgrade QX9650 -> i5 2500k ......and wow does it run cool (even overclocked to 4.5GHz)

My case is a CM Sniper BE with every fan-space occupied :)  ......I will have to do a side-by-side comparison on this SB i5 this summer.

Thanks for all the input! :) 
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May 20, 2011 6:58:09 AM

saint19 said:
Your question is quite open.

For price: Hyper 212+
For performance: Thermalright Silver Arrow, Thermalright Archon or Noctua NH-D14
For price/performance: Zalman Performa, Titan Fenrir, Thermalright Venomous X, Thermalright Ultra 120...

Stay away from CM V8 and CM V10.



what about v6? isn't it better than v8, v10 and hyper 212
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May 20, 2011 1:24:53 PM

neo700 said:
what about v6? isn't it better than v8, v10 and hyper 212


Not the V6, the V6 GT is better but a little loud.
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May 20, 2011 1:37:27 PM

The best air-coolers are the Thermalright Silver Arrow,Archon,Ultra-120 eXtreme Rev. C.,Noctua NH-D14,and the Prolimatech Megahalems.
All of saint19's post are dead on and i agree with them 100%.
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May 20, 2011 1:52:08 PM

with the rite fan the thermolabs baram can easily compete with all the above and is way cheaper.
Spire Thermax Eclipse II is 1 of toughs little known but excellent coolers...
it has a massive 95cfm fan
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