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CPU Cooler comparison, need help.

Trying to make up my mind if I should buy a 'Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro CO CPU Cooler' for $60 or an Noctua NH-U12P SE2/C12P-SE14 both priced at $75. My third option would be going all the way with a NH-D14 for $90 but I don't know if it fits in my HAF 922 case. Note I want to cool a i930 on Gigabye X58A-UD5 rev 1.0.

After looking at this CPU cooler chart (I only care about Load).
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3872/arctic_cooling_freezer_13_pro_cpu_cooler_review/index7.html

Load Temps
56.1 - $60 Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro (1fan)
54.9 - $75 Noctua NH-C12P-SE14 (1fan)
55.3 - $75 Noctua NH-U12P SE2 (2fans)
53.7 - $90 Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler (?)

I think tweaktown is full of !#@% in their final thoughts. Their final thoughts is the whole reason I'm asking the question here because it feels like I am being mislead. Almost sounds like they get sponsored by Noctua.

Freezer 13 Pro - Gets 80% for using the word 'enthusias' LOL. What a hater.
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3872/arctic_cooling_freezer_13_pro_cpu_cooler_review/index8.html

NH-C12P-SE14 - Gets MUST HAVE, BEST PERFORMANCE AWARD, for being barely 1degree colder and over 5dB loader, where is the logic in that?
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3099/noctua_nh_c12p_se14_cpu_cooler/index7.html

Additionally a lot of people say two dedicated CPU fans keeps the temperature from 'bouncing' during overclocks (only reason I'm even including the U12P SE2 in the comparison).

Load Sound (dB) - Anything over 55dB is a big NO!
46 - $60 Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro (1fan)
51 - $75 Noctua NH-C12P-SE14 (1fan)
53 - $75 Noctua NH-U12P SE2 (2fans)
51 - $90 Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler (?)


Optional Read: Since my memory is 2002Mhz I'm planning to use a BCLK of 200x19-21 for the CPU (200x10 on RAM). Atm with my intel the Ram runs 143x14(2002MHz) n CPU is on 143x20(2860MHz intel cooler). I can't have the ram underclocked. The system becomes very very unstable so I have to force my BCLK around the ram not the CPU.
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  1. PS: Can a fan be 'overclocked' to spin faster.

    Because according to:
    http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/cooling/cpu.html

    Freezer 13 spins up to 2000RMP
    Freezer 13 CO (Continous Operation) can spin up to 2000RMP
    Freezer 13 PRO can only spin 1350RMP (but cools the same)
    Now... Their
    Freezer 13 PRO CO can still only spin 1350RMP which comes as a big surprice to me (even tho it uses a larger fan 120mm vs 92mm). I'm wondering if it's possible for me to tweak it to spin 2000RMP if so I'll buy it and do that as it still shouldn't pass the 55dB mark and give a colder temperature then any of the Noctua.
  2. Best answer
    No, you cannot overclock a fan to make it spin faster. When you apply a constant 12 volts to the fan, the rated speed is what you end up with.

    Basic rules of fans:
    For a given size, faster = more airflow and more noise.
    For a given airflow, a larger fan will spin more slowly and be more quiet than a smaller fan.
    For the same rpm, a larger fan will move more air than a smaller fan.

    Also check here for more info on heatsinks and fans:
    http://www.frostytech.com/

    One verses two fans:
    Check the chart about the performance difference. The 2 fan setups lower the temps about 1 - 2 C compareld to the single fan setups. In my mind that is hardly signicant.
  3. jsc said:
    One verses two fans:
    Check the chart about the performance difference. The 2 fan setups lower the temps about 1 - 2 C compareld to the single fan setups. In my mind that is hardly signicant.


    If you're talking about the tweaktown chart I link it shows the 2fan setup is worse at lowering the temperature on stock load. But I don't think that chart takes overclocking load into account.

    Otherwise I would settle for a Freezer 13 OC (92mm) $50
    http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/arctic_cooling_freezer_13/4.htm

    As you can see on stock load it's not far from the super expensive coolers (5degrees) but when it comes to OC load cooling it falls back quite a bit (10degrees @3.44GHz). Keep in mind I want to run 3.8GHz at least.

    Other then that perfect answer and thank you so much for the response.
  4. http://www.frostytech.com/

    Is really good. Almost looks like the NH-C14 is better then D14 for my case if I choose to go highend on the cooling. Because it's way smaller with same if not better results.

    Anyway, do you happen to know what thermal paste they use on frostytech? I can't find a paste recommendation list.
  5. Ok decided to buy the 'NH-C14' but before I do will it fit in my case/board. HAF 922 case and GB-X58A-UD5 rev1.0 board?
  6. Best answer selected by irlwizard.
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