Alright, Hi ! I am in need of assistance with choosing a good aftermarket cooler for the i5 3570k. I was originally going to go watercooling but it seems like a hassle for me atm, so I want a nice aftermarket air cooler. I have narrowed it down to a few choices which are as followed:
I would say to get either the Phanteks or the Noctua. They are both simmilar in performance but personally I prefer the Noctua one since it is easier to mount and unmount. Good choice in CPU coolers but the Hyper 212 EVO is going to have to take a seat out of this high end battle
When you actually push the fans to the max, usually dual fan HSFs fare better, but the counter is noise.
In this case, you might want to look at the "low" setting for each HSF in that list, since it means the metal part of the HSF is doing most of the job and the fan is secondary to it. It's kinda hard to read it that way, but gives a better metric to compare.
EDIT: I think a "blank" in there means that it's either PWM or static. PWM means the Motherboard controls the fan based on temperature and static means constant fan speed rotation.
Yes by a 0.4 degrees difference on the 150 watt test, its not too much of a difference. You would however get better temperature if you have good airflow with the DH-14 since it stands with the vans horizontally while the C-14 is meant for low profile systems and has its fan vertically.
Both CPU coolers will fit, the only problem that may occur is for the DH-14. It may conflict with your Ram (meaning to say that it may not fit because of the ram or the other way around). If your ram doesn't have a heatsink that extends vertically then your fine.