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Help deciding what cooler to use on Core i5 3570k?

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October 25, 2012 11:22:14 PM

Alright, Hi :D  ! 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:

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo (duh)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Xigmatek Dark Knight SD1283 Night Hawk ed.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Noctua NH-D14 (double duh)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Phanteks PH-TC14PE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Those are the ones i'm looking at currently, which would you suggest? OR... Do you have any other recommendations that are not currently on here?
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October 25, 2012 11:29:20 PM

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 :p 

-Socialfox :) 
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October 25, 2012 11:44:31 PM

Hrm cool, so the two most expensive ones? hehe, do you know how high an OC could get on either of them?
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October 25, 2012 11:48:21 PM

Well generally it depends on numerous factors such as airflow and ambient temperature, but many people have achieved 4.3ghz to 4.5ghz with the Noctua DH-14 and fell within the safe temperature range.
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October 25, 2012 11:55:12 PM

Ahh so is that one preferred over the Phanteks or?
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October 26, 2012 12:07:10 AM

The Phanteks is just about the same as the DH-14 in terms of cooling. Either way I prefer the DH-14 as your cooler because it is cheaper, easier to mount and is on par with the Phanteks.

Here are some other threads simmilar to this concerning the overclocking ability of the DH-14 if you are not satisified with my input alone:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/275983-29-what-cooler...
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/277797-29-3570k-wont-...
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/276068-29-3570k-overc...

Enjoy the DH-14,

Socialfox :) 
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October 26, 2012 12:15:03 AM

socialfox said:
The Phanteks is just about the same as the DH-14 in terms of cooling. Either way I prefer the DH-14 as your cooler because it is cheaper, easier to mount and is on par with the Phanteks.

Here are some other threads simmilar to this concerning the overclocking ability of the DH-14 if you are not satisified with my input alone:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/275983-29-what-cooler...
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/277797-29-3570k-wont-...
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/276068-29-3570k-overc...

Enjoy the DH-14,

Socialfox :) 


Alright cool, I have heard tons about it so I am quite intrigued. If only those putrid fans weren't such an ugly color haha.
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October 26, 2012 12:16:24 AM

Definitely, aren't all of Noctua's fans follow the same colour scheme? :p 
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October 26, 2012 12:20:24 AM

Yeah I guess, but as long as it works. Rather it work and look ugly as all hell than not work and be all pretty. XD
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October 26, 2012 12:27:12 AM

Hmm that's odd, NH-C14 is better than D-14?
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October 26, 2012 12:31:08 AM

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.

Cheers!

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.
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October 26, 2012 12:31:08 AM

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.
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October 26, 2012 12:50:26 AM

Hrm, it seems as though my only issue w/ it would be the size. Gonna use a HAF X and a Maximus V formula. Don't know if it'd fit.
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October 26, 2012 1:00:33 AM

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.
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October 26, 2012 1:01:22 AM

The HAF X can host all of the HSFs I know of and on that list AFAIK.

Cheers!
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