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Overclocking On Air: 10 LGA 1156-Compatible Performance Coolers
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While most of today’s cooler competitors already include the necessary LGA 1156 mounting hardware, two require additional components. Sunbeamtech’s accessory mounting brackets cost around $10, while Xigamtek’s $8 universal LGA adapter is expected to eventually replace the dual-compatibility part included in current samples.

LGA 1156 CPU Cooler Features

Top
Height
Base
Height
DIMM
Intrusion
Number
of Fans
Fan
Size
PWM
Control
LGA 1156LGA 1366LGA 775AM3 / AM2
Arctic Cooling
Freezer 7 Pro R2
131mm28mm12mmOne92mmYes
Cooler Master
Hyper 212 Plus
160mm38mm6mmOne120mmYes
Noctua
NH-D14
160mm46mm42mm*Two120mm,
140mm
No
Scythe
Mugen-2 Rev. B
156mm41mm28mmOne120mmYes
Sunbeamtech
Core-Contact Freezer
156mm38mm10mmOne120mmNoxx
Thermalright
MUX-120
161mm47mm2mmOne120mmNoxxx
Thermaltake
Frio
162mm28mm11mmTwo120mmNo
Tuniq Tower
120 Extreme
156mm47mm9mmOne120mmNo
Xigmatek
Thor's Hammer
160mm44mm24mmTwo120mmNox
Zalman
CNPS10X Quiet
160mm37mm8mmOne120mmNo


Top height in the chart above refers to the amount of mounting space needed to install the cooler in a case. Base height refers to component clearance space under the bottom fins, a number required to determine whether large coolers will fit over various motherboard sinks. DIMM intrusion refers to how far the sink extends beyond the front edge of the 3.75”-wide silk-screened outline that surrounds most LGA 1156 sockets.

Notice that all of today’s coolers extend beyond the outline that surrounds the socket. Base height can also be used to determine maximum memory height for DIMMs that fall under the cooler’s front fan.

Noctua’s NH-D14 gets an asterisk following its DIMM intrusion number because this particular cooler has a center fan that can be used with or without the front fan. Removing the front fan lessens DIMM encroachment by 25mm, though it also reduces the performance of the heat sink.

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