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Overclocking On Air: 10 LGA 1156-Compatible Performance Coolers

Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer

One of the oldest products in today’s comparison, Sunbeamtech’s highly-respected Core-Contact Freezer has recently been updated to support LGA 1156 processors. Priced at around $40 with an LGA 775 adapter and AMD clip, Sunbeamtech’s additional adapter brackets typically cost around $10.

The LGA 1156 adapter includes four mounting screws and a support plate. The long-present LGA 775 adapter still comes with the basic kit and AMD’s clip bracket is supported natively.

The Core-Contact Freezer gets its name from the four heat pipes that interface directly with the processor’s heat spreader, a popular design among several of today’s competitors. The design reduces both cooler weight and latent heat, although claims of better overall cooling are somewhat suspect. Like its competitors, Sunbeamtech sands the bottom of its pipes flat to minimize voids between its base and the processor, requiring a minimal amount of thermal compound to achieve excellent thermal transfer.

As an AMD-style clip-on cooler, the biggest hurdle for LGA motherboard compatibility is the clip itself. Minimal space between one of the adapter’s hooks and some voltage-regulator components forced us to tilt the cooler to install the top clip, before using the bottom clip in the conventional manner.

Because the Core-Contact Freezer uses an AMD-style clip, it can be installed in most recent AMD systems (939, AM2, AM2+, and AM3) without motherboard removal. Similarly, a push-pin style LGA 775 adapter bracket allows easy installation in those systems. LGA 1156 installation is less convenient but more secure, as the adapter’s support plate must be installed behind the motherboard to provide the threaded holes for its screws.

  • kumaiti
    Not a single top down cooler?? That is disappointing, though I can already see the excuse: "they don't have as much performance as the tower coolers".
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  • mrgrey
    Argh - unbelievable! I literally just purchased my build on newegg, and they just posted this article. I bought the Arctic Cooling 7 over the Hyper 212+, not having seen the article yet.

    Hey Tom's - what temps are you getting at 3.2 GHz with the Arctic Cooling 7? Did you use arctic silver 5?
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  • barmaley
    Test settings page reads: CPU Intel Core i7-860, but CPU-Z screen shot under it reads Intel Core i7-870. Which one is it that you tested Tom?
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  • Is there an article testing thermal compounds?
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  • nzprogamer
    mrgreyArgh - unbelievable! I literally just purchased my build on newegg, and they just posted this article. I bought the Arctic Cooling 7 over the Hyper 212+, not having seen the article yet. Hey Tom's - what temps are you getting at 3.2 GHz with the Arctic Cooling 7? Did you use arctic silver 5?
    no worries there you will be fine
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  • nzprogamer
    i had the 212 and sunbermtech both were running really good and cool. but i would buy the sunbeamtech with the easy exchange fan kit.
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  • arkadi
    I just love to read toms old school articles like this one :)
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  • falchard
    What no Coolermaster V10 or Thermaltake SpinQ Vertical?
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  • Crashman
    kumaitiNot a single top down cooler?? That is disappointing, though I can already see the excuse: "they don't have as much performance as the tower coolers".falchardWhat no Coolermaster V10 or Thermaltake SpinQ Vertical?You would have to ask the manufacturers, since they picked the coolers.
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  • micky_lund
    prolimatech megahalems
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