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In Pictures: 14 LGA 2011 Coolers For Your Core i7-3000 CPU

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The CNPS12X is offset by around 0.25" towards the video card, providing added case clearance above the motherboard. Reversing flow direction will instead give users an extra 0.25" of graphics card clearance.

Zalman is one of several manufacturers to ditch the aluminum strips previously found between heat pipes in direct-contact base designs. But fairly large air gaps remain between each individual pipe where the CPU's surface mates to the heat sink's. We will make sure each of those gaps is filled with Zalman silver thermal paste during our upcoming performance evaluation.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.
  • Youngmind
    For some reason to voodoo cooler makes me think of older computers/graphics cards.
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  • Onikage
    what.??? such a variety of coolers , and no COOLER MASTER V6 GT ??????????????????????????
    this is a joke right..???
    COOLER MASTER V6 GT is one of the if not the best price/performance Cpu cooler ou there.
    Got mine for only 39.99$ !!!! on Holidays
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  • mayankleoboy1
    so where are the actual benchmarks?
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  • zander1983
    Noctua D14 FTW

    mayankleoboy1so where are the actual benchmarks?+1
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  • iam2thecrowe
    Onikagewhat.??? such a variety of coolers , and no COOLER MASTER V6 GT ??????????????????????????this is a joke right..???COOLER MASTER V6 GT is one of the if not the best price/performance Cpu cooler ou there.Got mine for only 39.99$ !!!! on Holidayswow, you could have spent less and got a Hyper 212 Evo, which cools just as well, if not better.
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  • hardcore_gamer
    CNPS12X is the best in the list. It is better than entry level water cooling.
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  • hardcore_gamer
    mayankleoboy1so where are the actual benchmarks?
    "We will make sure each of those gaps is filled with Zalman silver thermal paste during our UPCOMING PERFORMANCE EVALUATION."

    in the last page.
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  • Crashman
    hardcore_gamer"We will make sure each of those gaps is filled with Zalman silver thermal paste during our UPCOMING PERFORMANCE EVALUATION."in the last page.Right, with this many coolers there would have been too many photos for a normal-length review. So the pictures were split across two articles, the second one has performance data.
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  • List through 42 pictures? nope.avi
    Make it more practical than that.
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  • ztr
    Nice to see the Hyper 212 Evo to be present in this benchmark...

    Bought it a month back and doesnt disappoint me a bit when it comes to cooling my 955 BE....
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