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    CPU coolers what one is really the best!

    I have spent the last few hours poring over reviews to find what CPU cooler is really the best. Itís hard to do because no review website has all of the top coolers reviewed. So after comparing many, picking out the winners of each website I came to the top 4. In this order.

    #1 Thermalright True Copper @ $100+
    #2 Coolermaster v10 @ $140
    #3 Coolermaster V8 @ $70
    #4 Noctua NH-U12p @ $60

    Out of this information the best price for the bang is the Noctua NH-U12p. With temps pretty much the same as the v8

    But if we where to throw in a few different factors in this mix things can change a bit.

    #1 v8 and v10 are rated the best looking.
    Also the v8 and v10 have horrible lap jobs. On a few reviews I read after doing the review. The testers would Lap the V8 and V10 to a mirror finish and gain 1-3 c on idle and load. Putting the v10 right with the Thermalright True Copper and the v8 just under.

    Personally I own a V8 and I like its looks, although itís very large and I feel it could cool much better if I lapped it and replaced the fan with one that moves more air. Mine runs so slow all the time I cannot hear it, nice for cool and quite mode. But bad for OC mode.

    I am personally thinking about returning my V8 for a True copper.

    But thatís just me

    http://www.google.com/products?q=Therma ... rue+Copper
    http://www.google.com/products?q=coolermaster+v10
    http://www.google.com/products?q=coolermaster+V8
    http://www.google.com/products?q=Noctua+NH-U12p
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    Re: CPU collers what one is really the best!

    COOLER MASTER V10 and ULTRA Chilltec usually beat the TRUE copper, plus the V10 has a RAM cooler.

    Screw them all, check out the iBuyPower IBP-Z001. Cheaper and MUCH better, it is a no maintenance CPU liquid cooling system that even the biggest 'noobs' can use! Simply replace the 120mm rear fan on your case, no modding required. Also get a good RAM cooler if you wish.

    http://www.directron.com/ibpz001.html

    iBuyPower IBP-Z001








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    If you have an i7 CPU, sadly you will have to skip the iBuyPower IBP-Z001.

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    Re: CPU collers what one is really the best!

    Nice research clam

    Jester, you got me seriously considering that iBuyPower Rad and WB. That does look pretty straight forward and very simple to install. Strange that the pump is located inside the WB. Any word on how well those things work??

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    Re: CPU collers what one is really the best!

    Review

    I'll buy one VERY shortly and I'll let you all know my experience. I have a low quality CPU cooler right now (Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 PRO), I need an upgrade. I'll also get an EVGA 750i FTW MOBO since I can't get past 3.6 ghz/1600 mhz FSB on my XFX 680i LT

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    Re: CPU collers what one is really the best!

    Sweet, let me know how you like it. I'm currently using a Zalman 9700 which gets the job done, but I'd like to OC just a little more. Thanks for the review

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    Re: CPU collers what one is really the best!

    Awesome job Clam. I'm a huge CoolerMaster fan and I can't defend the block on any of their cooler except the Water Blocks that came with the Viva Aquagate Duos I bought. Normally, they are horrible.


    Hey Jester, if you haven't Pulled the trigger yet, CoolIt has one similar in the same price range that IMO looks a little better and CoolIt has a great name in Water Cooling.

    http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/ ... s_id=25081



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    Re: CPU collers what one is really the best!

    For a budget build, may want to check the Cooler Master Store Refurbs. I bought a Gemini II from them for $13.99 and will post back stats when I get around to throwing it in a rig. Knowing before hand that CM Coolers usually have horrible surfacing on their blocks, I'll post pics of that as well. Just as a side note, I've placed 5 orders through their site in the last 3 weeks and unless you have to contact them, its a very good experience. Email support is hit and miss and unless you can sit on hold until you get someone to talk to, you're pretty much on your own. I do have to say that once you actually get a human on the phone, they are very knowledgeable and courteous. Some of the prices on their cases are very good as well, and the 2 I bought from this site (both refurbs) were in mint condition with all the retail items including packaging. Comparing that to the 2 orders I got from the ThermalTake store where what they got back in the return is what you got in the old packaging says a lot to how well the product is not only shipped, but inspected in the time between return and resale.



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    Re: CPU collers what one is really the best!

    I have read so many articles on forums and test labs about CPU coolers. When I was looking into a new one, I got a headache reading them. There is so many opinions out there. I had a Zalman 9700/Q6600(3.6), which worked great with that CPU. Went to a QX9650 and it worked great, until I OC into the 3.8-4.2 range. Went to my current setup, and are very happy. I think most of them are okay, as long as you know what there limits are, and work withing those limits.
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    Re: CPU collers what one is really the best!

    Quote Originally Posted by sthester3
    I have read so many articles on forums and test labs about CPU coolers. When I was looking into a new one, I got a headache reading them. There is so many opinions out there. I had a Zalman 9700/Q6600(3.6), which worked great with that CPU. Went to a QX9650 and it worked great, until I OC into the 3.8-4.2 range. Went to my current setup, and are very happy. I think most of them are okay, as long as you know what there limits are, and work withing those limits.
    You made a great choice getting the TRUE. I have no idea why people still buy Zalman hunks of copper anymore

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    Re: CPU collers what one is really the best!

    Hey Jester, what CPU cooler is that in the last pic you posted?

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    Re: CPU collers what one is really the best!

    Quote Originally Posted by strudinox
    Hey Jester, what CPU cooler is that in the last pic you posted?
    It looks like a TRUE, but I'm not 100% sure.

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    Re: CPU collers what one is really the best!

    sometime this summer i am going to upgrade to an aftermarket cooler for my I7-920
    seems the I7 cooler are a little tougher to get a cooler for, getting better slowly tho

    xigmatek has had some really good reviews for the I7
    http://www.ultimatepccooling.com/xig...pu-co1283.html

    here is a good site for a variety of socket 1366 coolers
    http://www.heatsinkfactory.com/intel...u-coolers.html

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    Re: CPU collers what one is really the best!

    I got the best CPU air cooler from the heatsink factory

    http://www.heatsinkfactory.com/prolimat ... ooler.html

    Coming TODAY.

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    Re: CPU collers what one is really the best!

    is an Asetek Liquid CPU Cooling good for an I-7 950?

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    Re: CPU collers what one is really the best!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jester
    I got the best CPU cooler from the heatsink factory

    http://www.heatsinkfactory.com/prolimat ... ooler.html

    Coming TODAY. Keep your eyes peeled for a review!

    WOW that thing looks Huge, might need a crane to set in place :P

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    Re: CPU collers what one is really the best!

    That thing is a monster!!!

    I think that it is for sure overkill for a 775 series though.

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    Re: CPU collers what one is really the best!

    Quote Originally Posted by TOO2COO
    is an Asetek Liquid CPU Cooling good for an I-7 950?
    Yes, they say it is pretty good over at IBP. I think the CM V8 may be better, with a better fan that is. The included fan with the V8 is only 1800 RPM/69.69 CFM (CFM is most important, it measures how much air the fan pushes). Be aware of the concave base on the V8, but it isn't a real issue, still better than the base on the TRUE (and much shinier).

    Oh the Megahalems is pretty small actually. Same as any 120mm cooler, I thought it would be bigger. Sorry, I can't exactly do a review since my cameraman isn't here

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