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View Poll Results: What cooler upgrade I should invest in?
Upgrade current N520 with a pair of Noctua NF-B9 PWM 1 14.29%
Noctua NH-D14 2 28.57%
Cooler Master 612 with a pair of Noctua NF-P12 PWM 0 0%
Corsair H110 with a pair of Noctua NF-A15 PWM 4 57.14%
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Loophole35
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Default CPU cooler upgrade for my 2500K - 02-17-2013, 20:56 | posts: 5,136 | Location: FLA,USA

First some background i have a P8Z68V-PRO with a 2500K currently cooled by a cooler master N520. It gets okay temps with my current overclock but i want cooler. Okay so I have it down to four options:

Upgrade current N520 with a pair of Noctua NF-B9 PWM
replace with Noctua NH-D14
Replace with cooler master 612 with a pair of Noctua NF-P12 PWM
Or a Corsair H110 with a pair of Noctua NF-A15 PWM

Let the discussion begin and if y'all have a better sugeation let me know. I would really like to go full H2O but that's a bit steep with needing two gpu blocks a CPU block and at least two 240 rads with pump couplers and a ressivor.

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Default 02-17-2013, 21:15 | posts: 4,639 | Location: Not Far North Enough (England)

I went from NH-D14 to H100i with quad NF-F12s. Dropped load temps by 15 degrees.
   
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Default 02-17-2013, 21:22 | posts: 11,412 | Location: England

To OP not sure you can put 120mm fans on that 140mm rad on the H110.

I'm also very happy with my H100 with quad NF-F12's but it's a very pricey setup when you add the fans to the cost of the cooler in the first place.
   
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Default 02-17-2013, 21:29 | posts: 1,550 | Location: Oz, across from the Wizard

I would go with the H110, and if it's not up to snuff get the Noctua fans.

I agree with hallryu, for the price of the H100 and quad fans, you could build a custom loop.

EDIT: Just noticed your case would be able to hold a dual 120mm rad inside. If that's where to plan to mount it, then i would go with the H100i.

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Default 02-17-2013, 21:29 | posts: 5,136 | Location: FLA,USA

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To OP not sure you can put 120mm fans on that 140mm rad on the H110.

I'm also very happy with my H100 with quad NF-F12's but it's a very pricey setup when you add the fans to the cost of the cooler in the first place.
I'll edit that to NF-A15 PWMs

@hallryu is there any gains to be ad from deliding the 2500K?

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Default 02-17-2013, 21:46 | posts: 71 | Location: greece

why dont you go with h110 or kraken x60 with noctua a14 flxs wich are basecly the same but not pwm and are adequite for 140mm radiator? I think you dont need pwm because they are 19db only at full and come with low noise adaptors!
   
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Default 02-17-2013, 21:48 | posts: 6,195 | Location: USA

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I'll edit that to NF-A15 PWMs

@hallryu is there any gains to be ad from deliding the 2500K?
not physically possible unless you want to rip the die off. they are soldered
   
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Default 02-17-2013, 21:56 | posts: 17,845 | Location: New Jersey, USA

SB cannot be delided afaik, and if you dis you wouldnt have any benefit lol
   
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Default 02-17-2013, 22:21 | posts: 5,136 | Location: FLA,USA

Okay thanks guys I was not aware of them being soldered that would make sense guess ill jut lap it.
   
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Default 02-17-2013, 22:33 | posts: 17,845 | Location: New Jersey, USA

I wouldnt spend too much on a cooler. maybe $70 max. SB runs pretty cool and no hyperthreading= about 7-10c cooler per core vs hyperthreading in p95. you are at a low voltage as well. In my testing at least
   
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Default 02-17-2013, 22:40 | posts: 11,412 | Location: England

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I'll edit that to NF-A15 PWMs

@hallryu is there any gains to be ad from deliding the 2500K?
I edited your Poll

I see you've had a reply about the IHS being soldered.
   
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Default 02-17-2013, 22:52 | posts: 5,136 | Location: FLA,USA

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I wouldnt spend too much on a cooler. maybe $70 max. SB runs pretty cool and no hyperthreading= about 7-10c cooler per core vs hyperthreading in p95. you are at a low voltage as well. In my testing at least
I'm wanting to go to 4.7-4.8 and my temps are hitting low 80's in prime I don't like that.


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I edited your Poll

I see you've had a reply about the IHS being soldered.
Thank you.
   
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Default 02-17-2013, 22:55 | posts: 7,245

When it comes to things like the H100/110', especially when you start adding the costs of better fans I'd rather just spend the extra and go for a custom loop. At least then you can extend it to your GPU's down the line while getting better performance. Otherwise just stick to a decent air cooler in my opinion.
   
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Default 02-17-2013, 23:02 | posts: 556 | Location: michigan

Yes you can Delid a 2500k. Not worth the risk for the gain on it. Requires inserting razors under the lid 4mm on each side then holding it upside down and heating it with a lighter. If done correctly the top will fall off.

I'll also vouch for the Noctua's. I've used both nf-p14 flx (the 140mm that fits a 120mm space) and the nf-f12's. both in a push pull on my kuhler 620's. nf-12's worked a lot better because of the static pressure on them. I saw almost a 20c drop at full load with the fan upgrade and moving to liquid ultra over the stock fans and tim.
   
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