CPU cooler upgrade for my 2500K

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Loophole35, Feb 17, 2013.

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What cooler upgrade I should invest in?

  1. Upgrade current N520 with a pair of Noctua NF-B9 PWM

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  2. Noctua NH-D14

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    28.6%
  3. Cooler Master 612 with a pair of Noctua NF-P12 PWM

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    0.0%
  4. Corsair H110 with a pair of Noctua NF-A15 PWM

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    57.1%
  1. Loophole35

    Loophole35 Ancient Guru

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    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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  2. BLEH!

    BLEH! Ancient Guru

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    I went from NH-D14 to H100i with quad NF-F12s. Dropped load temps by 15 degrees.
     
  3. hallryu

    hallryu Don Altobello

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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.
     
  4. Knox

    Knox Ancient Guru

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    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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  5. Loophole35

    Loophole35 Ancient Guru

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    I'll edit that to NF-A15 PWMs

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

    kaingr Member Guru

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    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!
     
  7. Agent-A01

    Agent-A01 Ancient Guru

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    not physically possible unless you want to rip the die off. they are soldered
     
  8. ---TK---

    ---TK--- Ancient Guru

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    SB cannot be delided afaik, and if you dis you wouldnt have any benefit lol
     
  9. Loophole35

    Loophole35 Ancient Guru

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    Okay thanks guys I was not aware of them being soldered that would make sense guess ill jut lap it.
     
  10. ---TK---

    ---TK--- Ancient Guru

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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
     

  11. hallryu

    hallryu Don Altobello

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    I edited your Poll :thumbup:

    I see you've had a reply about the IHS being soldered. :p
     
  12. Loophole35

    Loophole35 Ancient Guru

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    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.


    Thank you.
     
  13. Darkest

    Darkest Ancient Guru

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    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.
     
  14. ground_zero298

    ground_zero298 Master Guru

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    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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