Grouptest: CPU cooler group review with 3770K

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    In this review we test over a dozen CPU coolers, mainly heatpipe based. We'll test them on a Core i7 3770K, one of the more difficult to cool processors on the market. In this group test we'll use S...

    Grouptest: CPU cooler group review with 3770K
     
  2. PhazeDelta1

    PhazeDelta1 Moderator Staff Member

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    I see the NH-D14 is still king of the lab.
     
  3. ASLayerAODsk

    ASLayerAODsk Master Guru

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    I have a CM Hyper 212+ on mine aka /evo :) interesting to see how it fares at that level...:) good review :) tyvm :)
     
  4. SLI-756

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    Thanks very much this is an excellent resource. :)
     

  5. King4x4

    King4x4 Member Guru

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    Would of have loved seeing some custom WC to see any major differences... lets say a 360 rad with a decent block.
     
  6. Denial

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    I still don't get what I'm doing wrong with my system. I currently have a CPU370 with 4 120's directly to it as my GTX690 is down and even after delidding I can't seem to get my temps under 70c full load @ 4.5Ghz. I also can't seem to run it under 1.3v stable at that speed either yet I see pretty much everyone else able to do that.

    Feel like I got shafted =(
     
  7. BLEH!

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    H100i with (Noctua :p) aftermarket fans on a 980X is 10C cooler than a NH-D14 for me. Good review though boss, insightful.
     
  8. benqbiggis

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    me too

    i can't get 4.6ghz fully stable below 1.295v-1.30v

    mine is not delidded but even using a custom water cooler with 4 cooler rad and 1500 pump in a simple loop i cant get temps below 90c-95c under prime95 at max cpu torture

    even considering my ambient temp over 30°₢ (very hot summer here) and 2 gtx 580 blowing hot air
     
  9. SLI-756

    SLI-756 Banned

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    Oh! another candidate for the delid test?
    Sounds like it would greatly benefit you but with the 3770k is a huge risk, i was prepared to go weeks without computer before i done my 3570k.
    There's a couple of great delid threads here:

    3770k Discussion thread - Heat Possible improvement!
    http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=372566

    i5 3570K OC Adventure
    http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=367095
     
  10. Denial

    Denial Ancient Guru

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    I was at the same temps he was at, like 90c until I delidded it now I'm down to like 77-82c. But then I see people that hit like 60c and I'm like what the hell is going on.
     

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    Try the spread method if you didn't already, on both the die and inbetween cooler @ IHS(light spread on die and over outside of IHS), i recommend the diamond based but it's thick and horrid to spread.
     
  12. mmicrosysm

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    What no SilverArrow?
     
  13. Denial

    Denial Ancient Guru

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    I've tried a line, a dot and using a plastic bag and my finger to spread it. The plastic bag finger thing worked the best but I'm still not seeing the sub 70c results other people post. I'm using Noctua NT-H1 for paste, which while not the best, is definitely up there as far as results are concerned. I've considered completely removing the IHS and modifying my board to make it work but I'm not sure if it's worth it.

    Like looking at Hilberts results, he's getting 72c at 1.3 and 62c at 1.2 and I'm assuming he didn't replace the TIM/Delid the thing. I'm getting ~79c @ 1.3 after delidding and anything under 1.29v and I can't run prime95 for more than a few seconds without a BSOD.

    The only things I can think of is

    1. Because I don't have a 690 the CPU is running hotter due to the HD4000 being active? When I get my card back on wednesday I can rule this out. But seeing in the pictures it looks like Hilbert was also using the on die chip during the benchmarks so, yeah.

    2. My 370 block just isn't sitting right on my chip. If I pull the block up even a little dab of thermal paste seems to spread out all over so I don't think this is the case.

    3. My chip is just bad. I see multiple people running p95 @ ~1.2v without crashing even at 80c+. I simply can't do this. I get a BSOD instantly. So unless the HD4000 is somehow interfering with my results causing it to crash I'm just going to assume I got a bad chip.

    I'm not really too concerned about it as it rarely hits 79c in a real game anyway just P95 and even then it's stable at those temps. Plus I usually upgrade every 6 months anyway so the life of the chip being effected is really not a problem. It's just annoying to know that I can't drive it as fast as other people are.
     
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  14. Agent-A01

    Agent-A01 Ancient Guru

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    Nice review, but i would have liked to see the Megahalem included. With it lapped and 2 Noctua NF-F12s it did better than a NH-D14 i borrowed from a friend
     
  15. Solid_State

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    Have a Ninja 3, it definitely has some strengths and also some weaknesses. I ran my i7/920 passive on my old MB, but when overclocking paired with a cheap case it would get to hot for me.

    I will definitely put her back in use for a completely silent HTPC in the near future ;)

    And about the mounting system on the Ninja, no worse system exists! You literately need the skills of a Ninja to install this cooler :(
     

  16. WhiteLightning

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    I wonder if the environment (testbench fully open VS closed case) had anything to do with it.
     
  17. Elder III

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    Hilbert ---- you are bad for my virtual wallet. ;)
     
  18. bonob

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    47°c at stock clock with one of the best cooler out there, man i mean with a cpu rated at 77W by intel (http://ark.intel.com/products/65523), someone must be lying somewhere.
     
  19. malky

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    my thoughts exactly, are they no longer in production?
     
  20. Titan29

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    Nice review. Looks like I will be keeping my NH-D14 for a long time :)
     

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