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Old 03-25-2008, 06:21 PM   #1
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Question Et Another “Best CPU Heatsink” :)

I know this question been ask lots of time, but I hope you guys don’t mind giving your feedback one more time.

From the reading that I did, and correct me if I’m wrong are this the 3 leading contenders for the most effecttive CPU Cooler?

Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Heatsink - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835109140

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler – Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233003

Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler – Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835154001

Now I will most definitely change the stock fan on the one that I decide to go with & I don’t care how much each costs. Can someone plz tell what is the best heatsink for my Q9450 (don’t have it et). Case is COSMOS 1100 S case.

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Old 03-25-2008, 06:33 PM   #2
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Default Re: Et Another “Best CPU Heatsink” :)

I would recommend the Tuniq Tower, from the reviews I have read it performs as well as the Ultra 120 Extreme, but costs less and you don't have to spend another $20 on a fan. If you're not going to be doing some extreme overclocking though, all these heatsinks are a bit of a waste of money.
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Old 03-25-2008, 07:12 PM   #3
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Default Re: Et Another “Best CPU Heatsink” :)

No, the Tuniq will not perform as well as a TRUE.

The Xigmatek is a great performer for the money, which lags behind the TRUE by about 5C. Great for a budget cooler.

The absolute best would probably between the IFX-14 or the TRUE. Reviews I've read for both point toward one or another, usually by 1-2C. I think the IFX-14 has a better mounting system from what I've heard.

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http://www.frozencpu.com/products/56...l?tl=g40c14s52

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Old 03-25-2008, 07:30 PM   #4
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The IFX-14 is the top dog, it's true, but that thing is huge! But he has a COSMOS though so it should be OK. I repeat, there is absolutely no point in investing in one of these coolers unless you're going to be doing some extreme OC'ing. This should help: http://www.anandtech.com/casecooling...spx?i=2943&p=4
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Default Re: Et Another “Best CPU Heatsink” :)

My Ultra cools better than my IFX-14, I believe the IFX-14 should have more heatpipes.

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Can someone plz tell what is the best heatsink for my Q9450
Based on my personal experience and without considering pricing I would suggest the TRU120e is your best bet for cooling.
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How much of a difference is it? It might scale differently with higher voltages than the TRUE.
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load temps are 4-5°C higher iirc, been a while since I installed it. I only ran it for a day or so and then went back to the 120 eXtreme as I couldn't fit the backplate cooler in my case. The drive bays were too close. Test results show that the backplate cooler had a minimal affect on performance so I wasn't too worried about the impact of it not being there.

The thing is freaking huge too.
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Arctic cooler is your best bang for the buck!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186134 LGA775

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835101010 AMD
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Great bang for the buck, but doesn't cool as well as the above mentioned.

However, the XIGMATEK S1283 can be had for $26 from mwave.
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If you don't get the Tuniq, I would invest in a bolt thru kit.
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