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    Best air cooling heatsink

    On a dfi ultra d which of these or suggest others
    Thermaltake big typhoon
    Thermalright xp120
    Thermaltake beetle(heard good things)

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    Big Typhoon hands down. Other options are the Tuniq Tower and the Skythe Ninja.
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    I believe there's a new heatsink that pwns them, argh can't remember it off my head, it's some not-so-famous company in Austria.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrilla
    I believe there's a new heatsink that pwns them, argh can't remember it off my head, it's some not-so-famous company in Austria.
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    Tuniq Tower 120 with active high/medium speed fan - http://www.madshrimps.be/gotoartik.php?articID=419


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    Tuniq is the best air cooler on the marked imo, after tuniq then schyte and noctua, zamlan etc.
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    Thought I'd just mention one thing though as you make your decision. That's that the BT also happens to cool down memory and caps, due to it's shoving the air down. If you plan to OC heavily and choose a tower model, I would suggest investing some money in cooling soultions for those. I know I personally saw an increase of over 10 degrees when I stopped using my Big Typhoon on my caps and that my memory OC had become *slightly* more limited as well. Not that I would have really minded... but it didn't OC well in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serra
    Thought I'd just mention one thing though as you make your decision. That's that the BT also happens to cool down memory and caps, due to it's shoving the air down. If you plan to OC heavily and choose a tower model, I would suggest investing some money in cooling soultions for those. I know I personally saw an increase of over 10 degrees when I stopped using my Big Typhoon on my caps and that my memory OC had become *slightly* more limited as well. Not that I would have really minded... but it didn't OC well in the first place.

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    Serra took the words out of my mouth. I also would recommend the TT Big Typhoon or the Thermalright SI-120, because not only they both perform extremely well, the fan on them also cools down the components around the cpu. :thumbsup:
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    yea i dont need to have the best of all i just need it to be high end, i like the thermalrights because you put whatever fan you like and it small and slight. Typhoon is big but can cool your everything around it. I dont really like those huge tower. Will these perform similar to a decent water cooling. I want to cut down load on my x2 with a/c on and very low room temp it idles at 34 but loads at 55 while priming both cores. I have increased the voltage from 1.36 to 1.39 but if i want to give more bolts like 1.45 dual priming will be around 60 so i need better cooling. Which would be better a xp 120 with 80 cfm fan or tt typhoon

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcvigo
    yea i dont need to have the best of all i just need it to be high end, i like the thermalrights because you put whatever fan you like and it small and slight. Typhoon is big but can cool your everything around it. I dont really like those huge tower. Will these perform similar to a decent water cooling. I want to cut down load on my x2 with a/c on and very low room temp it idles at 34 but loads at 55 while priming both cores. I have increased the voltage from 1.36 to 1.39 but if i want to give more bolts like 1.45 dual priming will be around 60 so i need better cooling. Which would be better a xp 120 with 80 cfm fan or tt typhoon
    I can vouch for xp-90c

    it's small, easy to install and VERY good.

    priming my X2 in a hot, small, closed case @ 1.55 only reaches 46'C..

    1.4v loads around 39
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcvigo
    yea i dont need to have the best of all i just need it to be high end, i like the thermalrights because you put whatever fan you like and it small and slight. Typhoon is big but can cool your everything around it. I dont really like those huge tower. Will these perform similar to a decent water cooling. I want to cut down load on my x2 with a/c on and very low room temp it idles at 34 but loads at 55 while priming both cores. I have increased the voltage from 1.36 to 1.39 but if i want to give more bolts like 1.45 dual priming will be around 60 so i need better cooling. Which would be better a xp 120 with 80 cfm fan or tt typhoon
    One cooler you haven't mentioned which I think deserves consideration is the Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro. It's the cheapest one of the lot and cools almost as well as a Big Typhoon. Not really much to mod with it but it doesn't need modding. Very quiet also.
    The little air system that could.


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    Whatever cooler you choose, Big Typhoon, Noctua, Scythe Ninja, Tuniq, Zalman 9500, Arctic Cooling 64 Freezer Pro, XP90C they are all damn good, you wouldn't have to worry tempwise. It's hard to make any really fair review of all these coolers which is the best one since they perform different in different conditions and have different advantages/disadvantages, they have different noise lvl & price and some can be modded for better result than others etc.

    I like my Big Typhoon for price/noise lvl/performance combo. Some ppl doesn't mind noise, some doesn't mind the price so much etc, but I do. I lapped it, used AS5 and remounted 5 times for best result. It's one of the more silent competitors (which should be included in a fair review, I mean rated 16dB Big Typhoon, my guess around 20dB, vs Tuniq with a delta fan 50dB or sth isn't a fair comparision and neither pricewise).

    I have 8x case fans since Big Typhoon likes good airflow, and it performs amazingly well, SD3700+ @ 2.7GHz 1.65V gives 29 - 30C idle temp and 43 - 44C prime temp, stock speeds 26 - 27C idle and 36C prime. Couldn't be more happy, bought it for $50 back in august last year, today I could get it for $40, very good bang-for-the-buck cooler but Freezer Pro also looks good for it's price and Tuniq Tower is only slightly expensier than Typhoon. Ninja & Noctua, XP90c doesn't even come with a fan, making them expensive.

    If I had to make a Top5 list of my fav coolers it would be: 1st: Big Typhoon, 2nd: Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro, 3rd: Tuniq Tower, 4th: Noctua NH-U 12, 5th: Scythe Ninja. When taking into account price, noise lvl, performance and modability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Makubex_GB
    Serra took the words out of my mouth. I also would recommend the TT Big Typhoon or the Thermalright SI-120, because not only they both perform extremely well, the fan on them also cools down the components around the cpu. :thumbsup:
    actually, by blowing hot air onto the motherboard the components (PWM area, memory, chipset) heat up more because of it...


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    Quote Originally Posted by jmke
    actually, by blowing hot air onto the motherboard the components (PWM area, memory, chipset) heat up more because of it...
    Blowing HOT air would cause them to heat up more, however the air that comes off of the heatsinks in question is often much cooler than the components themselves. As such, the air is able to effectively cool them down. When you consider that a processor can be held at a stable 30 degrees, and some of the outlying components may be 50 degrees, you will find a huge differential that makes it worth using this already warmed up air.

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    I like my tuniq tower. It improved load temps 5C comparing with SI-120.

    It's a big BIG boy though. Check these out:






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    That barilly fits. Looks like a good fit though, it looks like all the hot air is flushed out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmke
    actually, by blowing hot air onto the motherboard the components (PWM area, memory, chipset) heat up more because of it...
    LoL, I knew it was just a matter of time before someone posted this nonsense!

    Like Serra said, if the was HOT air then it would be true, but the air coming out of the bottom of the heatsink will never be as hot as the components on the mobo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcvigo
    yea i dont need to have the best of all i just need it to be high end, i like the thermalrights because you put whatever fan you like and it small and slight. Typhoon is big but can cool your everything around it. I dont really like those huge tower. Will these perform similar to a decent water cooling. I want to cut down load on my x2 with a/c on and very low room temp it idles at 34 but loads at 55 while priming both cores. I have increased the voltage from 1.36 to 1.39 but if i want to give more bolts like 1.45 dual priming will be around 60 so i need better cooling. Which would be better a xp 120 with 80 cfm fan or tt typhoon
    If you want some kind of water cooling performance that's not 100 dB, you'd have to go with the Tuniq Tower. The problem with those HSFs that direct airflow onto the cpu is that they're harder to install. As long you have good airflow in your case, you don't need a fan directed at the MB components.

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    As far as my research shows, the Tuniq seems to be the top dog now doing about 2C better than the Ninja which comes in second place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Makubex_GB
    LoL, I knew it was just a matter of time before someone posted this nonsense!

    Like Serra said, if the was HOT air then it would be true, but the air coming out of the bottom of the heatsink will never be as hot as the components on the mobo.
    tsssss

    how many hours did you test to verify the difference?
    I used ~100 HSF for a total test time well over 500 hours before stating what I stated.



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    check PWM temps Scythe Shogun (tower) vs XP-120 with same fan:


    note that MY TESTS are done in a LOW AIRFLOW case - if you have AMPLE caseflow (large 120mm fans blasting away) you'll have good temps no matter what CPU cooler

    When it comes down to Scythe Ninja / Tuniq Tower / Big Typhoon / SI-120 here are my results - all tested with the same fan

    Name -- CPU°C -- PWM°C

    Ninja --------- 59 - 65
    Tower 120 ---- 57 - 58
    Big Typhoon --- 62 - 67
    SI-120 -------- 62 - 66

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    The thing to note is that the Ninja fan orientation can vary so when I had my dfi nf3 I had the fan blowing up thus my pwm was very cold as well. That tower looks great too.
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    XP90's are cheap and they work pretty good. Works well enough for me.(Til' summer) But the 92mm "Vantec Tornado" fan,I use to keep it cool enough kinda' annoy's others.(Maybe they'll help me finance a solution.) Currently 80f room 84f (29-30c)surfin'.(Idle sorta')@2.8ghz 280X10,1-1,Vid=1.325*110 (24/7) It hasen't loaded up past 42c that I can recall at these settin's. It's okay I guess for now anyway. OK a Quick 32m superpi so we know for sure. AC set for 80f. Side off the case 32m superpi. Seems to be stayin' @38c(100f) It's touched on 41c twice.(but allways backed back down to 38c during the load) Never stayed that high. So full load currently we can safely call it between 38-41c.(@80f) On my rig anyway. 90% of the time was 38c though. The cool off after load is alarmingly instant! Hehe good lil' sink for the $$$$. Plus an old Tornado offa' onea' my ol' nf2's work's good I'm pleased. LOL
    Edit: The Vantec Tornado pull's air off the memory-mosfets-heatsink,ect and blow's it into the room.(Seems to work backwards from other fans)
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    Keep in mind for the BT about clearance with the side of your case. It can hamper performance by quite a bit. Here's my findings: http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews.p...ke_big_typhoon

    Course, my stuff is in a Raidmax case that isn't exactly the widest thing around. Still, something to keep in mind
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    Quote Originally Posted by WC Annihilus
    Keep in mind for the BT about clearance with the side of your case. It can hamper performance by quite a bit. Here's my findings: http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews.p...ke_big_typhoon

    Course, my stuff is in a Raidmax case that isn't exactly the widest thing around. Still, something to keep in mind
    Interesting point. Most ATX cases would have around the same width as yours too, no?
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