Which of these heatsinks keep your CPU the coolest?
The Prolimatech Megahalems, or the Cooler master V8?
(If you have any of the products listed above, it would be very much appreciated if you commented on what temperatures your getting on your CPU.)
I am asking because I am planning on overclocking and I want to be sure which heatsink would be the best in terms of cooling/keeping temperatures down.
I don't like the v8 for a couple of reasons, it's heavy, outdated and can't perform against coolers in its price range. On the other hand the megahalems was once king of the hill and was an excellent performer. It is still one of the best IMO along with noctua and thermalright products but the price is still a little high these days and it doesn't come with fans, I have a suggestion though, if you're looking for a good cooler, the newest one I can recommend you with good performance and cheap price is the thermalright hr02 macho.
Some of the coolers I can recommend you.
60$ or more - thermalright archon, thermalright silver arrow, thermalright venomous x, noctua nh-d14
40-50$ - cooler master v6gt, thermalright macho hr02 (around 40$), scythe mugen 2 rev. b, scythe yasya, thermalright true rev c.
cheapest with good performance - cooler master hyper 212, cogage true spirit.
Note that I may have missed coolers of some brands like Zalman, Xigmatek and Thermaltake, that's because these are the only ones I can get access to and most of them I've already tried.
What is your most recommended?
The Hyper 212+ provides amazing bang for the buck, excellent value cooler if you are looking for a mild overclock.
What board and case do you have? The last time I've seen a v6gt personally is inside of a 1156 asus mobo and haf 922 case, The side of the cooler (mainly the fan) was on top on one of the memory slots. If you have a tall ram heatsink, like double the height of the ram, I can see it being a problem but if you have a normal size heatsink like what g.skill uses and some newer rams right now with low profile hs it won't hit it. If you can put here a picture of your cpu I can tell you exactly if it will fit or not.
I did some research and it doesn't fit in my case because it is too thin. How cool does the Hyper 212+ cool cpus? How big of a difference is it from the V6GT?
With stock performance the difference between the 212+ and the v6gt won't be heaven and earth but the v6gt will still have lower temps. With OC'ing of course the v6gt wins, I can't give you an exact difference in numbers because everything will depend on your casing, ambient temp, case fans and how much you're looking to OC. If you're considering 212+ or any cooler master brand please buy a good thermal paste, the CM thermal paste is craptastic.
protip: the tuniq tx-2 is a good pair with CM products.
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