• We've upgraded our forums. Please post any issues/requests in this thread.

CPU coolers

Joined
May 20, 2012
Messages
132 (0.06/day)
Likes
6
#1
So I am looking to get a new CPU cooler for my intel i5 3570k. The stock cooler is not working well when I am rendering and compressing videos. It reaches temperatures of 80C (sometimes up to 82C). Rendering/Compressing takes 40minutse total each video.. and I would be doing many videos. Normal activity, like browsing net and instant messaging yields 45 C.

Relevant information is:
Asrock z77 extreme4 mobo
G.SKill ripjaw 2x4GB ram
Antec 300 tower

People suggested I get the Noctua NH-D14. However, that thing is one big mofo. I might get the Noctua NH-U12P instead, jsut because its a tad smaller. I don't plan to overclock my CPU right now, as I want to use it for 5-7 years and I heard overclocking might decrease the life span of the CPU.

I would like a cooler where I won't have to remove the mobo if I don't need to or a smaller cooler.

Noctua NH-D14, I might not have to remove the mobo when I install for first time (although I don't mind removing the mobo to install it). The antec 300's side panel allows me to install the steel backplate. Then I'd plug in the 2 CPU fan plugs into the 2 PWR sockets. Then I'd mount it. The only thing I might not be able to do without removing the mobo is latching on the middle fan because there is not that much space at the top of the case to do it. I might not install the middle fan.

It is not that I am lazy. Usually when I dedust, I remove vid card, psu, and every other time the CPU cooler. The motherboard is also a hassle to mount. That actually took me the longest to do while building my comp cause of alignment issues with the hole, insulator and screw.. I just more things can go wrong XD, especially with a giant, sharp heavy piece of aluminum.
---

picture of what my insides look like
http://i46.tinypic.com/106zkht.jpg
 
Last edited:
Joined
Jan 17, 2010
Messages
10,031 (3.47/day)
Likes
6,633
Location
Oregon
System Name Delta // Alpha-HTPC
Processor Intel i7 6700K // Intel i5 4570
Motherboard GIGABYTE Z270X-Gaming K7 // Gigabyte H97M -D3H
Cooling Corsair H80i V2 // Silverstone NT-06 Pro
Memory Corsair DDR4 3000 32gb //G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1600
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX980ti// EVGA GTX 1050ti
Storage Samsung 950 Pro 512, 2 Tb FireCuda// Samsung 850 Pro, 1 X 4 Tb HGST, 1 x 6Tb Toshiba
Display(s) ASUS PB278Q 27" 1440X 2560 // 50" Samsung Plasma 720p
Case Corsair Obsidian Series 550D // Silverstone Granada GD05
Audio Device(s) ASUS Xonar DGX // HDMI to Yamaha RX V571
Power Supply Corsair TX850M // SeaSonic G Series 550w
Mouse Logitech G502
Keyboard Corsair K70
Software Windows 10 64bit // Windows 7 64bit with Kodi
#2
CM 212 +
CM 212 EVO

Ether one is the go to basic cpu cooler and best bang for buck
 
Joined
Feb 20, 2010
Messages
283 (0.10/day)
Likes
45
Location
Honky Tonk Nashville, TN
#3
Yes, for your application softwares, a very good air-cooling solution is best and has less troubles over water-cooling. The main thing is to keep the dust bunnies from over populating over time.
 
Joined
Nov 10, 2006
Messages
4,527 (1.12/day)
Likes
6,075
Location
Washington, US
System Name Lappy
Processor i7 6700k
Motherboard Sager NP9870
Cooling A lot smaller than I'd like
Memory Samsung 4x8GB DDR4-2133 SO-DIMM
Video Card(s) GTX 980 (MXM)
Storage 2xSamsung 950 Pro 256GB | 2xHGST 1TB 7.2K
Display(s) 17.3" IPS 1080p G-SYNC
Audio Device(s) Sound Blaster X-FI MB 5, Foster 2.1 channel integrated
Mouse Razer Deathadder
Keyboard 3-zone RGB integrated
Software Windows 10 Pro
Benchmark Scores Not slow
#4
I very much like my Xigmatek cooler and didn't think there was much better for the price, but found that the Hyper 212 Evo shaved a few degrees off on top of that. As much as I love my Xiggy, I'd have to +1 the Hyper 212 Evo.
 
Joined
Mar 8, 2009
Messages
1,077 (0.34/day)
Likes
305
System Name Primary Rig
Processor e8500 Q822A549 4.5ghz AIR
Motherboard Foxconn Mars P35
Cooling TRUE
Memory 2 x2GB Patriot Viper 1066 5-5-5-12 @ 1.8v
Video Card(s) Sapphire 5870 Unlocked
Storage 300gb Velociraptor
Display(s) Dell 24" Ultrasharp
Case Coolermaster CM690
Power Supply PC Power & Cooling 750w Quad Silencer
Software Windows 7 Ultimate x86
#5
Hyper 212 Evo, can usually handle Ivy to 4.5ghz
 
Joined
Nov 29, 2011
Messages
5,975 (2.71/day)
Likes
5,278
Location
Hi! I'm from the Internet
System Name Selene / Yoda
Processor Fx 8350 @ 4.4 / Phenom II x6 1090t @ 3.6
Motherboard Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 r4.0 / Gigabyte 890XA-UD3
Cooling H100i / Xig Dark Knight
Memory 4x 8gb G.Skill Snipers / 4x 4gb G.Skill Ares
Video Card(s) Gigabyte R9 290x / XfX DD & VisionTek HD6850's C'fired
Storage 256gb ssd, 2x 2tb Wd Blacks & 1x 1tb Wd black / 1x 1tb
Display(s) Dell Ultra Sharp 2408 WFp / Hp w2207
Case Raidmax Vampire / Chieftec Alum. Dragon Blue
Audio Device(s) Onboard Hd Audio / Onboard Hd Audio
Power Supply Corsair TX 850 watt / Corsair TX 750 watt
Mouse Logitech G500s
Keyboard Corsair Strafe
Software Win 10 pro / Win Vista Home prem. 64 bit
Benchmark Scores What are benchmarks anyway?
#6
I also agree with the Cm 212+
 
Joined
Jul 10, 2008
Messages
574 (0.17/day)
Likes
124
Location
Alberta, Canada
System Name Custom FX
Processor AMD Phenom II X4 965 @ 4.0 GHz
Motherboard ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0
Cooling be quiet! Dark Rock 3
Memory G.SKILL F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL Ripjaws 8GB
Video Card(s) GIGABYTE GV-R927XOC-2GD Radeon R9 270X 2GB
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD OS Drive/Seagate Hybrid Drives ST1000LM014 1TB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache
Display(s) ASUS VE228H 21.5 inch
Case Fractal Design Define R4 Window Edition
Audio Device(s) Built in HD
Power Supply Silverstone Strider 750 Plus 750W Modular
Software Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
#7
I would also vote for the CM 212 Evo a very good performing CPU and also cheap
 
Joined
Jan 17, 2010
Messages
10,031 (3.47/day)
Likes
6,633
Location
Oregon
System Name Delta // Alpha-HTPC
Processor Intel i7 6700K // Intel i5 4570
Motherboard GIGABYTE Z270X-Gaming K7 // Gigabyte H97M -D3H
Cooling Corsair H80i V2 // Silverstone NT-06 Pro
Memory Corsair DDR4 3000 32gb //G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1600
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX980ti// EVGA GTX 1050ti
Storage Samsung 950 Pro 512, 2 Tb FireCuda// Samsung 850 Pro, 1 X 4 Tb HGST, 1 x 6Tb Toshiba
Display(s) ASUS PB278Q 27" 1440X 2560 // 50" Samsung Plasma 720p
Case Corsair Obsidian Series 550D // Silverstone Granada GD05
Audio Device(s) ASUS Xonar DGX // HDMI to Yamaha RX V571
Power Supply Corsair TX850M // SeaSonic G Series 550w
Mouse Logitech G502
Keyboard Corsair K70
Software Windows 10 64bit // Windows 7 64bit with Kodi
#8
$19 at NE right now after rebate. You cant really complain about that
 
Joined
May 20, 2012
Messages
132 (0.06/day)
Likes
6
#9
$19 at NE right now after rebate. You cant really complain about that
i dont see them for 19 after rebate for at NE. unless NE abbreviate is not what i think it is lol

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
or
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO

if it was, that would be a big plus.

Ill probably decide on what to get tonight. =s
if i would to get either noctuas, id most likely use only 1 fan and use the other fan as an intake fan for the front of my tower.
 
Last edited:
Joined
Mar 24, 2010
Messages
4,571 (1.62/day)
Likes
917
Location
Independent in Imperialistic
System Name Oh the name!
Processor i7 7700K
Motherboard MSI Z270 Xpower
Cooling EK 360 Extreme
Memory 16Gb G.Skill TridentZ 3866
Video Card(s) nVidia 1080 Ti Flanders Edition
Storage 1 Intel PCIE SSD750, 2 Sam 840Evo 1TB SSD, WD Black 2TB, Toshiba 3TB
Display(s) Acer Predator X1 (32")
Case Rajintek Paean
Audio Device(s) onboard
Power Supply Corsair AX860
Mouse Mad Catz Pro X
Keyboard Corsair K70
Software W10Pro
#10
Noctua C-14.... fits all, no noise, nice.... long term investment...


Yep, I run it with one fan. Happy.
 
Joined
Jan 28, 2009
Messages
325 (0.10/day)
Likes
146
System Name Harley
Processor Intel core i7 3820
Motherboard ASRock Extreme6 X79
Cooling NZXT Kraken X60
Memory Geil Enhance Corsa DDR3 1600+ 16GB
Video Card(s) EVGA SuperClocked GTX Titan
Storage OCZ Vertex4 128GB SSD / Toshiba 7200 2TB HDD
Display(s) Crossover 30" 2560x1600
Case CoolerMaster HAF XB - Custom Modded
Audio Device(s) n/a
Power Supply CoolerMaster Silent Pro Hybrid 1300w
Software Win7 64
#12
Don't forget to get some good tp
 
Joined
Mar 13, 2012
Messages
391 (0.19/day)
Likes
90
Location
USA
#13
I would have to recommend a CM 212 Evo as well as a budget cooler. Mid-line would be the Xigmatek Dark Knight II, and if you're already paying for a Noctura, I would say you would be better off getting an AIO water cooler unless you're prioritizing your cooler being quiet, and even then Phanteks would be just as good of an option but would look better if you care about color.

And don't skimp on getting good thermal compound, GELID GC-Extreme or a similar high-performing TIM which lasts is what you should be shooting for.
 
Joined
May 20, 2012
Messages
132 (0.06/day)
Likes
6
#14
I got the CM hyper 212 plus and some artic 5 thermal paste.

It is kinda loud =|, but it was at fan speed 10 (max) and the default CPU target temperature was 45C, about 51C at 100% cpu load. I lowered the fan speed down to 5 and its 53C at 100% cpu load. I am lowering it as much as i can without getting a huge spike in temperature. Fan speed 3 55C.

I also had an adventure. I bent my mother board's CPU socket pins. Bent like 6 of them >.<. I unbent 5 of them. 1 of them was shaped like a ? mark but i tried to line up the tip as best as i can with its neighbors. Thank goodness my comp still runs. I messed with the socket cause some of the old thermal paste flaked and was stuck in the crease of the socket and lets say i bumped into the pins.

the cooler master fan is alright, i guess. my video card WAS the loudest thing in my computer, but now it seems it mys CPU fan when its at higher fan speeds.

I am satisfied with the cooling difference between intel stock and the cooler master. for this price, its good.
 
Joined
Jan 17, 2010
Messages
10,031 (3.47/day)
Likes
6,633
Location
Oregon
System Name Delta // Alpha-HTPC
Processor Intel i7 6700K // Intel i5 4570
Motherboard GIGABYTE Z270X-Gaming K7 // Gigabyte H97M -D3H
Cooling Corsair H80i V2 // Silverstone NT-06 Pro
Memory Corsair DDR4 3000 32gb //G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1600
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX980ti// EVGA GTX 1050ti
Storage Samsung 950 Pro 512, 2 Tb FireCuda// Samsung 850 Pro, 1 X 4 Tb HGST, 1 x 6Tb Toshiba
Display(s) ASUS PB278Q 27" 1440X 2560 // 50" Samsung Plasma 720p
Case Corsair Obsidian Series 550D // Silverstone Granada GD05
Audio Device(s) ASUS Xonar DGX // HDMI to Yamaha RX V571
Power Supply Corsair TX850M // SeaSonic G Series 550w
Mouse Logitech G502
Keyboard Corsair K70
Software Windows 10 64bit // Windows 7 64bit with Kodi
#15
Im glad you didn't screw up that board. Be careful its delicate stuff. You figured out how to turn the fan down that's good. The 212 EVO is even louder at full speed. Mine runs at 4 (900)rpm with an overclock of 4.4 so its 69c at full load.
 
Joined
Jun 12, 2007
Messages
4,815 (1.25/day)
Likes
639
Location
Wangas, New Zealand
System Name Darth Obsidious
Processor Intel i5 2500K
Motherboard ASUS P8Z68-V/Gen3
Cooling Cooler Master Hyper 212+ in Push Pull
Memory 2X4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600
Video Card(s) ASUS R9 270x TOP
Storage 128GB Samsung 830 SSD, 1TB WD Black, 2TB WD Green
Display(s) LG IPS234V-PN
Case Corsair Obsidian 650D
Audio Device(s) Infrasonic Quartet
Power Supply Corsair HX650w
Software Windows 7 64bit and Windows XP Home
Benchmark Scores 2cm mark on bench with a razor blade.
#16
My Hyper 212+ has the loudest fan in the case as well.
I simply left the fan on auto though.
You could try using a push pull configuration on the cooler and see how much the temperature drops.