a redonkulas heat sink

Discussion in 'Extreme Cooling Solutions' started by astolpho, Apr 30, 2014.

  1. astolpho

    astolpho Limp Gawd

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    I am enamored with the banchetto 103 tech bench. I want to put an Asus gryphon z87 uATX motherboard on it with a i7 - 4770 k processor. I want to put a big honking hunk of shiny copper on it. What is the biggest baddest most ridiculous while still being functional heat sink you would want to see setting on top of your bench.
     
  2. SilverSliver

    SilverSliver Beat It To Deformation

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    D15 is one of the larger ones out there, but not very pretty to look at. The NoFan CR90 is a giant piece of shiny copper, but it is passively cooled.
     
  3. CaptNumbNutz

    CaptNumbNutz My Cannon Balls Sunk My Fail Ship

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    You want the most redonkulas? These three are the highest performing, and are all within a degree or two of performance depending on the review website. Many times they out perform many of the AIO water coolers, but they won't outperform custom water cooling setups.

    Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme

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    Noctua NH-D15 (just came out) or the older NH-D14.

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    Phanteks PH-TC14PE Comes in 5 colors, including an orange/copper version.

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  4. Archmage

    Archmage 2[H]4U

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    Double Post... damnit...
     
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  5. Archmage

    Archmage 2[H]4U

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    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2014/03/04/cryorig_r1_ultimate_cpu_air_cooler_review - add the cryorig to that list...

    I think BeQuiet also makes a large dual-tower heatsink... yep: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2014/02/11/bequiet_dark_rock_pro_3_cpu_air_cooler_review

    Not sure which one would work best with a 4770K die-size. Some of these were designed for 6-cores, as the thermalright SB-E name implies. Having so many heatpipes does mean that some of the outer pipes are further from the heat source. Heatpipe sizes vary as well... usually 6mm and 8mm diameter sizes are used for these heatsinks. Common configs: 6x6mm, 7x6mm, 8x6mm, 5x8mm, and maybe 6x8mm.

    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2014/03/04/cryorig_r1_ultimate_cpu_air_cooler_review/2 - you can see in the pictures that CryoRig's heatsink has about 5 heatpipes directly over the 4770K heatspreader. Not bad.

    One of the main considerations is the included fans. I might just choose the heatsink with the fans I prefer.
     
  6. CaptNumbNutz

    CaptNumbNutz My Cannon Balls Sunk My Fail Ship

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    Left to right. LGA 1155 chip, LGA 2011 chip, LGA1366 chip.

    The LGA 2011 chips are bigger. However, these same heatsinks have mounting kits to fit lga1155 chips. Having an extra heatpipe or 2 that doesn't quite fit over the lga1155 chip does not mean it isn't being utilized. Those extra pipes are touching the other pipes that are in direct contact with the core, and there is also the heatsink base they are all attached to spreading the heat out further. Sure, the outermost pipes aren't being utilized as much as the inner ones, but that doesn't mean they aren't being used at all. It also doesn't mean that a single tower heatsink with less surface area is going to be just as efficient as these monsters because they have "just enough" heatpipes.
     
  7. Archmage

    Archmage 2[H]4U

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    Yea, that was a succinct clarification, NumbNutz.

    Now for my overwrought addendum:

    Reading my post again, I can see how it sounded as though I was judging heatsinks primarily by the number of heatpipes in contact with the IHS.

    I was merely trying to point out that this may be a relevant feature. Cryorig actually created their "convex align" heatpipe arrangement to try to fit more heatpipes over the IHS. That sounds like a marketing buzz term, but their heatsink works well - MAYBE it's an improvement.

    Conversely, the 8-pipe Silver Arrow SB-E is not necessarily the best performer just because it has more heatpipes... but perhaps it will reach its potential on something like the SB-E.

    Of course the outer heatpipes will still be utilized. There will be significant copper heat conduction. I think I verified this once using a cheap IR thermometer. If that were not the case, the IHS itself would not work.

    As you pointed out, we must not discount the total fin surface area. A 6-pipe dual-tower heatsink is likely to outperform my single-tower 6-pipe Thermalright Archon.