best i7 cooler?

J32P

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I considered trying an IFX-14 - but wasn't sure if it would fit in between my RAM slots and the heat-sink on the mosfets (with fans). Let alone if it would foul up the northbridge heatsink when turned the other way (not the m/b in my sig - I'm talking about an EVGA Classified). So I decided to try the Prolimatech Megahalems. It fits fine, even with dual (25mm thick) fans.
How much was it?
 

ekuest

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How much was it?
theyre right around $60-65 plus tax and shipping. the ifx-14 is around $70-80 plus tax and shipping. remember that neither of these come with a fan (as far as i know) and you may need to buy 1 or 2 fans for the megahalems, or 1-3 fans for the ifx-14. that can increase the total cost another $10-30 easily depending on how picky you are about fans.
 

mastrdrver

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I have the Ultra-120 Ex. and the IFX-14... I tested them out as well... hit 4.2 GHz with my i7 920 SLBEJ. I couldnt break 4 GHz with the Ultra-120 Ex... very similar to the xbit review. Im pretty sure the IFX-14 even takes the crown from the Cooler Master V10, but I have never seen them compared side by side. The IFX-14 never did as great on the 775's because those chips never put out the wattage needed to get those huge heatpipes going. As a consequence, the smaller heatpipes of the Ultra-120 outdid it... but on the higher wattage 1366's, well... its another story. This is very much like how the older 3/6 pipe Ultra-120 used to outperform the newer Ultra-120 Ex. w/ 4/8 heatpipes... at the time that they both were out, the CPU's werent making enough heat to take advantage of the extreme's extra pipe, so less pipes cooled better than more, and the IFX-14 trailed the Ultra-120 because its heatpipes are much larger, and the sink itself is much larger. But enter the 1366 and other higher wattage CPU's that can take advantage of all those fat heatpipes, and the IFX-14 outperforms the Ultra-120 by a healthy amount.
Good info. Thanks.
Excellent info. Made my decision for me. Thanks!
 

Cannydog

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How much was it?
My PM with 2 PWM fans with sheathed tails, was just about $100 from Frozen CPU. However, the day that I received them I found another place selling them for at least $12 less > the Heatsink factory. So while Frozen CPU has more fans and offers custom services (sheathing those tails...), if I was to get a second one it would be from the Heatsink Factory.
 
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