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Ivy Bridge/Sandy Bridge-E Cooler Roundup
said by TechReport :If anyone is hoping for a relatively recent review of CPU coolers for current sockets, look no further.
CPU coolers compared in epic 33-way throwdown
As you may have noticed, we're big proponents of comparative performance testing here at TR. There's perhaps no better way to evaluate a product's strengths and weaknesses than seeing how it stacks up against the competition. With that in mind, I've gotta give a shout out to an excellent CPU cooler round-up published by Hardware.Info. The article compares the cooling performance, noise levels, and overall efficiency of 33 different heatsinks from a range of manufacturers.
In the end, a handful of coolers stood out. The Cooler Master TPC-800 (which was tested with a Scythe Gentle Typhoon fan), Cooler Master Hyper 412S, and Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 earned gold awards, while the Noctua NH-D14, Be Quiet! Dark Rock Advanced C1, DeepCool Deptwin, and Gelid Tranquilo Rev. 2 took home silver.
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BlockfireSarcasm is my native tongue
this is an excellent review, they break it down by socket type, wattage, high/low fan, noise. and then do a final breakdown by socket type using an efficiency rating by combining all of the tests into one result.