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|MaguS|
04-04-09, 03:21 PM
Should I get one? Anandtechs review puts it better then the extreme 120...

bob saget
04-04-09, 04:15 PM
for the i7, do you need that backplate thingie?

autobot
04-04-09, 04:20 PM
Well right now in the price/performance catagory, the XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V is the leader. Its about 1 or 2 degrees celcius behind the Noctua, but you save yourself $20.

|MaguS|
04-04-09, 04:35 PM
Who the heck is XIGMATEK?

bob saget, yeah it comes with a backplate. Not an issue since I am moving my PC to a new case as soon as the Lian Li I bought comes in.

bob saget
04-04-09, 04:43 PM
Who the heck is XIGMATEK?

bob saget, yeah it comes with a backplate. Not an issue since I am moving my PC to a new case as soon as the Lian Li I bought comes in.

can you explain? I thought all big coolers need a backplate on the X58 motherboards.

|MaguS|
04-04-09, 05:29 PM
can you explain? I thought all big coolers need a backplate on the X58 motherboards.

Oh I thought you were refering to the fact that I would have to take out my motherboard to install it...Yeah comes with a backplate that I gotta use or it would probably snap my motherboard in two...

Gaco
04-04-09, 06:43 PM
The big advantage of the Noctua NH-U12P is that it cools a large area of the motherboard around the CPU socket, more than any other CPU cooler on the market that I know of (I've read quite of a lot of articles about CPU fans the past week).

The 120 Xtreme / TRUE is the second best choice IMO (and a close second place that is), but being able to cool off the area around the cpu socket so effectively while maintaining such impressive performance on the CPU itself AND being one of the most silent, makes NH-U12P my top choice. It's not cheap, but it comes with a fan, as opposed to the 120 Xtreme, remember to factor that into the price comparison. I'm getting a socket 775 version of the Noctua SH12-U12P myself within the next two weeks :)

crainger
04-04-09, 06:45 PM
Who the heck is XIGMATEK?

bob saget, yeah it comes with a backplate. Not an issue since I am moving my PC to a new case as soon as the Lian Li I bought comes in.

XIGMATEK make some really good coolers that sit just under the Thermalrights but are cheaper and include a fan. I'm not sure if they are a new player, but they make some good ones. They also do PSUs, but i don't think they are upto snuff yet.

If you want TRUE perfoamce at not much money, get the XIGMATEK.

|MaguS|
04-04-09, 06:52 PM
Price isn't really that different when you factor in a really good fan to lower the noise... the noctua already comes with two great fans that run $20 a peice...

crainger
04-04-09, 07:00 PM
XIGMATEK has a good fan too. Still I'd take a TRUE. They seem to work best with a quiet fan, if low noise is important. I use a Sycthe with mine.

|MaguS|
04-04-09, 07:56 PM
Im not impressed with the stats on the XIGMATEK stuff. I know Noctua makes quality products... think im gonna just get it. After I get my case... gotta make sure it fits.

Gaco
04-04-09, 08:00 PM
Well actually I remember some reviews stating that the ultimate setup for him would be TRUE cooler with Noctua NH-U12P fans attached :D
I know that there is an actual userbase for this particular setup as well.

Before I finally buy I might read up a bit more on TRUE vs. NH-U12P, but I believe that they're both very excellent choices.

BTW, here is an older nvnews thread about the same thing if you hadn't seen it :)
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=127555

|MaguS|
04-04-09, 08:44 PM
Anandtechs review sales its equal to the TRUE. I don't think that the TRUE comes with the brackets for socket 1366 cpus so thats an added cost...

DeusGear
04-04-09, 09:08 PM
True 120 black looks very nice and is thinner so that's what I went with. Up to you m8 ;D

methimpikehoses
04-04-09, 09:28 PM
I have a xig Dark Knight and it is much better than my old Tuniq Tower. The fan is audible at full power, however. As for the cooler, YMMV but I doubt you will get significantly better results with a TRUE.

DeusGear
04-04-09, 09:39 PM
I too got rid of my tuniq tower. God that thing was huge and blocked my ram/chipset blocks. Also my temps dropped 15c with lapped true and good push/pull fans.

XDanger
04-05-09, 12:07 PM
Thermolab BARAM?

meh no i7

|MaguS|
04-05-09, 12:16 PM
Yeah it doesn't preform as good as the TRUE, Noctua or the Dark Knight.

methimpikehoses
04-05-09, 12:39 PM
The one thing about the dark knight that isn't great is that it is not designed for push/pull, so adding a second fan would require some ingenuity.

That is, if you are convinced push/pull actually effects temp, which I am not.

mullet
04-05-09, 04:24 PM
http://www.linearcollider.org/newsline/images/2007/20070201_dc_01.jpg

methimpikehoses
04-05-09, 04:58 PM
It's always good to have a fatty to use as an anchor.

Logical
04-05-09, 08:59 PM
Maybe not that good when he on crutches tho lmao

methimpikehoses
04-05-09, 09:14 PM
Maybe not that good when he on crutches tho lmao

He won't be tempted to put any weight on his legs though... FTW.

FastRedPonyCar
05-18-09, 02:41 PM
Im not impressed with the stats on the XIGMATEK stuff.

Their Dark Knight cooler has received consistent top scores in the reviews. IMO, FrostyTech has the most comprehensive collection of cooler stats that I've seen and their reveiw/numbers convinced me to get one for my i7 system.

http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2302&page=5

IMO, if the others cool any better, it won't be by much, the db difference will be negligible and they will cost more. :thumbdwn:

musman
06-06-09, 11:04 AM
I just ordered the Noctua NH-U12P. I have never put a cooler on before & I have a few questions. Will I half to remove my MB? How do I remove the old thermal compound? How much thermal compound do I use?

Thank You!