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QOTW: Which CPU cooler do you use?

by Parm Mann on 27 June 2014, 16:30

Tags: Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), AMD (NYSE:AMD), Corsair, Noctua, be-quiet, Enermax (8093.TWO), Cooler Master, Deepcool, SilverstoneTek, Phanteks, NZXT, Thermaltake (3540.TWO), Antec, Prolimatech, Zalman (090120.KQ), Akasa, Scythe, Thermalright, Arctic

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One of the great things about building your own PC is that there's just so much choice. Each and every component can be tweaked almost indefinitely, though of course there's a greater sense of importance placed on particular parts.

The humble CPU cooler has to be one those whose value may often be overlooked. Sure, the reference cooler that ships with boxed processors is sufficient in most scenarios, but if you're aiming for a build that looks impressive, stays extremely cool and runs practically silent, you need to start thinking outside the box.

Fortunately, there's no shortage of choice, and right now, there's a huge array of air- and liquid-cooled solutions that work very well. So for this week's question, let us ask: which CPU cooler do you use? You can provide multiple answers if you have more than one PC, and more importantly, we also want to know how you rate the cooler and whether or not you would recommend it to others. Fire away using the comments facility below.

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i use a be quiet dark rock 2 and save for mounting i am very happy
Still got a TRUE (with a Yate-Loon fan on it? Could be a Noctua through, can't remember which I put where). Moving to a H75 in the shift to ITX.
stock CPU cooler Q6600 60 degrees C up to 80 sometimes, never been happy
Liqtech 240 i7 4770k-26 degrees idle
Years ago I was using a Thermalright (though I can't recall the version nor the name) tower cooler; it was a behemoth, but worked fairly well for an air cooler.
I then tried the CoolIt Domino; that was a disaster, the side of the waterblock cracked and leaked coolant everywhere.

I eventually went to a custom water cooling loop and have never looked back; I may not overclock my components, but to have a video card never get above 37 degrees Celsius is a win, win scenario for me.