CPU Coolers Rounded Up and tested on the Core i7 980X

by Rafael Hernandez on March 15, 2010 · 0 comments

What worked extremely well last year may just be overwhelmed this year. Intel’s Core i7 980X introduces two extra cores and 4MB of extra cache which some stellar coolers of the past just might have trouble handling.

Benchmark Reviews has a look at 13 different CPU coolers and how they handle the 980X and AMD’s Phenom II X4 965 processors with low and high speed fans. It’s a lot to take in:

Overclockers demand only the best performance from their computer hardware, which is why the aftermarket heatsink industry is thriving with competition. Using both the overclocked 140W AMD Phenom-II X4-965 BE and six-core Gulftown Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition processors, Benchmark Reviews tests several new thermal solutions for our Best CPU Cooler Performance Intel/AMD Q1-2010 article. Notable entries include the ProlimaTech Armageddon, Cogage Arrow, Noctua NH-D14, Thermalright Venomous-X, and Zalman CNPS10X-Performa.

Some impressive numbers from the usual suspects and from newer entries as well.

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