42 months ago
So I've just recently upgraded my FX-8320 to an FX-8350 overclocked to 4.4GHz, and currently, my Cooler Master TX3 EVO is struggling to keep up with the thermal output load of the cpu. After optimising the single fan speed in the BIOS, idling the CPU reads about 40, while under load, the CPU often reaches 75 to 85* while in Prime95 and gaming.
My question is: is it worth upgrading the cooler to the be quiet! PURE ROCK, or not.
I have looked into a water cooling loop, but I do not currently have space in my Thermaltake Versa H23 case to mount the radiators and fans, and I do not want to risk leakage even without considering cost.
Comparatively, the PURE ROCK has a 120mm radiator fan compared to the 92mm fan on the TX3 EVO, so it should suck more air through the heat-sync. Also, the PURE ROCK has a 1cm larger width, 3cm larger length, and 6 more fins giving it roughly 80% more heat-sync surface area than the TX3 EVO. However, the TX3 EVO has its heat-pipes directly touching the CPU, where the PURE ROCK has an aluminium base. My worry is that this aluminium base may offset the larger surface-area on the heat-sync making the upgrade pointless.