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best am3+ cooler on the market for under £70 ($114 worth but in the uk)

hawktalk2013

75 months ago

I am getting a high airflow case for my birthday, corsair 600t, and I would like to know the best possible CPU cooler to get.

I have the Noctua NH-U12P SE2 or the d14 in mind.

criteria: good looking, quiet (really quiet), good steady performance that can handle my amd fx4170 with fans on low, under £70, not water cooled preferable, but might consider if really good as the case does support a dual rad. and I think that is it. any suggestion will be greatly appreciated

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  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you can't really go wrong with the Noctua NH-U12S ( http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhu12s ) or NH-U14S ( http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhu14s ). These are really quiet, and cool well. The NH-D14 ( http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhd14 ) is massive, and employs two fans. This means it's slightly louder, but cools better.

For your application, I would go for the NH-U12S.

That is, if you like the look of Noctua's coolers. Personally, I'm not a big fan of the whole brown/beige thing, but luckily, we all have our separate tastes :-)

BeQuiet's Dark Rock Pro cooler gets good reviews too - and it looks a bit different: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/be-quiet-cpu-cooler-bk017

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd prefer two fans rather than one. will the fit in the 600t? for similar money the nh-u12p se2 to me is better value than the s version

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

I can't see why any of the coolers wouldn't fit in the 600T.

If you prefer two fans, then the NH-D14 is probably undisputed in terms of performance. It actually runs along with most of the lower end AIO water cooling kits performancewise, while beating them on noise. The U12S and U14S are even quieter, but perform slightly less - although they are still great coolers.

I don't know the U12P SE2, but I'm sure it's a great cooler too.

There's definitely none of these coolers that won't be able to cool an FX4170 :-)

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for the reply for £50 I'm getting the u12p se2

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

AMD CPUS don't generate enough heat to justify a high end cooler. Look at Thermaltake, they have a few models that use the OEM latch and are inexpensive.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I've always wanted a near silent pc and the Noctua nh-u12p se2 will help me accomplish that goal

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