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Stock i7 860 cooler - worth replacing?

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by inverseSquare, 4 Oct 2009.

  1. inverseSquare


    Joined: 30 Aug 2007

    Posts: 261

    Hi all

    Planning on getting the i7 860, but not planning on overclocking it......

    So is it worth replacing the stock cooler with somthing like a Arctic Cooler Freezer 7 Pro or Coolermaster Hyper TX3?

    (In a CM Elite 335 / RC-600 case & Ati 5850)

    I'm interested in quietness and reliability :)

  2. Zenduri


    Joined: 17 Mar 2009

    Posts: 5,220

    Location: Nottingham

    wait until the 12th and the corsair h50 will be available with the 1156 bracket
  3. kingtrisp


    Joined: 5 Jul 2009

    Posts: 5

    Location: newcastle upon tyne

    i replaced mine with the arctic pro rev 2 and it sits at 36 idle 50 load (860 overclocked to 3ghz) which is pretty good temp! mind thats in a antec 1200 case...
  4. McstylisT

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    Joined: 8 Oct 2008

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    To answer your question , Yes without doubt the stock needs to be replaced.

    Its just a matter of what you want and how far you want to go with it. The two coolers you linked are decent enough. They will show an improvement for sure. However they mainly gained there reputation on the previous core 2 quad series. Cant comment how good they are with the much hotter i7 range. Especially if your looking for high clocks. But they will be good for 3.6ghz i think its fair to say.

    I do agree with HybridX , the second release of the H50 with the 1156 bracket will be shipped in a few weeks. Its a bit dearer than most but for me a great new development to cooling. Especially if you want high clocks as this is tried and tested with the i7 series and is up with the best.

  5. cmndr_andi


    Joined: 23 Apr 2009

    Posts: 12,040

    Location: Glasgow

    Replacing it with the Coolermaster you suggested is a good idea, here is a review.

    It is nice and cheap but also seems to be a very good cooler.
  6. stock


    Joined: 18 Feb 2009

    Posts: 214

    Location: Essex

    I would like to know why not one of you have taken note of the fact that he said that he doesn't plan on overclocking :confused::D

    Is it really worth the extra expense of a new cooler for a system that will only be used at stock, i don't think so...
  7. Richy1204


    Joined: 29 Jun 2009

    Posts: 708

    Location: West Sussex

    As your not overclocking then just keep the stock cooler.
  8. D D Danneh


    Joined: 8 Feb 2009

    Posts: 3,467

    Location: Sheffield

    Hehe, I was about to mention that. You definitely won't need a new cooler if you won't overclock. They wouldn't give you a stock cooler than wasn't capable of handling stock speeds.

    That said though, I would recommend overclocking and getting an aftermarket cooler. It's free/cheap performance.
  9. cmndr_andi


    Joined: 23 Apr 2009

    Posts: 12,040

    Location: Glasgow

    I dunno, If I was gonna spend £200+ on a CPU, I wouldn't mind buying a £14 cooler to keep it cooler and quieter than the stock cooler (even if not overclocking). Also, it lets you buy the OEM chip instead and save some money.

    Of course, it also gives you the headroom to try out some overclocking at some point in the future.