Sandy Bridge Heatsinks Roundup

By on February 6, 2011
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The best cooler for that 4.7Ghz on-the-air overclock.

You have all seen what a performance beast the new Intel Sandy Bridge processors are. You have also seen some of the best motherboards to get for said CPUs, but obviously if you’re reading this article, then you’re not satisfied with just the stock performance on these Sandy Bridge processors. Powerful as they are, you need more.

As I mentioned in all of my previous Sandy Bridge related reviews, it’s a piece of cake to get the new Core i7-2600K to overclock to 4.7GHz on air. However, these incredible speeds are not possible with the stock heatsink; you’ll need something much more beefier than that to get the job done.

Today I’ll take a look at four high-end CPU coolers from some of the most respectable names in the industry and pit them all against each other to see how they perform under pressure.  Over the next few pages I’ll go over the details of each one of these coolers to see how easy/difficult it was to install them and how quiet/loud they were.

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