Sandy Bridge Heatsinks Roundup

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

The Cooler Master V6 GT is the biggest cooler in the roundup and is also the most difficult one to install. Thankfully it doesn’t really cost as much, coming in at $50 the V6 GT also turned out to be the coolest heatsink of the bunch. Sadly this came at the price of very loud noise when the V6 GT spins at its full 2,200rpm, up from 800rpm on idle.

Keep in mind that because it has two 120mm fans sticking out at either end, your first ram slot will actually be eaten up by this, assuming you’re using performance ram with huge heatsinks on top. The V6 GT undoubtedly looks the best of them all, with its curved plastic top and translucent fans. Not that the polished contact makes much of a difference, but it certainly helps in better heat dissipation.

As far as installation is concerned, the V6 GT was as hard as it comes. After putting the back plate into place, it has to be screwed on from the top with the appropriate socket brackets. Then the main heatsink has to be bolted onto the brackets, followed up by clipping the two fans back on to the main heatsink. The process took a grueling 15 minutes to complete.

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