i7 cpu coolers round-up 2009 - Results and conclusion
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It would be unfair to place all coolers at the same table when trying to pull out results and conclusions, so I will only write what impressed me and will not list all coolers.If someone wants to see more detailed results for a specific cooler there are dedicated reviews of each one at the corresponding section.


So....let's have a look at the winners!



The absolute winner regarding performance is Cooler Master V10, followed by Prolimatech Megahalems and Noctua NH-U12P SE with a slight difference in temperature.

Also Xigmatek Cobra has the best performance in the second category(fan under 12cm).



Intel Stock cooler has the lowest noise levels at low fan speed, but the winner is the Xigmatek Achilles which has the lowest noise levels out of the box. The other coolers that surpassed it were having Noctua NF-S12B fan so they are out of competition since the noise is paired with the fan used.



Cooler Master V10 and V8 have a great design and along with Glacialtech UFO V51 get the top 3 positions for the apearance.




Innovation is the other name of Cooler Master V10, the massive heatsink combined with TEC is the winner!



For HTPC use where low profile cooler is required, the best performing was the Evercool HPK-10025EA


Value for money

Value for money is something diffcult to say, but Xigmatek Achilles(low price/high performance/fan included), Noctua NH-U12P SE(very rich bundle/high performance/two fans included) and Cooler Master V8(high performance/fan included) are at the top because of their features.




For all the above:


CoolerMaster V10 is given the "Editors Choice" and "Innovation" awards, and also the "Gold" award for being the highest performing cpu cooler in this round-up.








Xigmatek Achilles is given the "Low Noise", "Value for Money" and "Best in it's class" awards.







Noctua NH-U12P SE is given the "Editors choice" , "Best in its class" and "Value for money" awards.








GlacialTech UFO V51 is given the "Design" award.








Evercool HPK-10025EA is given the "Best in its class" award







And at last Xigmatek Cobra,Prolimatech Megahalems and Coolermaster V8 are given the "Recommended" award.





Last Updated on Monday, 26 April 2010 20:08

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