For a long time since I built my EVGA X58 motherboard computer system (in 2008) I had wanted to get a better CPU cooler, especially with all the upgrades World of Warcraft has gotten from expansion to expansion and because intensive games like Crysis 2.
My i7-920 CPU was normally in the 78-82 degrees, with spikes of 85 -- pretty bad, considering the motherboard auto-shuts at 86 degrees. During the periods of time I did not clean the interior of my computer I could probably be able to fry an egg in there.
I tried the Corsair Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler, but I got unlucky with a non-working paperweight I had to eventually RMA/return.
I skipped getting another H100, because I needed to get a working computer ASAP, and didn't want to run the risk of another RMA nor waste more delivery time. For something that costs $100, I'd expect it to work out of the box or to have been tested at the factory.
My next option was to get an EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler. Half cheaper than the Corsair H100 Extreme. The photos don't make justice to this behemoth. It's big and heavy.
The fan is actually 120 x 120mm (open your hand and extend your fingers wide and apart. That big is this CPU cooler.
After loading the EVGA e-Leet utility software to monitor my i7-920 CPU temperatures I was literally blown out of my shoes. I couldn't believe the readings. Half the temperatures I always had with the previous CPU cooler.
It's been 2-3 months since I installed this CPU cooler, and haven't cleaned the case on purpose to take readings of a dusty computer interior. Not something safe to do, but for your benefit here we go.
These are my current CPU temperature readings with a dusty computer case: between 43-47 degrees. At the moment of these readings I have World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria set at Ultra settings for over 8 hours and Adobe Photoshop open. I'm amazed.
Of course, it's recommended to clean your computer case at least once a month. I personally use the Metro Vacuum ED500 Electric Duster to clean up my computer. It certainly beats wasting money on compressed air cans that don't do a great job. **Thanks to the fan who suggested that electric duster. I love it.
The EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler is compatible with Intel Socket 775, 1155,1156, 1366; or the AMD Socket 754,939, 940, F, AM2, AM3.
Fan Size: 120 x 120 x 25mm
Fan Speed: 750 - 2500 RPM
Fan Airflow: 26 - 84 CFM
Heat Pipes: 5 x 8mm Direct Touch
Fins: Aluminum / Wind Flow
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