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Old 07-13-2011, 07:59 AM   #1
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"Today we are reviewing the Superclock, the first CPU cooler from EVGA, a traditional*video card manufacturer. It has a tower heatsink with five heatpipes and a 120 mm fan. Check it out! The EVGA Super..."

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Old 07-13-2011, 08:15 AM   #2
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DAMN is all I can say this performs very very well indeed
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:34 AM   #3
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It seems that they've finally got direct touch heat pipe coolers designed correctly, without large gaps between the heat pipes. Plus some innovation in the heat sink fin design, which has been unchanged in most coolers.

According to another review of this cooler, it is identical to the new Swiftech Polaris, although they use different fans.

So two areas of innovation add up to excellent performance, nice!
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I enjoyed the article, appreciate the price performance a lot. One question, on AMD boards what orientation is possible?
Really wish this was on all heatsink labels.
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One question, on AMD boards what orientation is possible?
That's easy to see on the base plate. The cooler will be mounted for vertical flow in a regular tower case.

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Old 07-15-2011, 12:51 PM   #6
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I find it interesting that not only does the EVGA cooler beat every other air cooler (and does so very quietly), it also beats one liquid-cooled solution and almost matches the other.

Liquid cooling isn't a magic bullet.

At some point it would be interesting to see how these coolers work with overclocked CPUs. Set a reasonable O/C goal (say, a 2500K at 4.7GHz) and select several coolers, and see whether that goal is attainable with the coolers in question (as well as temperatures and noise). For that comparison, you might also want to add an external cooling system to the mix.

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Sort of an addendum and a heads-up.

I went with this cooler on my new build, and ran into clearance problems with the heatsinks on my RAM. The problem is that the fan needs to come up about 3-4mm for my particular rig, otherwise the fan is pressing down rather firmly on the nearest DIMM. The issue is that the fan's vibration would vibrate the DIMM in its socket. I could have gotten away with it as-is, but past experience has taught me that "mysterious crashes" would be in my future from time to time.

Rotating the fan to point to the top-vents instead of the back exhaust fan didn't help, as the cooling vanes then pressed against the RAM heatsinks. I had to get creative with the fan mounting. It's fine now, but it added an hour to the build time.

The relevant components in my rig:

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (4x 4GB DIMMs, 2 8gb kits)
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 GEN3 motherboard
EVGA M020-00-000234 (the cooler in question)
Antec 300 case

...well, okay, the rest of the rig. EVGA GTX 570, Intel Core i5 2500K, Asus DVD-RW, and a pair of Samsung 1tb hard drives.


But yeah, it's a great, quiet, extremely effective cooler. I don't have any doubts I could get a rock-stable overclock in the 4.5-4.8Ghz region with this beastie.
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Sort of an addendum and a heads-up.

I went with this cooler on my new build, and ran into clearance problems with the heatsinks on my RAM. The problem is that the fan needs to come up about 3-4mm for my particular rig, otherwise the fan is pressing down rather firmly on the nearest DIMM. The issue is that the fan's vibration would vibrate the DIMM in its socket. I could have gotten away with it as-is, but past experience has taught me that "mysterious crashes" would be in my future from time to time.

Rotating the fan to point to the top-vents instead of the back exhaust fan didn't help, as the cooling vanes then pressed against the RAM heatsinks. I had to get creative with the fan mounting. It's fine now, but it added an hour to the build time.

The relevant components in my rig:

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (4x 4GB DIMMs, 2 8gb kits)
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 GEN3 motherboard
EVGA M020-00-000234 (the cooler in question)
Antec 300 case

...well, okay, the rest of the rig. EVGA GTX 570, Intel Core i5 2500K, Asus DVD-RW, and a pair of Samsung 1tb hard drives.


But yeah, it's a great, quiet, extremely effective cooler. I don't have any doubts I could get a rock-stable overclock in the 4.5-4.8Ghz region with this beastie.

It would be great to see a picture of your cooler-mod.
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