If you’re looking to enter into the i7 market, you might be interested in doing some overclocking. In that case you will need an after market CPU cooler.
Intel provide you with a most basic CPU heat sink (cooler), but this cooler is not good enough for overclocking. I am not even sure I would trust it to run stock frequencies. Today we’ll be looking at the Noctua NH-D14 After Market Cooler. It’s a cooler I’ve just gotten to know and I am very impressed with the results.
Remember the basic rule of coolers is the greater the surface area of the fins, typically the more effective they will be. This is why the Noctua NH-D14 does so well, its huge.
It’s one of the biggest coolers out there, as you can see from the photos below.
As far as coolers go, its not cheap, but compared to the price of a good CPU or Graphics card its affordable. You’ll need to check your local area for prices.
The cooler works by dissipating heat from the CPU to the Fins. 2 fans operate in a push/pull manner to blow heat off the cooler into the air.
For this reason a cooler alone is not enough for air overclocking solutions. It makes sense that once the air in the case is hot, it needs to be blown out of the case and into the surrounding room. For this reason it is essential you combine your aftermarket cooling efforts with a case that can provide high air flow. As much airflow as possible if you want a stable reliable overclocking result.