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Good CPU Cooler for I7-3970X CPU

Level 7
Is this CPU cooler
Cooler master X6

Strong enough/sufficient to cool my new I7-3970X CPU.

Help much appreciated.

Level 40
My short answer would be no.

Actually that would be my long answer too. I presume if you are buying a 3970X you will want to overclock it. If you want to do this comfortably the only air cooling I would suggest would be the top of the line air coolers like the NH-D14 for example...but even this will start to struggle at clocks over 4.6GHZ. 4.6 and over and you are looking at watercooling to keep temperatures down where you want them....maybe the new H100i up to 4.8.... even better and for higher clocks 4.8GHZ + I would recommend propper watercooling kits like the H3O 240 or 360

If you don't want to OC the 3970X and never really stress it then OK... it would be fine

Level 40
The X79 is a warm CPU and the model you have bought is the hot big brother. If you are going to spend all that money on the top of the range CPU do not save a few bucks on a cooler. Get a quality top end cooler to go with the CPU please. Protect your investment.
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I would pick up a H100 or the H100i for a simple solution.
I wouldn't drop $1200 on a CPU and not have proper cooler for it.

Personally I'd go custom waterloop but bear minimum I would use a H100/H100i.

Hi Guys,

I also have a 3970X running at 4,94 Ghz with an H110i water cooler.

The temps in IDLE is about 40 ~ 42 degrees. When I run a game like Battlefield 3, the temps reach 60 ~ 67 degrees.

My graphics card is Radeon HD7990.

These temps are good for you ?

I think the H100i should be freezing a little more the temps ...

Well ...

Thanks !

Bruno Sena
From Brazil

Level 40
Those temps are what I would expect and certainly not bad at all.
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Level 12
good/better place to start - will perform better then any closed system
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Level 11
I have the Noctua NH-D14 and my temps at idle were 46c to 48c. I've since got the Corsair H110 my idle temp are 38c to 40c imo a good closed loop is better than any air cooler.
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Level 40
Better is subjective and dependant on quite a number of factors especially when talking about coolers. One of the key factors is the amount of load that any cooler can manage, the heat transfer rate. I like air coolers heaps and prefer them in my builds. That being said the H100i is a very good cooler and does an excellent job.
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Level 40
abvolt something sounds amiss there. The real difference between water cooling and air cooling comes at the top end not really at idle. My NH-D14 kept my 3930 around 30 with ambient 26 just the same as my water loop...46 to 48 is way too high unless your ambient is Death Valley.

I found no difference between a H100 and the D14. the H100i is supposed to be better so the top end will allow higher clocks than a D14 but idle temps should not be more than a few degrees different at most.