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    Default Best CPU cooler $50-$75 range

    I really wanted to get some more input on this because I feel like a lot of other reviewers really aren't thorough enough. I really like the Cooler Master Seidon 120m for under $50 range. I got it for $35 after rebates and its performance has been great, especially with some IC Diamond.

    But in the title price range, what do you guys think would be the best in terms of performance? I felt the cooler master Seidon 240m was a good choice because of sales that happen quite frequently, and the performance is solid, but that was until I saw the numbers on the Noctua NH-U14S. If anybody has any suggestions that they think would beat the Noctua, but be close to or less than that $75 price range, and also be compatible with high heat spreader Ram, I'd really appreciate it.

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    Default Re: Best CPU cooler $50-$75 range

    That Noctua NH-U14S is a top-end air cooler. Finding an alternative may be difficult. There are other comparable air coolers (the dual-fan Phanteks PH-TC14PE is a bit better unless you add a second fan to the Noctua - at which point they are equivalent), but typically do not accommodate high-profile RAM. The Phanteks doesn't.

    The Noctua's claim to fame is that it does allow the use of tall heat-spreaders, as well as being a seriously good cooler.

    However, depending on the particular motherboard and memory slot layout, and how much RAM is to be used, a cooler's overlap of the nearest slot(s) won't matter if they are never actually filled.
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    Default Re: Best CPU cooler $50-$75 range

    Thanks a lot for that info. When I was on noctua's site, I didn't catch that this was a successor to the D14. I think I'm going to wish list this guy. Might even be my last cooling upgrade before I start looking into custom liquid.

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    Default Re: Best CPU cooler $50-$75 range

    Apologies ... I edited my post to remove the D14 reference. I suddenly realized that I did not have full confidence in my original statement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroChill View Post
    Apologies ... I edited my post to remove the D14 reference. I suddenly realized that I did not have full confidence in my original statement.
    Lol, yeah I checked up on that and I used the wrong term with successor. Still though, judging by price points I bet the U series is right around the performance of the D14.

    I wouldn't bank on that though until I saw will bench the D14. He has by far the most consistent testing I've seen in the reviews I've read throughout.

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    NZXT Havik 140, Noctua NH-D14 and the 140mm phantek cooler

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    The Silverstone HE01 has fantastic performance, falls in that price range and does not block RAM slots.

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