|Best CPU Cooler Performance LGA775 - Q4 2008|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 01 January 2009|
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Best of Q4 2008 Conclusion
Intel has made its mark with their LGA775 'Socket T' interface. For enthusiasts and overclockers, there's still plenty of life left in the old platform. Prices on the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 and Q8200 have both dropped to $189.99 as we begin 2009, while the Core 2 Duo E8400 sells for $164.99. All of these products provide excellent value, and give hardware enthusiasts a reason to patronize P45 and X48 chipsets. Furthermore, there are so many excellent CPU coolers to choose from that you can't go wrong with any one of our top choices. My sources tell me that high-temperature processors are going to be put into extinction before long, and overclocking the CPU will become more challenging.
Testing these CPU coolers has a very long and stressful job for me over the past year; but once the data gets transferred and results are calculated it begins to make it all worth the trouble. Three degrees is all that separates over fifteen different top-end CPU coolers. Because the technical architecture and design concepts have been converging for so long now, it's not really all that surprising to see similar results. Nevertheless, this article is the last round-up for the Core Duo platform, and we now concentrate our effort towards the new Intel LGA1366 socket found on the X58 platform. I expect to use the Gigabyte GA-EX58-EXTREME motherboard, primarily because radiant heat can be removed from the X58 Northbridge by looping it into the video cards water-cooling system.
But before Benchmark Reviews moves on, allow me to offer my final suggestions for CPU coolers. I determined this standing by taking five variables into account: performance, cost, installation, construction, and availability. Obviously performance has the most impact on my decision, but if two or more coolers perform the same and one costs half as much it begs to reason that I favor the more affordable product. Furthermore, well-built and easy-to-install products get my vote over something less convenient. Finally, rare and hard-to-find CPU coolers are less desirable than readily-stocked products. So without further delay, here are my top ten choices for the socket LGA775 platform in order of preference:
This concludes the Q4 2008 review of the Best Performing CPU Coolers. Overall, I believe Benchmark Reviews has done a very good job of searching out the best-of-the-best cooling products over the past year, and proved what works on a real-world system. These are my suggestions for the Best CPU Cooler products heading into 2009 for the Core Duo/LGA775 platform. In our next roundup article, we begin trials on the Core i7-920 for the LGA1366 socket. Please make your suggestions, or leave comments and questions in our Discussion Forum.