The new Intel Core i7 platform includes a new larger CPU socket that
forces you to get a new CPU cooler. The task of picking out the right
cooler can be daunting, so we figured that we’d give you all the
information in one article to make the task of finding information and
Today we have a nice group of coolers for the new Intel Core i7 CPUs (LGA1366) that includes a couple of the favored top coolers for the new socket. First, let’s take a quick look at the line up and then we can take a little closer look one at a time. To keep things fair we will go in alphabetical order by manufacturer.
|Asus Triton 81||144.7||117.6||120.5||695g||90mm||$67.99|
|Cooler Master V8||161.1||120||128||866g||120mm||$69.99|
|Noctua NH-U12P SE1366||158||126||119||940g||120mm||$79.99|
|Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme 1366 RT||156||90||120.5||1.02kg||120mm||$69.99|
|Vigor Monsoon III LT||160||120.9||131||855g||120mm||$59.99|
The heavy weight of the group is the Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme 1366RT weighing in at a hair over a 1kg; the tallest is the V8 from Cooler Master at 161.1mm tall. All the coolers are pretty much 700g or heavier, so using “light” and “Core i7 cooler” in the same sentence will not be used much.
On to the first cooler, the Asus Triton 81!