Intel LGA2011 CPU Cooler Roundup For Sandy Bridge-E Processors

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Intel Socket LGA2011 CPU Cooler Round Up

Intel LGA2011 CPU Cooler Roundup - coolers

Unlike Intel LGA sockets of the past, the new LGA2011 socket uses a whole new mounting system. To account for this some manufacturers are providing new mounting kits for existing LGA1366 coolers; some even have special edition LGA2011 versions of existing coolers. The upside to the new mounting system is that there is no extra backing plate anymore; it’s built into the socket.

Intel LGA2011 CPU Cooler Roundup - X79 board layout

Along with a new socket layout and mounting system, the X79 motherboards have a new RAM slot layout as well. The socket is moved forward on the motherboard, and the RAM slots are now split to be on either side of the socket. In the past the end user only needed to worry about RAM clearance on one side of the cooler; now it’s on two.

Today we have an assortment of 9 coolers, both air and sealed water kits. To keep things fair we will go in alphabetical order.

CPU Cooler Dimension (mm) Weight Fan size Price
H W D
Coolink Corator DS SE2011 155 140 121 1040g 120mm MSRP $44.90
Corsair H80 38 120 152  680g 120mm x2 $93.24
Corsair H100 27 122 275 1030g 120mm x2 $103.74
Intel RTS2011LC 37 118 150  820g 120mm $79.86
Noctua NH-D14 160 140 158 1240g 120/140mm $84.94
Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 160 140 158 1240g 120/140mm $84.95
NZXT HAVIK 120 160 125 112 980g 120mm x2 MSRP $54.99
Zalman CNPS 11X Performa 154 135 80 450g 120mm MSRP $54.99
Zalman CNPS 12X 154 132 151 1,000g 120mm x3 $103.99

Looking purely at size, the lightest weight CPU cooler of the bunch is the Zalman CNPS11X Performa. I looked at the “Extreme” version of this cooler not long ago and it did well for its size. It will be interesting to see how the stripped down “Performa” will perform. The largest of the group is the venerable Noctua NH-D14. Weighing in at over 1.2kg this behemoth of a cooler has set the level of quiet performance since it came out. I have received my new LGA2011 mounting kit from Noctua for my NH-D14 I reviewed back in February of 2010. So the original model that most enthusiasts have along with the recently released special edition NH-D14 SE2011 will be included in the round up. The SE2011 has different fans than the original, so we are interested to see if that will help the cooling performance of that model.

Now onto the first cooler, the Coolink Corator DS SE2011.

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