6-Way Intel Core i7 CPU Cooler Roundup


Our First Intel Core i7 CPU Cooler Roundup

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
comparisons easy.

Core i7 CPU Cooler Roundup

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, lets 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.

Cooler dimensions Weight Fan Size Price
Height Width depth
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-C12P 114 126 152 730g 120mm $69.99
Noctua NH-U12P 158 126 95 770g 120mm $59.99
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!

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