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  • Okay ba yung Xigmatek Dark Knight II?

    It's 2.2k pesos. Any feedbacks on this?
  • Tinitingnan ko nga din kasi maliit. Kaso base sa reviews yung performance worse or at least same kumpara sa CM 212 variants. Pero maporma. Parang hindi sulit yung difference sa presyo unless yung size o itsura ang habol hehe
  • Okay ba yung Xigmatek Dark Knight II?

    It's 2.2k pesos. Any feedbacks on this?


    Tinitingnan ko nga din kasi maliit. Kaso base sa reviews yung performance worse or at least same kumpara sa CM 212 variants. Pero maporma. Parang hindi sulit yung difference sa presyo unless yung size o itsura ang habol hehe


    If you are talking about this <click here for link>

    Yes, it's a great CPU cooler for its size. I don't think there are other coolers weighing around 400 grams which has the same performance

    Tested on Core i5 2500K @ 4 GHz <click here for link>
    Tested on Core i7 950 @ 4 GHz <click here for link>
    Comparable to Thermaltake Frio in a 150-watt thermal test <click here for link>

    -- edited by bintsmok on Mar 23 2015, 06:12 PM
  • Tinitingnan ko nga din kasi maliit. Kaso base sa reviews yung performance worse or at least same kumpara sa CM 212 variants. Pero maporma. Parang hindi sulit yung difference sa presyo unless yung size o itsura ang habol hehe


    I don't know where you got this, pero lahat nang nabasa ko says better ang Dark Knight 2 kesa sa CM 212. Comparable pa nga raw yung performance kesa sa AIO (h100) eh.

    <click here for link>

    Mejo hesitant kasi ako sa noctua, ang lalaki kasi nila eh, baka masyado malaki for my s340.
  • Noctua NH-C14 is smaller in comparison and performs as good if not better. But Dark Knight is good too and very cheap. I would have used it if only it fitted my case.
  • ^
    Are there any reviews of Xigmatek Dark Knight II being tested on Haswell processors like Core i5-4690K or Core i7-4690K? Haswell processors tend to run hotter than Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge when under load.

    I would still prefer Noctua NH-U12S over the Xigmatek Dark Knight II but the Noctua is a bit more expensive and is not as "cool" looking. The Noctua NH-U12S performs great though...

    Tests on overclocked Core i7-2700K at 4.4GHz
    External Image
  • Are there any reviews of Xigmatek Dark Knight II being tested on Haswell processors like Core i5-4690K or Core i7-4690K? Haswell processors tend to run hotter than Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge when under load.


    This is just an educated guess but I think Xigmatek Dark Knight II is ok for Intel Haswell quad-core CPU's as long as you stay at 1.2 Vcore or less. Depending on the chip, 4.2 to 4.4 GHz is achievable with 1.2 Vcore

    I would also strongly recommend to use x264 Stability Test <click here for link> and ASUS Real Bench <click here for link> for stability testing. Synthetic stress tests like AIDA64. Linpack, and Prime95 just creates unnecessary excessive heat which will limit your overclock.

    -- edited by bintsmok on Mar 24 2015, 03:20 PM
  • @sleepygeepy,

    Mas mainit ba ang Ivy and Sandy bridge compared sa Haswell?

    Dun sa video nang review i5-3570k yung ginamit nya for testing.
  • ^
    I'm surprised to see NH-U12S outperformed NH-D14. Is this real?
  • I don't know where you got this, pero lahat nang nabasa ko says better ang Dark Knight 2 kesa sa CM 212. Comparable pa nga raw yung performance kesa sa AIO (h100) eh.

    <click here for link> Frostytech review, sa AMD lamang evo, sa intel lamang DK

    <click here for link> HW secrets evo review although di kita kung aling version ng DK

    Pero mdami nga nagsasabi na mas ok DK kesa 212 variants, kasama nga sya sa top 10 ng frostytech for intel. Meron ba available locally nung U12S? Ang nakita ko lang U12P SE2.

    edit: Meron pala. Kaso 2800 lol

    -- edited by flushfire on Mar 24 2015, 07:03 PM
  • I'm surprised to see NH-U12S outperformed NH-D14. Is this real?


    Me too!!!

    Okay, i'll scratch Dark Knight from my list. I'm now choosing between the 3. D14, C14, U12s (based sa graph above, maganda ang performance)
    My case is s340. With a D14 installed parang ang sikip na sa loob? Di naman siguro maapektuhan yung temps nung ibang components diba?
    Okay din sana yung U12s kaso for an extra 400 pesos, may extra Noctua fan na ako.. :)
    Yung sa C14 kasi parang makakahinga pa yung iba sa loob pag naghighprofile mode ako. I can use the extra 140mm noctua fan as top exhaust for s340.

    By the way, if it would help, I'm using 2 140mm Cougar Dual-X as my intakes.

    Any insight will be helpful

    -- edited by sunday_shiver on Mar 24 2015, 08:48 PM
  • @sunday_shiver
    Mas mainit ba ang Ivy and Sandy bridge compared sa Haswell? Dun sa video nang review i5-3570k yung ginamit nya for testing.

    Ang alam ko when it comes to overclocked operation pinaka mainit ang Haswell compared to Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge. So in terms of heat output:

    Haswell >> hotter than >> Ivy Bridge >> hotter than >> Sandy Bridge
    Core i5-4690K >> hotter than >> Core i5-3570K >> hotter than >> Core i5-2500K

    Yung Core i5-3570K is an Ivy Bridge processor pero kung yung test was done on an overclocked chip, comparable naman ang results sa tingin ko with Haswell :-)
  • @jeth08
    I'm surprised to see NH-U12S outperformed NH-D14. Is this real?

    Yes it's possible... the new models of Noctua have been tweaked a lot to improve cooling performance. Most likely they are using a better fan, better heatpipes, and tweaks to the fins and mounting system to gain that last couple of degrees of cooling. Note that the NH-D14 has been the benchmark of aircoolers for years but it is an old design :-)

    Despite its size the Noctua NH-U12S is a powerful cooler and uses 5-heatpipes instead of the usual 3 or 4. I would pair that with an overclocked Core i5-4690K if space is a premium.

    But ideally better to go with the big brother NH-U14S which is only a few hundred pesos more. That cooler can often equal or beat AIO watercoolers and run with a lot less noise :-)
  • @sunday_shiver
    Okay, i'll scratch Dark Knight from my list. I'm now choosing between the 3. D14, C14, U12s (based sa graph above, maganda ang performance)
    My case is s340. With a D14 installed parang ang sikip na sa loob? Di naman siguro maapektuhan yung temps nung ibang components diba?
    Okay din sana yung U12s kaso for an extra 400 pesos, may extra Noctua fan na ako.. :)
    Yung sa C14 kasi parang makakahinga pa yung iba sa loob pag naghighprofile mode ako. I can use the extra 140mm noctua fan as top exhaust for s340.

    By the way, if it would help, I'm using 2 140mm Cougar Dual-X as my intakes.

    Any insight will be helpful

    I recommend you choose from the latest Noctua models (NH-U12S, NH-U14S, or NH-D15) for your NZXT S340 case. The NH-U12S will definitely fit but the NH-U14S might be too tall and the heatpipes might touch the case window. The NH-D15 should fit if you use it in single fan mode OR if you are able to mount the front fan to the rear instead. I think this will work if you are only using two memory slots and the memory sticks are low-profile (no tall heatspreaders). However better to do some research and try to find pics on the internet of this setup just to be absolutely 100% sure :-)
  • @flushfire
    edit: Meron pala. Kaso 2800 lol

    Heto yung pricing kay suki mas mura ng konti hehe :-)

    Noctua NH-U12S = Php 2,670
    Noctua NH-U14S = Php 3,060
    Noctua NH-D15 = Php 3,999

    I agree mas mahal ang NH-U12S siya sa Dark Knight pero tingin ko worth it naman ang Php 400 price increase. Maganda kasi ang kasama na fan and may low-noise adapter pa siya. Also note na may kasamang Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste na injector na worth Php 500 din yun :-P
  • @sunday_shiver

    Okay naman ang Xigmatek DK na HSF para sa i5-4670K lalo na kung mild OC at slight voltage increase, let's say 4ghz @ 1.125v pero kung may balak ka i-push ang i5-4590k mo past 4ghz, IMHO almost any air tower type HSF ay hindi sapat since may point na kailangan taasan ang voltage pa past 4.5ghz, AFAIK lalagpas sya ng 1.3v. Kailangan mo na mag 240mm RAD AIO sa ganun.

    Ang problem kasi sa case mo, hindi ganun kaganda ang airflow nya sa harap dami sa semi-closed front panel then up to 161mm ang height limitation ng coolers na pwede mo pagpilian.

    Pwede mo din basahin to since eto na ang pinakamalapit na review na nakita ako about air HSF on a Haswell processor:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-heat-sink-haswell,3554-22.html

    So far mukhang ang NH-U12S ang best bet mo para sa case mo but I wouldn't not expect too much kung may balak ka i-push ang i5 mo, might as well na mag AIO na. If kung around 4ghz at undervolted to 1-1.125v, the DKII should be up to the task.

    -- edited by fakuryu on Mar 25 2015, 06:41 PM
  • Core i5 4670K

    4.4 GHz using 1.33 Vcore
    http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000452/Intel-Haswell-4th-Generation-CPU-i5-4670K-and-i7-4770K-Review/13

    4.5 GHz using 1.25 Vcore
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/core-i5-4670k-4670-4570-4430_8.html

    4.5 GHz using 1.25 Vcore
    http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/cpu/56853-intel-core-i5-4670k-22nm-haswell/?page=10

    4.8 GHz using 1.276 Vcore
    http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cpu_mainboard/intel_4670k_i5_haswell_review_overclocking/2



    Core i5 4690K

    4.4 GHz using 1.15 Vcore
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/core-i7-4790k-i5-4690k_3.html

    4.5 GHz using 1.2 Vcore
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/8227/devils-canyon-review-intel-core-i7-4790k-and-i5-4690k/2

    4.4 GHz using 1.24 Vcore
    http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/cpu/71265-intel-core-i5-4690k-devils-canyon-22nm-haswell/?page=2
  • kapag po ba extreme overclocking, liquid cooling an lang talaga ang choice? i mean di na magwowork ang mga hi-end air cooler

    -- edited by fuuuu on Mar 25 2015, 03:16 PM
  • "extreme" overclocking is mostly L2N, and no place for a high-end air cooler.
  • Yup sub Zero temp for Extreme OC is achieved only on LN2 cooling

    -- edited by silentorange19 on Mar 25 2015, 06:23 PM

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