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Whats the best CPU air cooler for an I7 8700k

So i'm planing on buying the I7 8700k cpu on the Asus ROG STRIX Z370-F motherboard but i was wondering what the best air cooler would be? for the chip so that i can overclock it.

If anyone can help me, the case that i'm using is the Zalman Z11 PLUS so i don't think the size of the cooler matters to much.
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  2. I have 8700k and air cooler is no go.
    Only if you wanna be on stock speed 4.3GHz Max and its 65c-80c with dark Rock pro 3 on strest test so air cooler is no go.
  3. Power94 said:
    I have 8700k and air cooler is no go.
    Only if you wanna be on stock speed 4.3GHz Max and its 65c-80c with dark Rock pro 3 on strest test so air cooler is no go.

    Sounds like you have other issues going on, maybe some TIM application between the die and IHS causing a significant temp disparity.

    The high-end air coolers perform as well or better than 240mm AIO water coolers, cooling capacity is not the issue.
  4. Power94 said:
    I have 8700k and air cooler is no go.
    Only if you wanna be on stock speed 4.3GHz Max and its 65c-80c with dark Rock pro 3 on strest test so air cooler is no go.

    Sounds like you have other issues going on, maybe some TIM application between the die and IHS causing a significant temp disparity.

    The high-end air coolers perform as well or better than 240mm AIO water coolers, cooling capacity is not the issue.
  5. JalYt_Justin said:
    Power94 said:
    I have 8700k and air cooler is no go.
    Only if you wanna be on stock speed 4.3GHz Max and its 65c-80c with dark Rock pro 3 on strest test so air cooler is no go.

    Sounds like you have other issues going on, maybe some TIM application between the die and IHS causing a significant temp disparity.

    The high-end air coolers perform as well or better than 240mm AIO water coolers, cooling capacity is not the issue.


    you have i7 8700k? im telling you 65c-75c stress test on 4.3ghz and i try 4.7ghz and its 95c+ on drp3 cooler AIR COOLER IS NO GO FOR I7 8700K!!!! i currently waiting for x62 but i thing delid is gonna be must go....
  6. Power94 said:
    JalYt_Justin said:
    Power94 said:
    I have 8700k and air cooler is no go.
    Only if you wanna be on stock speed 4.3GHz Max and its 65c-80c with dark Rock pro 3 on strest test so air cooler is no go.

    Sounds like you have other issues going on, maybe some TIM application between the die and IHS causing a significant temp disparity.

    The high-end air coolers perform as well or better than 240mm AIO water coolers, cooling capacity is not the issue.


    you have i7 8700k? im telling you 65c-75c stress test on 4.3ghz and i try 4.7ghz and its 95c+ on drp3 cooler AIR COOLER IS NO GO FOR I7 8700K!!!! i currently waiting for x62 but i thing delid is gonna be must go....

    Hate to burst your bubble, but even if you do get the X62 you will not see much of a temperature difference, maybe 10C MAX. Dark Rock Pro 3 is one of the best air coolers on the market, and there's no reason it shouldn't adequately cool a 8700k.

    No, I don't have an 8700k, but I've done more than enough research from its launch to be able to figure out what's able to cool it or not. Nearly every tech channel on Youtube has done videos about the 8700k, whether that be cooling or gaming benchmarks.

    Linus did this video on comparing cooling systems on an arguably similarly hot CPU, Ryzen Threadripper (which has much higher TDP, might I add. 8700k will only output more heat when it's HEAVILY overclocked.)

    EDIT: Noctua's NH-D14/15 is similar to the Dark Rock Pro 3, which cool better than the U14S he shows in that video. H115i is comparable to Kraken x62.
  7. JalYt_Justin said:
    Power94 said:
    JalYt_Justin said:
    Power94 said:
    I have 8700k and air cooler is no go.
    Only if you wanna be on stock speed 4.3GHz Max and its 65c-80c with dark Rock pro 3 on strest test so air cooler is no go.

    Sounds like you have other issues going on, maybe some TIM application between the die and IHS causing a significant temp disparity.

    The high-end air coolers perform as well or better than 240mm AIO water coolers, cooling capacity is not the issue.



    you have i7 8700k? im telling you 65c-75c stress test on 4.3ghz and i try 4.7ghz and its 95c+ on drp3 cooler AIR COOLER IS NO GO FOR I7 8700K!!!! i currently waiting for x62 but i thing delid is gonna be must go....

    Hate to burst your bubble, but even if you do get the X62 you will not see much of a temperature difference, maybe 10C MAX. Dark Rock Pro 3 is one of the best air coolers on the market, and there's no reason it shouldn't adequately cool a 8700k.

    No, I don't have an 8700k, but I've done more than enough research from its launch to be able to figure out what's able to cool it or not. Nearly every tech channel on Youtube has done videos about the 8700k, whether that be cooling or gaming benchmarks.

    Linus did this video on comparing cooling systems on an arguably similarly hot CPU, Ryzen Threadripper (which has much higher TDP, might I add. 8700k will only output more heat when it's HEAVILY overclocked.)


    man pls don't write again...even 4.7ghz on i7 8700k will blow your mind with the temp...if you buy one you will see..that is all what i gonna to say i hate arguing about something you cant understand so i will not explain to you...
  8. Power94 said:
    JalYt_Justin said:
    Power94 said:
    JalYt_Justin said:
    Power94 said:
    I have 8700k and air cooler is no go.
    Only if you wanna be on stock speed 4.3GHz Max and its 65c-80c with dark Rock pro 3 on strest test so air cooler is no go.

    Sounds like you have other issues going on, maybe some TIM application between the die and IHS causing a significant temp disparity.

    The high-end air coolers perform as well or better than 240mm AIO water coolers, cooling capacity is not the issue.



    you have i7 8700k? im telling you 65c-75c stress test on 4.3ghz and i try 4.7ghz and its 95c+ on drp3 cooler AIR COOLER IS NO GO FOR I7 8700K!!!! i currently waiting for x62 but i thing delid is gonna be must go....

    Hate to burst your bubble, but even if you do get the X62 you will not see much of a temperature difference, maybe 10C MAX. Dark Rock Pro 3 is one of the best air coolers on the market, and there's no reason it shouldn't adequately cool a 8700k.

    No, I don't have an 8700k, but I've done more than enough research from its launch to be able to figure out what's able to cool it or not. Nearly every tech channel on Youtube has done videos about the 8700k, whether that be cooling or gaming benchmarks.

    Linus did this video on comparing cooling systems on an arguably similarly hot CPU, Ryzen Threadripper (which has much higher TDP, might I add. 8700k will only output more heat when it's HEAVILY overclocked.)


    man pls don't write again...even 4.7ghz on i7 8700k will blow your mind with the temp...if you buy one you will see..that is all what i gonna to say i hate arguing about something you cant understand so i will not explain to you...

    Yes it gets hot at 4.7GHz, nothing short of custom water cooling will really cool high overclocks like that adequately. But to say you can't cool it at stock or even moderate overclocks with air coolers is misleading at best, flat out wrong at worst.
  9. Power94 said:
    JalYt_Justin said:
    Power94 said:
    JalYt_Justin said:
    Power94 said:
    I have 8700k and air cooler is no go.
    Only if you wanna be on stock speed 4.3GHz Max and its 65c-80c with dark Rock pro 3 on strest test so air cooler is no go.

    Sounds like you have other issues going on, maybe some TIM application between the die and IHS causing a significant temp disparity.

    The high-end air coolers perform as well or better than 240mm AIO water coolers, cooling capacity is not the issue.



    you have i7 8700k? im telling you 65c-75c stress test on 4.3ghz and i try 4.7ghz and its 95c+ on drp3 cooler AIR COOLER IS NO GO FOR I7 8700K!!!! i currently waiting for x62 but i thing delid is gonna be must go....

    Hate to burst your bubble, but even if you do get the X62 you will not see much of a temperature difference, maybe 10C MAX. Dark Rock Pro 3 is one of the best air coolers on the market, and there's no reason it shouldn't adequately cool a 8700k.

    No, I don't have an 8700k, but I've done more than enough research from its launch to be able to figure out what's able to cool it or not. Nearly every tech channel on Youtube has done videos about the 8700k, whether that be cooling or gaming benchmarks.

    Linus did this video on comparing cooling systems on an arguably similarly hot CPU, Ryzen Threadripper (which has much higher TDP, might I add. 8700k will only output more heat when it's HEAVILY overclocked.)


    man pls don't write again...even 4.7ghz on i7 8700k will blow your mind with the temp...if you buy one you will see..that is all what i gonna to say i hate arguing about something you cant understand so i will not explain to you...


    Do you understand this?

  10. biglizard said:
    Power94 said:
    JalYt_Justin said:
    Power94 said:
    JalYt_Justin said:
    Power94 said:
    I have 8700k and air cooler is no go.
    Only if you wanna be on stock speed 4.3GHz Max and its 65c-80c with dark Rock pro 3 on strest test so air cooler is no go.

    Sounds like you have other issues going on, maybe some TIM application between the die and IHS causing a significant temp disparity.

    The high-end air coolers perform as well or better than 240mm AIO water coolers, cooling capacity is not the issue.



    you have i7 8700k? im telling you 65c-75c stress test on 4.3ghz and i try 4.7ghz and its 95c+ on drp3 cooler AIR COOLER IS NO GO FOR I7 8700K!!!! i currently waiting for x62 but i thing delid is gonna be must go....

    Hate to burst your bubble, but even if you do get the X62 you will not see much of a temperature difference, maybe 10C MAX. Dark Rock Pro 3 is one of the best air coolers on the market, and there's no reason it shouldn't adequately cool a 8700k.

    No, I don't have an 8700k, but I've done more than enough research from its launch to be able to figure out what's able to cool it or not. Nearly every tech channel on Youtube has done videos about the 8700k, whether that be cooling or gaming benchmarks.

    Linus did this video on comparing cooling systems on an arguably similarly hot CPU, Ryzen Threadripper (which has much higher TDP, might I add. 8700k will only output more heat when it's HEAVILY overclocked.)


    man pls don't write again...even 4.7ghz on i7 8700k will blow your mind with the temp...if you buy one you will see..that is all what i gonna to say i hate arguing about something you cant understand so i will not explain to you...


    Do you understand this?


    One set of results is not nearly enough to quantify every single result based on significantly more thorough test procedures than yours. You can google many videos and articles about the 8700k where they use air coolers to great effect. Each CPU is different, yours included. Just because your set of data says one thing doesn't mean it defines the whole group.

    We can debate about it all day. I can give numerous articles about cooling on the 8700k but to be honest it would kinda be a waste of effort. As for the OP, I wouldn't worry about cooling too much, the best air coolers on the market are more than capable of cooling an overclocked 8700k as long as you aren't pushing high clock speeds (4.6GHz+).
  11. JalYt_Justin said:
    biglizard said:
    Power94 said:
    JalYt_Justin said:
    Power94 said:
    JalYt_Justin said:
    Power94 said:
    I have 8700k and air cooler is no go.
    Only if you wanna be on stock speed 4.3GHz Max and its 65c-80c with dark Rock pro 3 on strest test so air cooler is no go.

    Sounds like you have other issues going on, maybe some TIM application between the die and IHS causing a significant temp disparity.

    The high-end air coolers perform as well or better than 240mm AIO water coolers, cooling capacity is not the issue.



    you have i7 8700k? im telling you 65c-75c stress test on 4.3ghz and i try 4.7ghz and its 95c+ on drp3 cooler AIR COOLER IS NO GO FOR I7 8700K!!!! i currently waiting for x62 but i thing delid is gonna be must go....

    Hate to burst your bubble, but even if you do get the X62 you will not see much of a temperature difference, maybe 10C MAX. Dark Rock Pro 3 is one of the best air coolers on the market, and there's no reason it shouldn't adequately cool a 8700k.

    No, I don't have an 8700k, but I've done more than enough research from its launch to be able to figure out what's able to cool it or not. Nearly every tech channel on Youtube has done videos about the 8700k, whether that be cooling or gaming benchmarks.

    Linus did this video on comparing cooling systems on an arguably similarly hot CPU, Ryzen Threadripper (which has much higher TDP, might I add. 8700k will only output more heat when it's HEAVILY overclocked.)


    man pls don't write again...even 4.7ghz on i7 8700k will blow your mind with the temp...if you buy one you will see..that is all what i gonna to say i hate arguing about something you cant understand so i will not explain to you...


    Do you understand this?


    One set of results is not nearly enough to quantify every single result based on significantly more thorough test procedures than yours. You can google many videos and articles about the 8700k where they use air coolers to great effect. Each CPU is different, yours included. Just because your set of data says one thing doesn't mean it defines the whole group.

    We can debate about it all day. I can give numerous articles about cooling on the 8700k but to be honest it would kinda be a waste of effort. As for the OP, I wouldn't worry about cooling too much, the best air coolers on the market are more than capable of cooling an overclocked 8700k as long as you aren't pushing high clock speeds (4.6GHz+).


    And?

    The guy said it couldn't be done.

    I've shown that it can be done. Whether another CPU can or cannot is irrelevant.

    Certainly as you have pointed out that there is much more to obtaining a cool running OC then cooling solution alone.

    Edit: You do realize that I'm on air right?
  12. Oops, totally didn't read names, my bad. :p
  13. Air coolers are bad for 8700k! I have that cpu and my Rock pro 3 on 4.7GHz 1min strest test 95c+ so dont use air cooler. Only if you gonna be on 4.3ghz max then use air (65c-75c)...i waiting for kraken x62 now..i think delid is must go....
  14. Power94 said:
    Air coolers are bad for 8700k! I have that cpu and my Rock pro 3 on 4.7GHz 1min strest test 95c+ so dont use air cooler. Only if you gonna be on 4.3ghz max then use air (65c-75c)...i waiting for kraken x62 now..i think delid is must go....
  15. This whole thread is so misleading... Why would The manufacturer sell this cpu if they knew their consumers would have obligation to "Delid" and avoid warranty....? Don't they run their own stress tests with heatsink a and liquid coolers??????
  16. localm007 said:
    This whole thread is so misleading... Why would The manufacturer sell this cpu if they knew their consumers would have obligation to "Delid" and avoid warranty....? Don't they run their own stress tests with heatsink a and liquid coolers??????

    Of course they do, but high overclocks like 4.6GHz+ are not extensively tested since, officially, it is against Intel/AMD policy to overclock. Also not every chip is made the same, so not all chips will perform the same. Differences in silicon quality, amount of TIM between the IHS and the die, and other factors contribute to variability in temps.

    The stock heatsink could cool the CPU at stock. Overclocks are a different story.
  17. JalYt_Justin said:
    localm007 said:
    This whole thread is so misleading... Why would The manufacturer sell this cpu if they knew their consumers would have obligation to "Delid" and avoid warranty....? Don't they run their own stress tests with heatsink a and liquid coolers??????

    Of course they do, but high overclocks like 4.6GHz+ are not extensively tested since, officially, it is against Intel/AMD policy to overclock. Also not every chip is made the same, so not all chips will perform the same. Differences in silicon quality, amount of TIM between the IHS and the die, and other factors contribute to variability in temps.

    The stock heatsink could cool the CPU at stock. Overclocks are a different story.
  18. Not trying to be rude and thanks for that response. I also had the same question as OC but you have someone making definitive statements that "delid" is a must... Not sure if the 8700k comes with a stock cooler so I was trying to find a prominent one.
  19. I'm getting 5.2 on a rubbish 16 pound cooler max temps 81 under stress testing volt 1.36
  20. Power94 said:
    JalYt_Justin said:
    Power94 said:
    I have 8700k and air cooler is no go.
    Only if you wanna be on stock speed 4.3GHz Max and its 65c-80c with dark Rock pro 3 on strest test so air cooler is no go.

    Sounds like you have other issues going on, maybe some TIM application between the die and IHS causing a significant temp disparity.

    The high-end air coolers perform as well or better than 240mm AIO water coolers, cooling capacity is not the issue.


    you have i7 8700k? im telling you 65c-75c stress test on 4.3ghz and i try 4.7ghz and its 95c+ on drp3 cooler AIR COOLER IS NO GO FOR I7 8700K!!!! i currently waiting for x62 but i thing delid is gonna be must go....


    what's your ambient temp tho?
  21. omar.wageeh.n said:
    Power94 said:
    JalYt_Justin said:
    Power94 said:
    I have 8700k and air cooler is no go.
    Only if you wanna be on stock speed 4.3GHz Max and its 65c-80c with dark Rock pro 3 on strest test so air cooler is no go.

    Sounds like you have other issues going on, maybe some TIM application between the die and IHS causing a significant temp disparity.

    The high-end air coolers perform as well or better than 240mm AIO water coolers, cooling capacity is not the issue.


    you have i7 8700k? im telling you 65c-75c stress test on 4.3ghz and i try 4.7ghz and its 95c+ on drp3 cooler AIR COOLER IS NO GO FOR I7 8700K!!!! i currently waiting for x62 but i thing delid is gonna be must go....


    what's your ambient temp tho?
  22. I have a 8700k on a £20 cooler running @ 5.2 1.27v under 80c in prime 95 so you don't have the best cpu.
    In game max temps 71c
    What thermal paste are you using and what motherboard
  23. omar.wageeh.n said:
    Power94 said:
    JalYt_Justin said:
    Power94 said:
    I have 8700k and air cooler is no go.
    Only if you wanna be on stock speed 4.3GHz Max and its 65c-80c with dark Rock pro 3 on strest test so air cooler is no go.

    Sounds like you have other issues going on, maybe some TIM application between the die and IHS causing a significant temp disparity.

    The high-end air coolers perform as well or better than 240mm AIO water coolers, cooling capacity is not the issue.


    you have i7 8700k? im telling you 65c-75c stress test on 4.3ghz and i try 4.7ghz and its 95c+ on drp3 cooler AIR COOLER IS NO GO FOR I7 8700K!!!! i currently waiting for x62 but i thing delid is gonna be must go....


    what's your ambient temp tho?
  24. Maybe he forgot the take the plastic off the cpu cooler from the base like jay 2 cents from YouTube did with that air cooler... his wasn’t keeping things cool until someone said did you take that stupid plastic off??
  25. I'll chime in here.

    I've had a 5820K since 2015, and many of you will be aware Haswell-E's were/are notorious CPU's for getting hot AF.

    My NH-D15 handles it quite comfortably up to about 4.4 or 4.5GHz OC.

    The 8700K is a much cooler CPU, if you're hitting over 70 degrees on an air cooler without an overclock then you've either got a seriously bad CPU or not applied the thermal paste correctly.
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  27. I came here to look for advice on a cooler and have read through the entire thread. I upgraded to the 8700K from a 3570k and continued to use my 212 EVo air cooler as it has been pretty awesome in the past. Not so great now however but I suspect I am at fault. My idle temps are around 50c and average gaming gets up to 60ish when playing world of warships. When I play FFXV with all graphics at max settings at 1080p temps will break 80 and I've seen as high as 95 when I was streaming while playing WoW and possible had another game running as well, cant remember.

    I do suspect that I need to reapply my heat sink as I did jostle it after I had recently applied the paste. Hopefully that will get my temps down but I am considering a water cooler, something I swore off of after my last unit drenched my system. My ambient temps are usually around 74F, my case flow is...probably nonexistent since I took the side panel off since my GTX 1080 was kicking out serious heat which was going up to the CPU (that's what caused the 95C).

    Will try to post my results after I re apply my heat sink.
  28. mnyght6945 said:
    I came here to look for advice on a cooler and have read through the entire thread. I upgraded to the 8700K from a 3570k and continued to use my 212 EVo air cooler as it has been pretty awesome in the past. Not so great now however but I suspect I am at fault. My idle temps are around 50c and average gaming gets up to 60ish when playing world of warships. When I play FFXV with all graphics at max settings at 1080p temps will break 80 and I've seen as high as 95 when I was streaming while playing WoW and possible had another game running as well, cant remember.

    I do suspect that I need to reapply my heat sink as I did jostle it after I had recently applied the paste. Hopefully that will get my temps down but I am considering a water cooler, something I swore off of after my last unit drenched my system. My ambient temps are usually around 74F, my case flow is...probably nonexistent since I took the side panel off since my GTX 1080 was kicking out serious heat which was going up to the CPU (that's what caused the 95C).

    Will try to post my results after I re apply my heat sink.



    While I was building my PC I used an Enermax ETS-T40F-BK with --two-- fans as a temporary cooler for the i7-8700K. That ETS-T40F is pretty similar to a 212 EVO I believe.

    I use the stock clocks with Turbo ON and Multicore Enhancement turned OFF. Ambient temperature in my home is around 24.5C (76F, I live in Florida).

    My idle temps were in the mid 30s and load would get into the low 80s Celsius on that mid-sized CPU cooler.

    Once I installed a Noctua NH-D15 on the i7-8700K idle temps are in the low to mid 30s and load is in the low to mid 70s Celsius.

    So going from a mid sized air cooler to a large air cooler dropped about 6C off my load temperatures. In some games, the drop is 10C between the two. It is also much quieter.
  29. I think most of the posters here are forgetting something........the 8700K does indeed run hot since the die is NOT soldered onto the IHS therefore causing bad heat transfer in most cases. Those who have posted here with high overclocks probably got lucky with the silicon lottery. I, along with many others, did not get so lucky. At stock clocks the voltage sometimes spikes up to 1.35 and over which causes temperatures to spike up to the high 80's even when not stress testing. Extended stress tests shows max temps of the high 70's and low 80's. This is with a H100i v2 AIO cooler with 2 x Noctua NF-F12 fans. I find that a manual overclock or rather a undervoltage of the CPU will help with temps. At stock speeds the CPU can run stable with about a 1.23 ~ 1.25 Vcore with a decent LLC setting. I followed Derbauer's tutorial on Youtube because i have the same motherboard. But all in all, the 8700K does have a heating issue but I would say that one does not need an AIO in order to cool it at stock speeds or even with a mild overclock.
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