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  1. #1
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    Air Cooling 7980XE on Rampage VI Extreme

    Greetings Peps,

    Before I start please forgive me I'm just getting back to my passion of building my PCs again and loving every minute of it. It has been a while and all these new components everywhere gets confusing sometimes, so thank you all in advance.

    So let start so before I start my build I like to test the mobo before assembly out side the case and would like to use just a simple heatsink/fan config to do so. What have you guys used and what would you recommend.

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    ROG Guru: Green Belt Array restsugavan PC Specs
    restsugavan PC Specs
    ProcessorIntel Core i9 7980XE 2.60GHz
    Memory (part number)64GB GSKILL 3.2 GHz 16-16-18-36 2T
    Graphics Card #1ASUS ROG POSEIDON 1080Ti
    MonitorSAMSUNG ODESSEY G9 49 Firmware 1010.2
    Storage #1SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS 1TB x 3
    Storage #2WD 4TB External HDD
    CPU CoolerNZXT KRAKEN 62
    CaseCorsair Carbine 540
    Power SupplyCorsair AX1200i
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    Air Cooling was OK if you didn't seriously overclock your rigs, however water cooling price and air cooling price are little bit difference.
    If you want some kind of water cooling unit for basic used I recommend NZXT Kraken X62. See details here.

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    ROG Guru: Orange Belt Array Abaidor PC Specs
    Abaidor PC Specs
    MotherboardRampage VI Extreme
    Memory (part number)F4-3600C17Q-64GTZR | Trident Z RGB 64GB
    Graphics Card #1Asus Strix 1080Ti OC
    Storage #1Samsung 960 Pro 512GB
    Storage #2WD 10TB Gold
    CPU CoolerEK Rampage VI Monoblock
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    For testing and if you like to have a good Aircooler around I would get the BeQuiet DarkPro 3. I actually intend to get it for such purposes and for backup just in case I need to disconnect my watercooling setup for maintenance.

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    ROG Guru: Orange Belt Array G75rog PC Specs
    G75rog PC Specs
    MotherboardR VI Apex
    Memory (part number)64GB Gskill Trident Z
    Graphics Card #1AMD Radeon VII EKWB water block
    Graphics Card #2Waste of PCI lanes in NVME environment
    Sound CardStock
    MonitorLG 34" Ultra Wide3440x1440
    Storage #14ea 960 Pro 2TB, 2ea 970 Evo 2TB
    Storage #21ea 960 Pro 1 TB, 1ea 970 Pro 1TB
    CPU CoolerEKWB CPU, Swiftech Res/pump, 400mm Rad
    CaseThermaltake View 91
    Power SupplyNZXT Hale 90 1200W
    Keyboard Logitech G910
    Mouse Razer Ouroboros
    OS W10 64 1809, 1903, Ubuntu Linux
    Network RouterNetgear R9000 + 4ea R9000 AP's, 10 Gb Switch
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    I quit using air coolers a few years ago because they were noisy, hard to mount, and blocked access to the motherboard and other accessories.

    I use the Kraken X62 now. It's easy to mount, allows full access to the MB, and basically runs at a quiet idle even when gaming.

    I run an AMD Vega 64 Liquid GPU which also runs quiet.

    I make sure to purchase cases which allow room for the radiators and fans for the GPU/CPU. GPU mounts on the rear and CPU mounts in the top.

    I also use a 1200w psu which runs cool and silent.

    My R6 Apex has 8 NVME drives onboard using the HyperX16 card so there are no Sata drives in the case requiring cooling.

    An exremely fast and quiet system.

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    Thanks everyone, great input all. Sir Abaidor, that is exactly what I'm looking for. It will be just for test booting my R6E before I start the main build and also for those unexpected time when you just need a good heatsink and fan.

    If you guys have any other Air Cooler recommendation for the RampageVI and the Strix please add them here I'm sure other may find this information useful. Big Mahalo peps

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    I would 100% recommend the Noctua-NH-D15S which fits perfect to the first pci-e slot on most/all asus mobo's!
    Best temps, best build quality and easy to install (got 6 or more coolers from noctua in the past).


    If you want real low temps you need to delid your cpu:

    My 7980XE had on two cores a max temp of 86 degree.

    After delid the cpu & Conductonaut (with noctua) the temperature was max. 59 degree (@ 30 degree room temp!!)

    Tested with 1 1/2 hours Aida64 stresstest.

    If you want to see my pics:

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