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Can I cool the i9 9900k 5GHz (one core) with the NZXT Kraken X41?

I am afraid that an old used 120mm AiO is not what you should be using for an i9 9900K if you want to extract the full potential of the processor.

 

If you do buy a NH-D15 though then you can run it at 5ghz all day long.

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Hello guys!
I need to upgrade my "old" PC to an After Effects workstation. I have the i7 6800K with the NZXT Kraken X41.
Since AE uses only one core, I am planning to go with the i9 9900K (only one core boosted to 5GHz)
I know the i7 6800K has a 140W TDP and the i9 9900K has a 95W TDP, but I have read that the 9900K is literally an inferno chip. 
Can I cool the i9 9900K (only one core boosted to 5GHz) with the Kraken X41 I already have, or I need to invest in another cooler like the NOCTUA NH-D15?
Thank you in advance!

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So, basically you're running it at stock speeds, right?

Yes, the X41 should handle that no problem.


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I am afraid that an old used 120mm AiO is not what you should be using for an i9 9900K if you want to extract the full potential of the processor.

 

If you do buy a NH-D15 though then you can run it at 5ghz all day long.


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33 minutes ago, GuttingMachine said:

Can I cool the i9 9900K (only one core boosted to 5GHz) with the Kraken X41

No way!!


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1 hour ago, Princess Luna said:

I am afraid that an old used 120mm AiO is not what you should be using for an i9 9900K if you want to extract the full potential of the processor.

 

1 hour ago, 5x5 said:

A 120mm AIO on a 9900K is very optimistic. I'd say get a Dark Rock Pro4 or NH-D15

It's actually a fairly thick 140mm rad, and as much as I generally tend to be against AIOs, it seems to not fall far behind dual tower heatsinks at all in terms of cooling performance, from what I can see in reviews. It just seems to be a bit on the loud side with the stock fan unfortunately.

 

That being said, if money's not an issue, getting a new air cooler like the NH-D15 or a Dark Rock Pro 4 would be a good choice, even just for the superior reliability air coolers offer and potentially quieter operation.


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