Final Thoughts and Conclusions
The Thermalright IFX-14 is an outstanding CPU cooler and the best we have seen on the LGA775 platform.  No other air-cooler offers a better performance to noise ratio.  The overall construction and build quality is excellent and the cooler comes with bolt-thru mounting hardware that supports both Intel LGA775 and AMD K8/AM2 processor platforms. 

There are numerous 120mm fans on the market ranging from low flow/ultra quiet to high flow/super loud.  Just pick a fan (or fans) that offers the right balance of airflow to noise for you particular application (or go with a medium to high speed fan and speed controller for greater flexibility).

While the IFX-14 mounting system is very robust and easy to install, I would prefer to see the mounting hardware hold the heatsink captive so it can’t rotate on top of the CPU.  And be sure to check your enclosure to make sure there is room for the secondary backside cooler before you purchase.

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The Thermalright IFX-14 is currently available and sells for $79.99 USD.


•    Outstanding cooling performance, even with minimal airflow
•    Largest surface area of any cooler on the market
•    Virtually silent when used with a low-speed 140mm/120mm fan
•    Excellent build quality
•    Easy to install
•    Secondary backside heatsink helps cool motherboard socket area
•    Universal mounting system supports Socket 775, and K8/AM2

Minor Weaknesses:

•    Large size and backside cooler may not be compatible with some enclosures

If you are looking for ultimate performance in a large tower style air cooler, then the Thermalright IFX-14 is what you seek. 

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Thermalright Inferno FX-14 CPU Cooler

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