Regardless of industry conventions, Intel is indeed apprehensive about their users. Let’s have a look at the technical specs of the Intel Core i5-12600K processor. These Alder Lake CPUs boast a fantastic ratio of 10/16 cores & threads, a potential Turbo clock of 4.90 GHz, and 20 MB of clever cache data induction.
Whenever it comes to coolers, the NH-D15 is, as always, the greatest overall option. The revised version has an LGA 1700 mounting bracket, resulting in a price rise. Remember that the NH-D15 is quite big (165mm), so make sure you have compatible RAM sticks.
When it comes to thermal performance when combined with the 12600K, you can expect low temperatures. You should also be able to over-clock the CPU to 4.9-5.0GHz without thermal throttling kicking in. Consider that manual OC only provides a minor performance improvement, making it essentially pointless.
Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4:-
With a structure of 7 heat pipes and a double tower type design, the Dark Rock Pro 4 cooler evacuates heat optimally. A layer of oxygen-free copper also helps to direct this heat to a precise point on the heatsink fins, greatly increasing CPU cooling. Crenellated fins, brushed aluminum top plate, black nickel-plated copper, curved fan blades, here is a cooler with a neat look without going overboard! But it’s not all to look good, though, and it gets excellent airflow, up to 67.8 CFM for the 135mm and 57.2 CFM for the 120mm. Thanks to the 2 Silent Wings 3 of 120 mm and 135 mm! The brand’s flagship fan is part of it, with a very efficient air flow.
Its FDB (Fluid Dynamic Bearing) mechanism extends life by reducing friction. The 135mm fan features 9 blades optimized to improve airflow and an innovative 6-pole motor for smoother operation that makes it even more discreet than the Dark Rock Pro 4.
The Noctua NH-D15S was designed to offer superior RAM and PCI-e compatibility. Noctua NH-D15S comes with a single fan to cool the heatsink quickly, but you can connect a maximum of 3 fans due to its dual-tower heatsink design. You can set one fan between the split heat-sinks and one fan on each side of the heatsink like a sandwich in a push-pull configuration.
The Noctua NH-D15S comes with the premium 1x NF-A15 PWM fan out of the box. This specific fan is known for its excellent airflow and acoustic performance while reducing vibrations to zero thanks to the rubber corner ties.
The TDP rating of the Noctua NH-D15S is 220W, which means it can easily handle the Core i5 12600K and even over-clock it to a decent extent without breaking any temperature risks. The Noctua design, larger heatsink and higher TDP ratings make it the best overall CPU cooler for i5 12600K.