Direct Contact pipes close together does not define "better." A number of "not direct pipe contact" heat sinks outperform heatsinks that have " direct contact close together" design.
This is not magic, done right it works well. Done right solid bases do excellent heat transfer.
The 212 EVO seems to outperform the 212+, how much of this is fan change or product design I do not know
Just get tired of people accepting marketing "hey, look what we did" as an automatic performance gain. I suspect it is easier to manufacture direct contact bases than "traditional" solid/soldered bases.
Heat transfer doesn't care if the pipes are in contact.
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