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In preparation for my Thermal Right Silver Arrow vs. Cooler Master Hyper 212+ showdown, I decided to put my testing theories to work on comparing Push vs. Push/Pull on my trusty Hyper 212+.

Goals
  • Showcase the difference in Push vs. Push/Pull on a Hyper 212+
  • Gather input on my testing procedures and hopefully improve them for the next cooler showdown

Test Setup
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K clocked at 4.8GHz using 1.326V (avg load voltage)
  • Case: Corsair 600T w/side panel off
  • Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+
  • Fans: 1 or 2 Cooler Master Blade Master 120 PWM fans set to 100% (~2000 RPM) or 70% (~1600 RPM)
  • Used ambient temp at the end of each run to calculate delta temp

Test Procedure
  • Ran Prime95 Small FFT test for 15 minutes and logged the temps
  • Let system idle for 20 minutes before removing the pull fan to do the push test
  • Used temps from core #1 as it was the hottest core
  • Took a ~3 minute rolling average of the recorded temps
  • Used the very last ~3 minute rolling average for the final results

Notes
  • 1200 RPM push test failed because once temp reached 75C, my motherboard automatically sets fan speed to 100%
  • Not sure why the spike at the end of the Push/Pull test. Maybe I should run Prime95 for 30 minutes instead?
  • Also, should I do each run 3 times and take the average instead of only doing it once?

Final results Push vs. Push/Pull



Full 15 minute Prime95 Small FFT rolling average


Edited by compudaze - 5/1/11 at 8:26pm
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post #2 of 22
You should try at different RPM's also with only 1 Pull fan, and see what happens.
Also are you using core temps? or the socket temp?
    
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post #3 of 22
That's right in line with what I found when I did my testing. 1-2C using either a pair of the BladeMasters or a pair of High Speed Yate Loon's (D12SH-12's).
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Sweet, thanks for this. Now I would like to see is difference between blademasters and 38mm fans. Probably 1-2 degrees as well, eh?
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If you went with ones with a high enough CFM and static pressure possibly more, but they would be so loud I doubt it would be worth it. But with the cost of those fans being what they are to me it would make more sense to just go all in and get a NH-D14 or something like that instead. It would give you considerably lower temps and be quieter as well. I don't think you could get a 212+ to cool as well as a higher end heatsink like that no matter how much money you spent on fans.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PapaSmurf View Post
If you went with ones with a high enough CFM and static pressure possibly more, but they would be so loud I doubt it would be worth it. But with the cost of those fans being what they are to me it would make more sense to just go all in and get a NH-D14 or something like that instead. It would give you considerably lower temps and be quieter as well. I don't think you could get a 212+ to cool as well as a higher end heatsink like that no matter how much money you spent on fans.
Well, I think noctua fans are ugly and do not at all go with the color scheme of black/blue I have worked so hard to keep . Also, the NH-D14 is $80-90 alone. I got my Hyper 212+ for $30+free shipping, adding another blademaster would be around $12-$15 or a new set of fans $35, costing about $70 max for fans with high CFM on a Hyper212+ which will perform very well, and is still $20 cheaper than the NH-D14, which wouldn't be worth the performance increase.
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Added 1600 RPM fan comparison on the blade master's. Set them to 70% in BIOS to achieve the 1600 RPM. They're noticeably quieter at 1600 RPM vs. 2000 RPM.
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Originally Posted by PapaSmurf View Post
If you went with ones with a high enough CFM and static pressure possibly more, but they would be so loud I doubt it would be worth it. But with the cost of those fans being what they are to me it would make more sense to just go all in and get a NH-D14 or something like that instead. It would give you considerably lower temps and be quieter as well. I don't think you could get a 212+ to cool as well as a higher end heatsink like that no matter how much money you spent on fans.
There's aren't many fans that are better than the Blade Masters. Especially for the price not to mention they're PWM. http://www.overclock.net/air-cooling...ans-112-a.html

I paid $23 for the 212+ and another $12 for a 2nd blade master PWM fan. The cooling is not bad at all for $35. Don't have to spend a dime on a fan controller as they're PWM and controlled by the BIOS. I can also set them to max out at whatever RPM I want and idle at whatever RPM I want.

After all was said and done, the 2nd blade master fan probably wasn't worth it unless I dial down the max RPM to deal with the noise (even though it's not too bad at 2000 RPM).
Edited by compudaze - 5/1/11 at 7:01pm
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Honestly, the only reason I have not bought a second Blademaster for Push/Pull is that my mobo only has the 1 4pin fan input for CPU, and I would have to buy a y-cable with it. In fact, I might not buy a second one at all after seeing this thread. $12 just isnt worth 2 degrees. Through stress testing and gaming, I have yet to see my Phenom II 965 go above 45, while it used to game just barely under 65 on the stock cooler.
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Honestly, the only reason I have not bought a second Blademaster for Push/Pull is that my mobo only has the 1 4pin fan input for CPU, and I would have to buy a y-cable with it. In fact, I might not buy a second one at all after seeing this thread. $12 just isnt worth 2 degrees. Through stress testing and gaming, I have yet to see my Phenom II 965 go above 45, while it used to game just barely under 65 on the stock cooler.
If you have no need, you have no need. I'm working on adding 1200 RPM to the list. If I had to guess, 1200 RPM push/pull should perform on par if not better than 2000 RPM push but MUCH MUCH quieter.
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