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I have been reading review after review and I just can't decide what cooler to get.

Just ordered a Phenom 2 965 BE

I have a CM TX3 but will want to do some overclocking.

Been Looking at:

CM 212 Plus, Scythe Mugen2, Xigmatek dark knight, Sunbeam ccf, ZALMAN CNPS10X Performa

I see everywhere that the 212 is the best for the money but is it the best under $50?
Please help.......
post #2 of 21
212+ is known as the best sub-$50 bang-for-the-buck cooler out there.

Probably the best option of all the ones listed
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hyper 212+ all the way
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The mugen is better and its only like 40 bucks. get that instead.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Havokr505 View Post
hyper 212+ all the way
^^^--- This!
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Originally Posted by Tre View Post
I have been reading review after review and I just can't decide what cooler to get.

Just ordered a Phenom 2 965 BE

I have a CM TX3 but will want to do some overclocking.

Been Looking at:

CM 212 Plus, Scythe Mugen2, Xigmatek dark knight, Sunbeam ccf, ZALMAN CNPS10X Performa

I see everywhere that the 212 is the best for the money but is it the best under $50?
Please help.......
Scythe Mugen 2 is far better than all of those when it comes to cooling performance and silence and is better overall as long as you can handle a bit more difficult installation.

See here:





For the review/comparison, go here: Link

Quote:
Originally Posted by kiwiasian View Post
212+ is known as the best sub-$50 bang-for-the-buck cooler out there.

Probably the best option of all the ones listed
*cough* NOT. *cough*
    
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post #7 of 21
I would get the 212+ an add a fan for push pull. I have one on my 1090T an am @ 4.125 24/7 great cooler for the money.
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The mugen is better and its only like 40 bucks. get that instead.
this. 212+ is a great cooler, but mugen2 is better. The only way the 212+ is worth it, is if you can get one from the cm refurb store for cheap. Even then, the mugen2 is the better performer hands down. I would personally stay away from coolers that have direct heat pipe contact.
Edited by AliceInChains - 5/8/11 at 8:35pm
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post #9 of 21
If you have a Micro Center nearby, they regularly have the Hyper 212+ for $20-$25. I think I got mine for $22.
Edited by compudaze - 5/8/11 at 8:39pm
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According to every review I can find, the ZALMAN CNPS10X Performa is the best cooler on your list.
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