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post #11 of 29
Hooked up to the PWM fan header on my motherboard, I can hardly hear the fan at all, even overclocked at 4GHz. The 212+ is far and away the best value cooler on the market. Especially if you get in on the Fry's (I think) deal for just $15 after rebate. I know I got mine at a Microcenter for just $20.
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Yea, if you dont want anything fancy just get the Hyper 212+. Good budget cooler.
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post #13 of 29
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I don't mind getting fancy though, haha!

So were you just recommending the 212+ so that I would save a buck, or is it actually better performance wise to a H60/80 as well?
post #14 of 29
Temps with the 212+ will be comparable, if not slightly worse than the H60, and the H80 will beat it hands down. However for that kind of money, high-end coolers like the Silver Arrow and the NH-D14 will perform better, and more quietly.

The 212+ is just the best bang for the buck. The Scythe Mugen 2 is also a great cooler at $40-50.
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post #15 of 29
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Whoa.

According to Hardware Canucks, the 212+ outperforms the H60 AND the H70 (which means it's probably on par if not better than the H80 as well)...

H60 Performance:
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...-review-7.html

212+ Performance:
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...review-10.html

How can an air cooler that is much cheaper than both beat the more expensive water coolers?!
I'm so confused.
post #16 of 29
Something must be up with those tests. That doesn't seem quite right...all I can think is that there were different ambient temps between the two tests, or that the different graphics cards used pumped out different amount of heat into the case. But who knows, the 212+ is a great cooler period.
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post #17 of 29
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Looking around some more, it seems like it works like this:

H80>Antec Kuhler 920
212=H60 and < Kuhler 920

Yes? No?
post #18 of 29
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Originally Posted by GamerKingFaiz View Post
Okay, sure, but still water cooling is supposed to be better, right?
Sure water cooling is better. But it's better mainly because it expands the cooling area. If you get a single 120mm set up, that is likely to perform no better then a high end air cooler.

Water cooling is better if you can get more radiator area,
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post #19 of 29
That appears to be about right. Good on Corsair, as the H50 was worse than the 212+ generally. Improvements ho!

Another cooler to consider, though, is the Corsair A70. You can sometimes find it for as cheap as $20 after rebate, and it comes with two fans and features another heatpipe and more fin area than the 212+, so is generally considered stronger.

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post #20 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by musashin View Post
That appears to be about right. Good on Corsair, as the H50 was worse than the 212+ generally. Improvements ho!

Another cooler to consider, though, is the Corsair A70. You can sometimes find it for as cheap as $20 after rebate, and it comes with two fans and features another heatpipe and more fin area than the 212+, so is generally considered stronger.

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Not sure what those guys were doing that came up with worse results w/ the h50, because I have used a 212+, Mugen2, and h50 all on the same rig, and the h50 was the coolest by nearly 10C when using push/pull CM R4's, same as I used on mugen2, and 212+.

I got them all pretty cheap, and they were all good options, mugen2 was most expensive at $42 after shipping, and largest, most pain in the butt. 212+ was great price/performance considering I paid $20 for it microcenter because I was sick of the mugen2's size. h50 was only $30 at BestBuy, so I got that to try out, and it pwned the 212+.

After trying the h50, and seeing the great results I started thinking about modding it w/ new tubes, and such, then decided just to order a xspc kit, and now I'm super happy with my temps.
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