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In my experience adding a second fan to the Hyper 212+ in a push/pull configuration does not really yield improvements. It was maybe 1-2c cooler at load for me.

OP I still think an H80 is right up your alley for your needs and wants.
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Closed loop: H80
Heatsink: D-14

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In my experience adding a second fan to the Hyper 212+ in a push/pull configuration does not really yield improvements. It was maybe 1-2c cooler at load for me.
OP I still think an H80 is right up your alley for your needs and wants.

I got a 4C drop moving from the stock fan to 2x yate loon high-speeds... It's going to vary depending on what you use, obviously.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835709001

I just replaced my h70 ( I know its outdated compared to the new h series) and got about a 6 degree idle drop and about a 15 degree load temp drop on my overclock. This thing is up there pretty close to the noctua and silver arrow.

My previous temps with the h70 went up to 85 max with prime when I last tested it. Ran it for about 10 minutes recently and it stayed under about 70, and gaming only drags it up to 62 max (sometimes my room gets hot)

Gaming used to bring it close to 75.

Just letting you know, that if you have 100 to spend, don't buy the corsair coolers, get the silver arrow, nh-d14, or this phanteks cooler.

That's just my opinion.
post #26 of 35
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Originally Posted by rdasch3 View Post

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835709001
I just replaced my h70 ( I know its outdated compared to the new h series) and got about a 6 degree idle drop and about a 15 degree load temp drop on my overclock. This thing is up there pretty close to the noctua and silver arrow.
My previous temps with the h70 went up to 85 max with prime when I last tested it. Ran it for about 10 minutes recently and it stayed under about 70, and gaming only drags it up to 62 max (sometimes my room gets hot)
Gaming used to bring it close to 75.
Just letting you know, that if you have 100 to spend, don't buy the corsair coolers, get the silver arrow, nh-d14, or this phanteks cooler.
That's just my opinion.

That difference is too large, and is most definitely an anomaly. Perhaps you only had 1 fan on the H70, or it wasn't mounted effectively, or was pulling in warmer air? Regardless, 15 degrees C difference at load is absurd.

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http://www.kitguru.net/components/cooling/zardon/corsair-h70-review-versus-vantage-nh-d14-4-53ghz/4/

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http://www.anandtech.com/show/5054/corsair-hydro-series-h60-h80-and-h100-reviewed/5

The extra weight on the motherboard, plus the potential case clearance issues with the larger air-coolers like the NH-D14 or Silver Arrow, are not worth the extra couple of degrees (MAX) that are potentially gained.

Now given that an Antec 620 can typically be had for just over half the cost of these largest air-coolers, and will give something like 98% of the performance of an H70, I think the Antec is the best value for money, and will realistically handle about 95% of the overclock settings a higher-end air cooler will on a majority of the average consumer CPU's out there.
Edited by willibj - 3/19/12 at 9:07am
 
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post #27 of 35
I will see if I can find the screenshot from my run for the sandy stable club with the h70 as well as find time for a new screenshot. There is definitely a big temperature difference at load already. A quick stress test was the first thing I did after I installed it.

Two fans were on the h70 as well. My load when testing as well as gaming has not come close to the temps it was at. I dont even hit 65 while gaming while I used to hit around 75, both acceptable temps which is why I allowed up to 85 while testing with my h70. So far, the stress tests I did failed to surpass 70.

I know how the internet works though, pics or it didn't happen, and even if it isn't for the original poster at this point, I will try to get a screenshot for you to see for yourself. That h70 looks like crap compared to the phanteks I just put in.
Edited by rdasch3 - 3/19/12 at 9:56am
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I will see if I can find the screenshot from my run for the sandy stable club with the h70 as well as find time for a new screenshot. There is definitely a big temperature difference at load already.

Oh I've no doubt there is a difference. Approx 5 degrees or so I'm sure, perhaps even 7 or 8 degrees. But despite that the H70 is less efficient than the H80, and the H80 does not lose out to the Phantek by even 5 degrees, that 15 degrees number is much larger than all the reviews I've seen, and suggest a problem with your initial installation or testing or so forth. Just going by the numbers that is.

*edit*

Even the Corsair H60 doesn't lose to the Phantek by that much:

phanteks_ph-tc14pe_034.jpg

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1759/7/
Edited by willibj - 3/19/12 at 10:04am
 
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post #29 of 35
If you're willing to spend 105 dollars, you can get the H100 at some stores when it is on sale
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post #30 of 35
I am not arguing that there isn't margin for error. Perhaps my tim application wasn't as good as I thought it was or perhaps my h70 had a problem. I am not sure, but I will find some screenshots, and I will try to do it before I experiment with two top intakes. I am venturing into how to get easy better cooling and I think setting my two top fans as intake will do it, but at the same time it would disrupt our current cooling discussion tongue.gif
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