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I haven't been keeping up with air coolers for a long time so I need some advice. Can anything beat the True Spirit 140 for $50 shipped? It seems to be the best choice but I would like to ask first. It comes with what looks to be a $15 (ugly as hell) fan. Low noise levels is important.

If you can offer a better choice then please post up some results showing it's performance and noise levels. I'm not looking for a Xigmatek cooler that scored well in a review but the reason it scored well was because of a 2200+rpm fan that sounds like a vacuum.
post #2 of 22
Nope, you're not going to do better at that price point than the True Spirit 140. The Macho Rev.A and Macho Rev.A B&W also offer similar performance.

Every now and then you can get lucky and find the Zalman CNPS12X for that cheap.
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I personally think the Hyper 212+ / Hyper 212 Evo is the best bang for the buck. I'm not sure how they stack against all air coolers $50 and under, but at $35 they really can't be beat.
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I personally think the Hyper 212+ / Hyper 212 Evo is the best bang for the buck. I'm not sure how they stack against all air coolers $50 and under, but at $35 they really can't be beat.

That's another example of a small cooler with a 2000rpm fan to do the work. I'm afraid that of i toss the included fan and use a quality 1000~ rpm fan (bringing the price to $40+ anyways) the performance will be poor. Do you know of any results done on this cooler with low rpm fans?
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Originally Posted by bdenpaka View Post

I personally think the Hyper 212+ / Hyper 212 Evo is the best bang for the buck. I'm not sure how they stack against all air coolers $50 and under, but at $35 they really can't be beat.

They can easily be beat. The NZXT Respire T40 costs roughly the same as the Hyper 212 Evo, but outperforms it and is quieter. The Enermax ETS-T40 performs a little better and is quieter and at roughly the same price point. The Arctic Cooling i30 performs better and is often cheaper (it's $34 at SuperBiiz with the coupon code). The Xigmatek Gaia is cheaper, quieter, and performs marginally worse.

The Hyper 212 was great when it came out, but it's popular because it's institutionalized, not because it's the best performance for your dollar.
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I think some deepcool offerings are pretty good
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Deepcool-Neptwin-CPU-Cooler-Review/1644
The stock fans are quiet but garbage though
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I think some deepcool offerings are pretty good
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Deepcool-Neptwin-CPU-Cooler-Review/1644
The stock fans are quiet but garbage though

Deepcool/Logysis sell some great heatsinks. Some of them are their own and some are Alpenfohn rebrands. The hard part is actually finding them. The Ice Wind Pro was actually a favorite budget recommendation of mine for a while, but I haven't seen it in forever.

The DeepCool Gamer Storm Extreme, for example, is pretty much the same heatsink as the Alpenfohn Matterhorn and gives similar performance to the HR-02.

It's too bad HardwareSecrets is the only site to really review that heatsink. I'm always wary of them for heatsink reviews since they get some results that are incredibly different from other reputable sites.

Edit: And here's post 1000.
Edited by nubbinator - 2/28/13 at 9:38pm
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Originally Posted by nubbinator View Post

Deepcool/Logysis sell some great heatsinks. Some of them are their own and some are Alpenfohn rebrands. The hard part is actually finding them. The Ice Wind Pro was actually a favorite budget recommendation of mine for a while, but I haven't seen it in forever.

The DeepCool Gamer Storm Extreme, for example, is pretty much the same heatsink as the Alpenfohn Matterhorn and gives similar performance to the HR-02.

It's too bad HardwareSecrets is the only site to really review that heatsink. I'm always wary of them for heatsink reviews since they get some results that are incredibly different from other reputable sites.

Edit: And here's post 1000.
All of the heatsinks are made by them not alphenfohn. Alphenfohn rebrands their heatsinks
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All of the heatsinks are made by them not alphenfohn. Alphenfohn rebrands their heatsinks

That I did not know. Thanks. I thought it was the other way around based on the info I'd seen.
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