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Hi everyone. For my first post on OCN, I'm going to ask your opinion on three coolers I'm deciding upon. They will be used on my first build in a while using Haswell (aiming for the 4670k; I am assuming the coolers I've picked are going to be compatible with the 1150 socket). I do plan on overclocking my CPU a tad above stock (0.3~0.5 Ghz) while still maintaining a decent temperature (below 70 degrees C). I've looked all I can over the internet to settle my mind on a decision, but I just can't seem to make my mind up so here it is.

My dilemma is: Do I go with price (and a few select reviews) and choose the Respire T40 (reviews say it is better than the 212 Plus [GamerNexus]; some reviews say it performs far worse than either of the Cooler Master choices [TweakTown]), or go with majority rule and reputation and pay extra for the Cooler Master selection (and in this subcategory, I am torn between the EVO and Plus; really don't know if my choice would make much of a difference).

My coolers of choice are
:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (currently at $36.99 at NewEgg)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus (currently at $31.99 at NewEgg)
NZXT Respire T40 (currently at $29.99 at NewEgg; ~$22 from Tiger Direct [with shipping included in the price])

Links:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
NZXT Respire T40: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835146026&Tpk

I am also willing to consider other choices if they are well-defended and within the approximate price range of these coolers (though, I would prefer that the choices be available in Newegg since I have a 15% off coupon from them, plus the shipping's usually free). Thank you in advance for your help and opinions!
Edited by TsukiKanade - 5/29/13 at 7:47am
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Assuming that the Hyper 212 will be compatible with 1150, then that would be a solid choice. One of the all time best value cooler you can grab
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I would get Titan Fenrir EVO at frozen cpu out performs both at 36usd biggrin.gif if you cant pay more T40 is 2ªC better than plus which is better than evo
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I would consider the Xigmatek GAIA, slightly cheaper than the 212/EVO and performs as well if not better.

For 19.95 it can't be beat. I always add an additional 120mm FAN so if you don't have an extra lying around it might be a little more for you in toto
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I would consider the Xigmatek GAIA, slightly cheaper than the 212/EVO and performs as well if not better.

GAIA is worse than 212plus which means the price is ok for its performance....

talking about 20usd range days ago you got 212+ 19.99 AR
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Assuming that the Hyper 212 will be compatible with 1150, then that would be a solid choice. One of the all time best value cooler you can grab
Yeah, I was considering the Hyper 212 line, but not sure whether the $5 difference justifies the EVO over the Plus. Dilemma of a system builder, really.
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I would get Titan Fenrir EVO at frozen cpu out performs both at 36usd biggrin.gif if you cant pay more T40 is 2ªC better than plus which is better than evo
Hey Pontiac, quick question on the Respire.. Did you happen to test it alongside the other coolers? I see you have a thread on air cooling and thought you might have done some testing. I wanted to settle my thoughts about that cooler since I saw this review:

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5138/nzxt_respire_t40_cpu_cooler_review/index7.html

Same people rated the Fenrir as a must-have. Though, it's not sold on NewEgg and I happen to have a 15% off coupon from them (thus off NewEgg purchases are really at a disadvantage price-wise; updated the description for that)
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Hey Pontiac, quick question on the Respire.. Did you happen to test it alongside the other coolers? I see you have a thread on air cooling and thought you might have done some testing. I wanted to settle my thoughts about that cooler since I saw this review:

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5138/nzxt_respire_t40_cpu_cooler_review/index7.html

Same people rated the Fenrir as a must-have. Though, it's not sold on NewEgg and I happen to have a 15% off coupon from them (thus off NewEgg purchases are really at a disadvantage price-wise; updated the description for that)

It was a summary of results of very accurate test as you can see they follow a sequence having some of them included in the test which makes easier to choose a heatsink , now if you cant buy it

T40 is good choice too, also there is another choice: Arctic Cooling i30 which is 35 usd F.S from amazon.

PS. sorry I recommended Titan Fenrir EVO when store had 2 in stock when I started the thread redface.gif
post #8 of 9
If the lowest possible price is the highest priority then the T40 for $22 is definately a good choice.
If you can spend a bit more i would suggest coolers like the Thermalright HR-02 Macho or Scythe Mugen 3 wich can be had for around $40
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Thanks for the replies so far.. This is quickly turning into a pretty long list of choices. I'm surprised that there are a few votes for the Respire, as well as a few other coolers. I'll be making my choice by the weekend so anyone else who wants to place their input, please feel free!
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