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Having used 2 of the popular and good Hyper 212 evo air coolers, and the better (but very large) Corsair A40 I assumed that was about as good as possible with simple air cooling.

 

However, due to firmware issues with the Corsair H100i liquid cooler I had on my i7 3770k @ 4.65GHz OC I  "temporarily," purchased and use one of the 3 Enermax ETS range. (They are all essentially the same, except the costliest uses copper pipes and an  LED lit fan. (1fan). Mine isn't copper.

 

It turned out to be so effective, I had no need to put my RMAed H100i back, and use the approx $40 enermax to this day, with no intention of replacing it. (I'll put the "spare," H100i on one of my other rigs, probably the older i7 990x which gets really hot when OCed.

 

I don't know how they managed to make a simple air cooler, with only one (very quiet PWM fan), so incredibly effective.

 

I am subscribed to the monthly magazine "PC Format." Their original review was far more glowing than this post, and they have consistently recommended it for their monthly main stream gaming rigs for the past 6 months or so.

 

Cheap, easy to install and bolt it really firmly to the cpu.

 

I'd say it's currently the best all round air cooling solution for gamers who want an 800MHz - 1GHz OC.  The main cooling block is perhaps 15 or 20% larger that the 212, but it's excellent design and relatively light weight should cause no problems with the vast majority of ATX mobos regarding space for memory (I use Corsair Vengeance which has a pretty tall cooler on it, with a Z77 ATX sized (Formula OC) mobo and space is no issue at all.

 

Worth checking out, and absolutely better than the 212 evo, which as most would agree is a good air cooler too.

 

Cheers!

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it's not that the 212 evo is all that awesome a cooler, it's that it is (or was) awesome for the money. They used to go for $30, whereas the enermaxes usually went for more. If you can get one for the same money it sounds like a deal.

I got my 212 evo for $24, so the enermaxes didn't even compete. Can't do that any more though.
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I also have the Enermax ETS-40 and it works fine. Fan is silent and the installation was much easier than the 212 evo. I think the price differential has narrowed so that the plain fan model is now exactly the same price as the 212 evo at Newegg.
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The 212 Evo and Enermax ETS-40 are both 4 copper heatipes and 120mm fan.

Problem with Cooler Master , Enermax and other such manufacturers is the cheap fans. Once you add in $10-15 for a decent fan you're ~$40-45 and you should've just gotten a better cooler to begin with IMO

That's why I believe the True Spirit 120M or Macho120 are better offerings: you can pick it up for ~$30 - $40 over on Superbiiz / Nan's Gaming gear.
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?p=FAN-TS120 ; http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-BW120 ; http://www.nansgaminggear.net/SearchResults.asp?Cat=1818

There's also the ~$40 Deepcool Gamer Storm 6 heatpipe cooler on Amazon

If you just want a cheap heatsink, Raijintek is worth looking at (I'm not too impressed though).

When the newer nickel plated versions come out (supposedly Nov 18), they will be even better value. Prolimatech's Basic 68 & Basic 81 (6 heatpipe Megahalems lookalike) may hit the United States sometime in the near future too.
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Some good info there, AlphaC!

 

Regarding the fans (Enermax) I've found them to be very good, especially for the whole package price. They are effective without doubt, and, at least mine is really quiet, even at full whack!

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