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CM hyper 212 evo vs ZALMAN CNPS10X OPTIMA

post #1 of 9
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Which do you guys recommend?

assuming same price. (so i guess them both being in the $30 range)


also, is there a collected CPU aftermarket fan guide?
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post #2 of 9
Going by THIS REVIEW it looks like the 212 Evo beats the Optima by a couple of degrees. I can say from personal experience that the 212 is quite a good budget cooler. It keeps my i5-3570k well within safe temps at 4.7ghz.
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post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
what about if the 212 evo is $30 and the zalman optima is $10?

is the evo still worth $20 more than the zalman?
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post #4 of 9
No, because the 212 is midrange at best. You buy for cost efficiency, and it's destroyed there if the $20 rebate holds up.
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post #5 of 9
Some people swear by the 212 and others say it is 100% over-rated. Peronally I use the 212 in passing time between water coolers.
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post #6 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wiz766 View Post

Some people swear by the 212 and others say it is 100% over-rated. Peronally I use the 212 in passing time between water coolers.

but 212 at $30 vs a competitor at $10? I don't think there's any reason for it~
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post #7 of 9
Someone like me I would rather go with CM because I know they are awesome and tons of reviews nor do I ever send in rebates. That could be part of it. I have owned two CM 212s now. Still love them.
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post #8 of 9
I was not a fan of the 212 at all. Will not handle the socket 2011 chips at all.
Most over-rated product on the market.
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post #9 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by ski-bum View Post

I was not a fan of the 212 at all. Will not handle the socket 2011 chips at all.
Most over-rated product on the market.

To be honest most people would not buy lower end air cooling w/ a 2011 chip
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