Originally Posted by xblue
anyone have any suggestions for a x5660 cooler? i currently have a hyper 212 but i'm not sure if I should replace it for when my cpu comes in, since ill have to take it off anyways. ill attempt to overclock it, but not sure if the 212 is any good.
You'll be okay for 4Ghz. I'm using a Hyper 212+ in push-pull with my X5675 and I could go as high as 4.2Ghz but the temps got too high (>80C) to run it more than an hour, so I backed it off to 4Ghz. Its sits around 75-76C at load now. My case is ancient so it doesn't have great airflow. I modded it to add an 120mm intake, and it has a 90mm exhaust. On my X5660 setup I am using a Zalman 10x Performa in push-pull which is similar to that 212+ I'd say. I am able to keep the X5660 at 4.2Ghz around 65C at load but I got 1 120mm Jetflow and 1 120mm Corsair SP120 pushing air in, and a Jetflow and SP120 pushing air out. Top speed they are rated over 70cfs, at least for the JetFlos. I chose the SP120s for their static pressure because they sit behind obstructions. It was much worse with the old fans in there that did maybe 30-40cfs. I am using a fan controller too, so they are only set to 3/4 speed.
TLDR, air flow helps a lot too. Personally, I like the 212+, they are a decent cooler for very little money. I own 3, lol. Obviously, they can't hold a candle to a closed loop.
EDIT: I agree with what xxpenguinxx said. What I said above was from my personal experience.Edited by spdaimon - 11/4/15 at 6:45am