Originally Posted by ciarlatano
I'm not sure I would say the 212 EVO fits in a category where the coolers being discussed are the lines of the D15S, Fuma, U12S, D14, etc. It's a bit like looking for a Bentley that will fit in a particular garage and saying that a Toyota Corolla falls into that category simply because it fits. And in 2016 (not 2012) I would absolutely argue price/performance of the 212 EVO - the Cryorig H7, be quiet! Pure Rock, Macho Direct and a few others are far more capable and quiet coolers in the $30 range. And the OP specifically stated quiet. No one in any year has ever thought the 212 EVO was a quiet cooler. Noise/performance was never it's strong suit.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - Fan Noise Level (dB-A) 9 - 36 dBA or 9 - 31 dBA (EU Version) ($25 at OutletPC
Macho Direct - Noise Level: 15 - 21dBA ($47.97 on Amazon right now
be quiet! Pure Rock - Overall noise level (dB(A)) @ 50/75/100% (rpm)19.1 / 22.1 / 26.8 (Prices $35 - $50 depending)
Cryorig H7 - Noise Level 10 ~ 25 dBA Prices at about $35)
Yes at full RPMs the suggestions you listed are quieter. Without a doubt. But the Hyper 212 Evo is $10 less expensive. But the choice I would make if I had to do it now would be the H7. It looks nicer and has better performance for a minimal increase in price. I got my 212+ before the H7 was even released, so I am kinda partial to its performance on my X6 1090T. (Which is a Heat Beast)