Originally Posted by dmfree88
Originally Posted by Wabbit16
I think it all boils down to price. Whenever someone mentions a cheap, good air cooler, 8/10 people will recommend the 212 mainly because it is a huge improvement over stock (I am assuming people choose the 212 as their first cooler) and it is very affordable for what you pay.
Mine also moved a bit after installation, but it wasn't anything serious and I did not feel as if it was unsafe in any way. No cooler is perfect and the 212 certainly doesn't pretend to be that. It does what it does - cheaply and without frills
I think this is why the hyper212 has so much hype. Its such an improvement over stock that everyone thinks its awesome. If compared to other products it falls short quality-wise.
I really dont like the rotation feature. It doesn't move much as you mentioned but a single degree movement causes friction and moves thermal paste. Everytime you put on or take off the fan it rotates back and forth. Even if the thermal paste is half dry this would cause air holes and degrade thermal paste. I just dont trust that it does this at all. Very irritating I shouldn't have to feel like I should replace my thermal paste after popping the fan on and off. Then if I dont could lose performance due to thermal paste being mucked around.
Originally Posted by totalownership
its not all about performance. How does this not make sense? You would take a heatsink that performs better over one that is better all around (that might not quite perform as well)?
Thats your choice but it doesn't seem right to me. Buy by overall product not performance.
Logic NOOOO! You know there is NO place for that on the INTERWEBZ!
Ok back to all seriousness now!
You raise some valid points. I do think that the mounting system could be better and that the overall quality could be better but with that being said it is still a great product. I do however disagree on the cleaning of the base when re-applying TIM. That argument can hold true to the older PLUS and the original 212. But the EVO addressed that problem with a milled base. Yes there are still small cracks that can be hard to clean out, but with a nail brush and a little soapy water it really is not that hard to clean. Yes I also did not like the fact that the cooler moved around a little. But if you are careful when you mount it you should be fine. Also once it is installed with its fans on why would you want to mess with it again? Remember a more advanced mounting system would have hurt the price and when you consider the price of the older Hyper's you can look past the mount. If you think about the performance and quality you get for the price (not the 212X here) you get an amazing little cooler. As the poster above me said most of used used the 212 PLUS/EVO as our first jump to aftermarket cooling. We did that mainly due to recommendations and reviews. Remember review sites compare their products to what competitors have out at the time. And when the 212, PLUS and EVO's were released not many things in the $30-35 range could hold a candle to what the 212 could do. In my experience my EVO is still an amazing machine. I went to a CLC as an upgrade to my EVO. I went for a Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro and that gave me ZERO improvement to my 212. I was still sitting at 55C load on my Phenom. I tried re-applying TIM and reseating the cooler and I also lapped the base of the cooler but alas the Thermaltake could not improve on my 212. Maybe I got a bad unit (Thinking about it I'm going to RMA it as it should still be under warranty.) Yes times have changed and there are much more competitive budget coolers from other brands and to that CM gave us the 212X. But as a whole the X is just an evolution of an already established product. So people will by it because of experience from the Hyper's. But the X is the ugly duck of the litter. At around $60 per unit and almost zero difference between the X and its older siblings I see no reason to charge double for it. The 212X is a pointless unit and I think many buyers are just better off going for an older 212 or one of the competitor products!Edited by Alastair - 10/18/13 at 1:45pm