Originally Posted by dmfree88
you guys are all spitting performance metrics at me like it matters. i dont care how well it performs. the mount rotates and ruins thermal paste, you should NEVER have a heatsink that moves AT all after installation. I dont care what ANYONE says this is NOT good for thermal paste and if someone were to let there paste dry out and go too far (not that you should), then remove a fan or something they would destroy paste and possibly cause damage or problems. The mounting hardware is not safe for your cpu, thats not ok. Also I had to bend the mount to get the posts to line up, aswell as the riser's dont fit in the backing plate well and tend to spin even though they are D shaped so they wont move.
I understand most of you saying that its a big price difference. here its a little different the 212x is overpriced right now and for just a few bucks more the phanteks ph-tc14pe would be a huge improvement (difference is literally 10 dollars). If they fixed the mount problem on the 212x then i would probably be ok with it being a reasonable heatsink.
The issue still remains that its not a good product. Again I am not saying it doesn't perform well but there are similar products as I mentioned that would perform similar that are around the same price, that are better quality products IMO. I would even take a thermaltake frio over this cooler (and the frio's mount sucks too). I am not saying the 212 doesn't perform well but there are better quality options atleast in the USA for around the same price. And comparing to the 212x thats going for $60 here you could get the phanteks ph-tc14pe for around $70. I understand if theres not alot of options where your from. The 212 might be the best option.
The truth is its not that good of a product and most of the people here are blinded by the fact that they have never compared it to something of similar performance, but better quality. Sure it took you to 4.5ghz on a i5 processor. But did you try a thermaltake frio, or a truespirit 140, or a Dark knight II OR anything of similar performance but atleast better quality. I can put good fans in a frio and out-perform a hyper212 due to the better fin assembly.
My point is you could have pushed your processor that far with a better quality product for around the same price. and even if it didn't push it quite as far, it would still be a better product and IMO a better option.
I apologize if I sound like I am dogging the product especially on a page that so many people are fans. But this is the biggest hype ive ever seen over a pile of crap its ridiculous.
Problem is there is nothing good about this cooler asside from performance. The fan is weak static pressure and after 6 months makes funny clicking noises (i have case fans from apevia that sound better). The heatsink itself is OK but needs tighter fins you dont see hardly any improvements from fan upgrades or even adding a pull fan. The heatsink surface is less then flat and thermal paste gets trapped in the corners of the rails causing difficulties when cleaning to replace paste. The mounting system is horribly difficult and spreads paste un-evenly, The mounts dont line up properly without some serious effort. The mount rotates when fully applied therefore causing damage to thermal paste. When the fan is put on/removed it causes you to rotate the heatsink, causing these problems. The backing plate is the only reasonable design but truthfully its thinner then the AMD stock backing plate and not that special, and the hardware that connects to it doesnt work properly (D shaped risers still spin as D shaped hole is too big). There is NOTHING I can say good about this cooler EXCEPT its reasonable performance. Correct me if I am wrong but does any of this deserve a good rating? Check my review this thing is boohoo.