Originally Posted by mark_thaddeus
I've had my 212+ cooling my q6600 and at load using prime95 max temp is at 54*C (push only setup) so for $31 it's as good as it's going to get. The dark knight is only cooler by 0.1*C and it's not worth the $20 difference in price.
Check out this link:
If you notice (fan speed, 150w test, 85w test, db) they're literally side by side in terms of performance based on the test above:
Xigmatek HDT-S1283 (high-16.8*C-10.7*C-50.7db)
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus (high-16.9*C-10.9*C-50.1db)
I further improved the performance of my 212+ by getting coolermaster r4 fan's (vertical position only since sleeve bearing) that pump out 90cfm and are rated at 19db. The original blademaster's are rated at 23db pumping out about 60cfm.
Sorry about my confusion here, but your post intrigued me as I am looking to go to a 2 fan setup on my 212+. I am not clear what you mean by "sleeve bearing", but if I can clip/attach 2 of the fans you are talking about and get the kind of cooling you describe, then I might get 2 of the R4's, or possibly 3 since I more than likely am going to have to also upgrade the rear exhaust fan to keep up to the 2 new fans on the cooler. If a 3rd R4 on the rear exhaust is workable, then it might be the way to go.
Right now the single fan keeps me in the mid 40's @ 4.20 GHz, but I know the 212+ should run 2 fans if you're overclocking. For now I am just getting a 2nd fan that matches the fan that comes with the cooler, but I was wondering if you could run 3 of the R4's in a push-pull setup on a 212+ with the 3rd R4 as the exhaust fan?