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post #1 of 10
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Which CPU cooler has the best performance to price ratio? I'm willing to spend up to AU$100 if need be (mainly for the Corsair H50). It must be worth EVERY cent if it's this high!

The Corsair H50 looks nice, but is it really worth the $100 price tag here in Australia? I found the Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.b Cooler for about AU$67, which is 2/3 of the price and I have heard it performs just as well. So I am really confused which offers the best performance in relation to its price.

I'm open to all-in-one watercooled units as you can see, as well as air-coolers.

Thanks guys!
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post #2 of 10
I've had both the H50 and the Megahalem and I not only got better temps with the megahalem but it was far less audible as well.

The Megahalem paired with a 1450rpm Gentle Typhoon was a near perfect combo.

Otherwise, around here the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus is an amazing budget cooler. Not sure how much it'd run over there though.

Budget/Value: CM Hyper 212+
Performance/Noise: Megahalem with Gentle Typhoons
Edited by Siegfried262 - 1/17/11 at 10:51pm
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post #3 of 10
The best price performance is something like the Coolermaster Hyper 212+
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post #4 of 10
Yeah, the CM Hyper 212+ is probably the best P cooler out there, but its not the best one by far. And as far as I know, Megahalems with two good push pull fans (fx. Gentle Typhoons as stated above) are better than the H50, although a lot bigger, so you have to make sure that it wont block your RAM slots.
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post #5 of 10
If you want the best cooler then go for the Nactua D14, Thermalright Silver Arrow or my personal favorite, the Thermalright Archon.
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post #6 of 10
Scythe Mugen 2, REV B. (SM2), since my case is too small to accept the Noctua D14.

That's if you want 11C better performance than the amazing CM Hyper 212+.
However, I bought my Scythe Mugen 2 for $38 Can last week making it worth the added 11C performance.

My vendor hates installing the Scythe Mugen, I don't know why.

Make sure you read this thread, proving Push-Push gets another 3C in performance:

http://www.overclock.net/air-cooling...-push-3-a.html

2 fans vs 1 fan gives about a 4C improvement with the SM2.

NF-S12B FLX Noctua 120mm fans are what I'm using after writing to Noctua, they said these higher CFM fans give a slightly higher performance (but noisier) than their P12-1300 120mm fans (that are designed for high-impedance situations)...but their testing was in a push-pull configuration with their heatsink. I infer that I don't need fans specifically designated for "high impedance indications"...

I like Noctua for the SSO bearings, they're in oil with a MTBF of >150,000 hours.
The stock fan with the SM2 is sleeve bearing and has a MTBF of 30K hours.

For every extra fan you put on the SM2, you have to order the fan clip pair at $1.88 per pair, make sure you do that when ordering, seems at least my vendor likes to keep no inventory around.

The -A clips are fine. The -B type clips are older design, I think.


Let me know if you can improve on my choices.
Edited by Grandmaster - 1/19/11 at 9:59am
    
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post #7 of 10
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For an extra $40 (more than double the price) from the Hyper 212+ to get to the Megahalems, is it worth it? From what I have read the 212+ seems to be an extremely good cooler for the price.

I have a 61CFM 120mm fan I plan on using as intake, and the stock fan as the exhaust using a Push/Pull setup on the 212+.

What temps should I see with ambient temps of 27-30C with the 212+ compared to the Megahalems?
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post #8 of 10
Do you overclock and if so how far do you plan on pushing your I5-750?

Done some googling about and it seems people are getting pretty nice overclocks with the Hyper 212+ on the processor you have.

I'd go with the 212+ personally, you'll be paying half the price for 90% of the Megahalems (Take that figure with a bit of salt) performance.
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post #9 of 10
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I don't have a set frequency in mind, but I'd be happy to get at least 3GHz on the i5-750 with the 212+.

With my stock cooler, my highest core is at 51C, idle. Keep in mind it is the middle of summer in Australia, so how big of a drop will I see with the 212+ given my stock cooler is already idling this high?
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post #10 of 10
tx 3
hyper 212+
gelid tranquillo
Mugen 2
Silver Arrow

in that order

are all very good price/performance heatsinks, depending on what kind of permance you need and how much you are willing to pay...
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