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What are the best, cheap air cooling heatsink/fans out there?

Budget = under $40
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186134 ?
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How do those compare with the Hyper 212+?
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The Cooler Master 212+ gets by vote. I have many of them and they are really great coolers for the money.
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Originally Posted by Ben the OCer View Post
The Cooler Master 212+ gets by vote. I have many of them and they are really great coolers for the money.
^ seconded

microcenter has it on sale for $24
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0315397

the n520 is $30, not quite as good imo
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0305926
Edited by ffejrxx - 2/21/11 at 8:19pm
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How do those compare with the Hyper 212+?
From reviews I've seen the 212+ is much better:
FrostyTech
Hardware Canucks

I also found an old OCN thread comparing the two: link. Even though the N520 has two fans, they are smaller 92mm fans versus the 120mm fan on the 212+.
Edited by Ben the OCer - 2/21/11 at 8:29pm
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post #8 of 14
n520 has a flat base, rice sized dot of tim is enough
the 212+ isnt very flat and has heat pipe contacting the cpu, takes alot more tim

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...1&limitstart=5
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And will the 212+ fit in a Lancool PC-K62? The heatsink is pretty tall...
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If you open up a pool the hyper 212+ will win.


if size isn't a problem for you, go for the scythe mugen 2 rev 2. (size problems are related to tall ram sinks and small - slim - cases)
If it is, then the hyper 212+ is the one you want.
If you want something even cheaper, the freezer 7 pro rev 2 is what you want. The only note here is that the cooler is kinda good and completely silent. BUT you get a HUGE temp drop with it if you switch the stock cooler to any normal 92x92x25mm fan


forgot to mention.
There is also the dark knight. That would be a better choice over the mugen 2, and possibly over the 212+
Edited by EduFurtado - 2/21/11 at 9:10pm
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