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I am ready to do some serious overclocking on my i3 530. Currently my i3 is clocked at 3.99Ghz at 1.33Vcore on the stock cooler.

I am really hoping a good cooler will allow lower voltages. On the stock cooler, it needs 1.4Vcore at 4.2GHz. My target voltage will be up to 1.5Vcore and up to 4.5-4.6GHz

In 1-2 years, I plan to buy a 1155 MB + Ivy Bridge 4-core cpu (also for OC'ing) and use this cooler on that cpu too.

Max price = $50
small and light and quiet is preferred
prefer to use cpu fan connector for power

Zalman CNPS5X looks good to me.

What other coolers are good for my i3?
     
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post #2 of 11
I'm gonna go ahead and suggest the best cooler for cash, [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Universal-Heat-Pipe/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1299256809&sr=8-1"]CM Hyper 212+[/ame]
    
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post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by OutOfBalanceOX;12608978 
I'm gonna go ahead and suggest the best cooler for cash, CM Hyper 212+

Yupppp. Everyone is going to suggest that.
    
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post #4 of 11
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The CM Hyper 212+ does perform amazingly well for the price. It is currently sold out at the first store where I looked. But available at other stores.

A few months ago (before the Zalman CNPS5X existed), it would have been an easy choice .... CM Hyper 212+
but the new Zalman CNPS5X is an impressive low TDP, inexpensive cooler. About the same price as the CM Hyper 212+

CM Hyper 212+
weight = 626grams
size = 120 x 79.7 x 158.4 мм

Zalman CNPS5X
weight = 320grams
size = 127 x 64 x 134 мм

The Zalman is almost half the weight, and overall smaller.

From another site:
CM Hyper 212+ vs Zalman CNPS5X
Both at high fan speed
CNPS5X is 4.7dBA louder
At 85W: CNPS5X is 3C hotter
At 150W: CNPS5X is 5.4C hotter

CM Hyper 212+ is the winner but the CNPS5X is performing well in its weight class.

If I dont actually need the additional cooling performance of the CM Hyper 212+, then I would prefer to buy the lighter CNPS5X. But since the CNPS5X has a louder fan, then I dont want it if the fan will be running at max speed while gaming. I dont mind a loud fan during benching or stress testing but not while gaming.
     
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post #5 of 11
212+ is definitely the way to go, but you're going to kill that chip with the quickness at 1.5v.
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So, do the stock fan of the Hyper 212+ good? Silent?

I want to replace my cooler too, but I don't want something louder than the stock cooler (which make absolutely no noise with the athlon II x4).
    
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post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by AyeYo;12611830 
212+ is definitely the way to go, but you're going to kill that chip with the quickness at 1.5v.

Yes. I know I may kill it at 1.5Vcore but I am not so pleased with my i3 530. If I kill it, that will give me an excuse to buy a i3 540,550,560 which will hopefully OC better (on lower voltage) than my current i3 530.
     
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post #8 of 11
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I will probably choose the Zalman CNPS5X instead of the CM Hyper 212+

The CNPS5X can be installed without removing the motherboard.

Also, Applying TIM to the Hyper 212+ seems tricky

http://www.overclock.net/air-cooling/632591-cooler-master-hyper-212-plus-club.html

The Hyper 212+ is a Heatpipe Direct Contact so the two or three line method is normally the best way to go. It depends on the number of heatpipes as to how many lines is required, but the 212+ has 4. See the bottom method on this guide. The single drop or line of TIM in the middle rarely works on them.

That said, I did some experimenting with my Hyper 212+'s and am having my best results using a credit card to cram a bit into the crevices then spreading a light coat over the entire surface of the heatsink base and not putting any directly on the cpu's IHS. Cramming some into the crevices between the heat pipes and the heatsink base surface is the key though. If you don't you tend to get air bubbles that prevent optimal heat transfer.
     
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FSP 460W Foxconn TSAA-426 
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post #9 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by spikexp;12611894 
So, do the stock fan of the Hyper 212+ good? Silent?

I want to replace my cooler too, but I don't want something louder than the stock cooler (which make absolutely no noise with the athlon II x4).

It's a good fan and is quiet as well. Not the highest flowing fan, but it gets the job done.
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post #10 of 11
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Today, I removed the stock intel heatsink and installed the Zalman CNPS5X.

The old intel TIM was extremely easy to remove. A damp cloth is all I used. Only a very light white "dust" layer remained on the cpu.

Added Zalman ZM-STG2M TIM (included with cooler)
Prime95 temperature is approximately 20C less than with the stock intel heat sink. I am impress. biggrin.gif

Before and after pics for your viewing pleasure.

Does this seem normal?

When running prime95, I touched the stock intel aluminium heatsink with my finger. I was expecting to be burned but it was only very slightly warm, almost not even warm, but definately not cold.
Even the copper pipes on the Zalman only feel a little warm in prime95 @ 3.99GHz 1.33Vcore
     
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Intel SSD 330 240GB ZM CNPS5X (not performa) + 120mm fan (push) Windows 7 64bit Acer GD245HQ - 1920x1080 120Hz - Nvidia 3D Vision 
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PowerCase
FSP 460W Foxconn TSAA-426 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
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Intel SSD 330 240GB ZM CNPS5X (not performa) + 120mm fan (push) Windows 7 64bit Acer GD245HQ - 1920x1080 120Hz - Nvidia 3D Vision 
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