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post #1 of 9
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Hi all.

I am thinking about buying the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU cooler to replace my Zalman 9700.

My question is, will the Hyper 212 Plus cool better with 2 fans in a push/pull config then my Zalman? Or should i just stay with the Zalman? I have an AMD Phenom II x4 965 CPU overclocked to 3.8Ghz.

Thanks.

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post #2 of 9
Yes I think the Hyper 212 Plus would cool better in a push/pull config than the 9700.

However, I would recommend getting the Scythe Mugen 2 for a little bit more assuming it is available in NZ. With two medium-high RPM fans (silverstone FM121B's) it rivaled my NH-D14. It's a really solid cooler, definitely the best around $40 USD hands down. The only downside to it is the mounting system isn't the best, but unless you change CPUs a lot it shouldn't really matter. Once you have that baby mounted you will be cruising cool.gif
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post #3 of 9
The Coolermaster Hyper 212 plus would be better than your zalman 9700, only 3 - 4 degrees though.
I'm currently using the Hyper 212 and it's extremely good. I lost over 10 Celsius from the standard cooler and that's only with 1 fan.
There's also the fact that the Hyper 212 is very nicely priced, factor in that too and it's near perfect smile.gif
post #4 of 9
It will perform better. However, you may want to save up for something that will give a bigger boost in cooling performance.
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drop 20c in full load with only 1 fan, i love my hyper
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ok, thanks for all your help guys.

What ive decided to do is save for a couple of weeks and buy the Noctua NH-D14. I saw on a YouTube video that it fits fine in my NZXT M59 case. Plus its the best air cooler on the market smile.gif
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post #7 of 9
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Ok guys. Scratch that. I decided just to buy the Hyper 212 Plus, as i couldnt stand the noise from the Zalman.

I have a problem though. I am using a Push/Pull config on the cooler with two different fans, the one with the higher CFM is on Pull duty. But for some reason, my temps are on average 5 to 10c higher then the Zalman. Reading reviews, it seems the Hyper 212 Plus performs a couple of degrees Celsius cooler then the 9700.

Why would it be doing this? Ive tried reapplying the thermal compound and reseating the cooler roughly 5 or 6 times. Ive tried different methods of applying the compound including the recommended method for HDT coolers, but nothing seems to bring the temps down. The CPU doesnt overheat, it sits somewhere around 50c in games and about 56 to 57 in prime95, which i know is fine for this CPU. It is a cold day today, and usually with the Zalman, on a day like this, itd be idling at 31c, but its on 36c right now.

Could the temps be high because im using different fans on the cooler?

I also have only one 120mm exhaust fan, Could this be why?

Thanks.
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post #8 of 9
How much higher in CFM's is the pulling fan? You may want to switch the fans around. Might help, might not...just a suggestion.

I actually ended up just going with a Push fan on my cooler cause it only made a 1-2ºC difference and when I"m only loading at 61ºC anyways, it's no biggy!
post #9 of 9
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well. The fan pulling is about 54cfm. I currently have the coolermaster fan on push which is PWM controlled. The coolermaster fan has a higher cfm when its at 100%, about 70 i think. But the fan never spins up to 100%. It doesnt get hot enough.

When idling, the coolermaster fan (push fan) has a lower CFM then the pull. Of about 35 i think. When gaming, it would have roughly the same CFM as the pull fan.

I noticed that, when idling, the temps do drop into the lower 30's (31 to 33c). But it takes a long time, longer then the zalman and the heat coming out of the rear exhaust fan is still rather warm. Could this be due to the lack of exhaust fans in my case? When i had the zalman cooler, i had 1 exhaust fan on the roof of my case aswell as on the rear. But i took the roof one off to put as the pull fan on the hyper. Also, putting the fan on pull dropped temps a little, by roughly 1 to 2c.
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