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post #1 of 18
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Hello all,
A buddy of mine is looking for a cooling solution for his new build. We realize that the H50 and H70 will provide better cooling, but is the price for either the 212 or A70 to hard to pass up?
What's the way to go?
212+ for $30
A70 for $25
H50 for $55
H70 for $75

It is to cool a 2500k on a P8P67 Deluxe with Ripjaws X ram (if clearance is an issue with the air coolers)

+rep to all helpful posts!
Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 18
I say go for the A70 and just pocket the savings. It does well for it's price range like the 212+, don't really need water to cool a 2500k even if you OC it a bit (it helps, but not really necessary either).
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post #3 of 18
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He is hoping to reach 4.5Ghz if at all possible. If he can get past that with any of the above coolers, that'll be the winner here.
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post #4 of 18
There was a review in newegg of a person with a 2500k making 4.5ghz and up to 60C at load with an A70. So it's entirely possible.
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post #5 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ovlazek View Post
He is hoping to reach 4.5Ghz if at all possible. If he can get past that with any of the above coolers, that'll be the winner here.
I think there's lots of people on this forum hitting that kind of overclock on the 2500K with the hyper 212+. There is also a lot of support for that cooler here. The official hyper 212+ post is very active.

Here's text from a recent post in that thread for someone overclocking the 2500K to 4.3

Quote:
For comparison...

Just build yesterday, so obviously TIM has not cured. But with an i5-2500K, Sabertooth P67 board, and the Hyper 212+, I peaked at 53c at 4.3 GHz (used the Performance option in BIOS). Mostly sat around 50c while I ran some tests with Prime95. Idle was low 30s. Ambient temperature in the room was maybe a touch below normal, but the case has a lot of air flow.
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post #6 of 18
If you want to hit 5 GHz go for the H70.
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post #7 of 18
Either get a cheap air cooler, and expensive air cooler or a proper water loop. Don't both with the H50 or the H70, there are better performing cooling solutions for the same money.
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post #8 of 18
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If you want to hit 5 GHz go for the H70.
I notice you don't have stock fans on yours. Would you say aftermarket fans are a must for 5GHz?
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post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by TickleMeElmo View Post
Either get a cheap air cooler, and expensive air cooler or a proper water loop. Don't both with the H50 or the H70, there are better performing cooling solutions for the same money.
Which coolers are as effective for $75 in the H70's case?
Sorry for the double post
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post #10 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ovlazek View Post
Which coolers are as effective for $75 in the H70's case?
Sorry for the double post
Silver Arrow for $67 + shipping @ directron right now can beat out a H70, as can a $75 NH-D14 in newegg.

SA (drops to 67 with coupon code hard3411e until March 20):http://www.directron.com/silverarrow.html
NH-D14: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...018&Tpk=nh-d14

Just hope that there isn't tall ram like the Corsair Dominators, those can get in the way and make not be able to make the D14 or the SA mount their fans properly (or it could be a very tight fit).
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