OK so TLDR I didn't read all 6 pages LOL.
I'm with the OP, and the 212 series is the absolute best bang for the buck cooler you can buy, even today in 2019. You naysayers need to show me a $20ish cooler that can do what these things can do.
When I got my Ryzen 2700x I tried the rainbow brite oem / wraith prism rgb cooler. It sure looked neat. But it also got pretty loud and the temps were lousy. Since it was AM4 I bought a new Hyper 212 dual turbo model (black, 2 fans for push/pull) for $25 after MIR. The only difference over the plus/evo is 2 fans (and it's black). I think push/pull is overrated, but this $25 heatsink is so massively superior to the Wraith prism, and it's nearly silent.