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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-19-2020, 09:19 PM - Thread Starter
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Budget LGA1150 HSF <£25?

Looking for reccommendations for budget HSF to replace my XSPCRaystorm 750 kit which has become annoying to maintain+noisy. Would like it to be quiet and without totally sacrificing performance. Needs to fit LGA1150 on my Asus Rampage Gene IV inside Fractal Arc Mini.

Hopefully there's better stuff out there by now than the CM Hyper 212!

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Many coolers are beter than 212 but I don't even know of a new cooler as good as 212 for <£25.
Maybe something on ebay.

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There's plenty of coolers better than 212 for <£25 pounds, the best of them is SilentiumPC Fortis 3 HE1425 (worth the extra money)

https://geizhals.eu/silentiumpc-fort...loc=pl&hloc=uk

If you can find it, this is the best option, it's just in another class from all the other similarly priced coolers.

If u can't find it, viable quite lower performance options (that are similar to 212) are one of the Arctic Freezer 34 series:

https://geizhals.eu/?fs=arctic+freez...pl&hloc=uk&in=

and one of the Deepcool Gammax GTE series:

https://geizhals.eu/?fs=deepcool+gam...pl&hloc=uk&in=

or one of these 4:

https://geizhals.eu/?cmp=1139715&cmp...37&cmp=2290936


However, I'd strongly recommend the first one Fortis 3, because again it's just a beast from a higher price point, the second-best option would be one of the Arctic Freezer 34s, and then the rest is a step below.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Dogzilla07 View Post
There's plenty of coolers better than 212 for <£25 pounds, the best of them is SilentiumPC Fortis 3 HE1425

https://geizhals.eu/silentiumpc-fort...loc=pl&hloc=uk

If you can find it, this is the best option, it's just in another class from all the other similarly priced coolers.

If u can't find it, viable quite lower performance options (that are similar to 212) are one of the Arctic Freezer 34 series:

https://geizhals.eu/?fs=arctic+freez...pl&hloc=uk&in=

and one of the

https://geizhals.eu/?fs=deepcool+gam...pl&hloc=uk&in=

or one of these 4:

https://geizhals.eu/?cmp=1139715&cmp...37&cmp=2290936


However, I'd strongly recommend the first one Fortis 3, because again it's just a beast from a higher price point, the second-best option would be one of the Arctic Freezer 34s, and then the rest is a step below.
None you suggested are less than £25.00 to user's door using your links. For some reason it seems cooler prices have gone up significantly this year. Maybe because of pandemic and supply slowdowns, I don't know. Even new 212 prices are £30 or more with shipping.


SilentiumPC Fortis 3 HE1425 prices start at £34.29 with shipping.

Arctic Freezer 34 prices start at £27.42 with shipping.

Deepcool Gammax GTE series start at £34.45 with shipping.

Cheapest of last 4 is £31.90 with shipping.

While I haven't tested either one, reviews I've looked at show Arctic Freezer 34 a couple degees cooler but much louder than 212. I'm not sure 34 can cool as well at same noise levels.

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I gave geizhals as an example, some of these def should be around 25 or less on some UK websites.

34 has a much better fan than 212, at same noise levels, 34 should be around 212 + -.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Dogzilla07 View Post
I gave geizhals as an example, some of these def should be around 25 or less on some UK websites.

34 has a much better fan than 212, at same noise levels, 34 should be around 212 + -.
Maybe last year, not this year. Many sites are quite think on stock at this time, and as I said prices are higher now than even 4 months ago.

As for 34 being better, can you post some links with reasonably accurate test procedures? Procedures monitoring cooler intake air temp and recording it at same time CPU temp is recorded? That way we at least know coolers are being scored based same intake air temp.

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Ah, I forgot to take corona into account. Nope, absolutely no accurate, empirical evidence. Just separate evaluation of how good the fan is from personal experience, and comparing to 212 fan. Btw I'm not saying Freezer 34 is better than 212, it's slightly worse, and that I think it's a comparable buy.

As for why I'm skeptical that the sound profile is worse on the 34, is because I've personally tested them at similar RPM and temperature (<1200RPM both, Ryzen 5 [email protected] for freezer 34 and overclocked [email protected] for the 212s) and they both sounded ok, not too loud, and I liked the noise profile of the Freezer 34 more compared to the both Hyper 212 Plus and Hyper 212 Evo.

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Ah, I forgot to take corona into account. Nope, absolutely no accurate, empirical evidence. Just separate evaluation of how good the fan is from personal experience, and comparing to 212 fan. Btw I'm not saying Freezer 34 is better than 212, it's slightly worse, and that I think it's a comparable buy.

As for why I'm skeptical that the sound profile is worse on the 34, is because I've personally tested them at similar RPM and temperature (<1200RPM both, Ryzen 5 [email protected] for freezer 34 and overclocked [email protected] for the 212s) and they both sounded ok, not too loud, and I liked the noise profile of the Freezer 34 more compared to the both Hyper 212 Plus and Hyper 212 Evo.
Indeed, we agree on cooling. Thanks for the fan noise input. Always good to learn what others have found out.


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Alpenfohn Matterhorm Pure if available is a good economy cooler with great cooling. It has 6x heatpipes .. but again not available right now. I find 6x 6mm heatpipes in finpack using 140mm fan to be a good balance of price, performance and noise levels. Much better cooling and lower noise doing it than 4x heatpipe 120mm fan coolers.

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I'm not sure what to think after reading these replies, the two of you seem to be saying different things about the Hyper 212 vs ACF34. Dogzilla you seem to be saying the F34 has a much better fan than 212 (as in CFM:noise? purely noise profile?) but at the same time saying the Hyper 212 is the better buy? Is that because the heatsink itself on the 212 absorbs heat better than the F34, rather than superior fan performance??

Very confused!


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Just keep using what you have, save your pennies and get a good cooler, something you could use on a couple of builds. That way there is no second guessing, no scraping the bottom, and you will have something decent.

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