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  • vanwazltoff - Thursday, January 10, 2013 - link

    i bought a zalman heat sink when i built my i5-2500k rig, i had descent but not ideal thermals for a month then the performance dropped, no matter what thermal paste and thermal cleaner i used i could never get back over 4.2ghz without excessive noise from the fan and there is a very obnoxious rattle when fan ramps up. if only newegg and amazon had hyper 212s in stock that week. worst purchase i ever made on that build Reply
  • Ammaross - Monday, January 14, 2013 - link

    Reminds me of the woe I felt when the Scythe Mugen 2 RevB disappeared into the abyss of discontinued products....t'was a great cooler for the price, beating out even closed-loop coolers and running in stride with the Noctua NH-D14 (at least in the reviews you could find with both in them). The Hyper 212 (Evo, but Plus is same if you swap the fan) is nice, but can't perform well enough for an everyday 4.4Ghz on an Ivy Bridge. It's having a hard enough time keeping my wife's 955 BE happy at stock (tried to OC, but ran into stability/therm problems just bumping +300MHz). I'll have to find the next great thing between the Hyper 212+ and NH-D14 price range. Any well-researched suggestions? Reply
  • kyuu - Monday, January 14, 2013 - link

    Been using a Zalman cooler for my i5-2500k @ ~4.4GHz for quite a while now. Thermals have been great and noise isn't an issue (as long as I remember to clean it out now and again). Used Zalman for my preceding rig too, also worked great. Reply

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