I am in the market for a cheap but good CPU cooler as I don't really plan to overclock, if I do, something light, like 4.0ghz. I have a i7 4770K processor. I'm debating between the 212 Evo and the TC12DX, I haven't been able to find any good comparisons anywhere. Which would be best? Thanks in advance!
Phanteks is quite superior in cooling performance and is available in colors to suit ur preference. However, it might create a problem with ram slots by blocking them since it is huge.
If u have an ATX board with 4 ram slots and u r planning to use one or two of them, u r good to go with phanteks. If you are planning to use all 4 slots, u might face trouble. but i would recommend the phanteks due to its cooling.
Thanks, I don't think I'll really have a problem with the ram, I'm using Crucial Ballistix VLP. I'm using 8gb right now and don't really plan to add another 8. I can get the Phanteks for $35 and the Evo for $20. ($15 gift card that came with 4770K) Without overclocking, or a 4.0ghz overclock would temps be above 70c on the Evo? I could use that saved $15 for the Steam summer sale, haha!
with Evo, u can reach upto 65-70c with 4.0ghz OC. If you have good airflow in the case with couple of other fans, you can go with Evo but than again if u feel like fiddling to 4.3-4.5ghz in the future, u wont be able to do that with Evo so my suggestion would be to be future safe with phanteks. rest if with you