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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo VS. Hyper N520

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July 13, 2013 7:14:50 PM

Hey, I'm making my first build and got all the parts figured out for the most part. I'm getting an AMD FX 8350, so I need adequate cooling. I was going to go with a Hyper 212 EVO but then I saw the N520 which looks smaller. I was wondering which one I should get...
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July 13, 2013 7:23:50 PM

With an AMD FX-8350 you definitely do not want to go smaller than a Hyper 212 EVO... especially not if you're going to overclock. The 92mm fan on that N520 has a far more high pitched whine over the 120mm fan on the Hyper 212 EVO as well.

My 2 cents are that I think you should stick to your original plans.
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July 13, 2013 7:24:57 PM

I was also taking a look at the Xigmatek Gaia. Is that better?
July 13, 2013 7:28:35 PM

ElMoIsEviL said:
Shawn221 said:
I was also taking a look at the Xigmatek Gaia. Is that better?


Yes it is better than the Hyper 212 EVO. It's actually on the graph linked above as the "Xigmatek HDT-S1283".


Ok then, so basically I want to get the best for around $0 - $40/50

Is the Xigmatek a good choice?
July 13, 2013 7:32:56 PM

Ok then, so is there anything else in this price range that is better than the Hyper 212 and quieter? I want the quietest, cheapest, and best performance out of this price range, so what should I buy?

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July 13, 2013 7:33:25 PM
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Shawn221 said:
Ok then, so is there anything else in this price range that is better than the Hyper 212 and quieter? I want the quietest, cheapest, and best performance out of this price range, so what should I buy?


Hyper 212 EVO.
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July 13, 2013 8:31:31 PM

There can be a lot of hubub about the whole Xigmatek Gaia versus Coolermaster 212 EVO. You'll find bench mark reviews where one one-ups the other, and, more often, where the difference between the two is practically negligible. The respective buyers of each seem satisfied with their purchases. Honestly, I think the nod probably goes to the 212 EVO, and it is probably the safer buy. It has a newer heatpipe design configuration. If I only cared about saving money, though, I would probably go with the Gaia; right now it's 25 bucks on newegg, which is 10 dollars cheaper.

Personally, I currently have an Enermax ETS-T40-TB installed. It, too, costs 35 bucks and, overclocking aside, it is another option.

If optimum quietness is preferred, the Arctic A30 Freezer, which I also own, is ridiculously quiet. It often goes on sale for 30 bucks on newegg, and for that price it can be worth it. The downfall is that it can only hold one fan, but regardless, it still holds its ground. Alternatively, you could just by some Arctic F12 PWMs, the fan it uses, and stick those on your heatsink. They cost only about 10 bucks each.
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