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CM Hyper 212 Plus - Fan butts up against ram - Fix?

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July 16, 2013 12:05:44 PM

Hello all, and thank you for reading my post.

I am building a mATX setup with a Z87 Gryphon MOBO, 4 sticks of Corsair Vengeance (with the heat-sinks that stick up on top) and the Hyper 212 PLUS (not EVO). I received all of the components listed here for a great price from a friend who takes care of their stuff, so it was a very smart move for someone like me who is trying to save on cost with my new system build.

When staging how it will work when installed, the Hyper 212 Plus looks like it's 120x120x25 fan will definitely be touching/impeding on the heat-sinks of the first stick of vengeance ram when the fan is at the location to push (i have yet to actually build the pc, still planning here).

I do not want vibration or the hyper 212 plus to be off center on my processor.... so..... what i'm asking is, are there sufficient 120mm fans on the market that are compatible with using on the 212 plus but are THINNER than the stock 25mm, so that i can leave it at the "push" function?

Or should i just move the fan (currently on the side of the ram, set to push air in) on the other side of the cooler and "pull" towards the exhaust 120mm on the back of the case instead and not even worry about it? How much of a difference does push or pull make in airflow/cooling?

Which is a better decision here? i am not over-clocking anything on my computer. however, i'm using a mATX case and with such cramped space, i believe the airflow is important.

Thanks for the time everyone.
July 16, 2013 12:11:24 PM

Always purchase LP ram , because the tall ones are for show and always get in the way of Air cooling.

It should be setup to push air out the rear exhaust,Get the lower modules then finish build.

Don't change the configuration in anyway or you lose it's cooling power!
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July 16, 2013 12:13:06 PM

The usual fix is to move the fan up a little. It's not bolted on in one place. And it won't be 'off center' with respect to the processor.

2nd option is to put the fan on the other side. I've not had to do that, but some report slightly less cooling in that configuration.

3rd option (best) is low profile RAM.
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July 16, 2013 12:22:17 PM

If you can return/sell these to get LP RAM, that would be best, but 2nd best option is just moving the fan up a bit. You won't lose too much cooler performance. Changing out the fans to anything else will have bigger performance impact than moving it up. And don't change to pull configuration, as you will typically lose more performance that way as well.
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July 16, 2013 12:30:42 PM

Flip the fan to the other side (flip the fan orientation too). Just be sure its sucking air through then.
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July 16, 2013 12:34:00 PM

Anything other than the standard setup kills the efficiency of the heatsink.
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July 16, 2013 12:40:17 PM

Thank you guys for your awesome quick responses! I really appreciate the help. Also, should i invest in a second fan to add on the pull function to this heatsink in the future, so that i am both push and pulling with it?

Thanks again!
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July 16, 2013 12:45:35 PM

ethermay said:
Thank you guys for your awesome quick responses! I really appreciate the help. Also, should i invest in a second fan to add on the pull function to this heatsink in the future, so that i am both push and pulling with it?

Thanks again!


2nd fan almost certainly not needed.
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July 16, 2013 12:52:44 PM

Second fan results in no extra performance of the HSF.
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July 16, 2013 2:33:20 PM

Thanks again people. You guys rock!
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