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Cooler Master Seidon 120M RL-S12M-24PK-R1

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September 7, 2013 1:39:34 PM

Hi newegg got this cooler for 25 bucks after rebate and was considering it just cuz how cheap it is. I wanna buy it to play with some water cooling because eventually I am gonna get a core I5 down the line. My only concern is it better in any way than CoolerMaster 212 Plus??? I am not a overclocker or anything more of a best bang for buck performance for reliability and stability and I have used hyper 212 plus and it is rock solid. Also the 212 is alot cheaper than the thermalright's nocturna, thermaltake's coolers.
I don't mind a little noisy.

Is water more reliable long term vs air cooled CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Plus?? and I understand that this is a closed loop cooler meaning it won't leak at all ? If there's any chance than its not worth it to me.

I wanna this to be a 5 to 10 degree difference not a 1 to 3 degree difference.

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September 7, 2013 2:33:51 PM

If you're not really pushing the CPU, I doubt you'll see huge degrees (pun intended) of difference...that being said if you're gaming and whatnot and want a few degrees, that's probably what you'll get. I run a Hyper 212 and never see temps over 50C even in decent, modern games. Someone with experience with both the Seidon and Hyper 212 might know otherwise...
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September 7, 2013 2:58:24 PM

If you're not overclocking, there is no need for an aftermarket cpu cooler at all.
However, to answer the question, the Hyper 212 is fine for your needs.
It's quieter (Closed Loop Liquid Coolers are quite loud because of the pump), more safe (no leaks), and performs great for it's price.
Just because it's a Closed Loop Cooler doesn't mean it won't leak. In fact, closed loop coolers leak more often than a custom loop (assuming you know what you're doing).
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September 7, 2013 5:29:20 PM

I just couldn't believe the price for 25 bucks on a water cooler. Water is probably more effective for a overclocker I would imagine so but for me I am happy with stock solid settings when its smooth enough. I've used 3 hyper 212 plus's and I have both Intel and Amd rigs solid at 35 degrees 42 on full load and I am more of a casual to sometimes often gamer. The chance of it leaking worries me so I am not gonna consider it. I'm on a strict budget so it would suck for me to throw all that hardware away.

Thanks for the help and support.
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September 8, 2013 7:46:20 AM

jbird2383 said:
I just couldn't believe the price for 25 bucks on a water cooler. Water is probably more effective for a overclocker I would imagine so but for me I am happy with stock solid settings when its smooth enough. I've used 3 hyper 212 plus's and I have both Intel and Amd rigs solid at 35 degrees 42 on full load and I am more of a casual to sometimes often gamer. The chance of it leaking worries me so I am not gonna consider it. I'm on a strict budget so it would suck for me to throw all that hardware away.

Thanks for the help and support.


No problem, good luck!
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September 8, 2013 8:13:31 AM

Given its original ~$60 price-point, its up against something like a H60 so I would expect it to perform about on par with that. Given the H60 performs pretty much identically to a 212 EVO.
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/cm_hyper212_evo...
I would say there wont be much difference performance wise between a 212+ and the CM Seidon. Get whichever you want pretty much.

Also as the above shows, liquid cooling (cause it ain't water, think Ethelyne Glycol (Anti-Freeze)) isn't inherently better than air cooling. Its only once your talking custom water loops will you see temperatures you simply cant achieve on air.
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September 10, 2013 9:05:18 PM

I don't overclock much this is for a future purchase when I buy my Core I5 I7 in a few months. I 've used Cooler Master's hyper 212 on 3 other systems, both AMD and Intel and they do a good job of cooling and I haven't used both fans either. For this price it was tough to ignore, I don't mind it being a little noisy its just the leaking I am worried about, I usually leave the computers on and it would suck to toss all that hardware away because I bought a water cooler that leaks, performs pretty much the same and costs the same doesn't make much sense.
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