What is the best CPU cooler?

Considering price and noise as the biggest concern, what is the best CPU cooler out of these options?

The Xigmatek Gaia "http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233082"

The Masscool 7WA868 "http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150122"

The NZXT RC-RST20-01 "http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=35-146-025%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20"

Thank you!
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  1. I would pick the Xigmatek out of the three. But for about the same price, how about the 212 EVO?
  2. I wanted to put that on the comparison list but I decided to not go with it as it is about $5 more than even the Xigmatek and that will go over my budget right now since I'm planning on buying something else. Also I decided to rule it out as it is noted as being quite loud at full speed which the cooler will probably almost always be in or near that since I live in a really hot place and I tend to use my computer for gaming quite often.
  3. The Gaia or Masstech look nice. Never heard of Masstech before but the spec on that cooler looks good. The fan will be louder than the Gaia though.
  4. I have the EVO and have used the Xigmatek. The EVO isn't loud at all. I can't even hear it. Most of the noise from my build comes from case fans. But stick within your budget. :)
  5. ksham said:
    I have the EVO and have used the Xigmatek. The EVO isn't loud at all. I can't even hear it. Most of the noise from my build comes from case fans. But stick within your budget. :)


    +1, I never hear my 212 EVO, when gaming the sound of my GPU is louder than it anyways, and at idle my computer is near silent.
  6. The Xigmatek Gaia or the NZXT Respire T20, with the nod going towards the Gaia.
  7. The hyper 212 at max speed is loud. Very. Loud.

    At around 1000-1100 rpm the hyper 212 blends well enough with 5x noctua nf-s12a case fans at max speed that it becomes difficult to differentiate between them.
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