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CM Hyper 212 EVO, Corsair H75, Do Water coolers Last?

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December 12, 2013 11:29:44 PM

Hello everyone,
I recently purchased an intel i5 4670k and a GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD3H for a Hackintosh build I am putting together.

The only thing left to purchase is the part that I will be using for the cooler. I've narrowed down my choices to the Corsair H75 and the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO.

So would the Hyper 212 EVO do a good job of keeping my CPU at low temps? What kind of temperatures should I be expecting?

As for the Corsair H75: Is water cooling worth it? What kind of temps would I get with cooler? Is there a better cooler anyone is willing to suggest? I'm new to overclocking so would this be a good cooler if I'm overclocking the 4670k? How long do these coolers last before I have to buy a new one? How long until I experience problems like the tubes thinning/leaks?

Any thoughts would be appreciated, and here are some specs for the build that I left out so far that I feel you guys may find helpful in answering my questions:
-Case: Corsair 330R
-PSU: Rosewill Fortress 550w Platinum
-RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1 x 8GB (soon to be 16GB)
December 12, 2013 11:42:14 PM

Normal air coolers should be well enough though water cooling keeps you on the safe side (if you did it right). There are some really good air coolers like the Noctua NH-D14, NZXT Havik 140 or a Phanteks PH-TC14PE. They sit beside some low priced water coolers in temps. and price. I myself would stick with an air cooler or a closed loop system. The water cooling systems are quieter but do cost more for custom water system (might not be ideal but definitely has it's benefits). If you want to keep it simply than just stick with a closed loop water cooler or a fairly good air cooler. The Hyper 212 EVO you mentioned does a good job at cooling but it's more expensive counterparts do a much better job. You'll be fine with a 212 EVO.
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December 12, 2013 11:57:47 PM

I would look at the Noctua coolers, they have excellent mounting hardware, keep your cpu cool(better than water cooling in some cases), are a high quality Austrian engineered- made in Taiwan product. I would buy the Noctua NH-U12s or the NH-U14S.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=82802&vpn=NH-U14S&manu...
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=82801&vpn=NH-U12S&manu...
http://us.ncix.com/products/?manufactureid=3624&minorca...

I know what you are saying, damn those are expensive, and yes they are, but they are worth it because the folks at Noctua back their stuff with a 6 year warranty and will ship you new mounting brackets for your heat sink (usually for free) should a new cpu socket arrive and the cooler can mount to that new socket.

To answer your questions.
I would say around 60C @ load with the CM 212 Evo, depending on how hot it is in your computer room. You can always add a second fan to the CM 212 evo for better performance.

About the Corsair H75, no I don't believe water cooling is worth it in prefilled water cooling loops. It will be outperformed by the largest air coolers. It has a possibility of leaking.
In my opinion water cooling is best used in a custom loop and at least a 240mm radiator or bigger, which then would require case upgrade.
Hope this helps.
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December 13, 2013 7:50:03 AM

fixer762 said:
I would look at the Noctua coolers, they have excellent mounting hardware, keep your cpu cool(better than water cooling in some cases), are a high quality Austrian engineered- made in Taiwan product. I would buy the Noctua NH-U12s or the NH-U14S.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=82802&vpn=NH-U14S&manu...
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=82801&vpn=NH-U12S&manu...
http://us.ncix.com/products/?manufactureid=3624&minorca...

I know what you are saying, damn those are expensive, and yes they are, but they are worth it because the folks at Noctua back their stuff with a 6 year warranty and will ship you new mounting brackets for your heat sink (usually for free) should a new cpu socket arrive and the cooler can mount to that new socket.

To answer your questions.
I would say around 60C @ load with the CM 212 Evo, depending on how hot it is in your computer room. You can always add a second fan to the CM 212 evo for better performance.

About the Corsair H75, no I don't believe water cooling is worth it in prefilled water cooling loops. It will be outperformed by the largest air coolers. It has a possibility of leaking.
In my opinion water cooling is best used in a custom loop and at least a 240mm radiator or bigger, which then would require case upgrade.
Hope this helps.


If I was to replace the original fan and add an extra fan on the hyper 212 EVO what would be some good fans to use? I've heard of Corsair's SP series and there is another type of corsair fan that people use because it gets you even better temps but I don't know what it's called.
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