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March 19, 2014 10:18:07 AM

Short and simple. Choice between these, which is better at cooling overclocked i5:

CM Hyper Evo 212

Cosair H55

CM Seidon 120M

(and any other similarly priced 120mm rad).

Basically is any 120mm AIO better than the Evo 212 other than the dual fan or thicker rad versions (i.e. H80i).
March 19, 2014 10:27:24 AM

All of the 120mm tower coolers I've seen cool within 1C-2C of one another. Since models from Enermax, NZXT, and/or Xigmatek are likely to be cheaper, the Hyper212 EVO tends to be a bang/buck Loser so I do not recommend it. That isn't saying it is bad, just that others are as good, but cheaper.
A high-end CLC will perform better, but for 3x-4x the price. Unless you're going for high overclocks, the air cooler makes more sense. Furthermore, an air cooler will also provide cooling air for the rest of your motherboard, especially the VRMs. If you need more cooling, a 140mm tower cooler (e.g. from Phanteks or Noctua) will be perhaps 2x the price, but perform similarly to low-end CLC's while also offering additional component cooling.

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March 19, 2014 10:40:31 AM

Looking at this chart, the CM Seidon edges out a Corsair H60 which can be assumed to perform similar to a H55.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-Se...
(note, H60 is around the middle of the chart, the CM Seidon is at the bottom)

And looking at this chart to get a comparison of the CM Hyper Evo 212 and the H60, the two perform identically.
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/cm_hyper212_evo...

It can then be assumed that the CM Seidon would be the best performer. The 212 Evo will still hold the best price to performance ratio though.
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March 19, 2014 10:51:25 AM

Thanks for both those responses. Is there any difference between the Seidon 120m and 120v? I've found a 120v for £37. The Cosair H55 is £45 and the Hyper Evo 212 is £25.

Interesting to learn about the incidental airflow to motherboard being important. If I do go for an AIO cooler, would good intake and exhaust case fans be enough airflow to motherboard?
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March 19, 2014 11:03:24 AM

Intake and exhaust is generally good enough. One counter argument for air coolers also cooling the motherboard is that most aftermarket heatsinks have the fans perpendicular versus parallel to the motherboard, so air isn't exactly being applied directly to the motherboard so benefits are negligible. If vrm's do prove troublesome on the motherboard, you can always get a side intake if your case has the option.

To answer the question of 120m vs 120v, I'll just quote an old thread.

Quote:
Hello,
here is the information you need
1: Cooler Master Seidon 120M http://dvtests.com/?p=11766
2: Cooler Master Seidon 120V http://dvtests.com/?p=14425
Apparently the tubing on the 120V is exactly the same as previous Seidon generations. The tubing specs are:
Outer diameter: 8.1mm
Inner diameter: 5.8mm
Thickness (minimum- Corrugated): 1.15mm
However in accordance with some reviews Seidon 120M has a more quiet fan and is a little, some about 3-5 c cooler, which justifies the reason it is some about 10$ more expensive, so my suggestion go with Seidon 120M if you can afford it, if not you won't lose much
Don't foget to close the thread, when you feel you have no other questions
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March 19, 2014 11:09:58 AM

Onus said:
All of the 120mm tower coolers I've seen cool within 1C-2C of one another. Since models from Enermax, NZXT, and/or Xigmatek are likely to be cheaper, the Hyper212 EVO tends to be a bang/buck Loser so I do not recommend it. That isn't saying it is bad, just that others are as good, but cheaper.
A high-end CLC will perform better, but for 3x-4x the price. Unless you're going for high overclocks, the air cooler makes more sense. Furthermore, an air cooler will also provide cooling air for the rest of your motherboard, especially the VRMs. If you need more cooling, a 140mm tower cooler (e.g. from Phanteks or Noctua) will be perhaps 2x the price, but perform similarly to low-end CLC's while also offering additional component cooling.



Most of the good 120mm tower coolers are $35 or more now; I rarely seen them lower. I owned both the Xigamatek Gaia and the CM Hyper 212 EVO, but I would go for the EVO. The Xigamtek Gaia has a more secure mounting system and is quieter, but the EVO is always 10C cooler on full load which makes a huge difference on overclocking.

Xigmatek Gaia


CM Hyper 212 EVO
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