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Best low budget HSF for the value

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July 13, 2009 10:22:49 PM

Hi all, I'm looking for a nice hsf for ~$30, $50 tops. Doesn't matter what socket it is (as long as it's not some old 478 lol :p ). Any size, any colour, whatever, as long as it can cool a cpu well. Right now I'm considering the Vendetta 2 for $30 after MIR, but it's very old... shoulda grabbed it when it was just released. Are there any 'newer' HSF that are better than the Vendetta 2 per dollar, or would you guys still suggest the vendetta 2?

I'm also curious, does anyone remember the price for a Vendetta 2 when it was released last year? Any price falls on it?


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July 16, 2009 5:00:19 PM

ocz vendetta 2 works dam well for me dropped idle temps by 10c and load by 17c on my oc'ed phenom II 940.
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July 16, 2009 11:59:54 PM

Yes, but it seems that it can only be mounted vertically on an am2/3 socket so that the air blows either up or down (on my gtx260)... besides, the vendetta 2 is over a year old. Are there any newer and better ones, or did the vendetta 2 go through a price drop since its launch, justifying a purchase of it right now?
July 17, 2009 2:46:06 AM

What is wrong with the 3 options I gave you?
July 17, 2009 4:10:22 AM

my heatsink is set in such a way that it sucks air from the bottom and gets exhausted out from the top.

i do have a side 120mm fan covering the gpu so that there s fresh air available for the cooler.

and among the three options mentioned all provide more or less the same cooling performance. and btw i use the stock paste.
July 17, 2009 7:41:38 PM

Idk how I coulda missed that... :ouch: 

I took a look at those and the CM Hyper 212 looks like it's exactly what I need, but it's not in stock @ ncix right now (I use ncix since I'm in Canada...). How does the Scythe perform? It looks pretty beastly with 5 pipes... Does the dark knight perform better than the regular version, and do any of these sinks come in a package with just the sink no fan?
July 17, 2009 8:39:47 PM

1. The Scythe Mugen 2 out performs the lot but it is too big for my taste.
2. The performance difference between the Xigmatek Dark Night and regular are negligible. Check out this link for packaging differences.

Edit: Between the Regular Xigmatek and Dark night the latter is a better choice because it looks better in all black, comes with a better fan and most importantly comes with the motherboard retention bracket.
July 18, 2009 1:48:17 AM

Too late, this man's already taken :p 

Feel in love with the Hyper 212 this afternoon :love: 

The Mugen 2 is a great concept with a 5 in 1 heatsink, but here are the problems I found with it:
-it's very heavy @ 870 grams or something...
-heatpipes don't touch cpu ihs directly
-it's over a year old
-very few reviews, no customer reviews on ncix, only one on newegg
-I'm already in love with the hyper 212

So hyper 212 it is then! :D  I'll post back when I receive it and let you guys know how it performs. It's pretty new, ncix doesn't have a stock yet since they're still waiting on their shipment lol
July 18, 2009 2:17:34 AM

If you wanted a review I could of gave you many links with reviews on all those heatsinks. Do you think I would recommend a product without knowing how good it performs? Regardless, I am glad you are happy with your purchase.
Here is a good review on the Hyper 212 plus.
Oh make sure you get the plus version not the original one.
July 18, 2009 3:39:08 AM

For a second I was panicing... "huh? there's a plus version?" :sweat: 

Then I looked at my invoice and it said "Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA775 LGA1156 120MM" :sarcastic: 

Thanks for all your help ragsters, I'd give you the best answer but I didn't choose for this to be a best answer thread... so :p 
July 18, 2009 3:54:46 AM

post ur temps plz
July 18, 2009 2:53:20 PM

I just ordered it last night and NCIX has it back-ordered, so I'll receive it about 5 days after the shipment gets to NCIX... it should be in stock soon though, it was released just this month (I think). I'll post up the temps far ya when I get it ;) 
July 18, 2009 6:48:35 PM

Do a before (with stock cooling) and after (with Hyper 212 Plus) test.
July 18, 2009 10:44:05 PM

Well I can tell you that my cpu (athlon 7750) idles at 40*C in BIOS, sometimes up to 42 with stock cooler and paste, but I haven't tried it yet. I've only had my rig for like 2 weeks, and I haven't OCed it yet since I've been looking for a cooler :D 

Just checked and NCIX still hasn't received stock... still on back-order... :(