Hello guys, I'm going to be overclocking my phenom ii x3 720 (unlocked). Which of these coolers would do a better job cooling. I have a $50 budget(pathetic i know). I'm also open to any other suggestions.
I have the dark knight on my i7-860. It does an amazing job but of course theres some drawback.
You need a big(wide) case for the dark knight.
Your mobo will have to come out to install the backplate.
The dark knight was kinda difficult to install if you factor in tearing down you rig and the cooler itself is also a pain.
The good is with my i7 running with turbo, hyperthread, and stock clock it idles at 24 and maxes out with prime 95 at 39.
The fan itself looks cool. White leds on the fan worked for me cause Im kinda tired of red/blue led everything.
I really dont know how the other performs cause ive never owned it. On youtube tjharlow(does great work!) swears by the dark knight and it hasnt failed me yet. Just make sure you remove the stock crap paste and put on the trusty arctic silver 5.
Lol I don't have a case atm my motherboard is just sitting on mobo case. I'll be fitting it in a HAF 932 soon. Ya I got the 212+ since it was cheaper and I bought a second 120mm fan with 90CFM airflow. Gonna go with push\pull config as JDan said.
I have the Hyper 212 + and I love it, I went from a Ultra Xwind that I got with my barebones kit and it dropped my temps from hitting over 70c in 10 minutes on stress tester to never going over 43c with auto fan control and one fan.
Highly recommend Hyper 212+, cant get anything better for the money.