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What is the best Heatsink for $50.
Would like to O.C. a Phenom ii x4 965 BE(125Watt)
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  1. ^+a bazillion. Get the 212+.
  2. I'm sure their are coolers that perform better for $50.No offense.
  3. This thread lists a few others, but the 212+ is still a favorite and a contender (in push-pull).
  4. What thread?
  5. i cannot find anything, many forum says the scythe Mugen 2 or dark night
    but i prefer Scynthe mugen 2 / rev B :
    i confusing with this price..??
    in amazone.com just $47.35 scythe mugen 2 rev B (8 Stock) & scythe mugen $ 57 (1 stock)
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=scythe&x=0&y=0
  6. Best answer
    A heatsink alone won't give you fabulous low temps...you need to ensure your case has good air flow to ensure those coolers have cool air moving through them.

    Most people overlook this fact...you can have the best air cooler in the world...but if your case is crippled by poor airflow, it will still under-perform. Even watercooling...if you have radiators internally, with poor airflow, same issue takes place.
  7. @henydiah = I was looking at the Scythe Mugen 2 rev. B but the extra fan clips i wanted to buy for a push/pull are $2.Which is fine but everywhere i look the shipping for any fan clips is outragues.Charging $8 shipping for something that weighs less than an Ounce.Also on newegg the Mugen 2 is cheap,$40 plus $3 shipping.

    @rubix_1011 = I thought i had poor case airflow before,so i bought a new case to help maximize the airflow for an O.C.
    Got a HAF 922 with plenty of fans.(200mm Side/200mm Top/120mm front/120mm bottom/120mm exhaust/And push pull for heatsink)
  8. Easy way to tell if you have a case airflow issue:

    Pull the side of your case, blow a house fan, etc into your case. Rerun your benchmarks and compare temps vs. with the side on as normal.

    If your temps stay the same, you should consider a different cooler, or there is a mounting issue. (Or no issues at all, depending on temps.)

    If your temps go down with the house fan blowing in, you have a case airflow issue...and should address that.
  9. Would you see much of a difference between x4 8mm pipes and x5?
  10. purple stank said:
    What thread?


    I thought I had included it. Tells you how tired I was haha

    They're discussing 1366 coolers, but most have an AM3 bracket.
    http://www.overclock.net/air-cooling/918724-best-air-cooler-0-50-a.html
  11. They talk mostly about the Hyper 212+.

    I realize it's a very reliable cooler but i'm sure theirs something somewhere that can cool better for it within the price range.
    Just trying to get the best bang for my buck...
  12. The Coolermaster Hyper 212+ is an excellent cpu heatsink, an excellent value, and the best bang for the buck. Just because it costs less than $50.00 is not a valid reason to dismiss it. It can hold it's own against cpu heatsinks that cost $50.00 or more.

    I just happen to have an original Coolermaster Hyper 212 in my own personal pc. I've used it for several builds. Performance is outstanding.

    There are many additional factors that affect cpu cooling. Case ventilation, airflow, and cooling; choice of thermal compound; choice of heatsink and case fans; obstruction by other components; and cable management all affect cpu cooling.

    There is another way to look at it - If your budget is $50.00, then spend $30.00 for the Hyper 212+ and the remaining $20.00 for a better thermal compound and fan. For example, I use IC Diamond 7 Carat Thermal Compound and a Scythe S-Flex 1600 rpm fan. It works for me. Others may have other preferences that work for them.

    if you are bound and determined to spend $50.00 for a cpu hatsink then take a look at the Tuniq Tower 120:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154001

    OOPS! Wait a minute! There is a mail-in rebate which makes the final price $39.99. :)
  13. I'm still thinking to get the Scythe Mugen 2.My only problem is i can't find an extra set of fan clips for a push/pull.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142

    So right now it's between the Mugen 2 and the 212.I guess if i can't find the extra clips for the right price i'll get the 212.
  14. Not sure if the 212 comes with 2 sets of fan clips.It looks like in the picture at newegg theirs 2 sets just really close together.
  15. The 212+ comes with a 2nd set of fan clips and is compatible with most ram kits under 41mm tall when all dimms are filled.
    The Mugen 2 performs a little better then the 212+ and comes with a quieter fan.
    The Mugen 2 requires standard profile ram if you plan on filling all the dimms.
    The Tuniq Tower 120's are nice and have very good base height clearance which allows taller ram kits.
    The Corsair A70 is also a decent cooler which includes 2 fans.
    The Xigmatek S1283 models are also good.
  16. Oh Yeah! I forgot about the Xigmatek that Davcon mentioned. Another good one right around $50.00.
  17. Was looking at this version.It's ranked #2 on frostytech's top 10(heat).

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233087&Tpk=SD128264%20Aegir
  18. Quote:


    Wouldn't recommend it even over the Hyper 212+. The fans are too small.
  19. What about the Zalman CNPS Performa? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118059
    I have heard that it gives slightly better performance than the Hyper 212+, and I have had great temps with mine. Its $39 on the egg. If you want, it works fine with a push pull fan set up and will clear most ram kits.
  20. I was also looking at that one too.I read some reviews and the cooling performance is ok.

    I only have 1 question.Can the Hyper 212 sustaine good temps when O.C.ing?Is it meant for O.C.ing?Because i would be really bummed to find out the 212 can't dilever what i hear so much about.Has anyone had any experience in O.C.ing a phenom ii x4 965BE?
  21. Can this Heatsink be compared to the 212 or the Zalman Performa?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835192020&cm_re=Titan_TTC-NK85TZ%2fCS2-_-35-192-020-_-Product

    It looks like it's brand new,no one has reviewed it yet.
  22. The answers to your questions are yes, the Hyper 212+ can sustain good temps when overclocking and yes, it was meant for overclocking.

    If one is not a hardcore gamer or is not going to overclock, then an aftermarket cpu heatsink really isn't necessary.

    Titan cpu heatsink your linked to looks like the special Christmas Edition from December 2009. Here is a link to a technical review:

    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cooling/2009/12/11/titan-fenrir-cpu-cooler-xmas-edition-review/1

    NOTE -The Titan you linked is a slightly larger version of the Christmas version I linked to.
  23. The wire fan clip easy home$made for decrease noise put small rubber. More cretive. Safer money
  24. JohnnyLucky said:
    The answers to your questions are yes, the Hyper 212+ can sustain good temps when overclocking and yes, it was meant for overclocking.

    If one is not a hardcore gamer or is not going to overclock, then an aftermarket cpu heatsink really isn't necessary.

    Titan cpu heatsink your linked to looks like the special Christmas Edition from December 2009. Here is a link to a technical review:

    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cooling/2009/12/11/titan-fenrir-cpu-cooler-xmas-edition-review/1

    NOTE -The Titan you linked is a slightly larger version of the Christmas version I linked to.



    I switched from the Titan Fenrir (Christmas edition - same as the regular, just red) to the 212+ because I wasn't getting great performance from the Fenrir (granted, the reviews say it shines when you OC, but I never did). Plus, the stupid fan clips broke (cheap metal) and Titan would never respond to my requests for new ones, so I had to TAPE my fan on with electrical tape. I switched to the 212+ because it was cheap and was getting great reviews, and I threw on the Titan fan for push-pull. I ran a stress test and topped out at 50C.
  25. Decided to go with the Thermaltake Frio.Everywhere where i went Frio always got high remarks.If it doesn't do what i ask of it i can just RMA for the 212.

    Thankyou all for your help.
  26. boiler 1990 - I have an original ThermalRight Ultra120 that I bought years ago. It had the fan clips too. Never cared for them. I now use the original Hyper 212 which is a little different from the newer 212+. My original model does not have those fan clips. Intead it has black mounting brackets. The fan (or fans) are screwed to the fan mounting brackets and then the brackets are screwed to the heatsink. Very cool and it looks good. I'm guessing Coolermaster switched to fan clips to reduce costs.

    Same here with core temps. When the ambient room temeprature is 20C the Intel Core i7 860 cpu core temps never go above 30C at idle and during full load stress testing never exceeded 50C.

    NOTE FOR EVERYONE - The correct way to express cpu core temperatures is to state the number of degrees above the ambient room temperature or at least state the ambient room temperature during testing. The reason for doing this is because the ambient room temperature can fluctuate, especially between Summer and Winter in a lot of climates. :)
  27. My Hyper 212+ uses the black brackets too. It was my Titan that had those stupid clips.

    I feel dumb for having spent $90 on an amazing $30 cooler :)
  28. There's a bunch of good HFS's out there, I have my favorites. IMHO, the most important factor in cooling is case/airflow design. I tend to overlook that and thought I'd think it out loud.
  29. purple stank said:
    Can this Heatsink be compared to the 212 or the Zalman Performa?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835192020&cm_re=Titan_TTC-NK85TZ%2fCS2-_-35-192-020-_-Product

    It looks like it's brand new,no one has reviewed it yet.


    Thats a damn sexy CPU Cooler i must say
  30. Scythe Mugen 2 SCMG 2100 - $40
    Shin Etsu TIM - $6

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=447&Itemid=62

    Top Performers

    * Prolimatech Megahalems
    * Thermalright Venomous-X RT
    * Scythe Mugen 2 SCMG-2100
    * ProlimaTech Super Mega
    * Cogage Arrow
    * ProlimaTech Armageddon
    * Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme
    * Cogage TRUE Spirit
    * Xigmatek Balder SD1283
    * SilenX Effizio EFZ-120HA4
    * Titan FENRIR TTC-NK85TZ

    Highly Recommended

    * Noctua NH-D14
    * Zalman CNPS10X-Performa
    * Coolink Corator-DS Heatsink
    * CoolAge CA-X120TF Wind Tunnel
    * Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
    * Thermolab BARAM
    * Xigmatek Thor's Hammer S126384
    * Scythe Yasya SCYS-1000 Cooler
    * Noctua NH-U12P
    * Cooler Master V6 GT Heatsink
    * Thermaltake Contac-29 CLP0568
    * Zalman CNPS10X-Quiet
  31. Best answer selected by purple stank.
  32. The Frio is a little large but so are all the others.Will the 200mm side and top fans interfer with it's cooling?
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