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January 2, 2012 3:48:48 AM

Hey .
Its the second time im asking this here because i wasnt quite sure with the awnsers i got.
i need a cpu cooler for my Core i3 540 for overclocking.
i live in israel so the prices are very wierd.
i have a few options to choose from .
here they are and the price in nis [new israeli shekel- the money here]
1. Crosair A70 for 195 nis
2. Cooler Master 212 + for 150 nis.
3.Scythe Mugen 3 for 230 nis .
4.Thermalright True Spirit for 185 nis.

3.7nis worth 1USD.

By my understanding from reviews i read that the Crosair A70 is only about 5-2 degrees warmar then the
Nocuta NH-D14 [which costs 320nis]
and its cheaper then most of the coolers here. and yet preforms the best by my knowdlge.
so should i buy it?
or go for another cooler?

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January 2, 2012 10:50:13 AM

Cooler Master 212 + evo
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January 2, 2012 11:14:27 AM

are you sure? because ive seen benchmarks that show the A70 as the best of all of these.
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January 2, 2012 11:17:24 AM

hyper 212+ evo is good and sure
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January 2, 2012 12:12:06 PM

but is it better then the a70?
i dont mind the price because its allmost the same
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January 2, 2012 1:01:13 PM

All those coolers are excellent btw and more the capable of cooling an i3 540.
I personally own an A70 and a 212+.
A70 - 2 fans included = temps are slightly better then 212+ and it's quieter.(with line resistors used)
212+ - excellent price/performance ratio = fan moderately loud- plays nice with most ram kits
Scythe Mugen 3 - better temps then 212+ and quiet fan - big and only recommended with low profile ram kits
Thermalright True Spirit - excellent temps and quiet fan - works well with majority of ram kits
Really can't lose with any of these.
If you can source an Evo it's better then the 212+ and its replacement.
The 212+ will be discontinued very soon from what i can tell.
I live in Canada and most retailers have it on clearance for @ $20.
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January 2, 2012 1:11:40 PM

All those are good cooler, but the Mugen 3 is a little expensive compare with the others. My options will be Hyper 212+ or Thermalright in 2nd place, but keep in mind that high profile RAM won't work with Hyper 212+ fan in push mode.
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January 2, 2012 1:16:25 PM

i dont care about the price.. the diffrences are very small
which one cools the best because when im overclocking i dont want the temps to limit me.
or should i got for a cooler that is not listed here?
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January 2, 2012 1:22:21 PM

If the price isn't a problem, look for the Noctua NH-D14 or Thermalright Silver Arrow than are the top coolers. Be sure that RAM isn't a problem
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January 2, 2012 1:29:55 PM

What ram kit do you have and how many dimms are filled?
I've installed Ripjaws(41mm tall) 4 sticks no problem with the 212+ and A70.
All on 1156 platforms.
Just requires you to slide up the push fan a smidgen.
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January 2, 2012 1:36:20 PM

im using very basic ram [kingston 2x2gb no heatsink on them they are very short]
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January 2, 2012 1:42:34 PM

wickreD said:
im using very basic ram [kingston 2x2gb no heatsink on them they are very short]

No worries then!
Top end air-coolers won't be required to cool a 73W i3 btw.
Any of the 4 you've listed will do just fine.
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January 2, 2012 1:48:09 PM

davcon said:
No worries then!
Top end air-coolers won't be required to cool a 73W i3 btw.
Any of the 4 you've listed will do just fine.


Agree, any of those should do an excellent job or a mid range like Megahalems or Titan Fenrir but I'm not sure if those support that socket.
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January 2, 2012 8:09:31 PM

so my overclocking wouldnt be limited by any of these coolers?
by means of tempertures.
and my ram is shorter then the one saint showed.
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January 7, 2012 3:01:24 PM

so should i go for the a70?
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January 7, 2012 5:00:40 PM

you arre good to go with any cooler, the ram will not be a problem
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January 7, 2012 6:50:34 PM

wickreD said:
so should i go for the a70?

I own 3 coolers a 212+,A70,and a Thermalright.
I like all of them.
i3 550 - 212+ = moderately loud fan mid 30's db
i5 760 - A70 = slightly quieter then 212+ with 2 fans using the in-line resistors
i7 860 - MUX-120 = dead quiet fans under 20db.added another for push/pull
Thermalright TS or Mugen are the best of that lot imo.
Both have nice quiet fans included.
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January 14, 2012 11:35:25 AM

allright ill go for the a70
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