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960t, 212 evo or hyper 520, opinions?

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March 14, 2012 3:57:41 PM

Planning to purchase my first heatsink, i know every cpu temps are different and heatsink results are different,
regardless i wanted some opinions from you guys... heres my specs and the temps im experiencing at the moment :

asrock extreme 3
gigabyte 560 ti factory oc'ed
phenon ii 960t unlocked to 6 cores
patriot gaming 8 gigs 1333
corsair 750w single 12v rail

34-39 ~ C idle temps
40-50 ~ C under load ( WoW )

Ive narrowed it down to these 2 heatsinks since im not trying to spend over 40$ on a heatsink,
yet im still looking for preformance in that price range...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=35-103-...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=35-103-...

ive taken a look at the reviews on newegg.com but i just wanted a 2nd opinion as to which heatsink
do you guys think will preform better and keep my temps lower... i plan on OCing this CPU to about
4ghz, not sure if i will push it past that becuase i dont wanna mess anything up...
March 14, 2012 11:59:20 PM

Get the hyper 212 evo. The temperatures are way better than the 212 Plus.

Might wanna get some arctic silver instead of the paste that comes with it.

I use the Evo my self. It's awesome
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March 15, 2012 12:39:15 AM

Just make sure it will fit. I was unable to put a Hyper 212 in my case as it was literally a hair too tall. You will need about 6 3/8" from your motherboard to the case side. My case is 7.3 in wide, 7.5 in will do it
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March 15, 2012 5:23:36 AM

The 212 should run quieter since it uses 120mm fans, vs the 520's 92mm ones, but if space is an issue, the 520 is shorter. The 212 generally cools a bit better, but as Gene O said..they wont differ by much
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March 23, 2012 6:48:25 PM

So i picked up my evo 212 and im starting to think i did something wrong in the installation process.... my temps are not anywhere what i expected they would be...
the temperatures i posted before i picked up my evo 212 was with the extra 2 cores unlocked, these are the current temps with the same number of cores unlocked & no changes were made.

31~34 idle
38~39 under load ( WoW )

amd 960t
unlocked to 6 cores
@ 3.7 ghz

not sure if i didnt put enough, or put too much thermal paste..
or was i expecting a little too much from his heatsink?

EDIT: i am only using 1 fan, the fan that came with the heatsink
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March 24, 2012 12:39:11 AM

liveon3 said:
So i picked up my evo 212 and im starting to think i did something wrong in the installation process.... my temps are not anywhere what i expected they would be...
the temperatures i posted before i picked up my evo 212 was with the extra 2 cores unlocked, these are the current temps with the same number of cores unlocked & no changes were made.

31~34 idle
38~39 under load ( WoW )

amd 960t
unlocked to 6 cores
@ 3.7 ghz

not sure if i didnt put enough, or put too much thermal paste..
or was i expecting a little too much from his heatsink?

EDIT: i am only using 1 fan, the fan that came with the heatsink




Are thore your core temps? I have the same proc and the evo+ but did not unlock the cores and mine run between 17-25(full load).
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