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Which one of these three CPU Cooler should I get?

I have a i5 2500k CPU in a Cooler Master HAF 912 case. Currently, the stock fan isn't keeping the temperatures low enough, and the noise level is getting higher.

The three CPU Coolers below are the ones I am interested in. Feel free to suggest any other CPU Coolers.

ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118074

COOLER MASTER V8
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103055&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-CPU%20Cooling-_-Cooler%20Master-_-35103055&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-CPU%20Cooling-_-Cooler%20Master-_-35103099&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=
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    The 212 Evo will be just fine. I have one myself on my 2500K @ 4.5 and it does very well. I have mine set up in push/pull, but it works very well with the single fan too. Just something to think about.
  2. What temperatures do you get when it's idle and gaming mode? With or without the overclocking it.
  3. go with the expensive one if you can afford it, most likely my vote goes for zalman, not only cool your cpu rather your ram's too.
  4. I've heard that the Zalman is very loud, and the V8 is all show, no cooling.
    You'll probably get around 50 degrees under load and 60 if overclocked.
  5. go with the expensive one if you can afford it, most likely my vote goes for zalman, seems better option.
  6. COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO gets my vote
  7. but hyper 212 evo has more standard.
  8. xtreme5 said:
    go with the expensive one if you can afford it, most likely my vote goes for zalman, not only cool your cpu rather your ram's too.


    how does it cool your rams too? o.O
  9. Bear in mind that someone getting xxx load temps may also live in a cooler area than you, ambient temps play a large part in performance
    Moto
  10. FWIW I have an i7 975 (1366 socket) and after some advice here I got the 212 EVO.

    It's dead quiet, I hear the GPU fans way before the CPU one kicks in.
    I haven't really measured in stock clockings but from 3.33 I got it to 4.2GHz and my current temperatures are 39 idle, 58 under heavy gaming, in the summer, with about 30-35 or so degrees ambient temperature.

    Again, that is after a 900MHz overclock (base clock from 133 to 168MHz) in the summer with a pretty good case (Hiper Osiris) so all in all, I'd highly recommend it.
  11. im planning on getting the hyper 212 evo
    but the cnps9900max-b is so much better looking :[
  12. I've installed the Zalman on a 2500k, got it up to 4.5ghz no problem. It was extremely quiet and cooled very well, I think it was around 60C maybe 65C max under stress testing.

    However, for value, the Evo is probably the way to go.
  13. DJDeCiBeL said:
    The 212 Evo will be just fine. I have one myself on my 2500K @ 4.5 and it does very well. I have mine set up in push/pull, but it works very well with the single fan too. Just something to think about.


    2nd this suggestion!
  14. i got the hyper 212 evo today
    thanks for your help guys
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