I'm putting together a (hopefully) silent gaming rig and I've ordered the Hyper 212 Evo, mostly for the cost/benefit of the heating.
I may do some overclocking, but it I do I'd still like to keep the sound to a minimum.
My understanding is that a lot of people have swapped out the stock fan that comes with the Evo for a Noctua NF-F12. I am thinking of doing this myself. I realize that by the time I pay for that fan I'm close to paying for the DH-14, but I've already ordered the Evo and that's what I'm going with for now.
I know that the NF-F12 is quieter than the stock fan at higher RPM's, but that the stock fan is likely whisper quiet at lower RPM's. I'm making this purchase in the hopes of getting as quiet a solution as I can when under load, overclocked, and using an Evo heatsink.
So, the question is, are there any temperature disadvantages to swapping out the stock fan on the Evo for the Noctua. I know a ton of people have done this, but for the life of me I can't find any comparison between the temperatures of these two options (stock fan vs. NF-F12). I find lots of graphs and data about the noise difference, and lots of information about doing it on an H80 or H100, but nothing for the Evo (or even the 212+).
Can anyone who's done this confirm whether the NF-F12 will keep the CPU as cool as the stock fan on the Evo (or cooler), and if not, what kind of temperature differences I might expect? If the NF-F12 is noticeably warmer overclocked and under load, I'll likely stick with the stock fan (CPU life > silence).
Awesome, thanks very much for the informative response. Out of curiosity, how much did your temps drop when you moved to a push/pull configuration? I'm going to have a Corsair AF140 Quiet Edition right near the heatsink at the back of my Fractal R4, so I'm not sure I'll need a "pull" fan, but I'm wondering what sort of benefits you got from adding a second fan?