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Help in upgrading CPU Cooler

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December 9, 2011 11:20:56 AM


I have a Core i5 2500k currently at stock cooler. Im running a 4.0ghz overclock to play Skyrim decently.
My temps are reaching 70c at full load so I want to upgrade my cpu fan.

Many people suggested the CM hyper 212+ because it is best price/performance wise.

However I do have some questions before I buy this cooler.
1. Will I be able to attach it without removing the motherboard from the case?? I have a CM HAF 912 advance case.
2. Given the huge heatsink of cm hyper 212+, will it not disrupt airflow on my case?
I have the following fans:
bottom-front : 1x200mm intake
side : 1x120mm intake
rear : 1x120mm exhaust
top : 1x200mm exhaust

Thanks in advance

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December 9, 2011 11:36:10 AM

The hyper 212+ is a good cooler. I would suggest the cooler master hyper n 520. They have it at new egg for 33.99 and it has a 10.00 mail in rebate so it brings it down to 23.99.. Now I had a haf 932 case pretty much same fan configuration as your haf 912. I had the hyper n 520 in there which has a push pull method and my temps on my i5 2500k never got over 45c i was running at 4.2 ghz. On my haf 932 i did have to take my motherboard out to install the cooler so I would probably plan on having to do that on your rig. The cooler is extremely easy to install. Good luck and if you have any more questions just ask =-)
December 9, 2011 11:46:35 AM

oh the cooler looks nice. better looking than the hyper 212+.

so i really have to remove the motherboard again?? Im too lazy to rearrange all the wires again.
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December 9, 2011 2:26:46 PM

yea unfortunately the motherboard has to come out. But look at it this way once it's done you will have a nice setup and your temps will be spot on.
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December 9, 2011 2:38:33 PM

I have the Cooler Master Hyper 212 + and I am using it on my Intel® Core™ i7-2600K and it does help out. In order to mount this Cooler you are going to have to remove the board to mount the cooler. There is a mounting braket that goes on the back of the board that allows you to connect the cooler to. I am happy with how easy and quick it was about to mount this HSF (heatsink/fan).

Christian Wood
Intle Enthusiast Team
December 10, 2011 1:01:20 AM

Thanks for all the answers. I am still afraid to remove my board. I feel as if I will not be able to return to its original state.

Is there any cooler out there in which I will not have to remove my board?
December 10, 2011 11:27:39 AM

corsair h100 will be the best..

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December 10, 2011 4:04:45 PM

A 212+ or better yet the improved Evo version will install in a 912 no problem.
The 212+ and Evo model are vastly superior to the N520 for cooling performance.
Test bed using hotter i7 920 platform.

The 912 has a cpu cut-out so there is no need to remove the mobo to install the cooler.
December 10, 2011 4:48:36 PM

Yeah case manufacturer's have started cutting out holes in the motherboard trays specifically so one wouldn't have to remove the motherboard to install a new CPU cooler.
December 11, 2011 9:05:51 AM

ok guys thanks for the replies. i will maybe go with the 212+ due to its availability in my country.
December 11, 2011 9:06:17 AM

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