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Pros: - Better than stock Intel Cooler for hot Haswell CPUs
- ~$30 after rebate - cheaper than 212 EVO - rebate gives it an extra egg.
- Easy installation
Cons: - Not a great solution for OC'ing, but with Haswell I have yet to see a great solution short of custom water.
- Rubber Cougar fan mounts did not work - had to use CM screws included with heat sink
Other Thoughts: Build:
i7-4770k @ 3.9ghz (Hackintosh)
COUGAR CF-V12HP x4 (total: 6 case fans + 2 cooler fans)
NZXT Source 210 Elite Case
Antec 850w PSU
I used Arctic Silver 5 rather than the grease included with the unit to get a clearer comparison between stock and the TPC 612. If I get inspired I'll try the CM paste, but I doubt that'll do much better.
Prime95 small FFTs temps with stock cooler after 1 minute:
Stock at idle: 33
Prime95 small FFTs temps with TPC 612 after 10 minutes:
Die 1-4: 89
TPC 612 at idle: 29
It took almost 10 minutes to reach 90 degrees with the TPC 612, while with the stock cooler it shot up past 95 within a minute.
It looks like this will keep temps about 10 degrees cooler than stock, which should be fine for most of my tasks, which max out at low end video rendering and music production.
Pros: 1. Affordable
2. Full ATX size
3. two included fans that are nearly silent
Cons: 1. Instructions - if this is your first build, make are you know how the standoffs work. Following the instructions, which have very small and unclear graphics I used the standoffs as screws to bolt the motherboard right to the case, which caused the case to short the Mobo. Once I figured out how the standoffs go in between the MoBo and the case I was able to fix it and fortunately no permanent damage was done.
2. The wiring for the fans is buried to remain hidden and assist with cable management, but it will be very difficult to duplicate this with additional fans.
3. The front panel could use more connectivity.
Other Thoughts: For the price, you can't beat it. We'll see how that rebate works out, though.READ FULL REVIEW