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This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
Pros: -Fairly inexpensive.
-Fits basically every socket type.
-Not too loud, at least compared to my GPU and some of my case fans.
-Design allows for installation of two fans if you want (I didn't need it.)
-Reduced my temperatures by more than 20ºC!
On the stock i5-750 cooler, I regularly began to approach 80ºC @ stock speeds. This could be due to a lot of things, but after eliminating dirt/dust, reapplying the thermal paste, thoroughly cleaning my case and ensuring my airflow was optimal, it seems to me that my ambient room temperature of about 78-80ºF made the stock cooler incapable of cooling my CPU even at stock speeds. However, after installing this heat sink and getting a nice airflow, my CPU temps reduced from 80ºC under load to only just reaching 50ºC. So, I OC'ed to 3.33 GHz, and now I am at 60ºC under load.
Cons: -Large, came close to the side of my case and associated case fan
-Installation required me to completely disassemble my PC, removing the motherboard in order to install the back plate. This is expected, so not really a con, just a pain.
-Documentation for installation is poor, but it is easy enough to figure out with some searching.
Other Thoughts: If your CPU gets too hot, and you use stock coolers for your CPUs, get this bad boy. Just ensure that your case is capable of fitting one of these in there. Also, please note that installation of this product will require you to remove the motherboard to install a back plate. Also note that the base of the heat sink isn't perfectly flat, so you might want to install a *little* extra thermal paste to fill in the cracks.
Playing Battlefield 3 @ 1920x1080 w/Ultra high settings
Used a maximum of 80% of all 4 cores for about an hour or two of play time, the highest temperature I saw was 60ºC. (Previous was 80+ºC)
Compiling a VMF to BSP in Valve Hammer Editor used all 100% of my 4 cores for a while (2 hours or more) and it reached a maximum of 61ºC (Previously 82ºC).
Playing Crysis with very high settings used a maximum of 75% of my CPU, temperatures only reached 55ºC (previously 78ºC).
Pros: - I get 60 FPS in every game I play maxed out at the moment, including Battlefield Bad Company 2, Crysis 2, and others.
- Silky smooth gameplay, no hitches, no artifacts
- Runs fairly cool
- Fits (barely) in my Mid-Tower
- 11.6 drivers give me no problems
Cons: - Fan can be loud, but I play with headphones...
- I get some artifacts in Bad Company 2 (maybe, I can't ever really catch them at the right time to see if they are indeed artifacts or just part of the sun-flare effect. Could also be a corrupted texture since it's the same one every time.)
Other Thoughts: I got this card for free, so I can't really tell you if it's worth the money. I can tell you that it just destroys my last card- an HD 4850 1GB.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Good price.
Corsair name and Corsair quality.
Adequate for most LGA 1156 builds.
Came with a bag, though I don't see why.
Temperatures are reasonable.
Cons: 550 W might not be enough for Crossfire or SLI setups depending on the cards used. Make sure you do your research. (Some dual GPU cards might require more power, as well.)
Other Thoughts: i5 750- 2.69 GHz stock OC'd to 2.80 GHz
4GB G.Skill 1600 DDR3 Ram
GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 P55 mATX motherboard.
HIS Radeon HD 4850 1 GB GPU
WD Caviar Black 640 GB HDD
Corsair 550W PSU (this one.)
Cooler Master RC 690 Mid Tower case.
More than enough power for this very stable, moderately priced build.