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BmickC 1 month ago

Currently flip-flopping between a Crosair H60 and the a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO.

Will likely only be doing light overclocking and the PC will be used primarily for gaming.

  • Is this primarily just an aesthetic concern at this point (minus the ~30$ price difference), or will there be a marked performance difference?
  • Is there another option that I'm overlooking?

Thanks for any input!

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mark5916 2 points 1 month ago

Is there another option that I'm overlooking?

Yes, either get a decent AIO (the new H60 2018 may be able to handle a moderate overclock) or a decent Air cooler.

And the Hyper 212 Evo if far from being decent with an i7-9700K in mind.

AIO: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=2YM-0004-00015&Description=Cooler%20Master%20MasterLiquid%20Lite%20ML240L%20RGB&cm_re=Cooler_Master_MasterLiquid_Lite_ML240L_RGB-_-2YM-0004-00015-_-Product

Air: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA9ZH6GN8650&Description=Mugen%205&cm_re=Mugen_5-_-13C-0004-00075-_-Product

Dreadvolt 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

For air cooling a 9700K, I'd suggest something off this list.

mark5916 1 point 1 month ago

That list contains coolers that are only compatible with an TR4(SP3r2)/SP3 socket boards. :-P

Dreadvolt 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

You're right, I failed to filter that part out. =\

mark5916 1 point 1 month ago

Ha - Ha, never mind.

The OP would be able to figure it out, i guess...lol

BmickC submitter 2 points 29 days ago

You have way too much faith in me. If there is one thing you need to know about me it's that I'm a complete moron.

mark5916 1 point 29 days ago


Kakarotto 1 point 29 days ago

Long story short..... I was forced to buy the older Gen 4 H60 from Best Buy because the RAM sticks I was using would not work with the Scythe Fuma cooler. When I tested the H60 using Prime95 Blend, the temps were 5c higher than what I was getting with the Fuma. To make matters worse, I put that H60 in Push/Pull with two of the Corsair ML120 fans that top out at 2400rpm. The temperature spread would have been a lot worse with the stock fans.

I have heard the newer Gen 6 H60 is a lot better but I seriously doubt it could touch the Scythe Mugen 5 or the Fuma.

If you want an AIO cooler, the EVGA clc 240 is reliable and it scores high in benchmarks. Sometimes you can find these on sale for a price that isn't too much higher than the H60. I have the EVGA clc280 and it beats these silly 360mm AIO coolers like the H150i. Otherwise I'd say get the Mugen 5 or the Fuma.

The old 212 was impressive several years ago but now it's been surpassed by other coolers. It would work at stock speeds, but overclocking would be too much for it.