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Old March 25, 2010, 06:20 AM
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Default Noctua NH-U12P, CM Hyper 212+, CPU HSFs...

Hey guys,

I've been lurking for a while now, but have decided to post to ask for your opinions. I've wanted to replace the stock cooler on my Q6600 for a while now and was originally going to go with the CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ due to it's cost/performance ratio.

The confusion comes in because NCIX's weekly sale has the Noctua NH-U12P on sale for $49.99, which isn't bad.

I don't overclock; okay, well, I haven't over clocked in the past. I don't have a rule that says I'll never over clock. In your opinion, would it be worth paying $49.99 for the Noctua, when you can price match the 212+ at NCIX and get it for under $25, in my situation? Will I seem much of a difference at stock to mid-OC?
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Old March 25, 2010, 06:28 AM
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Your going for low OC at the most? Get the 212+.
Noctua's are great coolers, but they would be overkill for stock and mild overclocks. You'll love the 212+.
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Your going for low OC at the most? Get the 212+.
Noctua's are great coolers, but they would be overkill for stock and mild overclocks. You'll love the 212+.
Thanks, AkG. I suspected as much. I went ahead and ordered one from NCIX. Now to wait for delivery...
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Thanks, AkG. I suspected as much. I went ahead and ordered one from NCIX. Now to wait for delivery...
did you pricematch for 22$? :)
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did you pricematch for 22$? :)
I did! Pending approval. Price-matched a set of CM R4s for $5.50 too. Decent enough price, and I need to play with the fans in my case to get the noise level to what I want. We'll see!
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not too bad. do you have a fan controller? i used to find the
Sunbeam 4 Port Rheobus


pretty cheap(15-20$) but theyre out of stock now forever. only thing to do is to remove the stupid leds as theyre extremely bright. just pull the feet out their socket, job done
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Old March 25, 2010, 09:00 AM
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I don't have a fan controller as of yet. Though I've thought about just slapping one together myself.

This is a little off-topic, but one thing I've never understood about things like the Sunbeams is their absurd power ratings.

Take, for example: Sunbeam Rheobus-Extreme 6-Channel Fan Controller - Black (RHK-EX-BK) - FrozenCPU.com

180W total and 30W per channel? Why?

Newegg.ca - COOLER MASTER R4-BMBS-20PK-R0 Blade Master 120mm Case Fan - Case Fans

I've seen AkG suggest the BladeMasters a few times (and I believe they are what come on the Hyper 212+ units). It's rated for 12VDC@0.36A, or 4.3W. That would allow for somewhere in the realm of forty of these fans.
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While I cant comment on the Sunbeam....I KNOW for a fact that Lamptron is very conservative in their numbers. I ran nearly 40 watts off one channel (many, MANY fans and an arse load of adapters) for over an hour on a FC-5 and it didnt even blink! The Lamp FC-5 is a BEAST and if you are looking for a fan controller that is the one I would recommend. :)
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Flexibility and redundency for sure. That way no matter how messed up your Cooling Scenerio is you have a controller that can handle it. Up to and including the 10W 256CFM Delta Fans.

I'd rather have something that has such a high specification than running a 4W fan on a 4W controller.

That being said, Good Choice on the R4's. Very solid fan minus the use of Sleeve Bearings.

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I'd rather have something that has such a high specification than running a 4W fan on a 4W controller.
Oh, absolutely. I suppose it was just my first reaction to look at it's ratings and think "wow, that's silly." Hats off to the guy who can sit beside a machine running 180W of air cooling though and not lose his mind (or his footing). Haha.
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