BEST VALUE CPU Cooler!
I was a bit skeptical about this cooler due to the low price. Despite Coolermaster having a decent reputation, I still had doubts that a high performance CPU cooler could be had for such a low price (especially when on sale). I was happily proven wrong. I installed this on over an Intel i7-920...the famous "space heater". I used some AS Céramique as my thermal paste and the Evo cut down ~5°C at idle. Under high artificial load (OCCT), it hovers in the ~68°C (core temp, not CPUTIN which read 10°C cooler). With the stock cooler, it would hit well above 70°C under high load. I also tried the Evo w/upgraded fans running in a push/pull config (using the excellent Cougar CF-V12HP fans) Running at factory clocked speed, it only cooled a couple degrees better. A bigger benefit was that the Cougars ran much quieter (Cougar = 70.5 CFM @ 17.9 dB, CM Factory Fan = 83.0 CFM @ 47.1 dB) At factory CPU speeds, I see no reason to go with a 2-fan setup. If you OC'd, it might help when the CPU is at full load. And while the factory isn't particularly loud, if you wanted to cut down on some dB's (esp. on the high end), I would consider upgrading the factory fan to a Cougar. Occassionally, you can find them for around $10 on sale. Read More
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