I do not hear much about this cooler--the 212 series gets all the press. It looks like it is just Cooler Master's version of the XIGMATEK LOKI[newegg.com]. Does anyone have experience with the two to make a comparison?
Think this was in it's heyday when OCZ Vanqush and Vendettas were around, have the older TX-2 running on a couple of socket AM2s
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I have both the Loki and the ZALMAN CNPS5X, and also the the first of the CM 212 series (not the new even better version). Unlike the TX3 or the CNPS5X, the Loki uses a backplate. You get a REALLY solid connection, and while I haven't played personal benchmark game, the Loki in the 92mm air-cooled side can actually put up a decent fight against many of the 120mm direct contact coolers. The Loki is ALOT more work to put on if your motherboard and case are already assembled, the TX3 and CNPS5X are just going to clip on (I've only used the 92mm coolers on AMD chips). Of course I always get my CM rebates, and never did get any of many Xigmatek rebate - so at least in my case for an extra 2-3, maybe 3-5 degrees cooling at a guess, I'll get the CM or Zalman as I do believe in rewarding honesty.
You bring up some good points. Cooling effectiveness, ease of installation, and rebate reliability are definitely things to consider.
will this fit the new haswell processors? lga 1150 socket?
Haswell (1150) uses the same heatsink design as 1155.
However, I'm not sure I would recommend this heatsink if you plan to overclock or do lots of CPU intensive things. It's a decent budget cooler, but doesn't quite compare to the likes of it's big brother the EVO 212.
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