Still a great choice.
This has been my go-to aftermarket cooler even after all these years. I've found that the EVO outperforms the more recent versions of the 212, such as the 212 Black Edition.
Temperatures are pretty good, I'm pushing 1.250V through my i5 4670K to maintain 4.3GHz (I got a below average chip). Load temperatures in games and normal programs are around 65C max, while synthetic stress testing will see around 75C. My ambient room temperature is generally around 26C.
Noise levels are a bit high when the fan nears maximum speed. It tends to generate a howling sound above 80%. However, under normal loads the fan is quiet, and still delivers sufficient airflow to cool my CPU.
Mounting isn't as easy as some other aftermarket coolers out there, but it's totally manageable. Note that access to the rear of the motherboard is required to mount the backplate, so depending on your case configuration removing the motherboard may be required.
The thermal compound included is decent, but for high voltages/OC I would recommend something better. They do give you a second fan bracket, but I didn't see any improvement in cooling performance with a push-pull configuration. Still, it's nice to have that option.Read full review
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