This is a budget friendly cooler, so we weren’t expecting breathtaking performance. However, the 212X does a respectable job of keeping our CPU cooler and the idle temps are super low too, and overall it beats out some more expensive coolers.
What’s interesting is that despite being a budget cooler, it only lost a few places when running an overclocked CPU. Sure it’s not ideal for high-end overclocking, but the performance is certainly good enough for a less aggressive Vcore and even more so, CPUs that use boost clocks.
Noise levels are pretty average, which is no bad thing in its self. Once installed in a chassis, you’re just not going to hear this cooler running, it’s not super quiet but it’s a far cry from loud.
When overclocked, the noise levels pick up a bit and there is a bit of audible fan turbulence, but again, it’s nothing more than I was expecting from it, as that 120mm fan has to work a little harder to compensate for the slim cooling tower.