Is replacing your stock cooler with popular Hyper 212 Evo worth it?
When I built my computer I had narrowed down my CPU choice between two processors, an AMD FX or the i7-4790k. I ended up going with the i7-4790k as it was a better performer and AMD processors are notorious for running hot and I didn't want to deal with trying to keep high temps under wraps. When I installed my new i7-4790k I used both the stock cooler and the stock thermal paste. Two things I will never do again.
My computer booted up and I updated all my drivers as well as the motherboard and instantly began bench marking. I was expecting medium-high temps as I am aware of Intel's stock cooler performance issues and the heat hyper-threading can give off, however I saw temps as high as 80-90°C. I immediately went to Amazon and purchased two things, the Hyper 212 Evo and Arctic Silver thermal paste. Thanks to my amazon prime, which you can sign up for a 30-day free trial here, I was able to get to installing the Hyper 212 Evo within a couple days.
When my shipment arrived I quickly removed the stock fan to find that there was hardly any thermal paste on the CPU or cooler due to the stock paste drying up. My extremely high temps were likely a symptom of inadequate cooler to CPU contact and an inefficient cooler as well as the cheaply made stock thermal paste.
After carefully cleaning the old paste off of the CPU chip with a slight dab of rubbing alcohol, I put a pea sized dot of the Arctic Silver thermal paste onto the CPU chip and installed the cooler as was instructed. Installing the Evo was a bit more difficult than the stock cooler, but still easy enough for the average user to install. After securing the cooler and the back-plate, I rebooted the PC, this time enabling the OC genie that came with my motherboard. I re-ran 3Dmark and saw about a 5-10% increase overall in performance and the Max temp was 60°C, a temp that is well in range for an overclocked i7-4790k. The Arctic Silver thermal paste and the Hyper 212 Evo had lowered my max temps by 20°C and my ambient temps by about 5-15°C. That's quite a gain for such a low cost air cooler.
The Hyper 212 Evo paired with the Arctic Silver thermal paste solved my overheating issues with my i7-4790k and I fully recommend the popular air cooler, which you can buy on Amazon by clicking their picture below, as well as the Arctic Silver paste, especially since you will not have the worry of leaking water cooling parts. If you do not feel comfortable installing the Hyper 212 Evo we can provide these services locally. If you are not local to us, fear not, in a few days we will be uploading a video about the Hyper 212 Evo and installing it on a 1150 socket. The same process goes for almost all the sockets so watching the video may provide you with the insight you need to properly install the Arctic Silver thermal paste along with the Hyper 212 Evo. Check back here for the video soon.