Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler Review

Product: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Company: Cooler Master
Author: James Prior
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: January 22nd, 2012

CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO

Today we're evaluating Cooler Master's Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler, a direct contact heatpipe tower design targeting the mid-range price segment (MSRP $45 USD) for enthusiasts wanting to increase their cooling capacity - be it for quieter operation or overclocking headroom, or just peace of mind for long term operation. The Hyper 212 EVO is a continuation of a long line of Hyper branded tower coolers, and is compatible with nearly all modern CPU sockets: AMD Sockets AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+/FM1, and Intel Sockets 775/1155/1156/1336 - notably missing is Intel's brand new Socket 2011.

CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO

The Hyper 212 EVO uses four direct contact 6mm diameter heatpipes dissipating the heat load through an array of aluminum fins. The heatpipes are offset from each other slightly, and have no gap between them (known as Continuous Direct Contact), to offer the most CPU heat spreader contact area. Shipped without thermal paste pre-applied, the base is protected by a clear plastic sheet that must be removed before use and, for us, did not leave a sticky residue that needed to be cleaned before use. A tube of Cooler Master thermal paste was included.

Mounting Hardware

The Hyper 212 EVO is shipped with a single 120mm fan, a sleeve bearing design rated for 40,000 hrs - a lot longer than the 2 year warranty provided by Cooler Master. The fan is rated from 9dBA to 36dBA depending on speed, which is 600-2000 RPM and controlled by PWM from the mainboard. At 600 RPM, the fan is rated at a respectable 24CFM, which increases to a handy 83 CFM at full speed. Included in the pack are mounting accessories for a second fan to make a push-pull configuration.

Continuous Direct Contact heatpipe base

The whole unit weighs in at just over 1lb, or 465g in new money. The unit is quite compact compared to behemoths like Noctua's NH-D14, but isn't as small as Intel or AMD reference designs, either. Standing 160mm tall, 120mm wide and 80mm thick it is designed for mid-tower or desktop tower cases. The quality of manufacture appears good, the usual standard we've come to expect from Cooler Master products.

Intel Socket 1366 Mounting

Installation requires either a case with CPU socket backplane cut out or removal of the mainboard from the case. Based on our install, we'd strongly recommend pulling the mainboard and fitting the cooler, as it's a tricky job to do when you can't see clearly. The mounting mechanism is simple - a backplane brace is bolted to the mainboard (which requires removing the stock AMD heatsink mounting brackets, if you're using that platform) and the heatsink screws into the mount using an adjustable mount with spring loaded screws. The backplane mount is shielded on the points where it might contact the mainboard, to prevent grounding. Once the heatsink is mounted to the CPU the fan can be attached, which is a simple clip on operation. The fan mounts are equipped with rubber pads, to reduce vibration.