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

Summary & Conclusions

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO offers performance to cope with everything but the hottest overclocked processors out there. This makes it a good value for money, but not quite the whole package unless your cooling requirements aren't as demanding as first generation Core i7 processors - and let's face it, not much is that demanding.

Offering great socket compatibility and a consistent, fairly simple mounting method it's a reliable and steady product. Eschewing gaudy LEDs makes it great for a performance desktop build where discreet use and noise management as well as cooling performance are important. The included second fan mounting bracket is a nice touch for the price point, and the supplied thermal paste should be good for four or five mounts.

CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO

The thermal paste itself is ordinary stuff, not particularly high performance or expensive, and you might get more thermal conduction from a different TIM but, if you're going speed $10-12 on paste, you probably ought to consider buying a second fan first, which will give you a better increase in thermal performance.

So, is it worth buying vs. say a Xigmatek Gaia, Scythe Mugen 3, Artic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro or Zalman CPNS10X Performa? That's a tough call, and not something we can easily answer without hands on experience with all contenders, but it seems likely they will all need more than four heatpipes and a fan to beat the 212 EVO. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is well built, with good documentation for installation, and simple but secure mounting; it's certainly not a bad choice. We award 4 stars.

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