Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU Cooler
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 09-22-2007
Provided by: Cooler Master
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Testing and Conclusions

MSI 975X Platinum PUE (BIOS 7.4)
intel E6600 Core2 Duo 2.40GHZ 4MB
ATi Radeon X1900XTX 512MB 650/775
....Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 w/ Turbo Mod
Corsair 2x1GB DDR2-667 4-4-4-12
Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi XtremeMusic : Logitech X-530
WD 74GB Raptor (10K)
WD 250GB Caviar (7.2K)
Ultra X3 600W
NEC 16x/16x DVDR/W
NZXT. Apollo Orange Chassis


All temperatures were measured using RivaTuner v2.1 with the C2D.dll plugin, which measures the same temps as CoreTemp. Load and idle situations were created with two instances of Folding@Home (one on each core) and a blank Windows desktop, respectively. All temperatures were let to stabilize for 15 minutes before recording, to ensure that it was not still rising or falling. The reference coolers represented use the best temperatures each achieved (i.e. door off, fan high if available) in the same environment.

The test system had the side panel off for all testing, a 120mm front intake fan and a 120mm PSU exhaust fan. The AC Turbo Module was off during testing for consistency with previous results. Every cooler shown either used the included thermal paste or AS5 if none was included. All results were recorded at an ambient room temperature of 24 C.


The results here aren't very impressive, but the Hyper definitely outperforms the stock solution. It seems like this cooler may be most suitable for mid-range users, and not overclockers.


Our suspicions are confirmed, as the processor gets a little too hot for my taste when the bus is cranked up. Nevertheless, such an overclock would never have been possible on the stock solution.

Conclusions

The Hyper 212 seems to be a great cooler for mid-range users who want to replace the stock solution, but won't be changing many things in their computers as time goes on. There are a number of things that would get in the way if you are an enthusiast and are apt to change parts frequently, for example the bad fan bracket design and installation from the bottom of the motherboard. Nevertheless, there are a lot of good features that overshadow those engineering mishaps. The fan is by far the most silent that I have ever worked with, but it's still stronger than my stock case fans. When I first hit the power button with the Hyper installed, I had to double check to make sure it was on because I couldn't hear the fan. It also looks pretty good, and has better than stock cooling.

As of writing, Cooler Master has yet to release an MSRP, but I would expect this cooler to come out at $40-50 USD: less expensive than a high-end cooler but not cheap because of its various attractive features.

Pros:
+ Absolutely silent
+ Fast installation
+ 2-Fan expandability
+ Mirror-finished base

Cons:
- Inflexible installation
- Moderate performance



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