Intel Core2 Quad Q6600
2x VisionTek Radeon HD3870 in Crossfire
OCZ Gold 3x2GB PC3-10666 9-9-9-20
OCZ Agility 128GB SSD, WD 74GB Raptor (10K), WD 500GB CaviarSE16 (7.2K)
Cooler Master GX750
Lite-On 20x DVD±R/W SATA
Lian Li PC-V1110 Case
Windows Vista Ultimate x64
All testing was performed at an ambient room temperature of 21C with all case fans (1x140mm, 1x120mm front intake; 1x120mm rear exhaust) running at full speed. CPU load was simulated using OCCT's standard CPU test and 64 bit Linpack CPU test. Idle temperatures were measured 30 minutes after load to ensure warm system and stable temperatures. The cooler was installed with Tuniq TX-2 thermal paste.
The numbers here aren't anything outstanding or top of the line. Nevertheless, for the circa $30 price-tag, the Hyper 212 Plus offers a good price performance ratio.
One thing I found particularly interesting about the data above is the huge increase in performance with multiple fans. In my experience, cooler performance is often bottlenecked by the heat transfer between the CPU's IHS and the cooler's base. On the Hyper 212 Plus, however, the fins were warm to the touch even with two fans attached. This suggests that the cooler is transferring heat quite effectively, but bottlenecked by its dissipation power. Had Cooler Master added a few more fins, or made the existing fins slightly bigger, they could probably have shaved a few degrees off of their load temperatures.
Let's wrap this one up with some conclusions on the next page…