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  • CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Heatsink Review
  • CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Heatsink Review



    Aircooling is the easiest and most economical way to cool your CPU and while any stock or OEM heatsink will do a fairly good job at keeping the processor cool you have to wonder how cool it should be?  Should the core temperature be at a constant subzero temperature? Or maybe just shy of a thermal meltdown?  The answer is never clear however you can be certain that cooler temperatures enabled higher overclocks and also extend the usable life of your electronics, just maybe not at the same time. happy smile

    In this review we will be looking at the Hyper 212 from Cooler Master,  This is a tower style heatpipe cooler designed to fit all modern processor platforms including dual and quad core CPUs. 
    Tower style heatsinks have become quite popular in the aftermarket cooling circle because they offer a very good cooling platform in a very compact space.  So instead of spreading outwards they move up, thus allowing for larger fans, and more cooling surface.

    The Hyper 212 comes with 4 total heapipes broken up into 2 distinct towers thus giving you twice as much cooling capacity.  For those that do not know heatpipe coolers work by moving the thermal energy in a series of copper tubes.  To get this heat moving you need a hot side and a cold side and the greater the temperature difference the faster the transfer can occur.  So by cooling both ends of a heatpipe you get twice the surface area in half the space.
    Overall construction is by far the best we have ever seen.  Typically the cooling fins are made from very thin metal to aid in heat dissipation however the Hyper 212 comes with thicker fins which are also much stronger.

    In terms of size the Cooler Master Hyper 212 measures in at 160mm tall x 112 mm wide x 92mm wide.  The heatsink comes with a single 120mm x 25mm fan that spins at a meager 2000rpm with a noise rating for 19dB.  For a little added bling you’ll find 4 blue LEDs around the outer cage.  If you happen to require more cooling power you can replace this fan with something better or add a secondary 120mm fan along the back side with the included hardware.
    For a size comparison we’ve placed the Cooler Master Hyper 212 next to the CoolJag AL-92.  Both are 4 heatpipe coolers and neither are very small.