COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO Review – Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler for Intel 1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+


Today’s computer run faster and faster and with the speed comes increased heat dissipation. The latest CPUs featuring 4, 6 or more cores are power hogs and, especially if you overclock them, the need to keep them happy and cool is stringent. Our latest review will get into details about one of the most popular CPU Coolers on the market today – the Hyper 212 Evo by Cooler Master.

Cooler Master is a name well known to the aftermarket connoisseurs earning numerous design awards for their products. One of their newest products, Hyper 212 Evo is part of the Cooler Master’s 212 series of CPU that have quite a history, with the first member of the family to surface about 4 years ago. While the initial design sporting heatpipes is still followed, the new Hyper 212 EVO model is quite improved in both cooling capabilities and mounting design. How does it perform in the real word? Let’s proceed with the review:

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO Unpacking

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Box Content

Hyper 212 EVO comes in an attractive box including everything but the kitchen sink. Literally, it does include everything you need to install this cooling monster on a variety of motherboards, both Intel and AMD using a very simple and clever method. You’ll find the back plate, the screws, brackets to add a second fan if needed and even thermal paste. A hex tip for the screwdriver is also included.

The box contains only one fan (recommended for most setups) but if you really want to push your system to the max, a second fan can be installed and the box does have the parts to install it.

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COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO Design

The Hyper 212 EVO is a traditional tower design, mono-block with four heatpipes and Cooler master’s trademarked Continuous Direct Contact ™ technology. With this technology, the four 6mm wide heat pipes are integrated in the base vapor chamber optimizing the heat transfer and eliminating additional layers. The new model has a perfectly flat base without the gaps between the heat pipes and the base present in the previous model.

The overall dimensions are quite large (120 x 80 x 159 mm) but it does fit in a regular case. It won’t fit in a slim case though. The height measured from the base (right above the CPU) is 159mm so it is a good idea to measure before buying. I did check two middle tower cases and the motherboard+CPU+212 EVO fit with no issues.

Another interesting feature especially for a budget fan is a continuous range PWM fan (600-2000RPM) which together with the Continuous Direct Contact technology make a very efficient solution that rivals the competitors much more expensive packages.

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Product Features (per manufacturer)

  • Well-balanced cooling performance provides fin optimizations with perfect balance between high and low speed operations.
  • Wide-range PWM fan with unique wave-shaped blade design for excellent airflow.
  • 4 Direct Contact heat pipes with the patented (Continuous Direct Contact) technology – creating a perfect, sleek surface for heat conduction.
  • Versatile all-in-one mounting solution supporting the latest Intel LGA 1366 /1155 and AMD FM1 / AM3+.

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Cooler Master
  • Model: RR-212E-20PK-R1
  • Device Type: CPU Cooler
  • Warranty: 12 months
  • Compatibility: Intel Socket LGA1366/1156/1155/775
    AMD Socket FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2
  • Fan Size: 120mm
  • RPM: 600 – 2000 RPM (PWM) ± 10%
  • Bearing type: Long Life Sleeve Bearing
  • Air Flow: 24.9 – 82.9 CFM ± 10%
  • Noise Level: 9 – 36dBA
  • Power Connector: 4 Pin
  • Weight: 580g with fan or 465g without fan
  • Heat Sink Dimensions: 120 x 80 x 159 mm
  • Fan Power requirements: 12 VDC, 0.22A, 2.64W
  • Fan Dimensions: 120x120x25 mm

Installation

The whole process is literally a no-brainer and you probably won’t even need the instructions. I tested the Hyper 212 EVO with the following setup:

  • CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1035T Thuban 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor model HDT35TWFK6DGR
  • Motherboard: Foxconn A74ML-K AM2+/AM3 AMD 740G Micro ATX AMD

In order to install the 212 EVO, you’ll need to remove the original CPU back plate and install the Cooler master provided one (comes with insulating and protective film, of course). The installation of the new plate will be performed starting from the soldered side of the motherboard and the 4 screws will be inserted from the component side.

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Once you install the CPU, you will need to attach a scissor shape mount using 4 additional screws inserted in the original four nuts that are holding the CPU back plate together. If you look closely, the scissor mount features a small detail that helps the heat-sink achieve a proper position and stays in place without rotating over the CPU. After the heat-sink is positioned, start tightening the screws two at a time, diagonally and uniformly.

10 minutes after the start, the entire setup was completed and ready to be tested. I need to add a clarification at this point: Although the fan comes attached to the sink, it is a good idea to perform the installation with the fan detached. Not only because of the lower weight of the final assembly, but because later when you’ll install the RAM, if the modules are tall and depending on their placement on your motherboard, they might not fit because of the fan’s extra size. Just install the sink and add the fan later, on any side you want.

One of the design elements I also liked is the mounting bracket that allows a bit of leeway when you position the assembly over the CPU, especially if you have other motherboard / case components in the way (the RAM is one example). In other words, you can rotate the whole cooler a bit in both directions to make room for other components if needed.

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The Hyper 212 EVO is very tall, but it will fit in most regular mid tower cases. We need to note that while it looks big, 212 EVO is not among the largest coolers of this design in the market, so you shouldn’t have any problems fitting it.

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Performance

At an ambient temperature of round 21 degrees Celsius, we tested the AMD Phenom II X6 1035T Thuban 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor at both idle and full load (rendering with all 6 cores working) at both stock 2.6GHz and overclock 3.3GHz speeds. The Hyper 212 EVO performed admirably and more than 2-3 degrees below a stock cooler, under load and overclocked, the difference was more than 4 degrees. Compared with other coolers reviewed in the past, Hyper 212 EVO Review was consistently better than more expensive products, impressive for a budget product.

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Conclusion

Cooler Master have a real winner with their Hyper 212 Evo CPU cooler. The Continuous Direct Contact technology combined with a wide range PWM fan produced a highly efficient and quiet (at lower RPM) cooling solution which offers probably the best price performance ration on the market today. At the current $34.99 price it comes highly recommended by Review Horizon for any air cooled setup you have.

Pros

  • Continuous Direct Contact technology increases the cooling efficiency while helping minimize the overall size
  • PWM fan can be very quiet under light loads
  • very good price performance ration
  • complete mounting set, compatible with the latest AMD/Intel processors
    Intel:
    Socket LGA 1366, 1156, 1155, 775
    AMD:
    Socket FM1 / AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ / AM2

Cons

  • none

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