The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Review is a CPU cooler that features 4 x 6mm copper heat pipes and the patented wide aluminum heat-spreader for optimal heat dissipation. It supports any Intel or AMD processor and has a max TDP of 160 Watts.
Do you need a CPU cooler? The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is a reliable, well-built CPU cooler. It features a four heat pipe and aluminum fins for improved heat dissipation. You can easily install it on your motherboard and start experiencing improved great performance today.
The Cooler Master Hyper 212+ is a well-known and proven CPU heatsink. The Hyper 212+ is the best budget cooler under $30. It is trendy around the world and holds the title for best bang-for-buck, in my opinion. Many others will agree.
I am excited to see Cooler Master’s latest version of the heatsink, the Hyper 212 Evo. This is after taking into account the success of the Cooler Master Hyper 212+. Cooler Masters products are simple, functional, and well-designed. This is why I love them.
Although the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ was highly praised, users and continued reviews of the cooler criticized its inferior quality base. There were significant gaps between the heat sink and other parts of the base. This condition can be seen clearly on Page 2 in our 2009 Cooler Master Hyper 212+ review.
As we have seen, these gaps trap heat and slow down heat transfer. Cooler Master has introduced a new technology called Continuous Direct Contact (CDC) in its Hyper 212 Evo. This design change pushes the heat sink closer together, eliminating the pesky gaps and increasing the heat transferability of the base.
Only the design changes that I can see are in the revised base. The supplied fans have a slight difference. The Hyper 212+ fan has 3.90 mmH2O more static pressure, whereas the Evo version only has 2.7mmH2O. Despite both fans operating at 2000 RPM, the Hyper 212 Evo’s fan moves air slightly faster at 83CFM versus 77CFM for the Hyper 212+.
It would seem that static pressure is less of a concern for an air cooler (dense heatsinks or water cooling tower radiators like it, though). With the Hyper212, I believe the Hyper212 Evo will be a clear winner.
This review will provide:
- A complete evaluation of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo from its unboxing.
- A close-up look of the heatsink.
- Manufacturer-provided specifications.
- Features to a rigorous test session where its performance will be compared to other heatsinks currently available on the market.
Let’s get started.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
The packaging’s front shows the Hyper 212 EVO V2 in its entirety on top of a matte-black backdrop. The Cooler Master logo and tagline are displayed at the top. At the bottom, we see the cooler’s name and mention of the SickleFlow fan mounting system and new hardware.
The box’s right side shows the purple Cooler Master color. Below the white text, you will see an image of the fan speed range with information about improved air flow pressure.
The following image is of the tower. It contains information about RAM clearance and its asymmetrical layout. Finally, you will find an image of the mating area with four heat sink and Direct Contact Technology.
Although the back of the rectangular box looks similar to the front, it uses matte black. However, we now see a list of four features. These features include DCT explanations, how the cooler was built for more excellent performance, and tell us about Snap and Play. Snap and Play is about how the fan is connected.
These topics are covered in seven other languages. At the bottom, you will find three-dimensional renderings so you can see exactly what you’re getting before you make the purchase.
Cooler Master chose to display the specifications chart on the last panel. The only difference is that Safety Voltage is now mentioned at 0.37A for a draw on a 12V rail. Below, you will see a mixture of the part number and serial numbers. On the right, the model is shown, along with its UPC. There is also a mention of China’s 212 EVO V2.
Cooler Master chose a plastic tray that fits the tower’s shape and leaves only one side exposed to the outside packaging. Cooler Master includes the fan with all hardware and the cooler ships flat-packed in a white cardboard box.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO V2 CPU Cooler
The new SickleFlow fan blocks our view of the fin array. It has a black frame, rubber anti-vibration pads, and seven translucent blades. The fan hub is holographically stickered. We can also see the base and that the heat pipes do not run in a straight line through the tower.
The entire fan clip is made of plastic. It is what the new Cooler master calls Snap and Play. They slide around the tower and lock into grooves. We also see a stack with fifty-seven aluminum Fins. These fins have no supports and are not evenly spaced. Below the array, we can see all four heat pipes and the angle they take to move the tower from the RAM slots.
We laid the tower back to see the shaping. The tops of the tower are at the highest point, where the fan would rest. The center section has been lowered to allow the fan to create pressure and a few tabs to disturb the airflow. This is the same as what you would see if we removed the fan from the tower.
The sides of the 212+ were rounded from the front to the back many years ago. What we see today is very similar but different. Cooler Master has retained the rounded edges but has moved them to the middle between the thicker sections. This adds to the cooler’s surface area and would be where the fan or fans would attach.
Cooler Master chose a single-piece aluminum hunk for the base of its air cooler. It is also designed to serve as a pre-cooler. The pre-cooler has a wing that protrudes from one side to support the spring-loaded, captured mounting screw.
The tower’s view below shows that the heat pipes are in two rows. The finds are press-fitted to the pipes. Four notches are also seen around each pipe. This looks cool and increases efficiency.
In assembly, the pipes are fitted into an aluminum base. To deliver the DCT aspect, both copper and aluminum are machined simultaneously. We like that there are no gaps between metals and appreciate the more good marks made by machining this slightly convex surface.
The tower’s top can be seen by flipping the Hyper 212 EVO V2 upside down. This view allows us to understand the shape better. We also see the Notches cut at the top. The Cooler Master logo is embedded between the four copper heatpipes tips.
Accessories and documentation
Cooler Master chose to use a universal backplate. This is a simplified version of the designs we had previously seen. The black plastic backplate will be used by both AMD and Intel mainstream users. It is marked AMD on one end and Intel on the opposite to make it easier to find the instructions later. The set of Intel top brackets can be seen on the left. This is where the right pair will be used for AMD systems. After applying our most stable overclock of 4.0Ghz to the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X, we again tested both idle temperatures and load temperatures.
A set of four rubber pads was also discovered, which can attach the top brackets. The bottom row contains several fan screws to attach to the second fan and various studs that can be used with the backplate.
The box also contains a small tube of Mastergel Pro, which has more than one paste application. The next set includes four clips, each shorter and taller, that can be used with the backplate of Intel systems. The shorter and broader set is for AMD setups only.
We also found an additional set of Snap and Play brackets if you purchase a second fan. Cooler Master offers a Y-splitter cable that allows two fans to be powered by one fan header.
Our Hyper 2121 EVO 2 fan is the DF1202512RFMN. It has the same power draw and speed as the one we saw. The mounting bracket is already attached, and the screws used to attach them to the fan are standard. Rubber pads cover the rubber pads—a 4-pin PWM connection powers this fan. The lead and Y-splitter are also sleeved to keep your system builders neat.
This manual starts with a parts listing and then moves into compatibility before showing what bits are needed for installation. Installation methods are mainly rendered. The only text used is to indicate which bracket hole is to be used. However, it is clear enough to answer all your questions.
The warranty insert contains the standard terms in twenty-three languages and direct contact information should you need it to file a claim.
Installation and the Finished Product
The first step is to install the backplate. Follow the instructions. We started from the AMD side and inserted the screws into the grooves. This is similar to the Intel sockets. After the studs have been properly inserted, you can slide the clips over them, locking them into the backplate. You should also note that the clips have two holes. The outer one is for AM4, and the inner option is for all supported AMD sockets.
Next, insert the assembled backplate through the motherboard. Align the studs, then place them in their final resting spot. We placed one hand on the motherboard, the other coolers on the backplate, and then flipped it over so that we could continue the process.
We grabbed the four universal standoffs and screwed them into studs on the backplate. The standoffs and backplate can still be moved once they are secured. This is still not a well-mounted setup, even though we secured the top brackets to hardware using the knurled nuts.
After applying thermal paste, screwing the mounting screws up until they ran out of threads, we were able to look around. The mounting hardware means that the SickleFlow fan cannot be mounted further down the tower. However, it can ride lower than the exposed pipe tips at its top. It is visible from the RAM, so the tower can use the airflow provided to cool it.
Although the fan lead presses the stick closest to the fan, there is still a lot of daylight between them. This does not mean that all RAM kits of any height will fit into the Hyper 2121 EVO 22, but it does mean that they will block a section of the fan if you have anything higher than them.
When we look back at the motherboard, the tower is perpendicular to it. As shipped, it is far from blocking the 8-pin connection.
A second fan can cause problems for quad-channel setups. However, it could block some access to the eight-pin connector. Even if the motherboard and cooler are installed in a chassis, it would still be possible to connect.
Both the Hyper212 EVO and the motherboard were horizontal when we first installed them on the motherboard.
We had to raise the bench to capture this image, so we stopped for a while and stayed connected with social media. We returned to find that the cooler had begun to twist under its weight. This is due in part to the fact that there was no secure mounting.
Is Hyper 212 Evo still good?
Cooler Master Hyper 212EVO CPU cooler is a mainstream CPU cooler that does a great job. It is compatible with all modern sockets, and it comes at a reasonable price. Cooler Master’s renowned Hyper 212 Evo cooler is one of the most popular aftermarket coolers.
Is the Cooler Master Hyper212 EVO enough?
A Hyper 212 Evo should be sufficient for 9/10 games at stock speed. A Cryrorig H5 would be a better choice. What type of case do you use? You will need to be taller than the maximum height limit for your CPU coolers.
Does Cooler Master Hyper 212 come with thermal paste?
The RR-212S-20PKR1 Hyper 212 black edition came with a tube of thermal compound. Although this comes with pre-applied thermal throttling, if your i7 or nine or plan to overclock your CPU fan, you may want to purchase better paste from a company like a thermal grizzly.
How long does thermal paste last?
What is the Shelf Life of Thermal Paste Most manufacturers will indicate a shelf life on the bottles. The most common shelf life is three years if the package or bottle has not been opened.
The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo is a great cooler that will keep your CPU running calm and stable. It has a price tag that is well worth the benefits it has to offer. Compared to the older Hyper 212 Evo, the newest version offers far better cooling fins performance and is worthy of the upgrade.
It’s also one of the most affordable coolers out there, with a price tag of around $30. While it might not be as fancy as some other models on the market, the Hyper 212 Evo still offers a lot of value for money.
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