Here is the follow up to the most popular CPU Cooler ever, the Hyper 212 Evo. The are some subtle differences, but with a difference of less than a £1, there is no reason why you shouldn’t go for this instead. The fans aren’t glossy anymore which is a nice addition, and you do get your CPU around a degree or so cooler than with the Evo. The heat sink is very long however (158.5mm of clearance above the CPU needed), and just about fits into my NZXT S340 case. The height of the pipes means it clears ram, which should be OK for most mobos, but which on smaller Motherboards can be an issue.
In The Box
Unboxing this cooler, you are greeted with some attractive packaging, and inside you get all of your essentials, (backplate, screws for backplate, thermal paste, etc..). The manual is mediocre at best, but I didn’t need to watch a YouTube video in order to install the cooler. The ‘X’ that connects to the stand off screws can fit with almost any motherboard ( Socket AM2+, Socket AM3, Socket AM3+, Socket B (LGA 1366), Socket FM1, Socket FM2, Socket FM2+, Socket H (LGA 1156), Socket H2 (LGA 1155), Socket H3 (LGA 1150), Socket LGA 1151, Socket R (LGA 2011), Socket R (LGA 2011-v3)).
Of course, installation of this cooler is nowhere near as quick as click fit coolers such as the stock Intel cooler for example. However, the manual makes it straight forward, and all you need is a screwdriver for screwing in the backplate. As mentioned before, there is no need for watching a YouTube video, you simply install the backplate and the standoffs, and then screw the mount that the CPU Cooler will go on, and that’s it.
Availability And Specifications
This CPU cooler from Cooler Master is available just about everywhere including Amazon, for just £30/$62, which is relatively affordable, and can be purchased here:
The specifications of the product are as follows:
|Item Weight||499 g|
|Product Dimensions||8 x 12 x 15.8 cm|
|Item model number||RR-212X-17PK-R1|
|Series||Cooler Master Hyper 212X – 4 Heatpipe, 1x 120 PWM Fan, Tower CPU Cooler|
|Processor Socket||Socket AM2+, Socket AM3, Socket AM3+, Socket B (LGA 1366), Socket FM1, Socket FM2, Socket FM2+, Socket H (LGA 1156), Socket H2 (LGA 1155), Socket H3 (LGA 1150), Socket LGA 1151, Socket R (LGA 2011), Socket R (LGA 2011-v3)|
Pros And Cons
- Really quiet in my PC at around 15dB
- Keeps my CPU really cool at around 20°C idle
- Appearance is good
- Straightforward instructions
- Installation still takes time
- RAM clearance issues can be serious
- You can easily get the screws in the wrong way or install the cooler the wrong way round
To conclude, this is a really good successor to the Evo in a few ways. The fan is very quiet, in fact inaudible under my case fans, which is why I would undoubtedly recommend this CPU cooler to you. However, don’t go running buying this cooler, because you should always check if you are going to have RAM clearance issues, or if the cooler even fits in your case with the side panel on.