Excerpt: The Coolermaster 212 has been around for a little while now in the form of the original 212, the 212 Plus (reviewed here along with the TX3 Plus back in 2009). Now in it's latest incarnation the 212 is presented as the 212 "EVO", confirming the thought that this is a further evolution of the previous models rather than a totally new design. Retailing at £23.98 the cooler enters into a pretty competitive end of the market and will have to prove itself worthy.
Conclusion: While I was pleased with the temperature results, I did have a problem with the mounting system. Although it is a great feature that the cooler is supplied with a back plate and custom mounting system for both Intel and AMD systems. The cooler was mounted fine but when the cooler was subsequently removed from the system the threads on two of the bolts failed. This may have been due to the thickness of the motherboard I used for testing.
Pros: Good performance, Custom mounting system, Included mounting brackets for a second fan, Quiet operation, High quality thermal paste, Well priced
Cons: Custom mounting bracket quality is questionable, Small quantity of thermal paste provided, Wasn’t very easy to install while the motherboard is inside a case
Summary: In our test bed, the Evo continues to impress, cooling our i7-3960X at 4.2GHz down to 74 C. It’s not the best cooler in this roundup, but it outperforms coolers three times its price. And although its height may be a concern in narrow cases, the heatsink and fan do not interfere with any RAM slots, unlike many other coolers in this roundup. The Evo remains an inexpensive, inexplicably kick-ass cooler.
Pros: Powerful, inexpensive performance
Cons: Not the freshest design; Mounting annoying on earlier brackets.
Excerpt: To sum it all up, Cooler Master's new Hyper 212 Evo CPU cooler has great performance, yet leaves a relatively small acoustic footprint. The included mounting solution is very robust, if a bit fussy to install, and Cooler Master includes an extra pair of fan clips should the user wish to add another fan.
Summary: If you’re building a new rig, or looking to upgrade from a stock cooler, on the other hand, the Evo is a worthy successor to the 212 Plus. Five dollars for a cooler that can keep an overclocked proc 9 C cooler? We’ll take it. We could wish for an easier mounting bracket, but honestly, the Hyper 212 Evo is a damn-good deal at $35.
Pros: Nearly identical to the Plus; excellent value for the money; better performance on overclocked chips.
Cons: Nearly identical to the Plus; mounting bracket is getting old.
Excerpt: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO Today we're evaluating Cooler Master's Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler, a direct contact heatpipe tower design targeting the mid-range price segment (MSRP $45 USD) for enthusiasts wanting to increase their cooling capacity - be it for quieter operation or overclocking headroom, or just peace of mind for long term operation.
Summary: The evolutionary Hyper 212 model now boasts new base with improved heatpipes direct-touch technology and a new fan. The cooler has also become a little pricier. Let’s find out how successful these improvements turned out to be.
Conclusion: The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo is an excellent cooler for anyone looking for a heatsink that comes with a great silent fan by default. The cooler’s noise level was on the quiet end compared to other mid to high end aftermarket coolers. Overall, The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo is a good unit for an replacement desktop cooler, though it’s not an ideal option or someone looking to get into serious overclocking.
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO Review – Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler for Intel 1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
16 November 2011
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