Reviews for Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (RR-212E-20PK-R1 / RR-212E-20PK-R2 / RR-212E-16PK-R1)
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Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Review
6 December 2011
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
Excerpt: What, this old thing? Cooler Master’s Hyper 212 Evo is the new‑and‑improved version of our standby CPU cooler. It’s just $35 and offers performance far exceeding other coolers in its price range, so it’s the first thing we reach for when we build a new budget-conscious rig. Given that LGA2011 CPUs don’t come with heatsinks, the Evo is the closest thing we have to a stock cooler, and it will be the standard against which all other Sandy Bridge-E coolers are judged.
Pros: Powerful, inexpensive performance
Cons: Not the freshest design; Mounting annoying on earlier brackets.
Summary: Coolermaster's Hyper 212 Evo heatsink stands 160mm tall, weighs in at moderate 569 grams and packs in four exposed 6mm diameter copper heatpipes on its base. Otherwise the Hyper 212 Evo is a pretty standard 'tower' heatsink. A 600-2000RPM, 120mm PWM fan is supplied with swept-forward impeller blades.
Conclusion: The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO’s performance is very competitive. It outperforms the silence-orientated Gelid Tranquillo Rev. 2 and Cooler Master Hyper 612S by a decent margin. The majority of coolers in a similar performance envelope are significantly more expensive, making the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO a very potent competitor to today’s Xigmatek and Enermax products.
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.
Excerpt: Frequent Maximum PC readers will have noticed our love affair with Cooler Master’s Hyper 212 Plus CPU cooler. The 212 Plus came out of nowhere and captured our hearts—and a spot on our Best of the Best list—with its excellent cooling power and rock-bottom $30 price tag way back in 2009. It’s not the best CPU cooler we’ve tested, but we’ve installed it in virtually every stock-clocked PC we’ve built since, thanks to its unbeatable price/performance ratio.
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.
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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.