Conclusion: We've seen a good few number of Cooler Master's products over the course of time here at OC3D, and they've never failed to deliver in any category that we've seen yet. And neither of these coolers can be accused of breaking this streak. They are both well built, solid products which suffer from no major flaws. In fact their biggest flaw is that they are a little mundane.
Pros: Excellent performance, Universal mounting system, Not obtrusively noisy, Quality build, The Mediocre, Looks just like every other heat sink on the market, The Bad, Nothing!, TX3, The Good, Well built, Supports future sockets, Cheap
Cons: Nothing!, TX3, The Good, Well built, Supports future sockets, Cheap, The Mediocre, Performance, Noise, The Bad, Not really worth the extra over the Intel stock cooler
Excerpt: For those who can remember the original GeminII S, you will see where this new submission gets most of its dominant traits and features. For those who don't remember it so well, or not at all, let me summarize it for you. The GeminII S was a small footprint cooler with the use of a 120mm fan blowing down at the motherboard.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus and Hyper TX3 CPU Coolers Review
8 February 2011
Summary: Cooler Master cut a slice of the bottom of their Hyper 212 and TX2, making them direct-heatpipe-touch models. We put them through their paces on an overclocked Core i7 platform. Can these budgetfriendly cooling solutions offer a good alternative to Intel's stock cooler? How do they compare to high end, 788 gram, heatsinks? Read on to find out!
Conclusion: Conclusion When we conducted our tests on this cooler and its competition, we were expecting some very good results, especially when pitted against some similar coolers. We were very pleased when our predictions came true and gave us some outstanding temperatures in both idle and load tests, using the same testing conditions as we always do.
Pros: Excellent cooling, especially at this price-point, Capacity for a second fan, Great compatibility, Reasonably good-looking, Amazing value
Summary: The X'Mas edition of the Titan Fenrir looks like a formidable CPU cooler with a morbid red and black paint job, shiny stock fan, and fat direct-touch heatpipes, but its bark is much bigger than its bite. It has a decent sounding fan that undervolts well, but its performance is somewhat lacking compared to the competition. Its biggest problem seems to be a mounting system that doesn't apply enough pressure.
Pros: Good performance, Stock fan has above average acoustics, Good performance, Versatile, secure mounting system, Relatively small size, Hardware for second fan included, Very low price
Cons: Questionable mounting system, Blows upward on AMD motherboards, no LGA1156 backplate, Stock fan has poor acoustics
Summary: As we just saw, the Cooler Master 212 Plus provides good performance for the price. While it is certainly not the most powerful cooler out there, at just $35 USD, it holds its own on the market. Not only does the Hyper 212 Plus perform well, but its performance is dramatically improved by the cheap (or free) upgrade that is an additional fan.
From a usage standpoint, the Hyper 212 Plus has some good aspects and some not-so-good ones.
Summary: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus is a good cooler with reasonable performance. It has a good construction quality and its fan is strong and quiet.
It, however, does not reach the performance level shown by top-shelf coolers, probably because of its relatively small heatsink. Other weak point is the installation, which is a little complicated. Its looks is average; it is pretty but does not draw attention like more sofisticated models.
Summary: Although the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus launched with a retail value of $40 US, that appears to have now dropped to just $30 US as evident at several major online retailers. At this price the Hyper 212 Plus is incredible value and hands down the best value CPU cooler we have ever reviewed.
Excerpt: At first glance, the Hyper 212 Plus seems like Cooler Master’s original Hyper 212 with a different fan mounting system and support for sockets 1156 and 1366. But while the original had two sets of heat dissipation fins, one set for each end of the heat pipes, the 212 Plus adopts a more straightforward tower design, with the heatsink fins connected to both ends of each heat pipe. It’s the same basic and effective design seen in all of today’s top-performing air coolers.
Pros: Dirt cheap; effective cooling.
Cons: Can bump up against north-bridge chip cooler.