Summary: Got it after my Intel CPU i5 760 went over 105 degrees with stock fan. While running the same super stressful applications, this thing cooled it way below 70. Recommended for anyone not overclocking and find liquid cooling too expensive.
Summary: Purchased this to deal with a troublesome AMD Phenom 2 black edition CPU. It would get so hot on medium and high loads, causing the stock fan to speed up to the point where it sounds like a hair dryer. Installed the Cooler Master 212 and it dramatically lowered the temperature. According to speedfan, it looks like it lowered it by 10 degrees on full load! Downside is that it's quite big, and I had to remove one of my case fans on the side panels.
Pros: Quiet, cools CPU very well, affordable
Cons: -Big, just barely fit into my case and mother board., -Instructions can be confusing but you can find youtube installation tutorials
Use with Intel CPU's only. Not a good cantidate for AMD CPU's
A . Cain, Amazon
20 February 2013
Summary: Used earlier version of this product with a Intel Core 2 Duo two years ago and was delighted with the results. I Needed to build a new upgraded system and decided to use a AMD FX-8350 CPU. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus looked fine from the ratings and the documentation said it supported AMD AM3 socket. However the Hyper 212 Plus needs to support both Intel, and AMD CPU's The issue is that the AMD CPU chip is about 80% larger than the Intel CPU chip.