[nextpage title=”Introduction”]

The Hyper 212 EVO is a CPU cooler with tower heatsink, four U-shaped direct-touch heatpipes and a 120 mm fan. It is obvious by the name that this cooler is an evolution of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus, which we tested last year. The main difference is the base of the coolers, as we will discuss later in this review.

The box is relatively small and simple, as you can see in Figure 1.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVOFigure 1: Package

The box contents are shown in Figure 2: the cooler itself, manuals, thermal compound, and installation hardware. The cooler came with only one fan, but it comes with the hardware necessary to install a second 120 mm fan.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVOFigure 2: Accessories

Figure 3 shows the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVOFigure 3: The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

This cooler is discussed in detail in the following pages.

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Figure 4 shows the cooler from the front. The fan is made of dark, semitransparent plastic.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVOFigure 4: Front view

In Figure 5, you see the side of the cooler. Notice that the heatsink is smaller than on the Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM, which we tested recently.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVOFigure 5: Side view

The rear of the cooler is shown in Figure 6. Here you can see that the heatpipes are distributed in four rows inside the heatsink.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVOFigure 6: Rear view

On the top of the heatsink, shown in Figure 7, you can see the tips of the four U-shaped heatpipes. The fins are almost rectangular.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVOFigure 7: Top view

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Figure 8 reveals the most visible “evolution” on this cooler. The direct-touch heatpipes are disposed without gaps between them.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVOFigure 8: Base

In Figure 9, you can see the heatsink of the Hyper 212 EVO without the fan, which is very easily removed and reinstalled.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVOFigure 9: Heatsink

Figure 10 reveals the fan that comes with the Hyper 212 EVO. It is the same model as the fan seen on the Hyper 612 PWM.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVOFigure 10: Fan

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Figure 11 presents the universal backplate (at the left) and the scissor-like clip that is used both on Intel and AMD processors (at the right). On the bottom are the screws that hold the cooler.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVOFigure 11: Backplate and clip

The backplate must be inserted from the solder side of the motherboard and then held in place by the screws and four nuts, as shown in Figure 12.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVOFigure 12: Backplate installed

On the component side, you can see the pieces where the scissor clip is screwed.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVOFigure 13: Ready for cooler installation

Then install the cooler, as shown in Figure 14.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVOFigure 14: Heatsink installed

The last step is to install the fan.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVOFigure 15: Fan installed

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We tested the cooler with a Core i7-860 CPU (quad-core, 2.8 GHz), which is a socket LGA1156 processor with a 95 W TDP (Thermal Design Power). In order to get higher thermal dissipation, we overclocked it to 3.3 GHz (150 MHz base clock and 22x multiplier), keeping the standard core voltage (Vcore), which was the maximum stable overclock we could make with the stock cooler. Keep in mind that we could have raised the CPU clock more, but to include the stock cooler in our comparison, we needed to use this moderate overclock.

We measured noise and temperature with the CPU idle and under full load. In order to get 100% CPU usage in all threads, we ran Prime 95 25.11 with the “In-place Large FFTs” option. (In this version, the software uses all available threads.)

We compared the tested cooler to the Intel stock cooler with a copper base (included with the CPU), as well as with other coolers. Note that in the past, we tested coolers with a socket LGA775 CPU, and we retested some “old” coolers with this new methodology. This means you can find different values in older reviews than the values you will read in the next page. Every cooler was tested with the thermal compound that accompanies it.

Room temperature measurements were taken with a digital thermometer. The core temperature was read with the SpeedFan program (available from the CPU thermal sensors), using an arithmetic average of the core temperature readings. During the tests, the left panel of the case was open.

The sound pressure level (SPL) was measured with a digital noise meter, with its sensor placed 4″ (10 cm) from the fan. We turned off the case and video board cooler fans so they wouldn’t interfere with the results. This measurement is only for comparison purposes, because a precise SPL measurement needs to be made inside an acoustically insulated room with no other noise sources, which isn’t the case here.

Hardware Configuration

Operating System Configuration

  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1

Software Used

Error Margin

We adopted a 2 °C error margin, meaning temperature differences below 2 °C are considered irrelevant.

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The table below presents the results of our measurements. We repeated the same test on all coolers listed below. Each measurement was taken with the CPU at idle and at full load. In the models with a fan supporting PWM, the motherboard controlled the fan speed according to core load and temperature. On coolers with an integrated fan controller, the fan was set at the minimum speed on the idle test and at full speed on the full load test.

 

Idle Processor

Processor at Full Load

Cooler Room Temp. Noise Speed Core Temp.

Noise

Speed Core Temp.
Intel stock (socket LGA1156) 14 °C 44 dBA 1700 rpm 46 °C 54 dBA 2500 rpm 90 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 G1 14 °C 47 dBA 2050 rpm 33 °C 56 dBA 2900 rpm 62 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme 14 °C 45 dBA 1400 rpm 27 °C 53 dBA 1950 rpm 51 °C
Thermaltake Silent 1156 14 °C 44 dBA 1200 rpm 38 °C 49 dBA 1750 rpm 69 °C
Noctua NH-D14 14 °C 49 dBA 1250 rpm 27 °C 49 dBA 1250 rpm 53 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Performa 14 °C 46 dBA 1500 rpm 28 °C 52 dBA 1950 rpm 54 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems 14 °C 40 dBA 750 rpm 27 °C 60 dBA 2550 rpm 50 °C
Thermaltake Frio 14 °C 46 dBA 1450 rpm 27 °C 60 dBA 2500 rpm 50 °C
Prolimatech Samuel 17 14 °C 40 dBA 750 rpm 40 °C 60 dBA 2550 rpm 63 °C
Zalman CNPS8000A 18 °C 43 dBA 1400 rpm 39 °C 54 dBA 2500 rpm 70 °C
Spir
e TherMax Eclipse II
14 °C 55 dBA 2200 rpm 28 °C 55 dBA 2200 rpm 53 °C
Scythe Ninja3 17 °C 39 dBA 700 rpm 32 °C 55 dBA 1800 rpm 57 °C
Corsair A50 18 °C 52 dBA 1900 rpm 33 °C 52 dBA 1900 rpm 60 °C
Thermaltake Jing 18 °C 44 dBA 850 rpm 34 °C 49 dBA 1300 rpm 60 °C
GlacialTech Alaska 18 °C 43 dBA 1150 rpm 36 °C 51 dBA 1600 rpm 60 °C
Deepcool Gamer Storm 18 °C 43 dBA 1100 rpm 35 °C 48 dBA 1600 rpm 62 °C
Corsair A70 26 °C 56 dBA 1900 rpm 40 °C 56 dBA 1900 rpm 65 °C
Deepcool Ice Blade Pro 23 °C 45 dBA 1200 rpm 38 °C 52 dBA 1500 rpm 64 °C
AC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 23 °C 47 dBA 1750 rpm 44 °C 51 dBA 2100 rpm 77 °C
Corsair H70 27 °C 60 dBA 1900 rpm 37 °C 60 dBA 1900 rpm 61 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 Max 27 °C 55 dBA 1600 rpm 38 °C 58 dBA 1750 rpm 63 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 11 LP 25 °C 45 dBA 1700 rpm 51 °C 49 dBA 1950 rpm 91 °C
CoolIT Vantage 26 °C 60 dBA 2500 rpm 37 °C 60 dBA 2500 rpm 62 °C
Deepcool Ice Matrix 600 25 °C 46 dBA 1100 rpm 41 °C 53 dBA 1300 rpm 69 °C
Titan Hati 26 °C 46 dBA 1500 rpm 40 °C 57 dBA 2450 rpm 68 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 27 °C 49 dBA 1950 rpm 41 °C 53 dBA 2300 rpm 70 °C
Noctua NH-C14 26 °C 52 dBA 1300 rpm 37 °C 52 dBA 1300 rpm 61 °C
Intel XTS100H 26 °C 49 dBA 1200 rpm 42 °C 64 dBA 2600 rpm 68 °C
Zalman CNPS5X SZ 23 °C 52 dBA 2250 rpm 38 °C 57 dBA 2950 rpm 69 °C
Thermaltake SlimX3 21 °C 50 dBA 2700 rpm 46 °C 50 dBA 2750 rpm 99 °C
Cooler Master Hyper 101 21 °C 50 dBA 2600 rpm 38 °C 57 dBA 3300 rpm 71 °C
Antec Kühler H2O 620 19 °C 52 dBA 1400 rpm 34 °C 55 dBA 1400 rpm 58 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro 20 °C 46 dBA 1100 rpm 36 °C 49 dBA 1300 rpm 62 °C
GlacialTech Siberia 22 °C 49 dBA 1400 rpm 34 °C 49 dBA 1400 rpm 61 °C
Evercool Transformer 3 18 °C 46 dBA 1800 rpm 33 °C 51 dBA 2250 rpm 65 °C
Zalman CNPS11X Extreme 20 °C 51 dBA 1850 rpm 34 °C 56 dBA 2050 rpm 61 °C
Thermaltake Frio OCK 15 °C 44 dBA 1000 rpm 27 °C 64 dBA 2200 rpm 51 °C
Prolimatech Genesis 18 °C 49 dBA 1050 rpm 30 °C 49 dBA 1050 rpm 54 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer XTREME Rev. 2 15 °C 41 dBA 1050 rpm 32 °C 44 dBA 1400 rpm 60 °C
NZXT HAVIK 140 16 °C 48 dBA 1250 rpm 29 °C 49 dBA 1250 rpm 55 °C
Antec Kühler H2O 920 18 °C 41 dBA 650 rpm 29 °C 64 dBA 2500 rpm 49 °C
Zalman CNP7X LED 18 °C 45 dBA 1950 rpm 33 °C 48 dBA 2150 rpm 58 °C
EVGA Superclock 14 °C 43 dBA 1300 rpm 27 °C 58 dBA 2350 rpm 47 °C
Evercool Transformer 4 15 °C 46 dBA 1500 rpm 26 °C 53 dBA 1950 rpm 52 °C
Xigmatek Dark Knight 18 °C 47 dBA 1700 rpm 30 °C 53 dBA 2150 rpm 57 °C
Xigmatek Aegir 15 °C 44 dBA 1500 rpm 27 °C 50 dBA 1950 rpm 52 °C
Cooler Master GeminII S524 16 °C 45 dBA 1300 rpm 29 °C 53 dBA 1800 rpm 58 °C
Enermax ETS-T40-TA 16 °C 40 dBA 1050 rpm 28 °C 48 dBA 1800 rpm 55 °C
Corsair H80 14 °C 42 dBA 2150 rpm 25 °C 52 dBA 2150 rpm 47 °C
Akasa Venom Voodoo 13 °C 40 dBA 1000 rpm 26 °C 48 dBA 1500 rpm 51 °C
Xigmatek Thor’s Hammer 15 °C 44 dBA 1500 rpm 30 °C 50 dBA 2000 rpm 55 °C
Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM 19 °C 45 dBA 1400 rpm 30 °C 52 dBA 1900 rpm 54 °C
Xigmatek Loki 17 °C 44 dBA 1850 rpm 34 °C 55 dBA 2750 rpm 60 °C
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 14 °C 44 dBA 1250 rpm 26 °C 50 dBA 1750 rpm 50 °C

In the graph below, at full load you can see how many degrees Celsius hotter the CPU core is than the air outside the case. The lower this difference, the better is the performance of the cooler.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 

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The main specifications for the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler include:

  • Application: Sockets 775, 1155, 1156, 1366, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, and FM1 processors
  • Dimensions: 4.7 x 3.1 x 6.3 inches (120 x 80 x 159 mm) (W x L x H)
  • Fins: Aluminum
  • Base: Aluminum, with heatpipes in direct contact to the CPU
  • Heat-pipes: Four copper heatpipes
  • Fan: One 120 mm fan (supports two fans)
  • Nominal fan speed: 2,000 rpm
  • Fan air flow: 82.9 cfm
  • Maximum power consumption: 2.64 W
  • Nominal noise level: 36 dBA
  • Weight: 1.03 lbs (465 g)
  • More information: https://www.coolermaster-usa.com
  • Average price in the US*: USD 35.00

* Researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this review.[nextpage title=”Conclusions”]

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is a real evolutionary cooler. The direct-touch heatpipes with no gaps between them seems to be an excellent feature, managing to seriously improve the cooling performance seen on the Hyper 212 Plus.

Actually, the Hyper 212 EVO has shown the same performance level as the Hyper 612 PWM, which uses the same fan but has a far bigger heatsink.

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is relatively small and light, but with its good price, low noise level and high cooling performance, it receives the Hardware Secrets Golden Award.