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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler

Manufacturer: Cooler Master
Supplied by: Cooler Master
Street Price: $29

by Dean Barker (7/19/2009)

Introduction

Cooler Master is like a number of other manufacturers, offers a wide range of cooling solutions. Finding the proper balance of performance, price and adaptability is a tricky maneuver especially considering to for each of us, the "perfect" balance means something different. The new Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Cooler looks to be a very viable option as the perfect balance for a number of folks. With a street price of under 30 bucks, the Hyper 212 brings Direct Heatpipe Touch design to the table with four 6mm heatpipes on a cooler that can be run with either one 120mm fan in stock trim or with an optional second cooling fan.

The crew of Cooler Master is proud of their middle of the road unit. So much so that they shipped one over for us to play with for some hands on thoughts. As always lets start off this review with a look at the white paper.

Specifications

• Application: Intel Socket LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA775, AMD Socket AM3, AM2, 940 and 939
• Dimensions: 120 x 78 x 159mm
• Weight: 626 gms
• Construction: Copper heatpipes with aluminum fins
• Fan (s): Single 120mm fan / optional addition of second 120mm fan
• Rated Fan Speed: 600 ~ 2000 RPM (PWM)
• Rated Fan Noise: 13 ~ 32 dBA
• Rated Air Flow: 21 ~ 77 CFM
• Power: 4-pin connector

What you get

Included with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus is the cooler of course along with mounting hardware for most all current applications up to and including the Intel i7 Extreme and AMD Phenom II X4. Only one fan comes with the cooler. You do get four fan clips so mounting a second 120mm fan is as easy as picking one up and snapping it on. Also in the package was a small tube of a grey colored thermal paste. I'm assuming this is an Arctic Silver based product but I don't know for sure.

The Hyper 212 Plus

Cooler Master's Hyper 212 Plus is designed in tower form to allow it's fan to blow air over the fins toward a rear case fan or up towards a power supply for quick exhaust. The unit is large but not so overly big as to create difficulty in mounting in any standard sized midtower. The dimensions again are 120 x 78 x 159mm.

Four copper heatpipes bend up from the base to create the framework for the aluminum convection fins.  As you can see below, the high count of fins will give us a sizeable amount of surface area to help cool things with.


 

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