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Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)


For someone looking for a budget cooler for a build that may even see some heavy overclocking, the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo is an excellent choice — especially for the money. The performance results and overall quality and simplicity of the cooler make it a very nice heatsink to work with and use. Installation is easy and applies even pressure, the fan clip-on mechanism is super fast and hassle-free, the fan itself is not loud at all, and the performance numbers are good. I will not hesitate to offer this cooler as my #1 suggestion to those on a budget!

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The CM Hyper 212 EVO retails for $34.99 and is aimed at budget conscious enthusiasts. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO looks almost physically identical to the Hyper 212 Plus with a few subtle but very effective changes. With a new wide range PWM fan and an updated Continuous Direct Contact ™ surface design, the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO takes budget CPU cooling performance to another level. Thankfully, this level of performance is compatible with the entire current desktop processor lineup from Intel and AMD and is even compatible with the upcoming AMD FX-Series processors so enthusiasts armed with the CM Hyper 212 EVO will be ready no matter what system they choose to run and overclock.


Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Review - Introduction

All tests were run on a custom built desktop computer. The system remained in the same location for all of the tests, with an approximate room temperature of around 21c. Stock thermal paste respective to the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, Thermaltake Jing, and Intel's stock cooler were used to rate the performance, and were given proper time for them to fully settle. This means that Cooler Master's provided thermal paste was used for the Hyper 212 EVO, Thermaltake's provided thermal paste was used for the Thermaltake Jing, and Intel's pre-applied paste was used for the stock cooler. The fans on all heatsinks were directly connected to the motherboard's 4-pin connector. Our testbench was turned on and idling for a minimum of one hour before the idling tests. High CPU load results were obtained using the Prime95 in-place large FFTs test with four worker threads running for a minimum of ten minutes, or until the temperatures were deemed stable.