Cooler Master Hyper 212X Review
Cooler Master Hyper 212X Review
We have some fresh wind in our test lab named Cooler Master Hyper 212X today. It is an update to very popular Hyper 212 EVO air cooler. There have been some design changes made on fan-blades as well as couple improvements that suppose to boost performance and further reduce noise. So let’s have a look if the Cooler Master managed to achieve this goal.
The package is as simple as it can be, but still showing the cooler in front and main dimensions at the back. All important information can be found on the right side of the package. Nothing to complain here at all.
As we can see, we are not going to talk about any premium cooler here, but it’s neither kind of “keep it cheap” product. The copper pipes are nicely formed to get the maximum performance out of this 158mm cooler. We must keep in mind that a lot of users are looking exactly for this kind of product. It has to deliver decent performance, but it shouldn’t cost a fortune.
There is Cooler Master’s logo on top of the cooler tower and we can also see the X-vents around every heatpipe. They are positioned in 45° angle. Thus, every fin-blade should create little air pressure difference, which produces small turbulence around heatpipes. The result is small cooling performance boost, as the heatpipes are provided with a bit more air flow where it’s needed.
Also the funnel shaped form of aluminium fins provides additional air flow between heatpipes.
The base is made of aluminium, but the copper heatpipes are directly contacted to the CPU surface. All heatpipes are machined to get “gap-less” contact surface. Thus, the heat can be better transmitted between CPU and heatpipes which improves the cooling performance. Don’t forget to remove the protection foil, otherwise the magic won’t happen.
The fan is easy to remove for easier cleaning of dust. It’s also no problem to replace the fan with some other fans. You simply remove the fixing brackets and mount it on new fan. During the cooler installation the fan has to be removed first. The true is that the X-Bracket mounting system is not so perfect. You will need some patience during fixation of first two screws with included backplate. We recommend to take the mainboard out of the PC case for much easier installation. The positive thing of this X-Bracket is that it puts regular pressure in the middle of the cold plate(base plate) of the cooler. The optimal pressure remains for long time thanks to X-Bracket design.
Also nice is the extra package for screws and an extra fan holder included, should you wish to add a second fan.
You should’t have any problems using higher RAM modules in combination with this cooler even using two fans. The fan is using 4pin and so the RPM can be controlled by mainboard itself.
Cooler Master Hyper 212X Specifications:
|Model Name||Hyper 212X|
|CPU Socket||Intel® LGA 2011-3/2011/1156/1155/1151/1150/775
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||120(L) x 79(W) x 158(H) mm|
|Heat Sink Dimensions (LxWxH)||116(L) x 51(W) x 158(H) mm|
|Heat Sink Material||Aluminum (Fins) / Copper (Heatpipes)|
|Heat Sink Weight||492g|
|Heat Pipes Diameter||ø 6mm|
|Fan Dimensions (LxWxH)||120(L) x 120(W) x 25(H) mm|
|Fan Speed||600-1,700 RPM ± 10%|
|Fan Airflow||24.9-54.65 CFM ± 10%|
|Fan Air Pressure||0.3-2.03 mmH2O ± 10%|
|Fan Life Expectancy||40,000 hrs|
|Fan Noise Level (dBA)||9-27.2 dBA|
|Fan Bearing Type||Rifle Bearing|
|Fan Connector||4-Pin (PWM)|
|Fan Rated Voltage||12 VDC|
|Fan Rated Current||0.1 A|
|Fan Power Consumption||1.2 W|
To ensure that the results from one review to another are comparable, the Testing Methodology will be the same throughout all reviews, otherwise we will make a note if somethings changed and keep it separately from other results.
All testing was done on test Bench-table with a room ambient temperature of 22- 23°C and if temperature changes we will add delta T °C to the results.
Before testing we run 10 minutes of Prime95 followed by 30 minutes of idling. This warm up period was done at stock CPU core frequency. For noise testing we are using fanless PSU. We mostly do fan noise test over night so we have our room as silent as possible.
We take noise values from distance of 30cm.
Testing System 1 :
Software: OCCT 4.4.1, Easy Tune
For testing we are using OCCT software and between each test we leave the system at least 15 minutes to rest. Thus, the temperature comes back to the IDLE state. Followed by overclocking with help of Easy Tune Software (for Gigabyte mainboard) or for ASUS mainboard (CPU Ratio only). Each test lasted for 15 minutes. If the temperature of any CPU core exceeded 85°C the test was automatically turned off and the value of the results we have marked as “failed”. The resulting temperature in the tables are the average temperature of all cores. The results of the tests are influenced by many factors such as: the amount of thermal paste, pressure between the processor and CPU block, humidity, thermal conductivity of thermal paste, etc.. Therefore this results should be considered as indicative only.
Intel® Core™ i5-4690K Processor
|Fan max. RPM||noise dB(A) 1 fan pushing air against cpu socket|
|IDLE PWM mode||850||30.5dB(A)
|@3.9GHz PWM mode||1200||34dB(A)|
|@4.5GHz PWM mode||1650||40dB(A)|
The Cooler Master Hyper 212X air cooler is an update of well known EVO version. We can see some minor optimizations here as already mentioned X-Vents Design which is simply kind of fine tuning for existing EVO version. There are actually two versions of Cooler Master Hyper 212X available on the market depending on your region. Our test sample is the one for European region. The only difference is the used fan. The performance of both versions is most likely the same.
Cooler Master claims the life span over approx. 40,000 hours which is not so impressive. The fan is in fact not noisy during gaming and almost not audible during office works or in IDLE mode. The only time you can hear the fan was during loads over 70% when the fan had to spin at high RPM keeping the air flow as fast as possible.
When it comes to build quality, the is not much to complain at all. During unboxing we found everything in its place, no aluminium fins were broken or somehow bend. Removing of fan is very easy, should you need to clean is later of dust. When it comes to performance, we are little bit surprised as we have expected bit more. We had to run an extra test just to make sure our first test results are not any kind of incorrect. But results of both tests were pretty much the same.
The mounting brackets need little bit more patience and in many cases we recommend to take the mainboard out of the chassis. The so called X-Bracket mounting system is compatible with all current sockets, and the good thing is that it puts the pressure in the middle of the base plate(cold plate). Thus, you can be sure that the cooler contact surface has equal pressure.
Overall the Cooler Master Hyper 212X is a nice value air cooler which we could award for its price/performance ratio with Silver Recommendation.
gap-less contact surface
additional fan mount option
bit lower performance