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Cooler Master is already well-known throughout the computer enthusiast community, and doesn't have to do anything to keep its reputation where it is now. However, with the extreme craze over the 2+ year-old Hyper 212 but it appears the stark criticism of its low-quality base drove Cooler Master to improve even further upon its lacking design. What Cooler Master did to the base of the Hyper 212 Evo certainly assisted in cleaning up those loose ends and offers nothing for users to complain about anymore! Other than the newly-designed base, the Hyper 212 Evo is, from my observations, identical to the original Hyper 212+. I will say that the base on the Hyper 212 Evo is probably one of the best, if not THE best direct contact design I have ever seen on a CPU cooler. The gaps between the heatpipes themselves is nearly non-existent and the ridges that are found in the gaps are filled with an epoxy, making the base completely flat.
As far as performance goes, this cooler is an excellent $35 well spent. What I've found with other direct contact heatpipe coolers, even this one, is that the idle temperatures are almost always superb. This is due to the very quick heat transfer rate of the cooler, thanks for the direct interface between the CPU and the cooler. Coolers without direct contact heatpipes require that the heat from the processor travel through an additional interface (the base itself) before making it to the heatpipes. With a light-weight and small cooler, the idle temperatures achieved here are quite good. The load temperatures are nothing to shake a stick at either, but the numbers are exemplary of a small cooler. Even though the idle temperatures are great, the heat capacity of the cooler prevents it from having superb "load" numbers. Without as much mass as the other comparison units, the ability to handle a high heat load tapers off.
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!
- Great idle temperatures
- Easy and simple to install
- Fan snaps in and out of place - no need to mess with clumsy wire clips
- Lightweight (less stress on motherboard)
- Includes hardware to attach an additional fan