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CoolerMaster Hyper212 Review

Propane    -   November 23, 2007
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Closer Look:

The contents of the case include an instruction manual, the heatsink, one CoolerMaster fan, mounting hardware for both AMD and Intel sockets, CoolerMaster thermal paste, an extra fan bracket, and a set of screws. The heatsink itself came in a plastic box that people with Intel CPUs will be familiar with (they are very similar). The other items came packaged in two cardboard boxes that were placed underneath the plastic box that housed the cooler. The portion of the heatsink that physically attaches to the CPU is covered with a small piece of plastic to protect it from finger oils and scratches which would severely harm the performance of the heatsink.

The items bellow, starting with the instructions and going around clockwise, are as follows. The instructions include how to install the heatsink on both AMD and Intel sockets and give you this information in several different languages. The square plate that is above it is a backplate that is used on the AMD sockets and not the Intel, so I won't be using it in this review. Above that are the two C shaped metal brackets. These attach to the bottom of the heatsink for Intel sockets to give the screws that extra little extension so they make it the entire way through the motherboard. These C brackets screw into the heatsink as opposed to snapping in, so you know they won't be going anywhere. To the right of the two C brackets is the top plate for the AMD sockets. This plate is similar to the C brackets but again, won't be used because I don't have an AMD system. Next is, of course, the heatsink. It only comes with one fan attached so it is up to you to provide and install the other one. To the bottom-right of the heatsink is a small packet of screws used to install the heatsink. To the bottom-left of the screws is the additional plate that is used to connect a fan to the other side of the heatsink. The final packet has rubber grommets that keep the metal of the screws from shorting out the motherboard and a small tube of CoolerMaster thermal paste.

 

 

 

 

The two plates used for AMD sockets can be seen bellow.  The large square piece goes on the back side of the motherboard, while the spider-like piece attaches to the block of the heatsink with four screws. These then attach to each other to provide a solid connection.

 

 

The mounting hardware for the Intel socket is a lot simpler. The C brackets attach to the heatsink as can be seen below; then four screws go through and are attached with several small nuts, forming the same, strong connection.

 

The heatsink itself is very thin and has brackets for two fans, with one already in use by the stock fan. The four heatpipe configuration can be seen in the top down view of the heatsink, which is the most unique part, along with the two fans, about this cooler. The fins are separated by a couple of millimeters, as is standard with most heatsinks. On the top fan bracket, CoolerMaster can be seen elegantly inscribed, which is a nice addition if you like to show off your computer's internals. The included fan has a 3-pin power connector that is used by plugging it into your motherboard's fan header. There was no 3-pin-to-molex adapter provided, but those are easily obtainable, although it would have been a nice addition.

 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Installation & Specifications
  4. Testing
  5. Conclusion
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