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CoolerMaster Hyper212 Review

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I only have an Intel computer that uses the LGA775 socket, so this section will be particular to this socket, although it appears that the installation for AMD sockets is not much different.

Most larger, high-end, CPU coolers nowadays use a backplate that sandwiches the motherboard in between the cooler and the backplate. The CoolerMaster Hyper212 is different. It instead uses several bolts that go through the holes provided in the motherboard for this purpose and is then tightened down with 4 nuts. This is very unique to me, so I was excited to see how the ease of install went as compared to the coolers that utilize a backplate. In the picture below, you can see how the heatsink attaches to the motherboard.







I cleaned off the old thermal paste from my CPU and attached some extra mounting hardware to the bottom of the heatsink. These extra mounting plates were rather small and attached with four screws. The four bolts that actually attach the cooler to the motherboard then go through these additional plates and through the motherboard. Turning the motherboard over, you can then attach the nuts, securing the heatsink in place. I was surprised with how easy this method was and was especially glad that I did not have to tighten little thumb screws in awkward positions. The small mounting brackets can be seen in the picture below under the heatsink.


The Hyper212 took up just about as much space as my old Tuniq Tower, but two fans were on the Hyper212, which should help increase airflow over the heat dispersing fins.



  • Socket Type: Intel LGA775 & AMD Socket (754/939/940/AM2)
  • Heatsink Material: Copper base / Aluminum fin
  • Heatsink Dimensions: 112 x 92 x 160 mm
  • Heatsink Heatpipes: 4
  • Fan Dimensions: 120 x 120 x 25mm
  • Fan Speed: 2000RPM
  • Fan Air Flow: 69.69CFM
  • Fan Air Pressure: 2.94 mm-H2O
  • Fan Bearing Type: Long life sleeve bearing
  • Fan Life Expectancy: 50,000 hours
  • Fan Noise Level: 19 dBA
  • Fan Connector: 3-pin
  • Total Weight: 710g

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