Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus ReviewCompxpert - June 12, 2009
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Unlike its counterpart, the Hyper 212, the Hyper 212 Plus now supports AM3, LGA1156 and LGA1366. Also, unlike the Hyper 212, the heatsink is not split in the middle but is a one solid peice and includes an entirely different fan. For a 120mm heatsink, this one is pretty light. What also impressed me were how thin yet sturdy the heatsink fins were. The copper heatpipes show the whole way through on this heatsink and the only portions that are not copper are the fins and the portions between the heatpipes themselves. This heatsink boasts four copper heatpipes that make direct contact with the CPU and a very sturdy aluminum construction.
However, just like in my last heat sink review of the Kingwin XT-1264, this one also has gaps in its surface. Gaps, as you might know, can provide spaces for heat to linger and become trapped, which means more heat is sticking around the area of the CPU. The picture below accurately shows what the gaps on the surface look like
The fan on the 212 Plus is a little better in the airflow department but is also a tad louder than its non plus counterpart. The type of bearing used in the 212 Plus is sleeved with a life span of 40,000 hours so you can be sure this heatsink will last you a long time. The fan also appears to carry a larger motor than a lot of other 120mm fans I've seen and sort of reminds me of the Delta fans in terms of the size of the motor but not in the way the blades are shaped. Just by appearance alone, it looks like it could move a decent amount of air without too terribly much noise as a byproduct. Unlike my previous review of the Kingwin XT-1264, this heatsink allows you to mount a second fan in a push-pull configuration. It even comes with another set of clips just for this purpose, but if you wish to have another fan for a push-pull, you're going to have to buy it seperately as CoolerMaster only packages one of these fans.
When mounting it on the board, it almost becomes a concern if it was going to be tall enough to clear the top of the PWM heatsink on my motherboard. As you can see in the picture above, I had just enough room above it, probably just one millimeter. This is so unlike my previous review of the Kingwin XT-1264, which would not clear this PWM heatsink period but would mount vertically. However, in my case configuration, either horizontal or vertical would be applicable due to an exhaust fan being at the rear of the CPU cooler in both scenarios. So either way not a big deal, in any other situation this would probably not have been an issue at all. Keep in mind what hardware you're going to be using a heatsink with because certain factors such as other heatsinks can get in the way of you mounting your CPU cooler.
Now with our heatsink installed, let's take a look at how it performs.