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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Review

Compxpert    -   June 12, 2009
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Conclusion:

From a strict performance outlook, the Hyper 212 Plus did alright not losing by much, so it's not a bad cooler. However, I feel that with what it was compared to, it could have stood up a bit better even with 3°C variance in most of the tests. Still, I was impressed by a lot with this heatsink. The versatility of it only requiring a single backplate and retention bracket while covering such a wide array of socket types (AM2, AM3, 939, 775, 1156, 1366) is what impressed me. Again, like the XT-1264 however, there are gaps between the heatpipes where heat could be trapped but on a more positive note it is good to see companies trying to get it so the heatpipes come in direct contact with the CPU die. This kind of contact reduces the amount of time it takes to transfer heat from one place to another as opposed to a heatsink with the heatpipes sandwiched between two pieces of metal. Another amazing feat is that unlike the XT-1264 this heatsink actually offers the ability to use a second fan if you wish to purchase one and even comes with a second set of clips just for that purpose. I also was impressed by how lightweight it was. The heatsink fins were also quite thin, which probably attributes to how light it is and yet they were quite sturdy for aluminum. I feel that for a price of around $35 it offers a decent level of cooling performance with only a three degree difference in load temperatures between the Hyper 212 plus and TRUE when overclocked. It's safe to say that there is even a little headroom for a bit of overclocking.

 

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Sturdy construction
  • Good price
  • Good cooling performance
  • Versatile Retention Method
  • Ability to use a second fan

 

Cons:

  • Uneven base

 

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