Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Review

Compxpert - 2009-05-29 20:37:51 in CPU Cooling
Category: CPU Cooling
Reviewed by: Compxpert   
Reviewed on: June 12, 2009
Price: $29.99


Finding a good heatsink can be quite a tough job to tackle. There are many factors to consider when deciding what to buy for your CPU. Probably the most important factors to consider are how well the heatsink performs and how big of a hole it eats out of your wallet. Yet another factor to consider is how much headroom you have when overclocking. A good heatsink needs to be able to take the increased heat of an overclocked CPU. Known for its great cases and cooling devices, CoolerMaster delivers yet another fine product, namely the Hyper 212 Plus. Does this heatsink deliver like CoolerMaster's other products? Read on further to find out.

Closer Look:

So you wish to know more about the Hyper 212 Plus. The Hyper 212 Plus comes packaged in a white box with purple in the right hand corner and features the cooler on the front face. The front also bears the name of the cooler as well as its new support for i7, AM3, and LGA1156/1366. On one side of the box is the list of specifications that goes on to mention that it also supports LGA775 and AMD sockets AM2 and 939.












Once out of the box, you'll see the CoolerMaster fan with larger blades. It would appear the fan could move a lot of air from the large blades but it does make a lot of noise because of this design. According to the side packing, the fan delivers a maximum of 76.6CFM at a maximum of 32dBA. Not a bad noise level, at least for me anyway, it's up to you in the end if this bothers you. Upward and onward you will find along with the heatsink is the backplate. Upon further investigation of the packaging and the manual I found it quite interesting how versitile CoolerMaster made the hardware that secures the cooler to the CPU. Unlike most heatsinks, this one only has one retention bracket and one backplate, which is applicable for all of the sockets it supports. This means that after assembly you won't (or shouldn't) if you assembled it properly, have any left over parts to hold on to, with I suppose the exception of the bitthey give you to use to secure the nuts on the backplate.




Now that we have it unpacked, let's take a closer look at what we have.

Closer Look:

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.



CPU Socket

Socket LGA1366 / 1156 / 775

Socket AM3 / AM2 / 940 / 939

CPU Support

Core™ i7 Extreme / Core™ i7 / Core™2 Extreme / Core™2 Quad / Core™2 Duo / Pentium® / Celeron®

Phenom™ II X4 / Phenom™ II X3 / Phenom™ X4 / Phenom™ X3 / Athlon™ X2 / Athlon™ / Sempron™


120 x 79.7 x 158.5 mm (L x W x H)


1.38 lbs; 626g

Heat Sink Material

Aluminum fin

Heat Pipes

4 pcs

Fan Dimension

120 x 120 x 25 mm

Fan Speed

600 - 2000 R.P.M. (PWM)

Fan Airflow

21.2 - 76.8 CFM

Air pressure (mmH2O)

0.40 - 3.90 mmH2O

Bearing Type

Long life sleeve bearing

Fan Life Expectancy

40,000 hours

Fan Noise Level (dB-A)

13 - 32 dBA






All information courtesy of CoolerMaster@


For testing I go the usual route of using Prime95 v25.9 to achieve fullest load possible. I do that in conjunction with RealTemp v3.00 to get temps at both idle and load. For testing with Prime 95, I used blend to stress everything and let it run for a good hour to get a stable temp. For idle I just let the computer run for a half hour to get a stable temperature. For testing I used the same temperature environment to maintain the same results throughout so I could include other data. I am comparing the Hyper 212 Plus to the Kingwin XT-1264 and ThermalRight TRUE (in both single and dual fan config).


Testing Setup:

Comparison Heatsink:





Lower Temperatures = Better



I had expected a bit better from the Hyper 212 Plus, although it did beat out the XT-1264 overclocked, it lost totally in all three other categories. However, the degree of variance wasn't much more than 1-3C between the competition. The real test comes under load. Perhaps if the heatsink had come with another fan to test with in dual configuration it might have done better, but I can only take the product as is. However, it is good that they still provide a second set of clips for another fan so if you're up for buying another fan, it is quite capable of taking another one.


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.