Tuesday, 25 October 2011 06:23

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler reviewed - 3. A closer look at Hyper 212 EVO

Written by Sanjin Rados

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Review: Affordable with good performance

 

The Hyper 212 EVO is a result of redesigning the Hyper 212 Plus, but the story of Hyper 212 series started much earlier. Namely, the first Hyper 212 was launched in 2007. It had a classic copper base with four heatpipes branching out into two separate tower heatsinks (picture below).

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The Hyper 212 was redesigned in full in 2009 and renamed to Hyper 212 Plus. The single tower heatsink used on the Plus version remained to date. The Hyper 212 Plus comes with Direct Contact technology, meaning that the heatpipes are in direct contact with the CPU.

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That’s not to say that the updated Hyper 212 Plus is identical to the initially launched Hyper 212 Plus. The updated Hyper 212 Plus comes with plastic brackets that are more practical and take up less space than before. A small notch on the top of the base also differentiates the Hyper 212 Plus from its predecessor, where the notch prevents the cooler from turning or sliding. Other than that, the coolers are identical but that’s where the Hyper 212 EVO comes in.

The Hyper 212 Evo uses Continuous Direct Contact technology of placing the heatpipes into the base, while the Hyper 212 Plus used the less advanced Direct Contact.

The picture above shows that the Hyper 212 Plus’ base plate is not entirely flat; the heatpipes are surrounded by small channels which take the bulk of applied thermal paste. The picture below shows that the Hyper 212 EVO’ base plate is entirely flat; the heatpipes are close to one another and brushed so that there are no holes between them.

 

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The Hyper 212 EVO weighs in at 465 grams without the fan. It measures 116 x 51 x 158.5 mm (4.7 x 3.0 x 6.2 inches) without the fan. The heatsink is 158.5 mm tall, which means that the Hyper 212 EVO will fit in most mid-tower computer cases. Note that the Hyper 212 Plus has the same size.

 

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Both of the wider sides of the cooler are identical, so it does not matter which one faces the rear panel.

 

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Although Hyper 212 EVO’s fan has the same number of fan fins, they are longer and thus provide better airflow than possible with the Hyper 212 Plus’ one. The fan is a 12cm PWM one and will spin between 600 and 1600rpm. Additional brackets mean that the Hyper 212 EVO will take another 12cm fan.

 

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The notches on the side of the heatsink are used to place fan brackets.

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The heatsink is a traditional tower design. The heatpipes are U shaped and go through the aluminum heatsink in four vertical columns. 

Cooler Master applied some really nice finishing touches on the Hyper 212 EVO, as is evident on every part of the cooler. The ends of heatpipes are nicely closed and contact points tough. 

The top of the base has a small notch that prevents the cooler from turning.

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The heatpipes are 6mm wide and are connected to the virtual vapor chamber on the bottom of the base.

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