Cooler Master"s new Hyper 212 EVO V2 CPU cooler is not perfect, but at the same time, it"s solidly decent for the asking price.
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Even with the issue we ran into, there is no doubt that Cooler Master makes a terrific performing cooler that will not make your ears bleed while doing so. It is a bit plain looking by today"s standards, but, at the same time, is almost too affordable to pass up.
Within the chart we borrowed from the Hyper 212 EVO V2 hàng hóa page, we initially see the RR-2V2E-18PK-R1 mã sản phẩm number, followed by the silver & black colors, which are essentially exposed aluminum, và a black tín đồ on the front. Looking at the following line, we see that not only are LGA115X through LGA2066 covered for hãng sản xuất intel users, but AMD users will also appreciate the support from AM2 onwards.
Further down the chart, we run into the 120mm width, its 80mm thickness, và its 155mm of height that the Hyper 212 EVO V2 requires. We are also told that there are four heat pipes, which are machined for a direct touch to lớn the HIS, & even though we see that the fins are aluminum, they vị not mention the count.
The rest of the chart đơn hàng with the SickleFlow tín đồ that gets strapped khổng lồ the front of the tower. In the one tín đồ that ships with the cooler, we are told that the speed range is 600 khổng lồ 1800 RPM, và it can deliver 62 CFM at maximum speed. The noise level range rests from 8 khổng lồ 27 dB(A), & we see a pressure rating of 2.52 mmH2O. This fan hâm mộ is built khổng lồ run for 160,000 hours, which is eighteen years plus if our match is correct. Nguồn is delivered via a 4-pin PWM connection và is said to lớn draw 0.15A.
The last four lines tell us that a two-year warranty backs the Hyper 212 EVO V2; it is an air cooler, it stems from the Hyper Series of coolers, & we are told once more that there are four heat pipes.
Checking back on older reviews, we saw that when the Hyper 212 and 212+ were released, Cooler Master stayed below that magic $50 price point and sold these coolers at just $40 upon release. Sticking with a similar trend, Cooler Master again breaks in below the $50 mark, if only just. Either way, when you search for the newest Hyper 212 EVO V2, you may be pleased to lớn see that the price on Amazon is $44.99 right now. Even so, we do already have some affordable solutions khổng lồ compare this Hyper cooler to, và we hope that we are as blown away now as we were when these coolers first hit the stage.
The front of the packaging shows us the Hyper 212 EVO V2, in its entirety, on top of a đen nhám backdrop. At the top, the trắng text pops, showing us the Cooler Master name, logo, và tagline, while at the bottom is the cooler"s name along with a mention of the new hardware and SickleFlow fan.
On the right side of the box, we move into the usual purple màu sắc Cooler Master has used, for like ever. Below the white text at the top, we see an image of the fan, with mentions of improved airflow và pressure. Next is a picture of the tower, where they mention RAM clearance và its asymmetrical design. Lastly, there is an image of the mating surface, where we see four heat pipes & Direct tương tác Technology at work.
The back of the box is similar to lớn the front in its use of matte black, but this time we see a four-point các mục of features. These features explain DCT, discuss how the cooler is built for more performance, tell us the fan hâm mộ is quiet, and have invented Snap and Play, which is about the way the fan hâm mộ is connected. Seven other languages discuss these things to lớn cover Cooler Masters markets, but at the bottom are three-dimensional renderings lớn ensure you know what you are getting before making the purchase.
The last of the panels is where Cooler Master decided khổng lồ show the specifications chart, the only difference there being that there is now a mention of Safety Voltage for the fan at 0.37A of a draw on the 12V rail. In the pair of trắng boxes below, we get a set of the part number connected khổng lồ the serial number at the left, while at the right is the model, its UPC, và a mention that the 212 EVO V2 is made in China.
Rather than foam or cardboard to lớn protect this tower, Cooler Master opted for a form-fitting plastic tray, which leaves just one side of the tower exposed to lớn the outer packaging. The cooler comes with the fan already attached, while all of the hardware is contained in the white cardboard box that ships on top of the cooler when packaged.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO V2 CPU Cooler
Our view of the fin array is blocked by the new SickleFlow fan, with its đen frame, rubber anti-vibration pads, the seven translucent blades supported with the holographic stickered hub. Below the fan, we can see that all of the heat pipes are not run in a straight row through the tower, và we also see the chunky base in the middle.
What we immediately notice is the robust tín đồ clip, made of plastic, and is what Cooler Master calls Snap and Play, as they slip around the tower & lock into a groove. Beyond that, we also see a stack of fifty-seven aluminum fins, which have no supports lớn ensure fin spacing is maintained. Below the array, we can also see all four of the heat pipes và the angle they now take lớn move the tower away from the RAM slots.
Looking at the back of the tower, we laid it down to appreciate the shaping. The sides are the highest points, which is what the fan hâm mộ would rest against, và the center section is lowered to lớn allow a fan to build pressure, along with a few small tabs lớn help disturb the airflow. If we were to lớn remove the fan from the tower, this is identical lớn what would be seen on the front of the tower.
In the 212+ from many years ago, the sides were rounded from front khổng lồ back, & what we see here is similar yet different. Cooler Master has kept the rounded edges but has now contained them to the middle, between the thicker sections, which adds surface area và is where the fan or fans would attach khổng lồ the cooler.
Cooler Master has opted for a one-piece hunk of aluminum for the base of this air cooler và is designed khổng lồ be a pre-cooler as well. A wing protrudes on either side of the pre-cooler, which has a hole drilled through it to tư vấn the captured, spring-loaded mounting screw.
A view from below the tower shows us that the heat pipes run into the tower in two rows, và the finds are press-fit khổng lồ the pipes. We also see four notches cut from the fins around each pipe, which looks cool and adds more disturbance to lớn the airflow for more efficiency.
The pipes are fitted into the aluminum base in assembly, và to deliver the DCT aspect of the feature set, both the copper và aluminum are machined in one go. We love the lack of gaps in the base between the metals, and we also appreciate the finer marks left from machining this slightly convex surface.
Taking the Hyper 212 EVO V2 và flipping it end for end, we get a great view of the top of the tower. We can better appreciate e the shape from this view, & while we see the notches cut at the top, we also see the embossed Cooler master logo sản phẩm between the copper pipe tips.
Accessories and Documentation
Opting for a universal backplate this time around, Cooler Master has simplified what we saw with the original designs. Both AMD & Intel mainstream users will use the black plastic backplate, and the plate is marked AMD on one side & Intel on the other khổng lồ make it easier khổng lồ figure out the instructions later. On the left are the set of Intel đứng top brackets, where the right pair is used with AMD systems.
We also found a mix of four rubber pads for those wanting a second fan, along with the universal standoffs and knurled nuts for securing the vị trí cao nhất brackets. The bottom row offers a phối of fan screws for the second fan, a group of studs to lớn use with the backplate, và many studs for LGA 2011/2066 users.
There is a tiny tube of Mastergel Pro included in the box, with more than one application"s worth of paste inside. We then see a mix of four clips that are taller và skinny, which are used with the backplate for intel systems, while the broader và shorter phối is used exclusively for AMD setups.
Along with the rest of the gear, we also found an extra set of Snap và Play brackets should you buy a second fan. For those adding a second fan, Cooler Master has you covered with a Y-splitter cable, allowing two fans to lớn be powered from a single tín đồ header.
The fan shipped with our Hyper 2121 EVO V2 is the DF1202512RFMN và shows the same speed and power draw as we already saw. It is shipped with the brackets already attached khổng lồ the fan and uses standard tín đồ screws to secure them, covered with rubber pads. Not only is this fan hâm mộ powered with a 4-pin PWM connection, both the lead here, as well as the Y-splitter, are sleeved to lớn help keep your build looking clean và tidy.
The manual for this cooler starts with a parts list và then drops into compatibility before showing us what bits need khổng lồ be used when it comes lớn installations. The information for installation methods is delivered with mainly renderings, and the only text is applied khổng lồ point out which hole in the brackets is khổng lồ be used, but is done well enough to leave all questions answered. The warranty insert offers up the standard terms in twenty-three languages and provides tương tác information, should you need lớn make a claim.
Installation and Finished Product
Following the manual, the first thing to vày is lớn set up the backplate. Working from the side that says AMD, we inserted the studs & locked them into the grooves, similar lớn what we see in the intel legs. Once the studs are in properly, we could then slip the clips over them, locking the studs into the backplate. Also, note that there are two holes in the clips; the outer ones are for AM4, while the inner options are for all other supported AMD sockets.
The next step is to place the assembled backplate in through the back of the motherboard, aligning the studs & setting it into its final resting position. With one hand on the motherboard & the other on the backplate, we flipped it over lớn continue with the process.
Grabbing the mix of four universal standoffs, we screwed them into the studs of the backplate, và when secured, the standoffs và backplate are still movable. Even when we locked the đứng đầu brackets to lớn the hardware with the knurled nuts, this is still not a solidly mounted setup.
After applying thermal paste & screwing the mounting screws until we ran out of threads, we could take a step back và look around. Due to the mounting hardware, the SickleFlow tín đồ can only be installed so far down the tower, but it does ride lower than the exposed pipe tips at the top. Even so, it is in full view over our RAM, which means the tower can make the most of the airflow being provided to cool it without any form of impedance.
The fan lead is pressing the closest stick away from the fan, but even so, we still see quite a bit of daylight between the two. While this does mean that any height RAM kit will fit in front of the Hyper 2121 EVO V2, keep in mind that you will start lớn block a portion of the fan hâm mộ with anything taller than these.
As we step back from the motherboard, the tower stands perpendicular lớn the motherboard as it should, và as shipped, is way away from blocking access to the 8-pin connection. Adding a second fan could cause issues for quad-channel setups, và while it blocks some access to lớn the 8-pin connector, it would still be possible to be connected, even with the motherboard và cooler installed into a chassis before doing so,
When we initially installed the Hyper212 EVO V2 to the motherboard and then the motherboard onto the thử nghiệm bench, they were both horizontal at that time. As we need to stand up the bench lớn get this image, we took a break for a few moments as we caught up with social media. When we returned, we noticed that the cooler had twisted under its own weight, and due lớn the lack of secure mounting initially, this is what can happen.
Test System Setup, Thermal Tests, và Noise Results
Chad"s CPU Cooler kiểm tra System SpecificationsMemory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 4000MHz 4X8GB Storage: Galax HOF Pro M.2 1TB SSD Case: Hydra Bench Standard Software: AMD Ryzen Master, AIDA64 Engineer 6.25.5400, & CPU-z 1.92.0 x64
To see our testing methodology và to find out what goes into making our charts, please refer khổng lồ our 2020 CPU Cooler Testing & Methodology article for more information.
We never expected a $45 cooler lớn take đứng đầu honors, but we are impressed with the company the Hyper 212 EVO V2 keeps. At 60.7-degrees, it bests the NH-U12A and Mugen 5 while slotting in just behind some of the costly options under our stock-loaded testing.
Overclocking our CPU changes the story, but only slightly. It took two fans for the Mugen 5 lớn surpass it; it still beats the NH-U12A and has again delighted us with the 68-degree result. Less than a degree from the NH-D14, which is enormous & can still compete with the RYOU at this cấp độ of load.
In this chart, we see how well the PWM profile is on any cooler. In the case of the Hyper 212 EVO V2, we are pleased to lớn see only 2.5-degrees of separation, meaning the PWM curve is optimized well and allows nearly all of its performance to lớn be had right at the point the fan hâm mộ becomes too loud to lớn want to deal with it.
Noise màn chơi Results
Even though our sound pressure chart placement seems bleak, you have lớn look at the numbers. Anything over 30 DB is in the "typical" audible range for most users when the cooler is inside of a chassis. Considering that the SickleFlow tín đồ topped out at 1248 RPM during this test & delivered just 33 dB is a fair result.
With PWM still in control of the fan, và now with the overclock applied, the tín đồ reached 1569 RPM under ức chế testing. At that speed, the Hyper 212 EVO V2 delivered 41 dB of noise, which is right up there with the D-14, which the masses love. We have no complaints, although there are many quieter solutions, but you will have to lớn dig a bit deeper in the pocket to get those.
Those of you pondering if you can run the fan at full speed lớn gain those extra couple of degrees, sure you can. The SickleFlow fan went just beyond the rated number at 1856 RPM, and while we prefer more silence from our systems, if you have a headset on for gaming under load, that 48 dB result is not that big of a deal. Even for those using this as a daily driver, you could vị much worse, looking at our chart.
Even though it has been so long since we last saw any Hyper 212 cooler, Cooler Master has impressed us with many aspects of this newer version. Starting from the bottom up, we loved the simplicity of the hardware, as it is indeed much easier khổng lồ use and install than with the early hardware. Even though affordable, the tower is built well, the base is machined well, and our tower was square và showed no signs of oddities in manufacturing. While we prefer silence, we are not upset with the sound levels or the performance that Cooler Master obtains with fifty-seven fins & 62 CFM.
When it all comes down to lớn brass tacks, keeping up with Noctua anything, is a feather in the cap of that manufacturer in air coolers, and Cooler Master can bởi that without trying hard. We also like the fan"s look with the angled sections of the frame, which match the new Snap và Play fan hâm mộ mounting system, and the holographic sticker on the tín đồ hub is also a nice touch. On the face of it all, there is little lớn complain about.
While there is little khổng lồ complain about, it is a significant thing khổng lồ discuss. Even with the new hardware, & there is enough socket pressure, or thermal results would have been much worse, so what gives? We have often run across mounting hardware that is not fully locked into place until you mount the cooler, but here, it is something to do with the kích thước of the studs not being the same as the motherboard socket holes. Under its own weight, our cooler twisted to rest in the lowest point under where the bulk of the weight is.
For those using the cooler as we did, this can be a big issue. However, if mounted with the motherboard laid horizontally, you would likely never have noticed this. It may be a one-off issue with our motherboard, but we honestly believe that we would have never seen this happen with larger diameter studs.
Even with the one oddity being something that many will see & walk straight away from, we cannot knock Cooler Master when it counts. Of course, nobody wants a visual oddity, as we saw. Still, with this cấp độ of performance for so little invested, we feel many will look past this and either use the cooler in an HTPC or SFF system, if height allows, and will still reap the benefits of what the Hyper 212 EVO V2 is capable of. If you are not so much OPCD, và this cooler is inside of a solid-sided chassis, one would likely never know it had moved & again gets khổng lồ enjoy the performance all the same.
While we bởi implore that Cooler Master looks into this and possibly makes a V3, at just $44.99, we can mix our differences aside. While not perfect enough for an Editor"s Choice Award, we still feel good enough recommending it with an apteryx style explanation attached.
The Bottom Line
Even with the issue we ran into, there is no doubt that Cooler Master makes a terrific performing cooler that will not make your ears bleed while doing so. It is a bit plain looking by today"s standards, but, at the same time, is almost too affordable lớn pass up.