Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Air Cooler Review

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO heatsink and fan cooler combo has been around for about seven years and is incredibly affordable. This HSF is a go-to for many folks on a budget and others that just need cooling that is better than stock. What happens when we put it on our highly overclocked Ryzen 7 CPU?

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Hyper 212 EVO

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Package & Specs

With such a budget oriented cooler one would expect one of the places to keep costs down is in the packaging, and that is the case with the 212 EVO. The cooler comes in a relatively thin cardboard box, with fairly minimal, albeit well done printing. The front features a large picture of the cooler, and text mentioning the 4 direct contact heatpipes and universal mounting system, our unit also has a sticker showing LGA 2011-V3 and 1151 socket support. The back of the box has some marketing info in various languages, as well as a sketch showing the dimensions of the cooler. One side has all the coolers specifications, and the other is another image of the cooler, presumably for stocking on shelves.

Opening the box you are greeted to the accessories box, and under the cooler comes in a very thin molded plastic container, with space for the backplate to snap in on the rear.

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Dimensions: (W)116mm x(H)51mm x(D)159mm(without fan)

Material: Aluminum fins with direct mount copper heatpipes

Recommended TDP: 150w

Compatibility:

Intel

  • LGA 2066
  • LGA 2011(v3)
  • LGA 115X
  • LGA 1366
  • AMD

  • AM4 (with kit)
  • AM3(+)
  • AM2(+)
  • FM2(+)
  • FM1
  • Fan:

  • Size: 120mm x 25mm
  • Speed:2000 RPM (Max)
  • Air Flow: 82.9 CFM
  • Static Pressure: 2.7mm-H2O [LI]Noise: 36 dBA (claimed)
  • Contents

    Accessories is another area where you can see the cost savings. In the box you get the cooler itself, the fan, the mounting hardware for the supported sockets which includes a thin stamped steel backplate and their "X-Brace" mount, a small syringe of thermal paste, and an extra set of fan clips.

    One thing that can be said is we very much like the molded plastic clamshell that the mounting hardware comes in. It is a much better approach than the resealable bags that most coolers come with, and something we would love to see more of.

    For installation we will be using the AM4 mounting kit from Cooler Master, lovingly named the RR-AM4B-H212-S1. The kit is free from Cooler Master, but it cost us about $14 shipping.

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    Fit and Finish

    The direct mount heatpipes are surprisingly well done for a cooler at this price point, with very minimal gaps, and a similar finish to what we have seen from other Cooler Master coolers. The footprint of the heatpipes themselves is a little small however if you plan on using this cooler on something like a 2011-V3 processor. The heatpipes are also completely flat on both axis for the most part, however the aluminum "foot" is slightly angled away from the processor on two of the edges.

    The cooler itself is very lightweight, weighing in at 440g on the [H] scale for the cooler alone, which is shy of the specified 465g, and 547g with the fan attached.

    The fan itself does feel quite cheap. The frame is a glossy plastic instead of the glass reinforced that we are more accustomed to seeing, with the blades being made from a thin translucent plastic. It has a 4-pin connector, the wire is unsleeved and generously long, almost bordering on too long and can be PWM controlled. The fan comes with anti-vibration pads and what Cooler Master calls the "Quick-snap" bracket design. We quite like this design, as it is very simple to install or uninstall the fan from the cooler, and should be able to be used on any standard 120mm fan.

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    Installation & Contact

    Installation was a bit of a task. One thing to note is our Hyper 212 EVO was purchased from retail on January 16th, and did not come with AM4 support out of the box. The HSF is listed on Newegg as being "AMD AM4 Compatible," which it is, but it does not come with the hardware needed to actually use it on an AM4 CPU. Cooler Master will send you the AM4 mounting kit for "free" provided you pay $14 for shipping it, as we did.

    The AM4 mounting kit consists of a different x-brace, backplate standoffs, and a very small instruction leaflet as is pictured above.

    The Hyper 212 EVO makes use of the stock AM4 backplate, but not the hold-downs. If your stock backplate isn't adhered to the motherboard, installation will be a bit more difficult than if it was. First the included standoffs are screwed into the stock AM4 backplate's holes. After these are installed, if your backplate isn't adhered to the motherboard, the backplate will not be snug to the board. The addition of some washers, or a skirt on the standoffs would be a very nice addition to ease installation.

    Next is positioning the X-brace properly on the base of the cooler, between the heatpipes. There is a hole in the top of the baseplate that accommodates a post on the bottom of the X-brace, as well as a small pin on the baseplate to keep the X-brace aligned. While this seems like it should be quite simple, the vague included instructions made it more trial and error, with positioning the x-brace, then holding the cooler over the standoffs to see if these aligned. The PDF manual listed on the Cooler Master web page are far better.

    Once the X-brace is aligned properly, it's simply a matter of applying thermal paste, and gently placing the cooler and X-brace onto the CPU. Once again the slack backplate can be a pain, as the mounting screws are not quite long enough to reach without either using a good amount of force, or reaching around to the back side of the motherboard to hold the backplate flush to the motherboard. (We would suggest a piece tape holding the backplate in place would ease a lot of your installation pain.) Once the screws are started, tighten evenly in an alternating pattern and it's off to the races. Note that after installation our unit could still twist quite easily on the CPU.

    Tall RAM like our Corsair Dominator platinum will not fit in the slot closest to the cooler, however our low profile Corsair LPX RAM did fit underneath the fan, but only just.

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    Mate Comments

    Despite the twisting that is possible (and did occur) after installation, the mate looks fantastic, with even distribution of the TIM across all the heatpipes, indicating an even mounting pressure. On the cooler side you can see where the IHS of our Ryzen 1700 does extend out passed the heatpipes slightly on both sides. However, we have heatpipe coverage directly over the die where it is most important.

    As a side note, in the mate photos you can see that two of the backplate standoffs are removed, while two remain. This is because in the course of unscrewing the cooler, the standoffs unscrewed from the backplate instead of the the X-brace unscrewing from the standoff. This is something to be mindful of if you're uninstalling the Hyper 212 EVO.

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