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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Aesthetically the Hyper 212 EVO is about as plain as you can get. There are no Frag Harder Disco Lights, lighting software suites, or fancy paint jobs here. The Hyper 212 EVO is a bare-bones cooler, that comes at a bare-bones price.

Installation could be a bit more simple, and some better instructions would be nice to see, but that is nothing a visit to the Cooler Master website won't fix.

We have to mention the AM4 kit again. Add a $14 shipping fee for a "free" upgrade kit that you did not know you needed, and you are guaranteed to upset a few people. On the Newegg site page it says "AMD AM4 Compatible" right under the name of the product. You would think you could use it for an AM4 CPU out of the box, but that is not the case. No where on that page does it tell you that you need to make another "purchase" to use it for AM4. Reading the reviews will tell you that however, as we were not the first persons that Newegg pissed off with its lacking information. Over on Amazon, it directly states "Now AM4 Compatible. Contact Cooler Master for new bracket," in the description in a couple of places. Either way, AM4 owners be warned. Worth keeping in mind that this product and its packaging was designed, and likely manufactured, well before AM4 specifications were even thought of.

Cost per Degree

We are also changing this up a bit differently than how we used to do this. Instead of using a stock cooler, we will be using Thermalright True Spirit 140 Direct as our base cooler with a price we are going to lock in at $45. This represents one of the least expensive coolers that will support our Ryzen 7 overclock. To explain the formula we are using for Cost per Degree, it will be the difference in cost between the True Spirit and our review unit, then the delta in cost from our True Spirit divided by our cost delta. So what this gives us in a dollar value per degree for the reviewed cooler over the True Spirit's performance.

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As you might notice, the Hyper 212 EVO is not on our Dollar per Degree chart. This is because it breaks our formula we use to calculate this. Quite frankly, when Kyle made the formula, he did not anticipate us reviewing any coolers that were less expensive than $45 for AM4. That all said, we know the Hyper 212 EVO is very inexpensive, even after you pay $14 for shipping the AM4 bracket. As noted the cooler is running at about $21 today shipped.

The Bottom Line

After getting the Hyper 212 EVO in our hands and in our test rig, it is easy to see why it is indeed one of the most popular coolers in the world. As you can see from above, it literally broke our Dollars Per Degree chart when it comes to value. And that's when you factor it at its $35 AM4 package price! The Hyper 212 EVO is frequently offered on sale and with mail-in-rebates. Our retail purchased unit was only $20 after the sale and rebate, although we did have to pony up $14 to ship the AM4 kit. Today it is $20 at Newegg after $10 MIR, and $22.50 at Amzon with Prime Shipping.

The list of what the Hyper 212 EVO is not, is quite long. It is not the best performing, it is not the quietest, it is not the prettiest, and it is not covered in flashing LEDs. However, if you are in the market for a cooler that will perform fantastically at stock clocks, as well as handle some fairly aggressive overclocking, and don't need dead silence or all the Frag Harder Disco Lights, the Hyper 212 EVO represents a value that is going to be nearly impossible to beat. In all honesty, we did not expect it to pass our closed-case torture testing....but it did.

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Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Air Cooler