CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler Review
Andy Ruffell / 9 years ago
When putting together a computer, the CPU is one of the most important parts to consider. Think of it as the brain of the system if you will. Hell, it’s usually the most important part, with everything else centring on it, and the other components performance controlled by it.
Take memory for example, the CPU facilitates what speed it can be run at due to its memory controller and how much it would allow the board to support to a certain degree. There are ways of pushing it further, and to get the very best out of your CPU, you need to overclock, but when you overclock, you are pushing the components beyond their manufacturer stated speeds and in turn, generating more heat and that’s why you need a beefy cooler to keep those temperatures down.
There are an immense number of coolers on the market today and finding the right one can be a tricky task. This is not at all helped by the compatibility issues between the various sockets, which leads to fun researching and lots of returns. Couple that with the various manufacturer’s offering up similar products with slight differences and huge prices, it dawns a dilemma that you don’t really want.
It is worth the bother, however, as just about any aftermarket cooler will outperform the stock one supplied with your CPU, especially on lower-end or OEM models, and when you look at some of the power hungry processors on the market, you may find them rising up to as high as around 90 degrees with their stock solution and pre-applied thermal paste.
So how do you decide on which cooler to use? That’s where you check out the latest reviews to see how they compare, and that’s where we come in with our look at the CoolerMaster Hyper 212.