CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler Review
Andy Ruffell / 9 years ago
The packaging for this box is very simple; on the front we find a picture of the product, and a logo, with a simple splash of colour to make the box stand out a little from the competition.
At a time when half the production companies are putting products in blister packs that seem to be designed to make the knife slip and slice your hand, a simple, protective cardboard box is a breath of fresh air and simplicity, and my hands thank you for that.
The front logos and text boast almost universal compatibility with most modern sockets mentioned, a definite plus in an increasing confusing age whereas a lot of coolers are designer for certain sockets and extra fitting kits are to be purchased separately.
On the side is another logo and model name and also in a fair few different languages, it tells you to go to the CoolerMaster website for more information on the cooler, just encase you picked it up in a Japanese shop and thought it was bacon. Also as you guessed, we see more purple.
On the other side, we have the full specifications in a table. This includes the likes of the weight, dimensions and materials used. It also lists the life expectancy for the fan, connector type and most importantly, the CFM and noise level used when testing in the factory.
The noise level of 13-32dB is quite impressive, especially when combined with the pressure exerted by the fan of 21-76 CFM, with the variance made possible by the welcome addition of a 4pin connector for PWM capabilities.
Also on this side is a hefty list of compatible sockets, and their related CPUs for your reference.
It also lists just about every chip under the sun in the CPU compatibility list, making it much less likely to fail to fit anyone with a computer less than 10 years old and with more consumers updating their system on a frequent basis than ever before, this shouldn’t be the case.
Finally, on the back we have a few pictures to help display the methods of cooling it employs, a shot of the DHT CPU block, a suggested airflow diagram, a detailed schematic for dimensions (12x18x16cm), and some blurb about the merits of the cooler.
It is also worth noting that the fan can be swapped out for another 12cm fan if you so wish, though with the performance figures of the supplied one, you wonder why you’d want to.
With that in mind, it also displays how a second fan can be added in tandem on the second side, to further increase cooling power, but due to the rated cooling properties, the only reason would be to try and lower the temperature even more or to purely to try a push/pull cooling configuration to see how it works.