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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Heatsink Review
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Heatsink Review
Abstract: The Cooler master Hyper 212 is a 60mm tall heatsink, and it's comprised of just the right mix of copper heatpipes and aluminum cooling fins. I'll save you the trouble of skipping to the end of this review, it's good!

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CoolerMaster   Cooling / Heatsinks   Dec 05, 2007   Max Page  

Home > Reviews > Page: 360° View - Coolermaster Hyper 212 Heatsink
360° View - Coolermaster Hyper 212 Heatsink
Information on Frostytech's test methodology is available here.

The Heatsink Fan:
From the top, the body of the Coolermaster Hyper 212 measures 121 x 72mm. Its four 6mm diameter copper heatpipes poke out from the top of the heatsink, and the two fan mounting brackets are visible. The Hyper 212 ships with one 120mm fan, a second can be added to the rear if desired. In our tests, the Hyper 212 performed very well, so we don't think a second fan will be necessary. Notice how the heatpipes intersect the aluminum fins directly behind the area of the fan which receives the strongest airflow? Smart thermal engineering is at play in this heatsink.

Heatsink Top:
The 120mm fan spins at 2000RPM and outputs about 46 dBA noise. Not too loud, but not silent either. The fan blades are a smokey translucent plastic that has a nice visual effect. Power is drawn from a standard 3-pin fan header, no fan speed controller is included.

Heatsink Frame
With the fan removed we can get a better idea how the Coolermaster Hyper 212 heatsink is constructed. Each of the four U-shaped 6mm diameter copper heatpipes are connected on either end to a 113 x 51 x 60mm tower of aluminum fins. The heatpipes are staggered, so heat is spread more evenly over the area of each fin, as opposed to a linear row, or one specific section. The 20mm space between the towers corresponds to the area directly behind the fan motor.

Heatsink Side A:
Rather than have the fan motor obstructing a portion of the cooling fins, Coolermaster has positioned the aluminum fins of the Hyper 212 away from the center. This orientation has them dead center in the path of the strongest airflow. Each aluminum fin is 0.42mm thick, spaced 1.8mm apart.

Heatsink Side B:
The Coolermaster Hyper 212 heatsink stands a towering 160mm tall, and comes with one 120mm fan attached. Another 120mm fan can be placed on the opposite side if you wish, mounting hardware is supplied but a second fan is not. The aluminum base cap supports all the different mounting brackets, while the 5.8mm thick copper base conducts heat from the CPU to four heatpipes.

Heatsink Base:
The base of the Coolermaster Hyper 212 heatsink is machined perfectly flat in both axis. The copper base measures 37.5 x 37.5mm in size - just enough to cover an Athlon 64 processor heatspreader. Surface roughness is equivalent to ~16 microinches, which is considered excellent. Note the four screw holes in the aluminum base cap, these are for the different socket mounting brackets to attach to.

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Table of Contents:

 1:  Cooler Master Hyper 212 Heatsink Review
 2: — 360° View - Coolermaster Hyper 212 Heatsink
 3:  Acoustic Comparisons and Base Surface Quality
 4:  AMD K8 Heatsink Temperature Comparisons
 5:  Intel LGA775 Final Heatsink Temperature Comparisons

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