Buy a massive and expensive high-end cooler is not always required. For many tasks, coolers with a narrow single radiator are suitable. In our test lab, the similar model Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED just arrived.
The Hyper lineup consists of coolers with different designs. But they are all sold at a very attractive price. Coolers are aimed at buyers with a limited budget, who would like to replace the standard “boxed” cooler, but who do not need the maximum level of performance. Externally, many models in the lineup look simple and functional. However, Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED is an exception – it is equipped with a red LED-backlight.
A large 120 mm fan with LED-backlight just flaunts on the cooler box. Behind the fan is hidden a narrow and rather simple single tower radiator. Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED is designed to combine adequate cooling performance with low noise and simple installation. And, of course, with a low price. In Europe, a cooler can be purchased from 33 euros.
Before we turn to the cooler in detail, let me give a brief overview of the specifications of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED:
The set of accessories is quite extensive, but in some places the price level of the cooler is still noticeable. So, the back plate of the cooler is made of simple plastic, the thermal paste is attached in a bag, and not in a syringe. But, at least, the second pair of fastenings for the second fan with self-adhesive overlays for виброизоляции is applied. As a result, two fans can be installed on Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED in a pull-push configuration.
The cooler comes with an already installed fan. It differs not only in LED-illumination, but also in PWM control. Cooler Master indicates the adjustment range from 600 to 1,600 rpm. In practice, we got about the same range. In the ASUS AI Suite 3, the speed was from 650 to 1,600 rpm.
But the fan must be removed for mounting the cooler. In the case of Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED, there is no problem with this. Cooler Master did not use annoying metal braces, which always slip out of their hands, but chose the latches. With the help of plastic latches, the fan is easily fastened to the radiator. It is also easy to remove the fan, just press the latches.
The latch guides are fastened to the fan with two screws. In addition, four rubber pads are used for vibration isolation. In principle, the guides can be removed and screwed to another fan.
Without the LED fan, Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED cooler looks unassuming. It consists of aluminum fins and copper heat pipes without additional processing. From above the radiator looks rather modest. Even the extruded Cooler Master logo is not striking.
The manufacturer has chosen a special form of aluminum fins, which optimizes the airflow and improves the cooling performance.
Without a fan, the radiator seems even thinner. But the manufacturer indicates good compatibility even without asymmetric radiator design. The height of the cooler 16 cm can be called the average for the tower type with a 120-mm fan.
Four 6-mm heat pipes come in direct contact with the processor’s heat spreader. Cooler Master left a gap between the tubes so that they better cover the surface of the heat spreader of Intel LGA 1150 processors and other sockets.
To mount Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED, the back plate must be screwed to the socket holes using screws and nuts (with the exception of LGA 2011-v3 / 2011).
Then to the cooler it is necessary to fasten fixing plates for processors AMD or Intel. In the case of Intel fastening plates, the screws are slid under the holes of the corresponding socket. It’s easiest to move the screws, if you maximally pull them up – unfortunately, this part is not mentioned in the instruction.
Finally, you should install a cooler on the processor and screw the screws of the mounting plates to the corresponding nuts. Tighten the screws alternately in different angles. In general, the installation of the cooler was simple and fast.
With our test system, there were no compatibility issues. The radiator left enough room for expansion cards and memory modules, it did not conflict with the radiators of the ASUS motherboard.
The fan, on the other hand, slightly hung over the heat distributor of the first memory module. Therefore, if you use memory slots with high heat spreaders, the first slot may be blocked.
We have assembled a new test system, which is closer to the mass gaming computers. 8-core Xeon gave way to Intel Core i7-4790K, which is very popular in gaming PCs. The video card Radeon HD 7970 from Gigabyte for power consumption corresponds to modern high-end models. We chose the case NZXT H630.
The full tower offers plenty of room for the highest CPU coolers, and it also allows testing large closed circuit systems with a closed loop. The H630 has soundproofing measures, so it does not focus on uncompromising cooling performance, but rather on an optimal balance between noise and cooling. The same can be said about the popular Define cases from Fractal Design.
The 200mm front fan worked with an acceptable noise level, since we switched it to 7V using an adapter. We left the rear fan at 12 V, so it was spinning at a constant speed of 1.100 rpm. This made it possible to achieve a reasonable balance between sufficient cooling performance and an acceptable level of fan noise in the enclosure. And our test conditions are as close to reality as possible. Too much to reduce the speed of the fans of the case is not worth it, because then in the case will accumulate too much heat.
We measured the noise level with the VOLTCRAFT SL-400 at a distance of 20 cm from the left panel of the housing. The soundproofed enclosure itself was assembled and closed. The room temperature was normalized to 20 ° C, and we checked the temperature with the VOLTCRAFT 800-200 IR thermometer. During each stress test we recorded temperatures, the cooler had to sustain a 30-minute run of Prime95 (we used the rather “heavy” Small FTT test).
The temperatures for the entire testing period were recorded in the CoreTemp utility log, after which we calculated the arithmetic mean of the maximum temperatures (minus the difference in the temperature difference with the normalized room). We put it in the diagrams. As thermal grease, we took the Arctic Evergreen MX-2. We evenly distributed the thermal paste on the surface of the processor using a WLP blade.
Below are the utilities that we used in the tests:
We conducted the following test scenarios:
On the noise level at full speed fan Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED was in the middle of the rating. However, this is not surprising, since the maximum speed of 1.600 rpm is not so high. On the other hand, the fan worked a little louder than other comparable models. Subjectively, the noise level at the average speed remained within reasonable limits. With a further reduction in speed to 650 rpm, the noise level decreased to 31.3 dB (A). You could hear the fan’s work only if you brought your ear close to the body. If you have an automatic PWM speed control, then you are unlikely to hear Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED in idle mode.
In the next test scenario, we will evaluate the performance of a cooler with a standard fan at 1.000 rpm and at maximum speed.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED, along with similar coolers, equipped with a narrow single radiator, is located at the end of the rating. At a comparable speed, the cooler shows equal results with the much more expensive MSI Core Frozr L, but lets forward slightly less expensive Arctic Freezer i32 and SilentiumPC Fera 3. The three mentioned models overtake the Cooler Master at maximum speed.
To compare the “clean” performance of coolers without the influence of regular fans, we equip all coolers with our reference fans. We used powerful Noctua NF-A15 PWM fans, the distance between the fixing holes is 105 mm, the speed is up to 1,200 rpm. If there was no possibility to install such fans on the radiator, we used a more compact Noctua NF-F12 120 mm at a speed of up to 1,500 rpm. In the case of coolers designed for “real” 140mm fans with 140mm hole spacing, we used the NF-A14 PWM.
Cooler Master encloses mounts that can be installed on fans with holes of 120 mm format, but with a larger body. But since the NF-A15 PWM was in conflict with the next memory module, we used a 120mm NF-F12 model as the reference. In principle, this step is logical, since we also tested competitors with NF-F12.
After installing the reference fan, the Hyper 212 LED showed very close performance to the MSI cooler. At 1.000 rpm Cooler Master cooler slightly bypassed the Freezer i32, but after reducing the speed of rotation to 600 rpm, the Arctic cooler already came out.
In our tests, Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED cooler showed an expected level of performance. It can be called a reasonable alternative to standard “box” coolers or simple models with vertical airflow. A cooler with a narrow single radiator is quite easy to install into the system. Of course, it will take more time than in the case of an Intel boxed cooler with simple snaps, but the mounting of the Cooler Master is still easier to install than the coolers of some competitors. Also in the case of Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED, you do not have to bother with the fan mount brackets. Fans are attached to the radiator with simple snaps. Unless the fan can conflict with the first DIMM slot, if the brackets with high heat distributors are installed, which slightly reduces the user’s friendliness.
Cooler Cooler Master entry-level well complements inexpensive models with vertical airflow. We get more cooling capacity, and the cooler can work with a lower fan speed and less noise. At the minimum speed, the fan is barely audible. In principle, cooling performance at the minimum speed is sufficient for conventional mass market processors. It is even too high. But if required, the cooling capacity can be increased with the help of a second fan in the pull-pull configuration: Cooler Master applies the appropriate fasteners. But still, remember that from this entry-level model, you should not expect cooling performance comparable to high-end coolers. And at the noise level, the configuration with two fans has a negative effect.
Appearance plays an important role in modern coolers. Cooler Master did not hide the “budget” roots. But Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED is still equipped with a fan with LED-backlight, which somewhat brightens the simple appearance while the system is running. However, in this price segment, users usually do not find fault with appearance. But at a price Cooler Master cooler you can find more productive models. And if you pay a little, for example, for the same Thermalright Macho Direct, then you will get a cooler of another performance class.
In general, Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED can be called quite a convincing entry-level model. The cooler is quite easy to install, the performance is adequate for cooling the processors of the mass market level, and the cooler works pleasantly quiet. Lovers of lighting will certainly be pleased with the fan with red LED.