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img_4683-lr-lrsmYesterday I took a look at Cooler Masters Hyper TX-3 entry level heatsink and was surprised considerably by its performance and value. Today I will be following that review by taking a look at what I can only call its older brother the Hyper 212 Plus due to the Hyper 212 Plus being the same design only larger. The Hyper 212 has been around for some time providing great performance in a mid range price. With the updated Hyper 212 Plus they have most likely updated the performance along with the added compatibility for the upcoming Lynnfield or i5 CPU later this year. I plan to put the updated version to the test and find out how it compares to a range of different heatsinks.

Product Name: Hyper 212 Plus

Review Sample Provided by: Cooler Master

Review by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

Specification

Model RR-B10-212P-GP
CPU Socket Intel®: Socket LGA1366 / 1156 / 775 AMDTM: Socket AM3 / AM2 / 940 / 939
CPU Support Intel®: CoreTM i7 Extreme / CoreTM i7 / CoreTM2 Extreme / CoreTM2 Quad / CoreTM2 Duo / Pentium® / Celeron® AMDTM: PhenomTM II X4 / PhenomTM II X3 / PhenomTM X4 / PhenomTM X3 / AthlonTM X2 / AthlonTM / SempronTM
Dimension 120 x 79.7 x 158.5 mm (L x W x H)
Weight 1.38 lbs; 626g
Heat Sink Material Aluminum fin
Heat Pipes 4 pcs
Fan Dimension 120 x 120 x 25 mm
Fan Speed 600 - 2000 R.P.M. (PWM)
Fan Airflow 21.2 - 76.8 CFM
Air pressure (mmH2O) 0.40 - 3.90 mmH2O
Bearing Type Long life sleeve bearing
Fan Life Expectancy 40,000 hours
Fan Noise Level (dB-A) 13 - 32 dBA
Connector 4-pin

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Packaging

The Hyper 212 Plus was packaged very similar to the Hyper N520 that I tested at the beginning of this year. The purple and white packaging is typical of most Cooler Master packaging making it easy to spot. The front is simple with a picture of the Hyper 212 Plus along with icons showing that the heatsink works with both the i7 and AM3 processers. On the back you will find full diagrams along with a list of features. Inside the heasink, fan, and brackets were all packed securely into a plastic shell.

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The Test Rig

Cooler Master Sniper Case

Intel 920 i7 CPU

6 gigs of Crucial Ballistix Ram

Two Seagate 1TB ES.2 Hard drives

Hitachi 1TB HD

Seagate 1.5tb HD

Seagate .10 750gb HD

RapterX

(1.5 and 750, and RapterX are in Icy dock MB673SPF-B Internal enclosure)

Two Sapphire 4870's in Crossfire

Two Samsung SATA DVD burners

Cooler Master UCP 1100 watt power supply

LSISAS3442E-R SAS controller card

Seagate Savvio 15K.2 (146GB)

Seagate Savvio 10K.2 (300GB)

Seagate Constellation (500GB)

EVGA classified mobo

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Installation

Coming from installing the Hyper TX-3 I was a little disappointed to see that I was going to have to install a backplate for the Hyper 212 Plus. This disappointment was multiplied once I figured out that the access hole for the back of the CPU on my Sniper doesn't line up with the CPU placement on the Classified motherboard. Of course this is not Cooler Masters fault considering the hole lined up perfectly to my last motherboard, it just turned an easy installation into a difficult one reminding me why I dislike backplates. With my motherboard removed I did have some difficulty installing the screws through the backplate. After some frustration and figuring out that there is a flatspot that has to be lined up I was on my way again. Once past that issue the heatsink I was able to take a closer look at Cooler Masters new All-In-One mount and I was very impressed how simple it was to move the screws into position for any CPU. Attaching the fan on the Hyper 212 Plus was just as much trouble as installing the fan to the TX-3 due to them both sharing the same mounting system. Overall I would rate the Hyper 212 Plus's mounting system at a 6/10, the new mounting system is creative and useful but still slightly difficult to install.

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Performance

Our standard test consists of letting the pc idle with nothing but RealTemp 2.5 running and recording the lowest average temperature reached. For our load testing, we ran prime95 for an hour on all four CPU cores (in this case eight hyperthreads). The highest average temperature reached is our result. While doing all of our testing no matter the time of the year we make sure the ambient temperature is at 68 degrees. Our CPU clock is set to stock settings and all of the fans on our Cooler Master Storm Sniper are running on the max setting. Because of the case, some of our results may be lower than tests run in cases with less airflow.

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The results I experienced surprised me, considering the caliber of heatsinks that the Hyper 212 Plus was tested against, it performed very well. In fact the Hyper 212 Plus performs on par with heatsinks more than twice its price. The noise level was an improvement over the TX-3 that I tested yesterday, considering the similar design this must be due to the larger fan size.

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Overall

Overall I was most impressed with the performance of this mid range heatsink compared to high end heatsinks from Cooler Master, Noctua, and Thermalright. Although it didn't outperform any of the heatsinks we tested it against, just being close in performance at a price of $29.99 the Hyper 212 Plus is an amazing value. With its biggest fault being difficult to install I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the 212 Hyper Plus to anyone who is looking for near high end performance at budget prices.

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Author Bio
garfi3ld
Author: garfi3ldWebsite: http://lanoc.org
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You might call him obsessed or just a hardcore geek. Wes's obsession with gaming hardware and gadgets isn't anything new, he could be found taking things apart even as a child. When not poking around in PC's he can be found playing League of Legends, Awesomenauts, or Civilization 5 or watching a wide variety of TV shows and Movies. A car guy at heart, the same things that draw him into tweaking cars apply when building good looking fast computers. If you are interested in writing for Wes here at LanOC you can reach out to him directly using our contact form.

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