For this review we are going with a heads up benchmark that compares both noise and cooling performance between the Hyper 612 PWM and Intel’s own water cooling. Putting air cooling up against water cooling in this case is very ballsy considering how well the Intel water cooling performs.
So how did it perform? Let’s start with noise performance. With them both with one fan and each being high quality, noise from the fan’s is limited to air noise when they are running at 100%, something that rarely happens. With both being PWM fans, fan speed is controlled to keep them spinning at no more than what is needed to keep your CPU cool. For the Hyper 612 that is all of the noise you can have, the Intel water cooling on the other hand does also have a little pump/water noise, especially at startup.
For actual performance we put each under load using prime95 set to its blend test while monitors temperatures using realtemp. Load tests were done over a 30 minute benchmark and then we let each idle for an hour after for idle temperatures. Load temps are all that really matter but it’s still nice to know what to expect for idle also. The difference between the two in performance was only slight when averaged over all six cores on our test bench. Cooler Master’s Hyper 612 PWM beat the Intel water cooling by just under a half degree. The fact that it performed on par with the water cooling itself is impressive, a half degree might not be much but it is enough to put the Hyper 612 PWM out ahead.