No one has not heard of the CM Hyper 212 series coolers. They have good performance, are generally available, and have affordable prices - they are a great alternative to factory so-called boxing solutions. In the context of new and increasingly popular AMD processors, this means another additional quality ... higher average "turbo boost" frequencies, which means that the processor is faster.
How does the EVO V2 behave?
1. Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO V2
3. Performance and impressions in work
Since the arrival of the Hyper 212 Black Edition series, there are almost no computers that we have assembled in some middle-class budget-friendly solutions without this cooler. There is simply no mistake with it when it comes to cooling the "mainstream" model of CPUs, and it isn't expensive.
So this time we are not talking about the ultimate cooler, but about the most commonly used solution when you want something better than standard box "cubes". Today we have a chance to see the latest release in the Hyper 212 EVO model in version 2.
This CPU cooler continues to improve in fine detail, offering additional benefits. Thus, it became lower by 3.5 cm compared to its predecessor, although the efficient surface of the heat sink remained unchanged. This was achieved by a different shape of the heat pipes that seemed to bend at the knees and move the center of gravity of the cooler forward. This gives more space for RAM modules, and at the same time, the cooler fits better in narrower or better said smaller housings.
The package contains an additional pair of holders for the second fan, so it is easy to configure the "push-pull" system for even more efficient cooling. The body has remained a classic tower shape with numerous aluminum ribs between which there is enough space for airflow and rapid heat elimination.
Heat transfer from the base, which has direct contact with the surface of the cooler on the processor, is performed by four copper heat pipes. It is interesting that in the soldering zone of an individual aluminum rib and heat pipe there are X-ventilation openings that help better airflow and thus cooling of the heat pipe, which speeds up the capillary process of transport and transfer of heat energy to the environment.
The method of mounting and fixing the cooler for the base has also been changed. Instead of the former "X scissors", today we use the famous Cooler Master bracket which changes the standard base on AM4 boards on which two torsions "bones" are mounted, and each of them has a position in the middle which fixes the position of the cooler.
A simpler solution that allows more precise and easier installation of the cooler in the right position, and if you happen to be in doubt, there is an instruction that solves every dilemma.
The Hyper 212 Evo V2 also got a new 120mm Sickle Fan fan so far the most efficient on the Hyper 212 series. It is capable of pushing through the fins of the radiator about 2 cubic meters of air per minute while remaining very quiet at some 1180 rpm, sounding with almost inaudibly small 26dB of noise. It can control the modulation of the pulse width - this is the well-known 4-pin connector.
The cooler made in this way is intended for the basic and slightly more advanced mainstream user clientele, and it is intended for cooling primarily quad-core and six-core copies of central processors. For those with more cores, you have a choice of some more advanced cooling systems.
So, keep that in mind because this is a cooler with a price of around $ 39 and above all recommends it as a replacement for the coolers that come in the CPU package, so we analyze it in that context. That's why we chose for our test perhaps the biggest challenge when it comes to processors from this category Ryzen 5 5600X and compared the possibilities with box solutions in the form of Wraith Prism and Wraith Spire box coolers.
Performance and impressions in work
The first impression is that the Hyper 212 EVO V2 is easy to mount, whether the board is already inside or outside the case. It easily finds its position, and the mechanism itself is fastened and fixed in the required position while the cooler is not yet mounted due to the asymmetrical body of the radiator. Once installed, it is immediately ready for action.
The measured values show an improvement in work performance compared to BOX solutions. In the conditions of operation of the new Ryzen processor based on Zen 3 cores, in specific situations, it means that due to the operation of the PBO system of automatic overclocking, the processor works faster, ie. at higher frequencies and higher consumption with lower temperatures at the same time. You can see what it looks like in our tables and scratched sequences.
We see that the Hyper 212 EVO in the second version, allows to achieve 200 MHz higher operating frequency at a full load of processor cores, for which it needs about 10 W more electricity, and due to a more efficient system of heat transfer and release, there was no temperature jump so this cooler was 8 degrees cooler than the Wraith Spire and 2 degrees colder than the Wraith Prism solution although it consumed more and worked at higher frequencies than the mentioned coolers. To make matters even more beautiful, he was quieter in his work.
This condition is also pleasing to the motherboard, which in some parts of the press, especially near the processor bay, records 5-10 degrees lower temperature compared to Prism and Spire coolers, due to better cooling of the processor, as well as the better position and fan performance.
In addition to the mentioned performance improvements, such performance characteristics enabled better performance, so the Hyper 212 EVO V2 achieved 5-10% better performance in 3D rendering programs where pure processor performance in applications such as Blender or Cinema 4D comes to the fore.
In Gaming, the Hyper 212 EVO V2 does not have a significant effect on fps, which is reduced to the same value or possibly frame difference, but the CPU is visibly cooler by 3-7 degrees in more processor-demanding titles such as AC Odyssey or Far Cry 5.
Some will say that the differences are small, and some that they are very good, they are not spectacular but they are significantly better than BOX cooling solutions and in that sense, the Hyper 212 EVO V2 version has an absolute recommendation. So by working on those fine details of better performance and a great CM fan, he made a great budget cooler.
The competition in this category is strong and challenging but the Hyper 212 EVO V2 is full of confidence based on realistic features. Add another fan to it and the performance grows further, temperatures are even lower which opens up extra space for the PBO to swing further and achieve more frequencies on AMD Ryzen processors.
In our case, this meant that the 5600X worked almost constantly at 100 MHz higher frequencies, more precisely 4.7 GHz at full load, therefore, 100MHz more than in the declared Boost peaks, which is a great result, while the maximum boost frequency remained at 4849 MHz or 249MHz more than of what AMD declares for this processor model.
So, this is a real mainstream bestseller model that deserves the attention of users, considering that it is one of the best coolers for a reasonable amount of money. The Hyper 212 series has once again shown why it is a favorite among a large number of users, and all you have to do is look for its latest release in the form of Evo version 2 - it's just worth it!
- Smaller body dimensions of the refrigerator
- Excellent performance
- Easy installation
- Additional brackets for PUSH PULL fan configuration
- X-vent open
- Quiet fan
- Open side profile of the ribs for better ventilation
- It could look more attractive
- Not for processors with a lot of cores