Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler Review
By Rafael Coelho on March 30, 2010


Hardware Secrets Bronze Award

This time we tested Hyper 212 Plus CPU cooler from Cooler Master. It is a relatively inexpensive cooler with tower design, 120 mm fan and four heatpipes in CPU direct touch. Let's how it goes in our tests.

Hyper 212 Plus box uses the same color pattern as other products from Cooler Master, like Hyper N620 we recently tested, with no transparent window.

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Figure 1: Box.

In Figure 2 we can see the box contents: besides the cooler itself, there is an instruction flyer, gray thermal compound and installation hardware.

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Figure 2: Box contents.

In Figure 3 we have a general view of Hyper 212 Plus.

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Figure 3: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus.

In the next pages we will see this cooler in detail.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

In Figure 4 we have a front view of the cooler. The 120 mm fan covers all the heatsink frame and you can notice that the blade design is somewhat different, with the tips wider than the ends that are attached to the central body.

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Figure 4: Front view.

In a side view we notice that the heatsink from Hyper 212 Plus is quite narrow. We can also see the four copper heatpipes.

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Figure 5: Side view.

In Figure 6 we can see the back of the cooler. Note how the heatpipes are not in the same line, thus receiving more direct airflow.

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Figure 6: Rear view.

In a top view we can see the almost rectangular shape used by the fins. We can also note the position of the heatpipes. Notice the room available for a second fan.

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Figure 7: Top view.

Cooler Maste Hyper 212 Plus (Cont'd)

In Figure 8 we see the heatsink without the fan. It is a relatively small and light heatsink compared to other cooler with similar design.

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Figure 8: Heatsink without the fan.

In Figure 9 we can see the black plastic fan, which looks very basic. It comes screwed on two plastic holders that fit the heatsink. This fan has PWM automatic speed control and thus its connector is a four-pin type.

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Figure 9: Fan.

In Figure 10 we see the fan holder. Note how there are small rubber cushions stuck to the fan in order to absorb the vibration produced by it. The product comes with another set of holders and rubber stickers, so you can easily install a second fan (not included).

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Figure 10: Detail of the fan.

In Figure 11 we can see the base of the cooler, smooth but with no mirror-like finishing. The heatpipes make direct contact with the CPU. There are some recesses between the aluminum base and the heatpipes, so with this cooler we had to use more thermal compound than with flat-base coolers.

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Figure 11: Base.


Hyper 212 Plus installation is a little bit complicated. For both Intel and AMD processors you must use the same clip and the same backplate. The clip that stays over the base of the cooler moves like a pair of scissors, adapting itself for AMD or Intel CPU installation.

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Figure 12: Installation hardware.

In Figure 13 we can see the backplate in place. For AMD CPUs the other face of the backplate is used. The nuts are tightened by a small tool that comes with the cooler and that allows you to use a Phillips screwdriver in this procedure. After installing the backplate the rest of the installation is simple.

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Figure 13: Backplate.

In Figure 14 we can see the "scissors clip" over the base of the cooler.

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Figure 14: Clip over the base of the cooler.

Installation (Cont'd)

The Hyper 212 Plus comes with the fan already in place, but you must remove it in order to screw the cooler to the previously installed holder.

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Figure 15: Installed on our motherboard.

After attaching the cooler to the base, you must put the fan back in place, which is a very simple task: you just need to push it into place.

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Figure 16: Installed on our motherboard.

In Figure 17, you can see the cooler installed in our case.

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Figure 17: Installed inside our case.

How We Tested

We are adopting the following methodology for our CPU cooler reviews.

First, we chose the CPU with the highest TDP (Thermal Design Power) we had available, a Core 2 Extreme QX6850, which has a 130 W TDP. The choice for a CPU with a high TDP is obvious. To measure the efficiency of the tested cooler, we need a processor that gets very hot. This CPU works by default at 3.0 GHz, but we overclocked it to 3.33 GHz, in order to heat it as much as possible.

We took noise and temperature measurements with the CPU idle and under full load. In order to achieve 100% CPU load on the four processing cores we ran Prime95 with the "In-place Large FFTs" option, and three instances of the StressCPU program, all at the same time.

We also compared the reviewed cooler to the Intel stock cooler (with copper base), which comes with the processor we used, and also with some other coolers we have tested using the same methodology.

Temperature measurements were taken with a digital thermometer, with the sensor touching the base of the cooler, and also with the core temperature reading (given by the CPU thermal sensor) from the from the SpeedFan program, using an arithmetic average of the four core temperature readings.

The sound pressure level (SPL) was measured with a digital noise meter, with its sensor placed 4" (10 cm) from the fan. We turned off the video board cooler so it wouldn't interfere with the results, but this measurement is only for comparative purposes, because a precise SPL measurement needs to be made inside an acoustically insulated room with no other noise sources, which is not the case here.

Hardware Configuration

Software Configuration

Software Used

Error Margin

We adopted a 2 °C error margin, i.e., temperature differences below 2 °C are considered irrelevant.

Our Tests

On the tables below you can see our results. We ran the same tests with the coolers shown on below tables. Each test ran with the CPU idle and the with the CPU fully loaded. On BigTyp 14Pro, TMG IA1, NH-U12P and ISGC-300 the tests were done with the fan at full speed and at minimum speed. The other coolers were connected directly to the motherboard and it controls the fan speed based on CPU load level and temperature on PWM models. ISGC-400, iCEAGE Prima Boss, Megahalems Rev. B, Thermaltake SpinQ VT, Zalman CNPS10X Flex and Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme were tested at minimum speed on idle test and at maximum speed on full load test.

CPU Idle

CoolerRoom Temp.NoiseFan SpeedBase Temp.Core Temp.
Intel stock14 °C44 dBA1000 rpm31 °C42 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (min)17 °C47 dBA880 rpm29 °C36 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (max)17 °C59 dBA1500 rpm26 °C34 °C
Akasa Nero18 °C41 dBA500 rpm26 °C35 °C
Cooler Master V1014 °C44 dBA1200 rpm21 °C26 °C
TMG IA1 (max)16 °C47 dBA1500 rpm22 °C30 °C
TMG IA1 (min)16 °C57 dBA2250 rpm21 °C30 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme16 °C44 dBA1200 rpm21 °C29 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-10018 °C44 dBA1450 rpm35 °C49 °C
Noctua NH-U12P (low)15 °C42 dBA1000 rpm20 °C30 °C
Noctua NH-U12P15 °C46 dBA1400 rpm20 °C28 °C
Noctua NH-C12P17 °C46 dBA1400 rpm23 °C28 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-20021 °C43 dBA1100 rpm31 °C35 °C
Schythe Kabuto22 °C42 dBA800 rpm29 °C34 °C
Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Pro20 °C43 dBA1500 rpm32 °C39 °C
ISGC-300 (min)18 °C42 dBA800 rpm26 °C30 °C
ISGC-300 (max)18 °C46 dBA1400 rpm24 °C26 °C
SilverStone NT06-E21 °C66 dBA2600 rpm30 °C41 °C
Zalman CNPS9700 NT22 °C48 dBA1700 rpm28 °C35 °C
Scythe Mugen-2 17 °C41 dBA 700 rpm25 °C30 °C
ISGC-400 (min)17 °C44 dBA850 rpm24 °C30 °C
Cooler Master Vortex 75220 °C48 dBA1700 rpm32 °C44 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss (min)22 °C42 dBA1000 rpm29 °C36 °C
Evercool Buffalo17 °C51 dBA1850 rpm22 °C29 °C
Scythe Big Shuriken20 °C42 dBA900 rpm31 °C39 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX321 °C44 dBA1700 rpm30 °C39 °C
Titan Skalli20 °C43 dBA1200 rpm27 °C34 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B21 °C40 dBA800 rpm28 °C32 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 NT23 °C45 dBA900 rpm30 °C34 °C
Cooler Master Hyper N62021 °C44 dBA1200 rpm28 °C34 °C
Nexus LOW-7000 R223 °C46 dBA1400 rpm33 °C42 °C
Evercool HPK-10025EA20 °C54 dBA1900 rpm27 °C34 °C
Evercool HPH-9525EA23 °C50 dBA1900 rpm38 °C49 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss II23 °C42 dBA1000 rpm29 °C35 °C
Thermaltake SpinQ VT24 °C45 dBA950 rpm32 °C39 °C
Titan Fenrir21 °C42 dBA950 rpm29 °C35 °C
Zalman CNPS 10 Flex23 °C40 dBA800 rpm32 °C39 °C
Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme24 °C43 dBA1100 rpm30 °C37 °C
Gelid Tranquillo22 °C41 dBA850 rpm29 °C36 °C
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus20 °C45 dBA1200 rpm27 °C35 °C

CPU Fully Loaded

CoolerRoom Temp.NoiseFan SpeedBase Temp.Core Temp.
Intel stock14 °C48 dBA1740 rpm42 °C100 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (min)17 °C47 dBA880 rpm43 °C77 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (max)17 °C59 dBA1500 rpm35 °C70 °C
Akasa Nero18 °C48 dBA1500 rpm34 °C68 °C
Cooler Master V1014 °C54 dBA1900 rpm24 °C52 °C
TMG IA1 (max)16 °C47 dBA1500 rpm27 °C63 °C
TMG IA1 (min)16 °C57 dBA2250 rpm25 °C60 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme16 °C51 dBA1900 rpm24 °C50 °C
Thermaltake ISG-10018 °C50 dBA1800 rpm58 °C93 °C
Noctua NH-U12P (low)15 °C42 dBA1000 rpm28 °C59 °C
Noctua NH-U12P15 °C46 dBA1400 rpm25 °C54 °C
Noctua NH-C12P17 °C46 dBA1400 rpm37 °C76 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-20021 °C48 dBA1900 rpm42 °C68 °C
Scythe Kabuto22 °C47 dBA1200 rpm38 °C63 °C
Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Pro20 °C51 dBA2300 rpm49 °C85 °C
ISGC-300 (min)18 °C42 dBA800 rpm36 °C64 °C
ISGC-300 (max)18 °C46 dBA1400 rpm31 °C56 °C
SilverStone NT06-E21 °C66 dBA2600 rpm39 °C96 °C
Zalman CNPS9700 NT22 °C56 dBA2600 rpm34 °C63 °C
Scythe Mugen-2 17 °C46 dBA 1300 rpm 28 °C54 °C
ISGC-400 (max)17 °C47 dBA1400 rpm36 °C69 °C
Cooler Master Vortex 75220 °C55 dBA2300 rpm48 °C92 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss (max)22 °C53 dBA2000 rpm35 °C59 °C
Evercool Buffalo17 °C51 dBA1850 rpm32 °C67 °C
Scythe Big Shuriken20 °C50 dBA1500 rpm51 °C85 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX321 °C53 dBA2700 rpm39 °C66 °C
Titan Skalli20 °C47 dBA1550 rpm37 °C69 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B21 °C61 dBA2600 rpm30 °C51 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 NT23 °C56 dBA2000 rpm34 °C54 °C
Cooler Master Hyper N62021 °C50 dBA1650 rpm32 °C56 °C
Nexus LOW-7000 R223 °C53 dBA1900 rpm45 °C74 °C
Evercool HPK-10025EA20 °C54 dBA1900 rpm39 °C69 °C
Evercool HPH-9525EA23 °C50 dBA1900 rpm58 °C100 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss II23 °C56 dBA2100 rpm32 °C56 °C
Thermaltake SpinQ VT24 °C52 dBA1500 rpm40 °C68 °C
Titan Fenrir21 °C50 dBA1600 rpm33 °C58 °C
Zalman CNPS 10 Flex23 °C61 dBA2600 rpm33 °C59 °C
Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme24 °C56 dBA1900 rpm35 °C60 °C
Gelid Tranquillo22 °C46 dBA1450 rpm31 °C60 °C
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus20 °C52 dBA1900 rpm32 °C64 °C

The next graph shows how many degrees Celsius the CPU core was hotter than room temperature during our idle tests.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

The next graph gives you an idea on how many degrees Celsius the CPU core was hotter than room temperature during our full load tests.

 Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

Main Specifications

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus main features are:

* Researched at on the day we published this review.


Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus is a good cooler with reasonable performance. It has a good construction quality and its fan is strong and quiet.

It, however, does not reach the performance level shown by top-shelf coolers, probably because of its relatively small heatsink. Other weak point is the installation, which is a little complicated. Its looks is average; it is pretty but does not draw attention like more sofisticated models.

Its strongest point, however, is its price, below top-performance models. Thus it is a cooler with an excellent cost/benefit ratio and you can still install a second fan in order to improve performance.

As Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus has shown an average performance but a good cost/benefit ratio, it deserves the Hardware Secrets Bronze Award.

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