Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Review

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Review

Introduction to the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

Today, we will be taking a closer look at a CPU cooler from Cooler Master that was released not to longer ago, the Hyper 212 EVO. The Hyper 212 may sound familiar to many of you as it has been a very popular series of coolers for Cooler Master. Up until the release of the EVO version there have been two other models, the standard Hyper 212 and the Hyper 212 Plus. Cooler Master looks to improve on the performance numbers of the previous by adding some refinements. We will discuss these tweaks and tunes in the review, so read on.

Cooler Master’s take on the Hyper 212 EVO

The Hyper 212 EVO cooling systems are designed and optimized to provide the best user experience and cooling potential for a new generation of processors. The Hyper 212 EVO now features four Cooler Master patented Continuous Direct Contact™ (CDC) heat pipes that are tightly packed into a flat array on the CPU Cooler base. This acts as a virtual vapor chamber that dissipates a large amount of heat. The aluminum fin structure has been optimized to provide the perfect performance balance between high and low speed fan operations.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Specifications

CPU Socket

Intel Socket:
LGA 1366 / 1156 / 1155 / 775 *

AMD Socket:
FM1 / AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ / AM2

 CPU Support

Core™ i7 Extreme / Core™ i7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i3 / Core™2 Extreme / Core™2 Quad / Core™2 Duo / Pentium / Celeron

FX-Series / A-Series / Phenom™ II X4 / Phenom™ II X3 / Phenom™ II X2 / Phenom™ X4 / Phenom™ X3 / Athlon™ II X4 / Athlon™ II X3 / Athlon™ II X2 / Athlon™ X2 / Athlon™ / Sempron™


120 x 80 x 159 mm (4.7 x 3.1 x 6.3 in)

Heat Sink Dimensions

116 x 51 x 159 mm (4.6 x 2.0 x 6.3 in)

Heat Sink Material

4 Direct Contact Heat Pipes / Aluminum Fins

Heat Sink Weight

465g (1.03 lb)

Heat Pipes Dimensions


Fan Dimension

120 x 120 x 25 mm (4.7 x 4.7 x 1 in)

Fan Speed

600 – 2,000 RPM (PWM) ± 10%
600 – 1,600 RPM (PWM) ± 10% (EU Version)

Fan Airflow

24.9 – 82.9 CFM ± 10%
24.9 – 66.3 CFM ± 10% (EU Version)

Fan Air Pressure

0.3 – 2.7mm H2O ± 10%
0.3 – 1.7mm H2O ± 10% (EU Version)

Fan Life Expectancy


Fan Noise Level (dB-A)

9 – 36 dBA
9 – 31 dBA (EU Version)

Bearing Type

Long Life Sleeve Bearing



Fan Rated Voltage

12 VDC

Fan Rated Current

0.19A (EU Version)

Power Consumption

2.28W (EU Version)

Fan Weight

104g (0.23 lb)


* Supplied accessories may differ by country or area. Please check with your local distributor for further details.


  • Well-balanced cooling performance provides fin optimizations with perfect balance between high and low speed operations.
  • 4 Direct Contact heat pipes with the patented CDC™ (Continuous Direct Contact) technology – creating a perfect, sleek surface for heat conduction.
  • Wide-range PWM fan with unique wave-shaped blade design for excellent airflow.
  • Versatile all-in-one mounting solution supporting the latest Intel® LGA 1366 / 1155 and AMD FM1 / AM3+.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Closer Look

The Hyper 212 EVO, as you can see, continues with the tower design style which is so very popular, and so far the best performing. Cooler Master developed the 212 line to be a replacement for the boxed (stock) coolers found with Intel and AMD retail processors. Designed to be a silent operating solution we were very surprised by the performance of the cooler. But you will have to wait and continue reading before you find out just how well it stacked up.

The 212 EVO is fully compatible with all current CPU sockets from AMD and Intel, inclusive of AMD’s FM1 which is the latest socket to come from either manufacturer. The cooler weighs just over one pound that 465 grams metric. Standing 6.3 inches tall the cooler should not be much of an issue with most cases.

CM designed the aluminum fins of the 212 EVO just dense enough to support both low- and high-speed fans. So, leave its performance capability up to the individual.

What really makes the EVO different from the regular 212 and the 212 Plus is the base of the cooler. The Standard model had a solid copper base while the Plus uses a direct heat pipe base but had a portion of the bottom aluminum piece of the cooler between each copper pipe. Now, the new EVO used a direct heat pipe technology as well but in its case the EVO its continuous meaning no gaps between four heat pipes aka Continuous Direct Contact or CDC.

The heat pipes are 6mm in diameter and arranged in such a way where air created by the fan can blow directly on to two of them when using a single fan and all four when using dual fans. This allows the heat pipes to be more efficient.

The fan used on the EVO is one again PWM controlled relying on the CPU load to determine the fan speed as well as any noise created by the fan. The fan come pre-installed on the cooler but can be easily removed by gently separating four small plastic tabs away from the cooler. As you can see from the images below the fan is attached to the plastic shroud with the aid of rubber fasteners.

The fan is a 120mm unit that spins anywhere between 600 and 2000 RPM. At this rate the fan can blow 25-83 CFM of air. All while operating between 9-36 dBA.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Installation

Here we have all the accessories that come with the cooler. And as stated before the cooler does support all current CPU sockets including AMD’ FM1.

The entire assembly is supported by a motherboard back plate that is secured to the motherboard using four nuts and thumbscrews.

The fan must be removed before anything else can be accomplished. A metal brace is placed in between the heat pipes that are used to attach to the screws holding the back plate in place.

After this is done the fan can be remounted to the cooler.

About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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