Welcome back to the budget king: Introducing the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo V2 Tower Air Cooler
Today, I get the distinct pleasure of taking a look at a legend in the PC building world: the Cooler Master Hyper 212. For those of you who are new to the custom PC scene, Cooler Master’s Hyper 212 is, in my opinion, one of the most recommended coolers for people building their first PC. The original cooler, released back in the mid 2000s, hit a very good price to performance ratio, far surpassing stock cooling provided with purchased CPUs. But, will the Evo 2, the latest iteration of this legend continue to impress? Let’s find out together.
Taking a look at the 212 cooler, the first thing we notice is the size. This cooler is large, which is expected and necessary to keep a modern CPU cool during intense gaming sessions. In fact, this tower cooler is so tall, it just barely fits inside of the test case, a Thermaltake Divider 300. Cooler Master advertises all sorts of advancements, from the X vents on the top, to “an asymmetrical tilt” to help clear RAM. The latter improvement is appreciated as large tower coolers frequently interfere with RAM, especially RAM with coolers added.
Cooler Master packs quite a load of accessories in the box alongside the cooler, including mounting brackets for both AMD and Intel, supporting most, if not all modern sockets. We also find thermal paste, a welcome inclusion as these tubes often get misplaced. Finally, we have all of the various screws needed for attachment as well as extra clips to add a second 120mm fan. We also, of course, find the cooler and a single SickleFlow 120 fan.
Of course, at the price point of the Hyper 212, there is no RGB to be found. Some of you are probably breathing a sigh of relief as RGB has become pervasive almost to the point of not being able to avoid it should one desire.
Installation is easily doable with one person. I find it easier to remove the motherboard and install the cooler outside of the case before remounting the motherboard into the case. Cooler Master provides easy picture-based instructions that almost make it too easy to follow.