CoolerMaster Hyper 212X Review

Performance and Testing

CoolerMaster Hyper 212X Review

Performance and Testing

The test set up consisted of the following

Intel i7 3960X [email protected] 1.1v (undervolted) 4.0GHz @ 1.25v 4.4GHz @ 1.35v 4.6GHz @ 1.45v Gigabyte X79 UD3 Corsair Vengeance LP Memory Corsair HX850 V2 Corsair Force GT 60GB Coolermaster Storm Trooper. 

As usual we'll be testing our coolers at varying levels of overclock and increasing levels of voltage.  This in turn of course means increasing levels of heat which the coolers need to dissipate.  To begin with we start with the undervolted stock speed.  Why undervolted? well if you have things set on "Auto", you may well be using more volts than are actually required to run at the chosen frequency, for example our 3960s will run quite happily at just 1.1volts, solid as a rock, 24/7, and as such we use this as our starting point.

Continuity is very important in testing, and for this reason we keep as many of the potential variables as locked down as possible.  We will be using OCCT in Linpack X64, AVX compatible with all logical cores tested and 90% free memory utilised. The test is set up to run automatically with just a few clicks to set it going.  A 10 minute idle followed by 30 minutes of testing and a 5 minute cool down is the order of the day and brings the total test time per clock speed to 45 minutes.  So as to remove subjectivity in determining whether a CPU has failed, OCCT is set to stop the test and register a fail should the max temp exceed 80 degrees.  In testing we noted that if even just one of the cores exceeds 82 degrees OCCT halts the test and a fail is recorded.

These low volt low overclocks are not where the action's at though and aren't that much of an indicator as to how well a cooler will cope once the volts have been cranked up, so let's wind things up a bit.  That said, the Hyper 212 isn't exactly dragging up the rear is it?

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Turning now to the 4GHz test we up the voltage to 1.25 volts, this is what is deemed normally as stock volts. Something we are always harping on about on the forums is AUTO does not mean stock volts, and normally if you overclocking with "auto" volts the motherboard will be upping the volts much more than needed if you were to do it manually. By whichever means it happens, upping the volts (especially from our 1.1v undervolt) does have a big impact on temps, with an average increase of 10-15 degrees seen in the results.

At the higher levels of heat generated by the increase in voltage required for the 4.0GHz overclock, fan performance, although still a factor becomes less critical, replaced instead by a coolers ability to conduct the heat up the heat pipes and more crucially the total surface area of the fins enabling convection to the atmosphere.  In the case of AIOs and water cooling the surface area of the radiator and the efficiency of the contact plate begin to play more of a factor.  

OK so the Hyper 212X is on the charts, but only just.  Let's reflect on this in a positive way though.  This is a £30 cooler that able to cool the toasty 2011 chip even with a 4.0GHz overclock at 1.25Volts.  That's really not bad at all.

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Most Recent Comments

25-02-2016, 14:08:49

Excellent review Gary! I'll be grabbing one of these for the old mans rig now, the Gigabyte cooler he has at the moment is driving me nuts with the revving it does Quote

25-02-2016, 14:11:59

Dark NighT
I can't praise these coolers high enough to be honest, my 212 evo is coping nicely with my 3570k at 4.2ghz on 1.15v, it barely scratches 65 degrees in the summer with a corsair sp quiet edition fan on it.

They are, awesome coolers for the money and i recommend them all the time when people don't want to spend a lot.Quote

25-02-2016, 14:52:17

this should've been tested directly against the Hyper 212 EVOQuote

25-02-2016, 14:57:04

Dark NighT
Originally Posted by zme-ul View Post
this should've been tested directly against the Hyper 212 EVO
This is the improvement of that, and it wouldn't have mattered at all on that 3970x powerhouse, the results would be near identical.Quote

25-02-2016, 20:49:06

I have the 212X with the 82.9 CFM fan on my QX6800 which is a 130W TDP

at stock speeds I get 60+ degrees at load and around 40 degrees on idleQuote

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