CoolerMaster Hyper 212X Review


CoolerMaster Hyper 212X Review


Here at OC3D we don't just review the high end big bucks kit.  No sir-eee, we also like to get our hands on the kit at the more affordable end of the market, and you really don't get much more affordable than the mere £29.99 being asked for the new CoolerMaster Hyper 212X.  Measuring 120x79x158mm (LxWxH) with its fan attached it should fit into most Mid tower cases, and thanks to its slim stature isn't going to cause you any RAM encroachment issues.  It's also a dream to fit thanks to the clear multi platform instructions, universal scissor bracket and unbelievably fantastic pressed plastic fittings packet, (if you don't know what we're on about here take a look at page two and you'll see what we mean).  The cooler itself has 57 Aluminium fins stacked around four 6mm heat pipes.  The contact plate is of the direct contact variety, while the fin stack utilises what CoolerMaster calls X-Vent technology, basically four short slits cut at 45 degree angles around each of the heat pipes in the stack.  The fan on the 212X is a black OEM type generic unit, but even so is still able to put out 600-1700rpm with respectable airflow and static pressure figures, the highlight though being the mere 9dB(A) the fan emits at its lowest speed setting. Although it might not be the sexiest looking cooler on the block, there's always something nice about the classic natural Aluminium look, and with the usual high Coolermaster build quality in evidence the end result is a simple looking and well put together cooler.

From a performance perspective we put the 212X though the usual torture tests, and have to say it did as well as expected, bettering some similarly designed coolers and being not that far behind some that cost a great deal more.  We should add that we knew it wasn't going to be a chart topping overclocker's dream, but it did still manage to make up to the 1.25v 4.0GHZ level, which, for a cooler of this size and at this price is really quite an achievement.  Is it quiet?  At 600rpm it is, in fact it's near silent, but crank things up to 1700rpm and it whirs away at 27.2dB(A) which isnt as loud as we expected in all honesty.

And so to the award.  A very well deserved Value for money and an honest Gold.  Yes, we're giving it a Gold.  If you're on a tight budget, the Hyper 212X is well made, performs reasonably well, has classic styling and costs just £30.  Get in. 

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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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