CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

CoolerMaster Hyper 212X

CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

CoolerMaster Hyper 212X

Price:  £27.97

Technical Specification

CPUIntel: 775,1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011/v3.  AMD: FM1, FM2/+, AM2/+, AM3/+
Heat pipes4x6mm Copper pipes
MaterialsAluminium fins, Copper base
Fan Speed[email protected]
Noise Level36dB(A)
Air Flow82.9CFM
Air Pressure2.09 mmH2O


Up Close

Well the Hyper 212X was the last cooler to be tested on the old 2011 set up, and damn nearly the last to be tested on the new rig.  We'd quite forgotten how much we liked the natty little package that all the fittings come in, and the clip on plastic fan clips that are just sooooo much easier and neater than metal spring clips.

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See what we mean about the plastic fan mounts.  Don't they just look so much better.  They're dead easy to get on and off, oh, and CoolerMaster even incude an additional set so you can go push pull with any extra 120mm fan.

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At just 79mm deep wit the fan mounted there's no way the 212X is going to cause you any RAM issues.  On the not so plus side, the four copper heat pipes do seem to be located very laterally within the stack which, as we're seen doesn't usually translate into stella performance figures. 

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Aesthetics aren't really the forte of the 212X.  Don't get me wrong, it's not ugly, and it is very well put together, it's just a bit too OEM really. but then it does only cost £28 so you can't have everything.

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Fitting the 212X was quite simple although we did find the "X" brace thing a bit of a challenge to work out.  Like a few other coolers we've tested the firmness of the seat on the CPU lid wasn't nearly as hard as we'd like to have seen it, however despite this the 212X did reasonably well in the tests.  Let's put it this way, it beat the Alpenfohn Olymp we've just looked at on the previous page.

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Most Recent Comments

10-08-2016, 14:32:21

Had a quick look..
dont see any AIO's in there as a comparison.. I think it would have been nice to see atleast 1-2 of the most popular ones in there, it would just round out the comparisons a bit better imo if you also factor noise efficiency and redundancy.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:36:41

Great article, good to see my D15 is still a beast in the air cooled department.

One small thing, while reading the D15 page I couldn't help but notice something wrong.

With the front fan installed you are though limited to standard height RAM.
This is actually not the case, the fan can be positioned forward due to the design of the mounting which allows for big RAM if you have the case clearance for the fan to protrude off the cooler.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:52:00

That explains all the hype around the Cryorig lot, good prices and performance there. Great to see so many all together in one place for comparison.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:53:46

The BeQuiet coolers are meant to be tightened from the back of the motherboard, not above and between the fins. No wonder you found it hard to do.. If you are saying that poor fitting is the reason they don't perform well, then the test results are not representative of the coolers performance.Quote

10-08-2016, 15:08:21

I bought the Be Quiet Dark Rock TF for the looks for the Lian Li Q10 build - was supriced that it placed so low.

Have the Raijintek Pallas on my living room rig cooling a G3258 and I thought it was great.Quote

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