Cooler Master launched this new cooler when the new AM4 platform launched. It’s because of the success of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, that a solution for the AM4 socket was needed. So, of course, it also needed some improvement and changes. This cooler is similar but at the same time better in performance and for a little more price, let’s see if this cooler can really catch the attention of Am4 platform users.
|Product Name||Hyper 212 LED Turbo|
|Model number||RR-212TK-16PR-R1 (Black Top Cover)||RR-212TR-16PR-R1 (Red Top Cover)|
|CPU Socket||Intel® LGA 2066 / 2011-3 / 2011 / 1366 / 1156 / 1155 / 1151 / 1150 / 775 socket
AMD® AM4 / AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ / FM2+ / FM2 / FM1 socket
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||120 x 108 x 163 mm (4.7 x 4.3 x 6.4″)|
|Heat Sink||Dimensions (L x W x H)||120 x 60 x 160 mm (4.7 x 2.4 x 6.3″)|
|Material||Aluminum Fins (4 Heat Pipes / Direct Contact)|
|Heat Pipes Dimensions||Ø6mm|
|Fan||Dimensions (L x W x H)||120 x 120 x 25 mm (4.7 x 4.7 x 1″)|
|Speed||600-1,600 RPM ± 10%|
|Airflow||66.3 CFM ± 10%|
|Air Pressure||1.7 mmH2O ± 10%|
|Noise Level||9-31 dBA|
|Rated Voltage||12 VDC|
|Rated Current||0.19 A|
|Power Consumption||2.28 W|
Packaging was just normal and the components were packed properly. The cooler was in a plastic cover with fans pre-installed and there was a separate box for the accessories which is the norm with Cooler Master. Inside the accessories box, there was a single bracket for Intel and AMD AM4 socket and there were two clips for Intel socket, 2 for AM4 socket and 1 separate traditional clip for previous AMD sockets. The box also came with a small thermal paste tube and all the other screws or nuts were present there for easy installation.
Taking a close look
Taking a look at the heatsink, it’s not something that is spectacular but the construction is appreciable. The aluminium fins are strong and the base is composed of both aluminium and copper heat pipes. The base is well finished and smooth and there are a total of 4 copper heat pipes that are passing through the base from one side to another. The heat pipes are extended to the top of the heatsink and share the heat equally. The base needed the direct contact with the heat pipes because it transfers heat quickly as the small aluminium base isn’t that efficient alone in eliminating the heat from the processor.
Coming to its fans, they are the traditional airflow fans which are commonly used in most of the Cooler Master heatsinks and use the same design. They are strong and have RED LEDs to match the RED accent of the cooler. For a price less than $50, it justifies the use of two Fans as there will be a good push-pull configuration. The fans can be easily removed and installed and can be connected to the cable splitter provided in the box itself for powering the two fans with one motherboard 4 pin power port.
Before installation, I used Isopropyl alcohol to remove the old thermal paste of my i5 6600K and also cleaned the base of the heatsink as the sticky plastic leaves some sticky residue on it. First I installed the bracket from the back and secured the two Clips with two screws. It was very easy and the accessories box came with a nut bolt tightener with which it is easy to tighten the hollow bolts into the motherboard as you can see in the picture above.
So, I removed the two fans from the heatsink before installing it on the motherboard and also installed the Ram sticks before it to pose no difficulty. Then I secured the cooler with the screws that are pre-installed into the clips and it was done. Fans were installed and there was enough clearance for the Corsair Vengeance LPX Ram when I installed them in the 2nd and 4th DIMM socket. I don’t think that you can install a taller Ram stick in the first DIMM slot so make sure you buy a short height Ram stick like mines.
There was enough clearance to close the side panel as my case is wide enough but this will be the case in most of the mid towers as it’s height is 163mm which is very common. The RED LEDs were bright but were not of very good quality as a premium fan would have.
Here is the RIG I used for testing the cooler(I use this same rig for every other cooler to keep the results fair):-
Intel Core i5 6600K: Check on Amazon
Asus Z170 Pro Gaming: Check on Amazon
2x 4GB DDR4 2400Mhz Corsair Vengeance LPX: Check on Amazon
320GB WD HDD: Check on Amazon
TP-Link N300 Wifi PCI Card: Check on Amazon
Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite 500W: Check on Amazon
Cooler Master 690 III: Check on Amazon
I used the HeavyLoad software for testing the CPU cooler on 100% Load on different clocks and gave the cooler 5 minutes time to cool down with full fan speed after each test for it to be stable at it’s lowest idle temperature which as 33 Degree Celsius(Same as the room temperature at the time of testing). Each test was conducted for approximately 15 minutes and following are the results of this test in Degree Celsius. Fan speed measurement and CPU temperature measurement were done using CPUID HWMonitor.
The temperatures were very good and healthy for the processor. If a non-overclocker uses this cooler on his CPU at full load with minimum or standard fan speed, then expect the temperature to be around 50C but the fans came up to perform really good when they were running at full speed. The temperature went down up to 6C both at 3.5Ghz and 4.5Ghz but creating a little noise. Although, it wasn’t disturbing at all. At silent profile with around 670RPM speed, there was almost no noise from 1 metre away and this thing is very quiet even if the side panel is removed.[rwp_box id=”0″]