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Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R1)

85% Positive Reviews


Pros: Keeps my CPU cool.

Cons: I don't know, it's mediocre.

Got my 3570k to 4.5 Ghz with 1.2 V. It only peaks at high 60^oC on Prime95.

Get it if you want something the actually works. Easy to install too, the idiots that don't know how to install it can't read the manual and have no logic.


Pros: inexpensive, cools the CPU effectively

Cons: instructions could be more detailed

i5-2500K running @ 4.5Ghz with ease.
Stress-tested for 8 hours using Prime95.

Idles @ 20C
Full load @ 55C

It runs cool and relatively silent. Make sure you have a full tower to be certain it fits. If you've been thinking of buying the 212 Evo, stop hesitating. It costs less half the price of the higher-end coolers and is worth every dollar. thumb.gif


Pros: Excellent Cooling, Very well priced

Cons: Can be confusing to install

This is a very good cooler from Cooler Master, it's is priced remarkably well and performs very well.

This cooler is pretty straight forward. It has 4 direct touch copper heatpipes that aids greatly in moving heat from the processor to the heatsink fins. The fin count is a rough medium so slightly higher speed static pressure oriented fans will likely be best. Using low speed fans however is fine too.

Mounting the cooler was somewhat straight forward. Having used other Cooler master coolers in the past, I've grown accustomed to their general mounting procedure. However if this is the first Cooler master product you've used it can be tricky to do alone so you may want an extra pair of hands to help. The instructions are fairly clear and useful and definitely aid in mounting the cooler. Cooler master use all in one mounting hardware for both AMD and Intel sockets. It also ships with Intel LGA 2011 mounting hardware as well. It comes with a single pwm 120mm fan and includes necessary clips to mount a secondary 120mm fan for a push/pull configuration.

The cooler is fairly tall so it may not fit in every thinner case out there, but should have no trouble inside higher end mid towers and full tower cases. Depending on your motherboard having a fan installed on the DIMM side of the motherboard may interfere with memory with tall heatsinks. I found with both fans installed and mounted to my P8Z77 motherboard that there was no clearance issues for the memory, as the fan didn't protrude over and of the DIMM slots.

The cooler performs very well, and is among the best for the price range. Running it in push/pull helped performance alot, and allowed for lower fan speed and less overall noise.
It was capable of keeping my 3570k cool at 4.5ghz, although I'm sure on processors that aren't restricted by their IHS cooling, this cooler could achieve even higher speeds while maintaining acceptable temperatures. Very cool stuff.

I had a small problem with the included fan, running far too low a speed, I'm not sure if this was to do with the fan or user error.

Overall I am very impressed with this cooler. It offers excellent cooling performance at a tidy price.


Pros: Price, Performance, and quality

Cons: Assembly

Hello All,

I have this cpu cooler and I want to say this thing rocks! Its affordable and allows you to overclock your rig for under 100.00.

My suggestion is to watch a quick youtube video before installing. I have an LGA 1150 and the screws on the spring plate matched the screws for the mobo perfectly. I didn't need to change anything!

Here are some tips

1: Immediately take the fan off the heat sink - this will give you room to install inside the case.

2: Watch a quick 3 minute youtube vide to get familiar with the installation

3: The back plate is important, make sure you mount that correctly. The manual shows with processor setup gets mounted screwed into

4: I recommend Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste instead of the paste provided by Cooler Master. Worth the investment.


Pros: Dual 120mm fan support

Cons: Not that easy to work with, even if the heat-sink is mounted properly it will still move around with very little effort,

The Cooler Master 212 isn't what I'd suggest to someone that is building their first computer (unless they have the patience to put this heat-sink on).
At times it feels like you almost need two people to put one of these on.
It does support two 120mm fans (which I would suggest replacing if you are able to).
The 212 is a budget heat-sink by all means (the price ranges from 15-35$ at times).
Unless you don't have more than 50$ to spend (at which times an AIO or quite a few Noctua heat-sinks would be a much better solution) I would suggest this CPU heat-sink with the possibility of buying better fans to go along with it (that you could then use for your possible future heat-sink)

If this heat-sink were always 20$ then I would give it 4 stars, but seeing as it goes for about ~30 I'm going to have to give it 3.5
I would mainly suggest the Cooler Master 212 as a temporary heat-sink (something that you have spare around the house, instead of the stock Intel or AMD heat-sinks).


Pros: easy to install, great cooling to $ ratio

Cons: newer processors may need a little more capacity.

This is a great, no frills, get down and get the job done cooler at a great price. It kept my AMD Phenom x4 965BE under 50c and with push/pull keeps my new FX-8350 under 60c at stock settings. I will be getting something with more cooling capacity for overclocking. It looks great with the top fin painted - mine's black. You just pop it off by carefully levering it off with a CD on each side between the first fin and second fin. To re-install I used a socket that just fit over the heat pipes to gently press it a little at a time in an X pattern. The mounting hardware is nice and easy to use (AMD) and it includes a second bracket to add an additional fan if you like. I found the included fan was a little loud and switched it out for something else but mostly to match my other case-fans (white LED)


Pros: Decent cooling performance, relatively quiet fan, good PWM range, small compared to certain other coolers (NH-D14 i'm looking at you), good clearance

Cons: Can be a bit annoying to install (like all tower coolers)

Not really much to say, it does what it is supposed to do, cools your CPU...

Running a stock cooled i5-4440 at 3.3GHz with IGPU at 1500MHz@1.15v, p95+furmark (on the IGPU) got 98C on the highest core and the iGPU throttled to ~1200MHz (100c)

Swapped to the H212Evo and temps are ~65C on the cores and ~75C on the GPU, no throttling. Runs CPU only at ~55-60C

Fan is relatively quiet and pushes quite a decent amount of air.

Installation is a bit fiddly, especially if you have a lot of large VRM heatsinks, I recommend taking out RAM modules before installing this. Because it's only single tower and single fan there is a huge amount of clearance for fancy RAM heatsinks/fans and the heatpipes are not too obtrusive. Instructions for installation are clear.

Also contains necessary equipment to mount a second fan for push-pull. but I doubt it will increase performance much due to the low fin density.

For the price it's great, but I'd think that with more powerful (FX/LGA2011) CPUs you'll want to get something bigger.


Pros: Price/Performance

Cons: A little cheap on the aluminium fins

I reviewed this cooler a while ago and it has been one of myu most popular videos on youtube. Despite the controversy of the thermal paste application I thought it was a good video for showing the mounting hardware.


Pros: Got it for a steal, and cools better then stock cpu fan.

Cons: Loud, and somewhat cheap fan.

My first build I took the meanest looking heat sink I could grab that wouldn't break the bank. This does its job alright and looks pretty good doing it. On the other hand instructions are a little lacking and its a very loud fan even spinning at 600 rpm.


Pros: Cheap, Decent heatsink

Cons: Loud weak fan, mounting hardware is BAD, heatsink could have had tighter fins to benefit from a fan upgrade

I have never seen so much hype over a cooler that is so horrible. Somehow cooler master convinced everyone this thing was awesome when in reality its BAD!

The only thing it had going for it is the fan looks cool and the price tag is nice, this alone can make a decent buy for a budget build on a lower end processor to overclock.

Although I didn't expect massive results I was hoping for a little better then I got. Was able to overclock my 8350 to 4.3ghz 100% stable. Could push 4.4-4.5ghz but wasn't able to get good temps and 100% stable. So not able to get alot out of higher powered processor, I have heard from many with i5 and i7 processors with the same issue, the 212 just doesn't cut it anymore.

Although its not extremely loud the fan gets louder then both my noctua fans combined and now after about 6 months has started to make a slight grind/click type noise which is hardly noticeable but irritating to me. I have also learned that upgrading the fan would be useless as many have tried and seen minimal improvements. Due to the fact that the fins are spaced so far apart in order to use a low pressure "quiet" cheap fan. an upgrade cant cool any faster then the heatsink can dissipate

The worst part about this whole thing is the mounting system. Not only was it abnormally difficult but the hardware is crap, even the backing plate is thinner then the stock amd plate. Just all around nothing special. But worst thing is when all said and done no matter how tight or which way you do it the heatsink rotates. Not alot but just enough to cause friction which no matter what anyone says is not good for thermal paste, especially as it starts to dry out. Ontop of that everytime you put the fan on or take it off it makes you rotate it back and forth like 5 times. It seems like it would be easy to put on and take off the fan but it was suprisingly difficult. Also the ram clearance is not very good either, Noctua NH-D14 has much better ram clearance which didn't seem right to me.

For a cheap overclock on something like a phenom or a i3/i5 processor this may be the way to go (if your desperate), but if your looking to seriously overclock at all or plan on pushing a i7 or fx processor then id highly recommend getting a double tower cooler, or even a better single tower option quality wise I am sure you can find something. There is nothing special about this cooler, dont let the hype fool you.

Also the reality is with all the people who get i5 processors to 4.5ghz no problem is that almost any decent upgraded heatsink would have done this. Just because its significantly better then stock doesnt make it a great heatsink. You can get any similar sized heatsink with better quality parts that will perform similar. Theres absolutely nothing here special, they managed to part together a bunch of mediocre parts that managed to have decent results. Just because the results are decent doesn't make it a good heatsink. There are better options out there. Again dont let the hype fool you! thumb.gif
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R1)

Cooler Master, an industry leading chassis, thermal solution, peripheral, and accessory manufacturer, signals the rebirth of a household name in computing, the Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler. It comes packed with an improved tower fin design, heat pipe layout, and upgraded fans and fan brackets that provide an even more extreme value for end-users of all types.

BindingPersonal Computers
BrandCooler Master
FeatureVersatile all-in-one mounting solution supporting the latest Intel LGA 1366 /1155 and AMD FM1 / AM3+.
Is Autographed0
Is Memorabilia0
Height3.5 inches
Length6.2 inches
Weight1.3 pounds
Width9 inches
LabelCooler Master
List Price$34.99
ManufacturerCooler Master
Package Quantity1
Product GroupCE
PublisherCooler Master
StudioCooler Master
TitleCooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R1)
Warranty12 months
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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