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Performance

Cooling Efficiency Tests

The test results of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO and its opponent can be viewed in this table as well as in the diagram below (sorted in the order of descending efficiency):

 

With their fans being PWM-regulated, the Thermalright True Spirit turns out to be more efficient than the new Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO by 6°C. This is quite a lot, especially as the True Spirit is also cheaper. Thermalright's cooler is also superior at the same speed of the fan: by 7°C at 1000 RPM, by 6°C at 1200 RPM and by 4°C at 1400 RPM. Thus, the Hyper 212 EVO is inferior to the True Spirit in efficiency in every test.

We also tested both coolers with two fans each but could see no difference except that the peak temperature of our six-core CPU was lower by 2-4°C, depending on the speed of the fans. So, let’s move on to the noisiness test.

Acoustic Performance

We measured the amount of noise produced by the coolers throughout the speed range of their fans. You can view the results in the following diagram:

The Xtra Flo fan of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO does well in this test. Its sleeve bearing works quietly, its noise increasing proportionally to its speed. There were no unwanted additional sounds typical of CPU coolers, so the Xtra Flo does not irritate your ear even at maximum speed, even though you can hardly want to run it at that speed continuously.

The Hyper 212 EVO is equal to the Thermalright True Spirit at the silent and comfortable noise levels but the latter is noisier at high speeds.

Conclusion

The new Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO doesn’t set any performance records, but it is not actually supposed to. Considering its price, it is only meant for moderately overclocked CPUs. And the Hyper 212 EVO meets this purpose well enough, coping with our six-core CPU overclocked to 4.3 GHz, even though turning out to be inferior to the cheaper Thermalright True Spirit. Anyway, if you don't find the latter product in shops, the Hyper 212 EVO can make a worthy alternative.

Besides its good performance, the new cooler features broad compatibility, has a simple and reliable fastening mechanism, does not block memory slots and has no conflicts with large heatsinks on a mainboard’s power circuit components. It comes with a pretty fan and allows installing a second one. So, it's a good, although not exceptional, cooler which might have come at a lower price.

 
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