The CPU, Central Processing Unit, or what’s commonly called as the computer’s processor is probably the component that is most susceptible to heat. Some processors even have up to 6 cores in them, which in the future may go even much higher. Temperatures can go as high as 100 degrees Celsius or even higher. This heat must be mitigated, not only to allow cool operation of the CPU, but to help prevent damage and lengthen its life.
Almost all of the new processors come with stock CPU coolers along with the processor. They are enough to cool the processor so that it could function properly. However, if you buy aftermarket CPU coolers, you can further increase heat dissipation, resulting in your CPU being much cooler. But of course, there are aftermarket coolers, especially non-branded entry-level CPU coolers that perform at the same level or even worse than the stock CPU coolers.
Cooler Master is known by many who are familiar with the CPU cooling industry. There are many variants of Cooler Master CPU coolers and among them is the Hyper 212X. How does the Hyper 212X differentiate itself from the others? Here are some of its key specifications and features listed on the box and on the website:
- Compatible with Intel LGA sockets such as 775, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366 and 2011
- Compatible with AMD sockets AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2 and FM2+
- 4 direct-contact copper heat pipes / aluminum fins
- Noise level of 9 to 36 decibels
- 4-pin fan connector
Copper is a good material to use for heat dissipation. As shown on the list from the Physics Classroom, it has a very high thermal conductivity when compared to other materials, even air. Silver can dissipate more heat, but it’s a lot more expensive. Aluminum is also a good thermal conductor and hence, it is the material used for the huge heat sink of the Hyper 212X.
Installation of the CPU heat sink and fan is easy. Instructions are included and the brackets are complete for either Intel or AMD processors. Just make sure that the heat sink and fan are firmly held by the brackets. It could be a bit difficult depending on your PC case and if it’s your first time installing an aftermarket CPU cooler. Some PC cases have holes behind the motherboard that allows you to install the heat sink and fan without the need to remove the motherboard. Otherwise, you may have to take the motherboard out in order to install the Hyper 212X.
Spacing is quite important since the heat sink is huge compared to the stock cooler. Don’t worry because it shouldn’t touch your memory modules. The fan is just a few millimeters away from the memory module nearest to it. The only problem that may arise is when you have a memory module with a bulky heat sink. Its height is not a problem, it’s usually the width.
Noise level is another important consideration. The fan that comes with the Hyper 212X is quiet enough that it is not audible unless you place your ears near it. My PC case has 6 fans, including the fan of the Hyper 212X. Even when idling, the fans are really quiet.
Coming from a stock CPU cooler, I was expecting temperatures to go down drastically. Thanks to the free CPUID Hardware Monitor, which can be found at http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html, I am able to monitor the temperatures in my PC. We are in a tropical country and room temperature averages are at around 30-35 degrees Celsius, especially during the months of March through June. I did see improvements in the temperatures. From an average of 43 degrees, it’s now at an average of 37 to 39 degrees.
It’s definitely doing its job right now even with the searing hot weather. Plus, I noticed that the fan of the cooler and the computer case are spinning more slowly than before. And I’ve got to admit, my computer now looks at lot cooler with the Hyper 212X installed.
There are many alternatives to the stock CPU cooler. You can buy the traditional heat sink and fan coolers or use a liquid cooling solution. As long as your processor’s temperature significantly goes down, it should be working as intended.
At a price point of around $36, it’s somewhere in the low- to mid-range level. There are cheaper ones and there are definitely a lot of higher-end models that are more elaborate when it comes to their designs and features.
Before you go out and buy your own aftermarket CPU cooler, look for reviews on the internet on what other people are experiencing. Doing your research will go a long way. As for the Cooler Master Hyper 212X, it does its job well at a price point that doesn’t punch holes in your wallet. Always remember, buying parts for your computer will depend on your budget and preference.
- Cooler Master: Hyper 212X — Cooler Master
- Rates of Heat Transfer — the Physics Classroom