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15 Years A King: Cooler Master Hyper 212 in 2022 Benchmarked (Black Edition)

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  • Gamers Nexus
    Gamers Nexus  3 months ago +123

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    • Abhisek Mukherjee
      Abhisek Mukherjee Month ago

      I paid around 10$ 3 years ago for this

    • Voll Horst
      Voll Horst 3 months ago

      12€ incl. shipping from Amazon

    • Boris Lovo The Red
      Boris Lovo The Red 3 months ago

      i do still have the black one but with another fan on the other side, 3 years and counting

    • james jordan
      james jordan 3 months ago

      I own one and it’s the EVO and has a AM4 socket bracket

    • David Brennan
      David Brennan 3 months ago

      @Prince Kittipon I don't have any 140mm fans on hand. I was going to run the stock ones on the cooler until they die. I bought a bunch of Noctua NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM, High Performance Cooling Fan, 4-Pin, 1700 RPM (120mm, Grey) off amazon a while back. They run 200 rpm higher than the 140mm they are super quiet and cheaper.

  • Caleb
    Caleb 3 months ago +793

    The 212 was kind of an innovator back in the day, mid/late 00s aftermarket air coolers were dominated by zalman and their downdraft flower and proprietary tower design. This allowed for an easy fan replacement where the zalmans failed in that category.

    • Phase Change
      Phase Change 2 months ago

      I had most of them -- i had 1-2 of these with dual fans still running one. they work well and I paid like 20$
      Corsair A50s were practically the same but didn't come with the 2nd fan clip adaptor lol

    • Lou Thomas
      Lou Thomas 3 months ago

      @Just Hit Reset yeah, but other than that a really solid contribution to the discussion by the @cj person

    • Zack Tyler
      Zack Tyler 3 months ago

      @The Missile Silo nothing a Dremel tool and some zip ties couldn't fix :-P

    • The Missile Silo
      The Missile Silo 3 months ago

      @Solkia2010 I still have one of their coolers in my Phenom X4 system

    • The Missile Silo
      The Missile Silo 3 months ago

      That mounting bracket is a bitch tho

  • The Video Archive
    The Video Archive 3 months ago +383

    We can classify air coolers as one of two categories: Coolers before the 212, and coolers after the 212.

    • Anthony Bradway
      Anthony Bradway 7 days ago

      @Larry Morris Same, I can't justify spending another $100 for a Noctua setup for a maybe 5 degree difference.

    • Stephen J. Brockhurst
      Stephen J. Brockhurst Month ago

      @Patrick Bateman Buying parts from the 'Ghetto' end of whatever Town you happen to be in. Here it's the "DTES".

    • Patrick Bateman
      Patrick Bateman Month ago

      @Stephen J. Brockhurst How does one go on a "Garbo-Find"?

    • Stephen J. Brockhurst
      Stephen J. Brockhurst 2 months ago

      NOTE: I got the ASUS in a 'Garbo-Find' bundle of mismatched Parts for $50 CAD just before the Scamdemic. It had two sticks of ADATA XPG DDR4 8GB ea. crammed into it when I got it. I had never bothered to Build a PC before. I was so pissed (at first) at what I got that I started buying more stuff to get this p.o.s. going. I did...then I went on to Build more PCs. I have 5 now, along with 5 Laptops that I upgrade through CL as a Hobby.

    • jm03
      jm03 2 months ago

      @Stephen J. Brockhurst Wtf is an "i7 DDR3" that's 7 generations it could be. Actually you're right no major difference between 2600k and 7700k.

  • Dean Dowling
    Dean Dowling Day ago

    Biught for £25 back in 2014. Still in use keeping a 4690k reasonably cool...

  • Daldaren
    Daldaren 3 months ago +140

    I've installed dozens of these over the years, and to my knowledge they stayed in the systems for the lifetimes of the computers, and sometimes carried over to new builds. Fantastic product during its day.

    • Paulo Miranda
      Paulo Miranda 2 months ago

      @Jas 1284 I had to replace one fan and then the cooler altogether on my brother's home server (AMD FX8120). On my old machine though, 7 years and counting with no problems (Intel Core i5-4570).

    • Don Juan De Marco
      Don Juan De Marco 2 months ago

      Same. budget people be on a budget. I have been using their air coolers for 22 years. Only complaints I have had are no RGB, and from when people want to dip their toes in overclocking

    • Jas 1284
      Jas 1284 3 months ago +1

      212 EVO fans sucked, had multiple seize up and stop turning in my experience. Cooler itself was fine in the days of

    • riothero313
      riothero313 3 months ago

      dude, even the shitty ripoffs work fairly well

    • amy jeffs
      amy jeffs 3 months ago +1

      spot on..had this cooler in 2 of my pcs for many years,and several i built for others without any overheating issues..

  • Moldy Shishkabob
    Moldy Shishkabob 3 months ago +95

    If anything deserves the term "the old guard", it's the Hyper 212.
    It's a testament to its price-performance back in the day that a lot of my friends still recommend it as the "cheap" option though there's now so many other competitors that now beat it. It's hard for me to fight that and let people know that other options exist...

  • Goran Mrganic
    Goran Mrganic 3 months ago +78

    If you're scared of cross-threading, you can press it down, spin it counter-clockwise (unscrew rotation) until you hear or feel the beginning of the threads click as they fall in place. Then you start to screw it in.

    • TheGrimm TV
      TheGrimm TV 19 days ago

      I always do this as well.

    • GameOn
      GameOn 2 months ago +1

      @MrGivmedew I use this method even on water bottles :)

    • MrGivmedew
      MrGivmedew 3 months ago +7

      I concur… I use this exact method on just about everything. Also when using a screw driver I will usually grab the shaft and start threading it in without using the handle or if it is a screw driver that takes bits I’ll pull the bit out and screw it in with my finger tips. Then I’ll torque it down with the driver.

  • Kyle Stinson
    Kyle Stinson 3 months ago +33

    When I first built my first computer, about 10 years ago, this was THE cooler that everyone had/used at some point. It was the end game for some just trying to get out stock coolers and for other a jumping block to get into bigger and better. I have not even watched the video yet but I know, no matter how the 212 does, I will be proud of it. It basically defined what a good affordable air cooler is.

    • taz874
      taz874 3 months ago +1

      Yep. I remember when i was just getting into building my first PC back in 2014/2015 and had limited knowledge on CPU coolers etc the hyper 212 was that one cooler i saw mentioned everywhere. All the tech websites/youtube channels reddit threads etc would hands down recommend this cooler. It's literally the reason why i went for this as my first aftermarket cooler. I think the only real complaint i heard back then was the installation being a real bitch but performance was always spot on. I had this thing on a 4690k which is still running till this very day and it's never once disappointed me and got me some decent overclocking headroom.
      I've since moved over to Noctua air coolers on my recent builds(ease of installation being one of them)but I'll never forget the hyper 212.

  • kdawg3484
    kdawg3484 3 months ago +38

    Absolutely perfect timing for me. I just upgraded my Ryzen 3600 to a 5800X, and I was considering if I should upgrade my Hyper 212. It's handling things just fine, but I'll probably upgrade to a Fuma 2 at some point for more headroom and less noise based on this review.
    As far my history with Hyper 212s, to quote the old lady from the Frank's Red Hot commercials, "I put that sh*t on everything." My very first PC build a decade ago I used some enormous cooler that was marginally better in online reviews and was a nightmare to install. I subsequently built a bunch of computers for my job over the years, and I just grabbed Hyper 212s off the shelf every time. Didn't even have to think about it. Yeah, the mounting mechanism is a bit fiddly, but the slimmer profile was so much easier to manage. And most importantly, they were about $20 and always in stock.
    My go-to combo over so many years was the Cooler Master HAF 912 case and the Hyper 212. All the other guts changed, but those were stalwarts. What a great case; I miss it enormously. If you're reviewing things that just kept chugging along over the same time period, I'd love to see a review of the HAF 912.

    • TʀÆᴅsᴛᴏɴᴇ
      TʀÆᴅsᴛᴏɴᴇ Month ago

      Used the Hyper 212 EVO RGB Black Edition from the Ryzen 5 1600, to the 3700X and was on my 5800X for well over a year until about a month ago. It was pretty damn good for what it was, but under all core loads the 5800X definitely pushes the boundary of how much cooling it can provide for an 8 core / 16 thread. Also, it's very damn quiet. I can barely tell if it's ramping up fan speed when it was getting hot in my Lian Li LANCOOL 2 Mesh case. That's just my personal experience however.

    • Montgomery Fitzpatrick
      Montgomery Fitzpatrick 3 months ago +1

      My 212 has been keeping my 5800X at good temps for going on a year

    • stashio04
      stashio04 3 months ago +5

      I'm still running this exact combo with a 2500k and R9 Fury. Probably due for an upgrade but it still runs great for the little use it sees these days.

    • nothlur
      nothlur 3 months ago +2

      used the same combo with my first self built PC, perfect pairing. absolutely loved my 912, only changed cases so i could have a window to see my glowy PC guts, now it's waiting to probably be modded and get some "period correct" parts (AKA stuff i wanted back then but couldn't afford lol)

  • bardacuda82
    bardacuda82 3 months ago +2

    Finally I can feel good about my 10 year old cooler purchase! 😁
    Seriously though, it's good to have this as a baseline / comparison data. I considered getting an Arctic LF II 240.
    That would have been >$170 CAD and for what?? Less than 10°C improvement?
    My 212 Evo with the AM4 adapter bracket,
    (the adapter has to mount to the stock clips, and rotate 90­­° so it's blowing down on the back of the GPU, instead of out the back of the case)
    keeps the 5700X I have now below 80°C at 1850RPM in a ~25°C room.
    That's with 125W PPT, 80A TDC, & 120A EDC in Intel Burn Test (and hitting those current limits for over 20 mins).
    No need to blow $150+ on a fancy 240mm liquid cooler or massive dual-tower cooler and this video is proof of that.
    I'm with Intel on this: Thanks, Steve!

  • dogheadint
    dogheadint 3 months ago +444

    "Hey, it's my CPU cooler." -A massive percentage of DIY PC builders login into youtube

    • No U
      No U 9 days ago

      I still have it working right now with my i7 2600k, going to upgrade this week to an intel 12400F tho. It has served me well the last decade. Edit: Replacing it with a Scythe Fuma 2 Rev. B, but the Hyper 212 Evo will always have a special place in my pc history.

    • [ERROR]
      [ERROR] 2 months ago

      It works good enough

    • NeoArch
      NeoArch 2 months ago

      checking in

    • Chase Hamilton
      Chase Hamilton 3 months ago +1

      "hey, it's five of my CPU coolers!" -me, who has half-a-dozen computers from those fifteen years given as hand-me-downs or sold cheap to friends & family

    • Dan Le
      Dan Le 3 months ago +1

      @GMax's Food & Fitness, it's low to mid 70s Celsius under full 100% load using Handbrake encoding software in a warm room, while gaming, I usually see temps in mid to high 50s Celsius, as well. The Hyper 212 performs very similar to the Wraith Prism these days.

  • mekkanic 1
    mekkanic 1 3 months ago +23

    This was a good review of an "almost pinnacle" cooler of it's time. 15 years in any PC cooling capacity is a long time.

  • MoonOvIce
    MoonOvIce 3 months ago +1

    When I was using a Phenom 955 back in the day, temps went from a constant 60-65c at 100% and 50-53c on idle, which was too high for the CPU, to being ~32c idle and 50-53c on 100% tops, and that was in the summer. It was really that good for the money (I had the Hyper 212+ from around 2011).

  • GCAT01 Living
    GCAT01 Living 3 months ago +14

    I really like the idea of looking at the "modern" incarnation of a long-standing product line to see if it still measures up and is worth it. Nice video!

    • dave
      dave 3 months ago

      would be nice if they did it with other components too

  • Burt Macklin
    Burt Macklin 3 months ago +9

    Would love to see how the Cooler Master V8 GTS cooler keeps up with modern high end air coolers since it had 3 fin stacks and a vapour chamber. I wish I picked up an AM4 bracket for mine when they were still available.

    • Dan Simms
      Dan Simms 3 months ago +1

      I second this, definitely a unique design, and would love to know how it performs.

  • Agent Man #42
    Agent Man #42 3 months ago +321

    This cooler deserves heaps of praise for just continuing to be a good option after how much new components have increased in quality over the years.

    • Deviant soundz
      Deviant soundz 3 months ago +3

      @Arthur Moore most of them are selling for about $25 after shipping (usual 15 for item and 10 shipping) before taxes USED. Its not a good deal because in comparison you can get some coolers from id cooling and thermalright for the same money or less brand new.
      If you could get it for $15 said and done to your door sure it could make some sense.
      At $25 it competes with new coolers and just a bad move.

    • Arthur Moore
      Arthur Moore 3 months ago

      @Deviant soundz As mentioned at the end. This can be had for ludicrously cheap on EBay, or at an E-waste recycler. Shipping is probably going to cost more than the cooler.

    • Deviant soundz
      Deviant soundz 3 months ago +41

      If they didn't massively increase prices (even when compared to others) they could deserve it, not anymore.

  • Chade Fallstar
    Chade Fallstar 3 months ago +40

    I used multiple 212's over the years, when I was using the black version I stuck a second fan from an older 212 on there for a push/pull setup and it improved the performance by a considerable amount. I have the remnants of 4-5 212's "Resting" in my spare parts box in the garage.

    • Sebastian Jennings
      Sebastian Jennings 3 months ago

      @J B yep. I had some extra RGB fans laying around so I was able to add a second fan as well. Don't have a good baseline for how it performs vs an AIO but for $40 I was very pleased

    • J B
      J B 3 months ago +1

      Yeah absolutely, the 2nd fan on there helps a lot. I managed to get a 4.3 all core on my 2700x at one time with a 212 evo with 2 fans on it. Don't know why Steve didn't show any results with dual fans

    • Sebastian Jennings
      Sebastian Jennings 3 months ago +1

      I used a 212 on a ryzen 3700x briefly. Was running a good 12 degrees cooler under load compared to the stock cooler. Swapped to a 360mm AIO when I upgraded to a 5900x

  • Shardperson
    Shardperson 3 months ago +3

    Interesting, the 212 is definitely nowhere near "gone" here in spain, it's still the most popular cooler with the most variants, and at 40€ for the Black Edition, the only other available cooler that gets similar performance is the AK400, which costs a couple euros more on average
    To be clear, it's been 40€ or more for at least 6 years, I started building computers in 2016 and it was 40€ then, still considered the best cheap cooler, because to get anything better you had to go to a 90€ Noctua

  • Deltarious
    Deltarious 3 months ago +2

    There is currently a 212 evo sitting in my machine, and it's done it's job well for many, many years. My next build will probably not have one as it's probably not reasonable for cooling a more powerful CPU which I anticipate switching to at some point. On the one hand I'm kind of sad about that in a nostalgic way, because it absolutely was cheap but it just sort of 'worked', but I'm looking forward to something a bit better, too

  • Carbon Materials Engineering

    After upgrading my main workstation in 2020, I initially went with a ~$170 watercooler, but it was plagued with issues and ended up going back. I've been an avid watercooling proponent for decades, but on a whim, the Hyper 212 Black was on the shelf for $28. Pff, worth a try.
    Imagine my surprise when paired with a 5800RPM server case fan, it was reading temps on par and Below anything I'd ever seen with watercooling when doing long render runs and simulation work, arguably the hardest way to break in a new CPU, a 5900X running 5ghz like a total champ. Really made me a believer in air cooling again!

  • AMD Ryzen Enthusiast Group
    AMD Ryzen Enthusiast Group 3 months ago +323

    I've paid between $20 - $40 for MANY 212's over the years. The past 2 years or so they've seen their largest price increases. Prior to that, it was commonplace to see them on sale for around 20 bucks. Nowadays, anything under $35 is a bargain (relatively speaking).

    • AMD Ryzen Enthusiast Group
      AMD Ryzen Enthusiast Group 3 months ago

      @Aquamarine I wouldn't disagree.

    • Aquamarine
      Aquamarine 3 months ago +1

      Coolers comparable to the 212 where I live all cost in between $13 to $15. The 212 was good, now it's just overpriced.

    • AMD Ryzen Enthusiast Group
      AMD Ryzen Enthusiast Group 3 months ago

      @Dycedarg's Elder Brother The newer black version has improved mounting system.

    • Kraven Fox Bodies
      Kraven Fox Bodies 3 months ago

      @Shraf2k Just got the thing in hand, it's a beast for the price and it's 2 pounds as stated, they say it tames the 5800x big heat wave and even the 3D one.

    • Dycedarg's Elder Brother
      Dycedarg's Elder Brother 3 months ago

      I'm almost positive I paid about $18 for one of these at some point. I don't remember if that included shipping since I probably ordered it online. Its steep price increase is a little surprising because now it's not really competitive anymore in terms of price/performance and there are the infamous mounting issues to deal with as well. This thing just isn't worth $45-$55 when there are cheaper, better performing competitors that are easier to install.

  • Nerd on a Budget
    Nerd on a Budget 3 months ago +25

    There was a time where I'd always pick up a Hyper 212 if it was on sale for $20 or less just to have on hand to use in builds and whatnot. Lowest I paid for one was probably $10 during Black Friday, which I definitely stocked up on a few of them. These days I don't even consider it anymore, there's way too many tower style coolers with the same number of heatpipes and performance that consistently sit at $20-25 and have aesthetic bonuses such as black/white coating and included RGB fans, something that Cooler Master charges a premium for.

    • Felix Nilsson
      Felix Nilsson 2 days ago

      @sylvia m the v2 was sold here in sweden for $16 for god knows how long

    • sylvia m
      sylvia m 3 months ago

      They haven’t been $20 or lower for a very long time now.

  • Angel HC
    Angel HC 3 months ago +1

    I've got two of these bad boys, one in my 8600k PC that I use at work and the other on my 3800X machine at home. My home PC has the newer black RGB version with the improved mounting bracket which made installation MUCH nicer compared to the old silver one I bought years ago. I'm not OC'd on either machine so the 212 still does a great job keeping my temps in check.

  • Henry Atkinson
    Henry Atkinson 3 months ago +7

    I ran a Hyper 212 Evo since 2012 and retired it this year when I finally put my FX8350 out of my misery. Bearings all still good, no issues electrically, and after a quick dusting and cleaning of the contact surface, it looks and performs like new.

  • TheMaristBoy
    TheMaristBoy 3 months ago +7

    I still remember my Hyper 212 Evo that I paired when the i7 2600k came out. It's crazy to think that flagship desktop CPUs nowadays require so much more cooling.

    • Pratte Racing
      Pratte Racing 2 months ago

      Many of the flagship cpu's now are becoming beasts to cool. Heck my 10850k i have overclocked on a 360mm aio can hit 80c when pushed hard.

    • Sierra 357
      Sierra 357 2 months ago

      Higher core density and higher TDPs unfortunately require it. Can't defy physics :/

  • xX12amanXx
    xX12amanXx 3 months ago +342

    I have a Hyper Evo 212 that I've owned for 13 years. Replaced the stock fan with a Noctua and it's still going strong.

    • No U
      No U 9 days ago

      Going to upgrade my i7 2600k this week, but I have used the Hyper Evo 212 with original fan for all these years without any problem on many different cpu's, including the hot and power hungry fx cpu's. And I have been using it a lot, if only I could meassure the miles like with a car engine, I'm sure it would be over a milion. Well earned retirement. Edit: Replacing it with a Scythe Fuma 2 Rev. B, which will probably last me many years as well.

    • James M
      James M 3 months ago

      @gd527tt I the Noctua IndustrialPWM on all my AIOs. Extremely quiet at 20% or 800 RPMs and a freaking turbine at 3,000 RPM.

    • gd527tt
      gd527tt 3 months ago +2

      @James M Literally had that up until last weekend, the 3000RPM version, but goddamn was it a jet engine. Picked up the Thermalright Frost Spirit 140 on sale for $36 bucks and put it in over the weekend.

    • Noname
      Noname 3 months ago +1

      @Jay Why i can't believe it fits all of them. good investment, lol. i doubt my AIO will survive nearly as long as a simple heatsink

    • Noname
      Noname 3 months ago

      Man, this video brings back memories. I remember playing Crysis MP with dudes and talking on Ventrilo about this cooler lol. What a blast from the past.

  • Ron Oman
    Ron Oman 3 months ago +3

    A few years back when I was trying to get a cheap PC together for a friend the Hyper 212 ticked all the boxes. It was cheap (around $20) but surprisingly good for the price. It was better than the stock Intel cooler at the very least.
    The mounting hardware is definitely it's one negative but at that price you can't really knock it. It's had a good run over the years.

  • CringeLife
    CringeLife 3 months ago +5

    I got a 212 for $25 back in 2015 for a 4690k. It definitely wasn’t pushing a crazy overclock (I think 4.2GHz), but it was miles ahead of the stock cooler. This was my go-to cooler to use when building my old high school friends’ computers.
    Now that we’re getting older and have money though, I’ve been mainly using 240mm AIOs for builds, as we use more high-end CPUs. I didn’t even attempt putting it on my 3700x when I upgraded.

  • DeScruff
    DeScruff 3 months ago

    I remember paying ~20 for my 212 way back in the day. - And that was wihtout free shipping.
    I have a feeling that the reasons for its success was that it was dirt cheap, and that the stock Intel/AMD heatsinks were terrible and loud.
    It didn't matter if you were overclocking or not the noise reduction alone was an upgrade worth $20

  • Arkanrais
    Arkanrais 3 months ago +1

    I bought the short lived Hyper 612 about a decade ago and the thing could keep my old x58 6 core xeon running at 4GHz all day every day for many years.
    It was a shame that cooler didn't review well. it worked a treat for my system, and got discontinued a few years before AM4 came out, so I couldn't slap it into my newer PCs.

  • andrejtb
    andrejtb 3 months ago +4

    I am still using my 212 Evo and I never regretted buying it.
    Stock Intel cooler on idle was giving me 80s temperatures, but after I upgraded it I was amazed how it did well and I finally could game without having to worry about the temperatures
    It's giving me 45s to 55s under load/idle.
    (The CPU I used was the i7-4770)

  • olov244
    olov244 3 months ago +2

    really no one was doing coolers like that for the price back then, the 212 was the first through the door. have 2-3 of them in a box somewhere. a lot of respect for that cooler

  • timeshifter08
    timeshifter08 3 months ago +3

    I have a Hyper 212 Evo Black on a 3800X, and the CPU is always at boost clock because it cools well enough. Even under artificial load, I've never seen the CPU temp get over 70C in a Fractal Meshify S2. I'm quite happy with the cooler.

  • Gameplay and Talk
    Gameplay and Talk 3 months ago +3

    Honestly, this was a solid cooler for mid-range CPUs, which is generally what I've rocked over the years. Still have one functioning well in an older rig.

  • Will Yih
    Will Yih 3 months ago +1

    I didn't even know there were replacements for the bang for buck cooler until I watched this video. I'm still rocking my 2nd 212 black edition, thinking it's still the go to air cooler. Thanks for the video, it's definitely going to relate to almost everyone that has built PCs for the last 15 years.

  • Richard D
    Richard D 2 months ago +1

    I used 3 of these over the last 15 years, mostly swapped the fan right away. Picked it up for like 25$. I had to sand down on base due to grooves between the heat pipes on one, and the older metal X bracket was definitely a pain in some orientations.

  • brodriguez11000
    brodriguez11000 3 months ago +2

    $29.44 in 2016. The pain issue was the fan clipped to the heat-sink and was easy to break. It could be done in a push-pull fan configuration. The X- bracket was also a challenge and be careful not to lose the spring in the center.

  • Nathan Rhodehouse
    Nathan Rhodehouse 3 months ago

    I've had this bad boy for almost 2 years now and it's been great on my older Ryzen 5 2600. It was a hair sketchy to install compared to everything else, but it worked fine. Only complaint is that I probably overpaid at $30 and RGB doesn't seem to play nice with my msi x470 gaming plus mobo. Why is the RGB cable such a loose fit on the header?

  • Demorthus
    Demorthus 3 months ago +92

    The 212 has a special place in my heart lol. It's just that " ol' reliable, little guy that could" 😂 for $20-25 it was great. That said, it does seem it's time is done given all the improvements shown by others. Nonetheless it's cool to think about how it's a fun topic to consider for a cooler that's akin to a meme for how universally known it is 😂

  • 802 Garage
    802 Garage 3 months ago +2

    You could check out the Hyper H412R. It's also a 4 heat pipe cooler, but slightly more compact and with a 95mm fan. Looks interesting. Only $33 on Amazon.

  • Diego Fernandez
    Diego Fernandez 3 months ago +1

    I had a 212 with an overclocked Intel quad core, both lapped, and it was great for the time. It even featured a diffuser to run some air to the VRMs. Loved it.

  • 333Orobas 666
    333Orobas 666 3 months ago +1

    I have a hyper 210 evo in my computer since I built it in 2019 and my cpu sits at between 27-31 degrees C depending on how warm the room is and stays below 60 with prime 95 running. The only problem I had with mounting is that you have to balance the bracket on it when you put it on since I have the earlier version. I had no idea it had been around for that long.

  • Stormagheddon Dark Lord of All

    I have somehow come into owning 3 of these coolers. They are actually pretty solid and Ive used one in a pinch for my 5600X. The Janky mounting solution actually makes it more plyable to mounting to unsupported sockets like AM4.

  • evl kenevl
    evl kenevl 3 months ago +64

    Yus! Been hoping for this one!
    The mounting mechanism of the 212 has gotten a lot of criticism in recent years, but it was considered pretty good in it's heyday. Back then there were a lot of coolers that required way more force to mount, or had really sketchy plastic twist fasteners. CM just kept what they had while everyone else got better.

    • Oh Yeah Yeah
      Oh Yeah Yeah 3 months ago

      and what they have, is still really good though

    • Jake Stocker
      Jake Stocker 3 months ago +2

      Yeah exactly by today's standards it's a pain in the ass but back then it wasn't too bad.

    • Toto Wolff's hopes and dreams
      Toto Wolff's hopes and dreams  3 months ago +6

      Used it on my first (and current) build I remember spending like 1 out of the 4 hours it took me just to figure out the mounting mechanism

  • Egonieser Locman
    Egonieser Locman 3 months ago +1

    I still have my OG Hyper 212 in the shelf. I lost the mounting bracket but I loved it so much I refuse to throw it out. It truly was a beast of a cooler in it's category and price. It saw so many systems both intel and AMD over the course of the decade and not a fault on it (apart from a missing bracket, must have thrown it away with some packaging while clearing out)

  • 雨宮和希
    雨宮和希 3 months ago +1

    CM's 212s can still be bought from various of shopping site here in Taiwan, and it's easy to find different variations of 212 like Spectrum V2, Turbo LED, EVO V2 and the Black Edition. Non of these comes with the old style wobble fan blade, but the new slickflow design instead. Three older ones has plastic bracket fan mounting system, and if you buy the Evo V2 and the BE brand new, they will come with 1700 mount.

  • SternLX
    SternLX 2 months ago +1

    Cooler Master made a small fortune off the Hyper 212. I think I've bought 3 of them over the years. Not all for me, I've done a few custom builds for others over the last 20 years.

  • SockMonkey1128
    SockMonkey1128 3 months ago +2

    The Thermalright Silver Soul 135 is a step up from the assassin spirit 120 and at $40.36 on Amazon Prime right now is an absolute steal. 135mm tall, 6 heat pipe dual tower cooler. The fan is amazing and it kicks my old NH-U9S's butt in thermals, and I had dual fans on the U9S.

  • Quiet Knolls
    Quiet Knolls 3 months ago +5

    The price of the cooler today makes it not as enticing as it used to be but for people who already own it, it's a no brainer. I'm using it on my 5600X I am typing on now and keeps it super cool compared to the stock heatsink. I paid about $18 *I think $17 actually* - this was about eh.. probably 2-3 years ago.

    • Quiet Knolls
      Quiet Knolls 3 months ago

      @chrispfankuch Hell yeah man! The stealth is absolute trash basket. I used it only for the short time I was testing my mobo+proc+memory (bought eveything in increments over a month) and the 212 was servicing my old 8 core AMD system at the time. I am going to use the stealth on the old 8 core since it's AM3 so it "should" fit, but really it's only because the old fan on the stock AM3 cooler is about shot.

    • chrispfankuch
      chrispfankuch 3 months ago +1

      Anything is better than the stealth the 5600x comes with, I got a prism free from a buddy who bought a better CPU that came with it and he used a aio, works great for my 5600x

  • Richard
    Richard 3 months ago +1

    This was my go to cooler for all my pc builds for friends and family. It seemed to take a lot of inspiration from the old school Megahalems cooler. The 212 was just so good compared to the stock heatsink.

  • Dan Simms
    Dan Simms 3 months ago

    Been waiting for this one, definitely one of the most popular coolers. I'm still rocking one today, it does great on the 3600x...wouldn't use it on anything with a higher watt TDP though.

  • Matheus Figueiredo
    Matheus Figueiredo 2 months ago +1

    The craziest part of all of this is at around 18:55 where you can clearly see the AK620 being the same in temperature and noise level than the NH-D15. And yes it is pulling +350RPM but remember that the Noctua is a 140mm part.
    Hopefully that AK620 will push Noctua into doing better!

  • moon boy
    moon boy 3 months ago +42

    that black edition mounting bracket seems like way less of a headache than the weird x shaped one the evo had, and I absolutely agree about the captive screw threading thing, it's terrible and the spring makes it harder to feel if it's cross-threading, since the spring already makes the screw feel gritty and bad.

    • LunarVVolf
      LunarVVolf 3 months ago

      @moon boy *laughs* we all started somewhere. For me it was getting into my dads tools to tear apart toys to see how they worked. Which may or may not go back together or even function the same way ever again. Anyways have a good one.

    • moon boy
      moon boy 3 months ago +1

      @LunarVVolf it always just seemed like a no brainer, I remember doing it with my super soaker as a kid cuz if you cross threaded that bottle it wouldn't seal

    • 40+Gamer
      40+Gamer 3 months ago

      the x shape was for intel iirc, i still have my evo with the amd mount on it and it just clips over the standard amd plastic brackets

    • LunarVVolf
      LunarVVolf 3 months ago +1

      @moon boy Nostalgic p2 era with slotted cpu boards. Thanks for the fond memories and cheers. I wasn't trying to insult rather be thorough in explaining the process that has yielded me much success avoiding stripping out threads. I also work on cars frequently nearly as long as I been assembling PCs since the mid 90s too.

    • moon boy
      moon boy 3 months ago +1

      @LunarVVolf I've seen that vid and am aware of the anticlockwise method, I've been building computers since the pentium 2 days

  • Ed Nor
    Ed Nor 3 months ago +1

    Running a TX3 Evo (close enough?) on my 5600x. Paid about $30 for it, but I swapped the fan for a Delta AFC0912. 4800 rpm, 53dBa, 102cfm pulling 9 watts. Had to do a lot of bios tweaking to get it under control. 😁

  • DirtyDan
    DirtyDan 3 months ago +1

    Hyper 212's are great! I bought the Black Edition at a Best Buy for my old i7-2600k rig a couple years ago. Still OC'd to 4.5Ghz which idles around 45-48C and doesn't get hotter than 55C while gaming. Granted, that's with another fan on the cooler, in a push-pull configuration. Fantastic for it's price. All the single towers coolers like this with push-pull fan configurations are great choices if one doesn't want to pursue liquid cooling.

  • Jesse Dery
    Jesse Dery 3 months ago +1

    The Evo V2 and Black Edition versions are still available and actively stocked at Memory Express in Canada, although they are at ~$50 CAD as compared to the ~$30 CAD I paid for my Evo back in the day.

  • jumco
    jumco 3 months ago

    When I overtightened and subsequently snapped the mounting screw on my ancient, long-out-of-warranty Hyper 212, I contacted Cooler Master explaining what I did, acknowledging that it was entirely my fault and asking if they sold replacement screws. They immediately sent me a new complete mounting kit free of charge.
    Given that warranties are quite the hot topic at GN atm, though it was worth mentioning

  • Mast3rBlast3r
    Mast3rBlast3r 3 months ago +24

    The mere idea that we are still talking about the viability of a cooler from the C2D days is a testament of how good this thing was. No other cooler from back then is still in the conversation, not even stuff the stuff Thermalright sold that came with just the tower and no fans that was considered the best at the time.

  • HeavyTanker1945
    HeavyTanker1945 3 months ago +3

    I have one of the Deep Cool Gammax things, Kinda a knock off 212 that is still made new today, And its actually a really good cooler, Keeps my I7-8700 under control. and it was only $25 off amazon. also it has a MUCH better mounting mechanism than the Spring clips of the earlier 212s. and still is probably better than the modern ones.

    • Xale
      Xale 3 months ago +1

      Not really a knock off if it's better, no?

  • Rob S
    Rob S 3 months ago +1

    Thank you for finally validating my purchase from two years ago :)
    Serious request - a CPU cooler tier list by TDP. Im currently using my Hyper 212 on a 1600AF and one of the reasons I am looking to upgrade to a 5700x instead of a 5800x is the 65W power draw of the 5700x vs the 105W for the 5800x. It would be helpful to have a reference that showed the practical cutoff for different coolers. Sometimes folks forget that going up a performance tier on one part - CPU, GPU, etc - often generates second order cost increases. I mean unless you are Dell and cram it in a crap cooling solution and effectively nerf the product.
    Again, thanks for testing the COAT GOAT!

    • EinhanderSn0m4n
      EinhanderSn0m4n 3 months ago

      "Serious request - a CPU cooler tier list by TDP."
      Absolutely freaking yes!

  • White Moses
    White Moses 3 months ago +2

    Nice revisit - absolutely hate that mounting mechanism! - and now I can see how it compares to the more modern stuff - thanks Steve. (and GN ofc)

  • Paulo Miranda
    Paulo Miranda 3 months ago +2

    I paid a little more than $30 for my Hyper 212 Evo in 2015. (I was basically forced by my brother to buy it LOL) Still alive and kicking in the same build I bought it for back then. P.S.: Two years ago I got an Arctic Freezer 34 eSports for my new build for virtually the same price, and I got an extra fan for it for around $15.

  • 802 Garage
    802 Garage 3 months ago +1

    I found my Amazon order details for a Hyper TX3, basically the 3 heat pipe 95mm fan version of the 212, from way back in August 2011.
    I paid $19.80 shipped from Amazon. They didn't even charge state tax. I still have the cooler in the box after switching. Now it's $50!

  • Michael Shifflett
    Michael Shifflett 3 months ago

    I liked this piece as to how older coolers stand up to newer offerings. My favorite is an AM3 cooler, the Thermaltake Frio CLP0564, sadly they never came out with an upgrade bracket for AM4. I have 1 that I made brackets for and swapped the old fans for a pair of Thermaltake Riing 12 in red.

  • Sacredsock
    Sacredsock 3 months ago

    Over the years I've bought maybe 5 or 6 of these things. My main pc uses one, swapped the fan for a corsair SP120 and a shroud of duct tape. Lapped the base and CPU as well.
    No complaints on a 4th gen i7

  • Corey
    Corey 3 months ago +2

    I'll echo others and say how awesome this one was for its time. I've done many PC builds using this cooler, right up to its current version.
    On a related note, it might be cool to see you guys do reviews on CoolerMaster's more modern air coolers like the MA612 and MA624.

    • Wild Biker Bill
      Wild Biker Bill 3 months ago

      Unlikely the MA612 & MA624 are going to get a review. Doing a quick check of Cooler Master's website, they no longer list them as current models. But I did upgrade earlier this year to a MA612 Stealth and am very happy with the results.

  • Joey Keilholz
    Joey Keilholz 3 months ago +34

    My memory of the pricing: usually $25, cheapest $20 that I remember. $30 was the price you'd pay at some places if they weren't the best available pricing. Easily the best value product in terms of longevity. I used mine from 2012-2019. I remember how shit the pressure was. I would have to adjust it a few times to get it perfectly and the difference was obvious. But you have to respect the GOAT of COATs. Not too bad to replace the fan and keep the heatsink!

  • Boraean Anaren
    Boraean Anaren 3 months ago +1

    It would be interesting to see how the old Zalman flower coolers hold up today, though not sure about mounting kits for modern CPUs.

  • Dogzilla07
    Dogzilla07 3 months ago +1

    If you can snag the new copper coldplate+additional heatsink version of the IceGiant Prosiphon Elite (that Linus showed), that'd be really cool. It's the only "air" cooler that may be able to match or beat your AIOs. (They're releasing it in early 2023 as well).

  • Jiou
    Jiou 3 months ago

    Something I'd like to see is the Noctua Nh-l9, as it's always the recommended cooler for sff builds. It'd be interesting to see how it stacks up against larger coolers.

  • Lord Letto
    Lord Letto 3 months ago +1

    I have a Hyper 212 Plus that I got as part of a bundle 9 years ago when getting parts for my 1st build back in 2013 at the end of Open Beta for MechWarrior Online. As for Price, It was part of a used bundle, FX-4100 with the 212+ and a tube of Arctic Silver Ceramique 2 for $60 Canadian.

  • Filipe Aguiar
    Filipe Aguiar 3 months ago

    I remember that cooler since the beginning, watching the cooler on the wall, white and purple at 25$cad next to the evo at 35$cad...this cooler made cooler master start properly their business knowing how popular they are today. Still using it and I made it shine.

  • RedBull10812
    RedBull10812 3 months ago

    I got the first version of it dirt cheap back then (the dual tower style one) and used it for about 10 years. Their sickleflow fans from that time were totally unreliable but the cooler itself is still in once piece. Little did I know what that model would evolve into XD

  • Noel Jaye Sajonia

    Does it fit with gigabyte ds3h b450m with tforce delta rgb ram for cooler master hyper 212 argb ?

  • Pistol Knight
    Pistol Knight 3 months ago +1

    Still got a Hyper 212 Evo CPU cooler (paid £29.31 in October 2014) in one of my machines was a huge improvement on the stock fan. sitting on an AMD - FX8320 (8 core black edition) and it sits in a Cooler Master CM690 case! bought them both 2014

  • Lurker 7502
    Lurker 7502 3 months ago +53

    9:35 - Totally agree. To prevent losing my soul (and destroying hardware), I always turn backward until I feel where the thread will engage properly, then tighten. Retappng or replacing threads with inserts is a pain in the ass, and sometimes isn't practical or even possible.

    • Those Weirdos
      Those Weirdos 3 months ago +1

      But they're experts with over 10 years of esxperience! They made SUCH an effort to make sure you know this at the start of the video.
      They're experts, and installing a Hyper-212 is just SO HARD. "I hate the feeling of cross-threading", followed by not bothering to try to avoid cross-threading.

    • Cătălin
      Cătălin 3 months ago

      @Gamers Nexus might need a whole ass friend holding the cooler down while one would two hand the screwdriver lol

    • Potatopotatopotatopotatopotatopotato POTATOPOTATO
      Potatopotatopotatopotatopotatopotato POTATOPOTATO 3 months ago +1

      @devilmikey00 i built someone a pc with the 212 BE just 2 weeks ago and it was a nightmare getting the screws in. You described it perfectly.
      It's like the brackets you screw down on the cooler is just simply too damn small for the standoff screws

    • Lurker 7502
      Lurker 7502 3 months ago +1

      @Neil Troppmann Yeah. Several PC cases I've worked on use cheap screws or panels that strip out too easily or are stripped from the factory. It's sad that some panels will never fully attach or tend to come off when they shouldn't. In that case (no pun intended), I'll just use rivets.

    • Gamers Nexus
      Gamers Nexus  3 months ago +27

      Yes, we've talked about this approach frequently in cooler reviews. It doesn't help much with this specific mounting mechanism, though.

  • Jason Gress
    Jason Gress 3 months ago +2

    One of the nice things about the Hyper 212 is that they included the brackets you needed to run them in a push/pull configuration. I recall back in the day that they performed noticeably better. I wish that GN could have shown us those results.

    • Maximiliano Squillacioti
      Maximiliano Squillacioti 12 days ago +1

      Yeah, tbh it felt kinda cheap to show us a 1fan 212 when there are 212s like the ARGB Turbo that come with 2 66CFM Sickleflow.

  • K C
    K C 2 months ago

    The 212 reminds me of DOOM, while not being the first of its kind, it become the one that every other company copied (and in some cases improved on).
    I also think it's fair to say that Intel propelled them to their status, since the intel coolers stopped being adequate, while this was the next best thing for entry gaming.

  • jasonjavelin
    jasonjavelin 3 months ago

    Videos like this are why I went away from a stock cooler and realized the performance gain I could get. Went from a Ryzen wraith stealth to a be quiet! Pure Rock 2 black. Such a good purchase

  • Daniel Delgado
    Daniel Delgado 3 months ago +3

    I had one for over 8 years and it still manages to efficiently cool my 8600k. Its a great veteran of a 1000 battles and I love it. I believe I paid about $25 for it back then

  • The Raven One
    The Raven One 3 months ago +1

    Ebay, used, $12 back in 2012-2015. I bought over fifty of them for various builds. Family, friends, craigslist flips. Transplanting pre-builts. I never paid more than $20 for them. Incredible value.

  • MoonOvIce
    MoonOvIce 3 months ago

    I always saw it as the "more expensive of the cheap coolers", there were and are still 5 usd coolers that cool better than most stock coolers (at least in Intel's case). It was the entry line into proper air coolers that would actually make a difference and be pretty quiet.

  • Isaac M
    Isaac M 3 months ago

    I’m still running my Hyper 212 from 2016 on my 6600k with nothing done to it other than cleaning the dust. Thermals still aren’t getting over 70c, even with a significant overclock.
    This is why I personally will stick with air coolers rather than liquid. So little fuss.

  • Rainbow Bunchie
    Rainbow Bunchie 3 months ago

    I'm on my second 212 black, absolutely love it. First one was sold with my last cpu/mobo.
    Insanely quiet on my Ryzen 2700.

  • 1cooooolguy
    1cooooolguy 3 months ago +19

    I love that little cooler, as someone new to the PC DIY, I had to built my first PC in 2016 and that was the first cooler that I used. Mainly for what Steve said, it was cheap. It cooled a i5-6600k and it was quite nice! Still works to this day! Although I need to replace all of the fans in that PC... and I'm scared to open up the GTX 1070... I've not been good at repasting GPUs...

    • Carbon Materials Engineering
      Carbon Materials Engineering 3 months ago +1

      I just did my 1070ti earlier this year as both fans decided to throw in the towel one after the other. The worst part--and by worst it's really just time consuming, is getting into the backplate--there's a ton of screws on screws on screws that seems like there should be maybe 8-10. It's more like 30 on the card I have.
      The fans I replaced them with were aftermarket units and seemed to work fine, but the pasting job was no worse than a CPU. Like I said, more an annoyance in 'screw management', haha.

    • A YouTuber
      A YouTuber 3 months ago +1

      @1cooooolguy yes/no, it's them saying it's possible. It's the same for CPU, there's a lot of guides saying every 2/3 years, but that's if you're caring about a handful of degrees for someone over clocking. Repaste it if the temps are bad or you've taken it apart, otherwise if it isn't broken, just leave it alone, they're generally designed to last for a very long time without repasting (your normal user will never repaste a GPU, CPU is a maybe as when sell on or something, so there you can argue 4/5 years or something, at that point start investigating thermals).

    • Aidan Jaros Grilli
      Aidan Jaros Grilli 3 months ago +1

      i had a 6600k with a 212 as well :)
      it worked great, now I'm using the 212 on a 7800x with 2 EK vardar fans

    • 1cooooolguy
      1cooooolguy 3 months ago +1

      @Iron Man yeah! I’ve done it, but only on old/inexpensive cards I wouldn’t mind loosing. Bad experience from when I had a GTX 1050 TI that died, I tried to repaste it, and it was dead dead after that. That’s the story of how I ended up with a 1070.
      So now I’m just a nervous wreck looking at that 1070 and figuring the thing may be due soon. It’s a founders edition if that helps.

    • Iron Man
      Iron Man 3 months ago +1

      @1cooooolguy Maybe in most cases it's not _absolutely necessary_ to re-paste a gpu, but i think it's still nice to give it some love every few years.
      It doesn't take too long, 20-40 minutes max, and once it's on there you'll feel good knowing you got a fresh coat of paste and wont have to do it again for years to come:)

  • Zeno the Stoic
    Zeno the Stoic 3 months ago

    Have owned 3 Hyper 212s of various editions, all great coolers. I think I paid around $24-30 for most of them.

  • AK
    AK 3 months ago +1

    i'd love to see a revisit for those crazy zalman snail type heatsinks... if they still make the mounting hardware

  • Wojtek Kedzior
    Wojtek Kedzior 3 months ago

    Had mine for about 10 years. It's now cooling my Xeon 2670v2 with the help of 2 noctua 120mm fans. Under full load the temps sit between 50-55 degrees even when the ambient is around 28. Hyper 212 EVO for PM if you ask me.

  • E P
    E P 3 months ago

    i remember buying one ages ago for less than 30 euro when i took a step away from watercooling. I had Intel at that point, later moved to AM4 and bought a Am4 mounting set for a few euros. This cooler punched above its price class very well.

  • Zachary Ristau
    Zachary Ristau 3 months ago

    Recent installed a couple of these into some workstation systems with lga1700 sockets. The new mounting system is extremely simple to use.

  • Wraith
    Wraith 3 months ago

    Finally someone is normalising cooling to noise. Thank you.
    This is the first cooling review I've seen for a few years so kudos if you've been doing it for a while.

  • thestrykernet
    thestrykernet 3 months ago

    I've enjoyed it simply because I could trust it to work and be straightforward for me to install.
    Jan 2011 - 212 Plus $29.99 and it's still on my i7-920 @ 4ghz (never used stock fans)
    Jul 2018 - 212 LED Turbo $34.99 for my E3-1245 still running on 24/7 server box

  • AdamB5000
    AdamB5000 3 months ago

    The 212 was my first ever aftermarket cooler. I felt so good purchasing and installing it.

  • Ken
    Ken 3 months ago +43

    I’m still running my almost 10 year old Hyper 212 EVO on an i7-11700. It has also cooled a 6700k for 5 years & started its career on a 3770k.

    • JoeSheepy
      JoeSheepy 3 months ago +2

      my 212 is my only original part, gone from cooling a FX6300, a FX8350 with more volts than it should have being pushed through it and now on a ryzen 5 3600, same fan it came with in 2015. Insane value when you think about it.

  • thatspsychotic
    thatspsychotic 3 months ago

    Bought my Hyper 212 Plus (one of the many variants!) back in 2012 for $29 to cool my i5 2500K, for which it was sufficient for a 4.5 GHz overclock. It moved on to cool my i7 8700K but with a Noctua fan, which was definitely limiting for overclocking. Swapped it out for an AIO after a year or two, but the Hyper 212 is still in service back on the ol' 2500K performing NAS duties. Venerable piece of hardware no matter how you slice it.

  • Taylor Powell
    Taylor Powell 3 months ago

    I used the hyper 212 Evo with the wavy see-through fan on a 6700K. Best thing was that it came with an extra set of fan clips. So I also had a Nauctua fan strapped to it. NEVER had a problem with thermals. Mild overclock to 4.28 Ghz

  • Deceneu
    Deceneu 3 months ago

    I got one in my old pc (gave that pc to my mother). When the fan started getting too noisy, I swapped it for a Noctua one. That cooler has over its lifespan seen 4 CPU swaps, and It's still going strong. In fact the CPU it has now a Haswell 4460 has lower TDP than the first one an AMD Athlon 64 dual-core.

  • KajunBowser
    KajunBowser 3 months ago

    The RGB black edition was my first cooler for my current PC in 2019, and it cooled like a beast. Even added a pull fan in the back to experiment with how much more heat it could remove from the Ryzen 7 2700. I eventually moved to the Dark Rock Slim because of RAM module clearance and moving from Corsair's Carbide Air 540 to the 4000D Airflow a year later. Might see service again some time on a different board.

  • JoostinOnline
    JoostinOnline 3 months ago +2

    In my opinion, a big part of the hype a few years in was that it would work for almost every socket. This is back when Intel was still switching sockets every couple of years.

    • JoostinOnline
      JoostinOnline 3 months ago +1

      @Wolfshanze LGA1151 went on for 4 generations, and was basically the same as LGA1150 for cooler compatibility

    • Wolfshanze
      Wolfshanze 3 months ago

      When did Intel STOP switching sockets every couple of years?

  • KZ Tech
    KZ Tech 3 months ago

    3 years ago I got the Chinese version of the Hyper 212 known as T400i with only Intel mounting hardware for the equivalent of USD$12, and it's working fairly well on my LGA2011 115W system.