Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus s1156 & 1366

8.9 Overall Score
Silence: 10/10
Effectiveness: 9/10
Overall: 9/10

It is a very quiet cooler

It doesnt cool as well as we hoped.

Test Setup

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To test the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus we housed it in a Cooler Master ATCS 840 case equipped with the following:

  • Foxconn Blood RAGE Motherboard
  • PC Power and Cooling 1kW Power Supply
  • EVGA GTX 280 GPU
  • 6GB OCZ DDR3 1600 RAM with 7-7-7-21 timings
  • Intel Core i7 Extreme 965 and Core i7 920 D0
  • 2x OCZ Vertex 128GB SSDs
  • Ceramique thermal interface material (TIM) was used for each test run, in lieu of TIM provided by the manufacturer
  • Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP1

Ambient room temperature was maintained at 20C throughout all tests and we used Prime95 to stress the CPU. Prime95 was run for 30 minutes at each setting to properly heat the CPU and obtain a maximum load temp. Idle temps were taken with the system sitting idle for at least 15 minutes. Temperatures were measured using Real Temp v2.70. We moved on to the Core i7 920 D0 as our main testing CPU. The results you are going to see will reflect our previous testing with the 965 at 3.2GHz and 4GHz. All new heatsink testing will be done with the 920 at stock, 2.66GHz, and at 4GHz as well. We will not be updating results for the previous heatsinks at this time because some of the coolers we reviewed we no longer have on hand. The 4GHz comparison results will be very legitimate and the stock testing will be used for reference only. We understand that 3.2GHz will produce more heat than 2.66GHz but the results are still close enough to give a very good estimate of what the new heatsinks we are testing can do.

Each heatsink used in this review was setup directly out of the box. In other words, no modifications were done to the coolers such as adding stronger fans or lapping the base. The only item not used directly out of the box is the TIM used for our testing. For consistency we chose to use a high quality 3rd party TIM (Arctic Silver Ceramique) to eliminate any advantages or disadvantages offered by the TIM provided by each heatsink manufacturer.

Previously, the TRUE-120 has come without a fan. This decision by ThermalRight was intentional, as it allowed the user to select a fan best suited to their needs (high flow, low noise, etc.). Recently, however, ThermalRight has started to offer a complete TRUE 120 kit that includes a fan. For this review, we purchased the TRUE-120 with a fan (our particular unit can be found here for $74.95). The factory fan that comes with the TRUE 120 is rated at 63.7CFM @ 1600RPM and 28dBA.

Our reasoning behind the out of the box review is simple. Most consumers looking to purchase a CPU cooler want a solution that is easy to use and “ready to run” out of the box with minimal assembly. Our hardcore enthusiasts will not be left out, however, because we are working on an ultimate performance review of today’s best coolers utilizing more labor-intensive measures designed to squeeze the last degree of performance out of these heatsinks.

With review of the test setup and our testing method out of the way, let’s move on to the results!

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