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This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
Pros: Near-silent, keeps my i7-3770k nice and chilly (temping 39C full load, no OC yet)
Cons: The contact surface the die gives me pause. Normally this surface is nearly smooth with only minor machining scratches. This one features two heat pipes in direct contact with the CPU via cuts in the die surface. Now this wouldn't be a bad thing in theory, but in practice it leaves noticeable space between the edge of the heat pipe contact surface and the die contact surface. Because of this you have to apply your thermal compound to the cooler instead of the CPU, not to mention use slightly more product to fill the spaces between the components. Clearly this design flaw doesn't appear to be drastically affecting the performance of the product, but it brings into question how much better it would function if CoolerMaster had used a larger copper piping so as to properly fill the ditches and optimize the surface. Still it works just fine so not going to drop an egg over it.
Other Thoughts: The mounting for the 1155 socket is far from easy though definitely not impossible. Plan ahead and read the instructions BEFORE you start to make sure you understand what's going on, and you should do just fine.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Easy to access top-panel fan and power controls as well as associating LEDs. The hue control is also a very nice addition. I've been changing the color every day since I bought this just because I can. The USB panel cover is also a nice touch, helps keep the connectors clean.
I was afraid the magnetic front door panel wouldn't be very secure and easily fly open at the slightest touch, but it's the exact opposite. The magnet is more than strong enough to hold the door in place (gives a very satisfying "thunk" when you close the door), but still readily releases the door when you want to access your drive bays or LED controls.
Construction is very solid (all 40 lbs of it). The body is steel material, while the top, front and base panels are made from sturdy plastic components. The internal construction is also very intelligent, fully focused on getting cables out of the main compartment via rubber grommets and opening pathways to increase airflow and cooling performance. The additional 8-pin CPU cable was a godsend since my PSU cable was literally 1 inch too short to reach the Mobo connection without wiring it through the main compartment. The extra-long top-panel cables are also a welcome sight, giving me more than enough room to reach all the associated MoBo connectors. Stock fan placement is also spot on. Front- and side-panel intake are perfectly placed to keep my HDDs and GPU nice and cool, while the rear- and top-panel exhaust are placed exactly where they need to be to pull the most hot air right back out.
Have I mentioned this thing is silent? I'm running it on med-high fan speed and I can barely hear it. Seriously my CM Hyper 212 makes more noise than this thing does. And yet it still keeps everthing ice cold through 10+ hours of stress and stability testing.
Cons: Really had to look hard to find a couple of these, and even then they're little more than nit-picks and hardly enough to consider dropping an egg over
1) USB cover on the top panel. This is a great feature for keeping the ports clean of dust and hair, but it's a removable cover that doesn't have any way to secure it to the chassis, relying instead on it's own weight and the material to keep it in place. While this seems to work more than sufficiently while it's in place over the ports, I would still like to see a small tab on the side to secure it to the chassis so I don't have to worry about losing it when I want to access my USB ports.
2) Texture of the top and front panel just seems to reach out and grab dirt and dust. Only had it a couple days and I can already tell this is gonna be an ongoing issue.
3) The 5.25" drive bays are constructed in two sections. The upper-most bay has a metal panel right below it that extends well beyond the back of the drive, preventing use of any elbow connectors (like SATA cables with right-angle connectors). If you use standard cables this isn't an issue, but if you're like me and you want to use an elbow connector then you're forced to use the second slot from the top instead. That said I plan to add a temp display to my system so I can watch my temps while OCing, so having that slot already open saves me having to move things around.
Other Thoughts: Definitely not the cheapest model on the market, but this thing's more than worth the extra cost.
MoBo: Asus Sabertooth Z77
CPU: Intel i7-3770k 3.5GHz
RAM: G.Skill Trident 32gb (4 x 8gb) DDR3-1866
GPU: EVGA GTX 580 "Classified"
Pros: - Excellent design. Cooling fan works both my CPU and Memory at the same time and blows directly into my twin 120 exhaust fans.
- Running Athlon 64 X2 2600. Temps before switch: 32C idle, 50C load -- Temps after switch: 21-23C idle, 38C load. I have yet to break 35C with normal usage.
Cons: - BIG!! I'm using an X-Jupiter S-Type full size tower and this thing has maybe 1 or 2 cm between it and the side panel fan. I was almost afraid I would need to remove the fan.
- The fastening for the AM2 socket is a bit tough to get right. The lever rubs into the heat pipes, forcing you to re-seat the heatsink before clamping it down. Once it's down though it's not going much of anywhere.
- The fan-speed control nob seems a bit superfluous.
- The fins are sharp. Take it from one who learned the hard way, be extra careful with this one and bring a few bandages just in case x_x
Other Thoughts: - As previous reviewers have stated this thing is pretty loud right out of the box. I had to override it in my bios and crank it down to ~33% fan speed (710 RPM). Now she's purring like a kitten with no sacrifice to performance.
- This is one of the best CPU coolers I've seen. Overall performance is well worth the pricetag. My only regret is that I didn't buy through Newegg.com