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5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance/price ratio, December 15, 2011
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This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) (Personal Computers)
Installed this item on a Core i5 2500k and have been using it for some time now. After monitoring it's temps after several hours of Prime95 and other programs, I am very satisfied with this item. i purchased this for 36 dollars, at that price point it is one of the best heatsinks I have heard of. Consistently gets great reviews from professional sites, which is the main reason I bought it. Temps for my system was around 25-30celsius idle and 45-54c avg on full load with Arctic Silver 5 TIM. Temps were taken from program core temp v1.0.
Cooler is very light, has excellent mounting system for socket 1155, isn't too tall, and is pretty darn quiet.
Must note, the main difference between this Evo version and the Hyper plus version is that the heat pipes are grouped together touching each other instead of spread apart and has more uniform base.
Highly recommended

[edit] I currently run a 24/7 overclock core i5 2500k of 4.6ghz on 1.375v. I have done 4.7 and 4.8ghz for short periods but I wish to not use much higher voltage which is why I use 4.6ghz. This cooler does just fine with these overclocks as long as you're willing to use higher voltages. Hope you have good case airflow.
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Initial post: Jun 17, 2012 11:10:48 AM PDT
I couldn't agree more. I was running max of load with Intel stock cooler for my i5 @ ~60c. This cooler dropped this by 10c. Ridiculous value for the price of this heatsink.

FYI: This is a pretty big heatsink and fan combo. Read the specs if you have a smaller case.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2012 8:10:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 8, 2012 8:12:38 PM PDT
My question is is it really worth it though? My i5 maxes out too at 60C no matter what you throw at it and even in very high ambient temps on a stock cooler. When you consider that TJMax is 99c its a long way from 60c to 99c. So it would seem to me that the stock cooler is just fine. Anybody got anything different or something I don't know? It also seems that the modern CPU is so durable that by the time it does break you'll be ready for an upgrade anyway. Case in point: I've got an old AMD 64 X2 4200+ from 2005 that I ran under the harshest conditions for 5 years with nothing but a stock cooler and the darn thing still works. Even the stock fan still works. Now I'm stuck with it cause it won't die and its probably too old to sell to get anything out of it. Can't bare to just throw it in the trash though...LOL!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2012 1:14:25 PM PDT
Hi, this cooler worth it if your goal is reaching a high overclock on a budget. For a Core i5 2500k, you can reach up to about 4.5ghz with the stock cooler considering you have good case cooling. If you're just doing minor overclocking you should be just fine with the stock cooler.
As with the life span of the cpu, as long as your voltage settings are fairly within the accepted range and you're running a stable prime95/IBT/OCCT overclock, good case flow, there shouldn't be much worry at all about the life span of the cpu.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2012 1:49:25 PM PDT

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 11:05:39 PM PST
Walker says:
Just because the CPU seems "fine" doesn't mean your not getting "silent" errors or "bit rot" Running a board capable of ECC ram and then checking "memory errors corrected" every few weeks is a real eye opener. I have to wonder how often people's need to reinstall the OS is really from a build up of bad bits written to disk until it finnally kills something important (like the MBR, or some important DLL, etc).

Considering the cost, I usually toss a Aftermarket cooler on there if I plan to OC at all. Plus they look cool! ;) If its a commodity build for some reason (building 20 of them for an office or something) sure, stick with the stock cooler. But something else to consider in some builds is the overall case temp. With newer video cards raising the case temps you might end up needing a more efficent cpu cooler just to offset the extra high case temps. I just snagged a H60 water cooler for 38$ during BF and now I just export the CPU heat right outside the case altogether.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2014 1:16:52 PM PST
G. French says:
I agree with Walker. I'd also like to add on...this cooler most likely will be useable still with the next CPU upgrade you get in the future. I've used this same one with 3 different CPUs over the past 3 years. I have NEVER used a stock cooler in the last 14 years of building computers. It is ALWAYS better to buy an after market buy an OEM CPU when able/cheaper (CPU only; not box version).

Plan on the life span of a good heatsink to be roughly 5-6 years before it needs to be upgraded (if you upgrade the CPU). I don't see how this heatsink wouldn't last even longer than that, other than the case of mounting issues one might run into.

Posted on Dec 10, 2014 12:11:11 PM PST
It could've been even better if they did not use aluminum.
I would've gladly paid $5 more for a faster and maybe even smaller all copper heatsink.
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