Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition – Tried and tested in a new look
The name Hyper 212 should ring the bell for many, especially the enthusiasts from the Sandy Bridge era. And even if the dusty Evo version is soon approaching its 10th anniversary and is still being actively sold, the roots of this cooler series even extend into 2007. In order to be able to meet modern requirements (namely optics and RGB) Cooler Master added a fresh version with the two Black Editions a while ago.
At the request of the community, the youngest offspring now has to prove itself in the test. In the following article you will find out whether the tradition of a good standard recommendation can be maintained or whether you should break new ground.
Packaging and scope of delivery
The external features have definitely already arrived in the modern age and the typical design for Cooler Master. Front, back, lid and base are in black, the sides in purple. The illustration also adheres to the unofficial industry standard with a large product image on the front, a brief description of the features on the back and a table with specifications and a few pictures on the side.
Inside the compact box there is an unusual type of transport protection in the form of plastic casing.
The included accessories come in a small cardboard box that can be opened. Unfortunately, it was then bagged again, there would have been potential for saving plastic waste.
For a relatively small and inexpensive cooler, the Hyper 212 Black Edition comes with a lot of accessories and small parts.
I’ll get to the various screws, spacers and nuts later, the completely optional (and mostly unnecessary) accessories catch the eye: Y-PWM splitter and frame for a second, non-existent 120mm fan. In addition to the not-so-optional tube of thermal compound, there is also a small RGB controller that can control the play of colors of the SF120R RGB fans using buttons or the reset button.
Assembly and installation
Although Cooler Master manufactures the Wraith coolers supplied with Ryzen CPUs and should therefore have some experience with the assembly on the AM4 backplate, you can also use your own backplate for the cooler under your own name. Four small threads are fixed in the backplate with plastic clips and pushed through the mainboard from behind. Then screw on the spacers on the front and let go of the backplate. Of course, this makes retrofitting a lot easier, but it involves significantly more small parts and some preparatory work.
The corresponding mounting brackets must then be attached to the cooler itself with two screws before the pre-assembled fan is removed and the heat sink is attached to the processor with four spring-loaded screws. Due to the smaller diameter of the above-mentioned thread in contrast to the motherboard holes, the cooler can still be moved a few millimeters in all directions until the final lashing. If you want to place it exactly in the middle, you need a bit of tact.
The narrow side profile of the Hyper 212 does not get in the way, no matter how high the memory is. For the heat transfer with this budget cooler, the direct-touch principle with four heatpipes is used, thus saving the “expensive” coldplate.
Under the brushed aluminum cover on the top there are a few pads with an unknown function. In order not to disturb the black look with silver fan clips, the overengineering box was reached deeply to attach the fan to the heat sink.
Two plastic parts are screwed to the fan and decoupled at the corners by rubber pads. The whole thing can then be hung in recesses in the slats as usual and you can enjoy the unbroken black of its Black Edition.
Here is a brief overview of the technical data, everything else as usual on the Manufacturer site.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition (RR-212S-20PC-R1)
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