- Oct 24, 2007
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler Review
Manufacture Page: Hyper 212 Plus - Cooler Master
Part Number: RR-B10-212P-GP
TechWiki Info: 212+
Price: Approx $30USD / $40CAD
It certainly has been a long, long time since we looked at HDT (Heatpipe Direct Touch) based cooling solutions. The last one we looked at was from OCZ and was essentially a tweaked clone of the Xigmatek S1284. Since then, many air coolers have come and gone…but one thing has remained constant: the three HDTs we have reviewed are still near the top of our charts and are easily some of the best bang for the buck coolers out there. Today we look at another HDT-based solution, one that is poised to upset the Xigmatek / OCZ apple cart and bring in a new reigning king of the budget coolers. The heatsink we are talking about is the brand new Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus. While a relative new comer to this whole HDT game, Cooler Master is not new to the Air Cooling arena.
In the past we have looked at numerous Cooler Master cooling products, all of which had their pros and cons but lacked the HDT feature we really wanted. Well, it appears we are not alone in bemoaning this fact as the new Hyper 212 PLUS is one which not only incorporates HDT but allows for “out of the box” dual 120mm fan cooling.
The Hyper 212 PLUS is brand new so finding one in the wild may prove to be a challenge right now. Knowing Cooler Master, this situation will change quickly and it should come in at about $40 here in Canada, and be widely available from retailers and e-tailers alike everywhere. Just give it a few more weeks.
This cooler really does have a lot of expectations riding on it as it does appear to have the potential to dethrone the OCZ Vendetta 2 / Xigmatek S1283 as our reigning value kings and become our “go to” cooler we would recommend to anyone (regardless of budget) who is not ready to get their feet wet in the water cooling arena. Heck, the just recently crowned Prolimatech Megahalems may have some stiff competition for its kingdom as we think the true and full HDT potential has never been fully tapped by any cooler yet. Can this one do it?
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