Page 1:Lynnfield Can Take The Heat, But Should It?
Page 2:Features Comparison
Page 3:Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2
Page 4:Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
Page 5:Noctua NH-D14
Page 6:Scythe Mugen-2 Revision B
Page 7:Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer
Page 8:Thermalright MUX-120
Page 9:Thermaltake Frio
Page 10:Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
Page 11:Xigmatek Thor’s Hammer
Page 12:Zalman CNPS10X Quiet
Page 13:Test Settings
Page 14:Thermal Testing Results
Page 15:Fan Speed, Noise, And Value
Page 16:Do We Have A Winner?
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
One of the least-expensive 120mm tower coolers available, Cooler Master’s $30 Hyper 212 Plus still offers many of the features that make its competitors perform well.
Cooler Master adds even more value to its low price by supporting most current processor sockets, including LGA 1156, LGA 1366, LGA 775, Socket AM2, AM2+, and AM3. The company also adds a secondary fan bracket for creating an optional push-pull fan arrangement.
Direct-contact heat pipes respond quickly to changes in temperature, although manufacturers of competing designs might argue that they don’t actually remove more heat. A sanded finish provides excellent flatness at low cost, but relies more heavily on heat paste compared to smoother parts.
Four bolts act as spacers for the bracket screws, each with a threaded hole in its head for receiving those screws. The bolts are secured from underneath by nuts, with a socket support plate stiffening the board. These parts must be attached to the motherboard before it can be inserted inside most cases.
The sink and bracket can be installed or removed after the rest of the system is assembled, but the fan must be unclipped from the sink to reach the bracket’s front screws.
Care must be taken not to over-tighten the bracket screws, as doing so causes them to stick to the bolt. Loosening a bracket screw when it’s stuck to the bolt can cause the bolt itself to turn, freeing the nut that holds it from the under the motherboard. We’ve seen some of Cooler Master’s competitors use reverse (left-hand) thread hardware for under-side parts to prevent this problem, although that solution is a bit more confusing to builders.
- Lynnfield Can Take The Heat, But Should It?
- Features Comparison
- Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2
- Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
- Noctua NH-D14
- Scythe Mugen-2 Revision B
- Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer
- Thermalright MUX-120
- Thermaltake Frio
- Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
- Xigmatek Thor’s Hammer
- Zalman CNPS10X Quiet
- Test Settings
- Thermal Testing Results
- Fan Speed, Noise, And Value
- Do We Have A Winner?