Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo has definitely earned its reputation for being one of the best performing coolers one can buy at a very affordable price. Just be aware that if you are on an AM4 system, that price does not include the AM4 mounting kit at this time, which will set you back $14 shipping. Installation is fairly simple, however you should use the instructions on the Cooler Master website and leave the included instructions in the box.

While it did fail our combined test, I would like to go into a little more detail, the Hyper 212 Evo lasted a full 20 minutes before having its first hiccup, a crash of Furmark. After restarting Furmark the system stayed stable for another 10 minutes before we experienced a crash of Prime 95, after that the test was halted. We have definitely had more expensive coolers coolers fail much more spectacularly than the Hyper 212 Evo did.

Final Points

Cooler Master claims a 150W TDP on the Hyper 212 Evo. Our overclocked Ryzen test platform consistently hovers around the 150W mark when measuring the package power in HWiNFO64, and unfortunately, the Hyper 212 Evo did come very close, it did fail the combined test. With how close the Hyper 212 Evo came to passing the test we can only surmise that the difference lies in testing circumstances. The Hyper 212 Evo may very well be able to handle 150W TDP on an open test bench in an 18°C room, however in our real world tests, it comes up just short of that claim.

If you are doing a budget build, with mild, or no overclocking, the Hyper 212 Evo is a very solid choice. While it may not be the best looking, the quietest, or have all the latest RGB goodness, however the Hyper 212 Evo is a decent performer for a good price. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo is currently available on Amazon for $34.99, however it does go on sale for less frequently, and comes with a 1 year warranty.