Great CPU cooler! - 06/23/2016 17:52:05
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
Just picked this up today at CC in Waterloo, ON.
The Hyper 212 Evo has been around a while, and provides excellent cooling on my own system. I have an Asus P5Q motherboard with a Q9650, and it's not a "great" Q9650--it has a VID of 1.3V which is really high (bad, hot running chip), and running it at 1.406V I can overclock it to 4.0+ GHz using this cooler without exceeding about 62-65 degrees C core temp (max is about 95 deg. C) with 100% load on all cores. For such an ancient rig, that's doing really well!
At stock voltages and clock rates (3.0 GHz), this easily keeps it very cool even at the lowest possible fan speeds. When seriously overclocked, the fan that comes with this cooler allows me to exceed 4 GHz quite easily without running into over-temp problems with my Q9650--and the fan is very quiet, even at full speed. The fan is a PWM unit and plugs into a 4-pin motherboard connector.
Heat sink grease (TIM) is supplied with this cooler and I used the supplied grease. Seems like very good stuff, I wouldn't bother buying anything extra or expensive.
I lapped both my CPU IHS and this cooler's base plate with sandpaper on plate glass before installing.
A little pricey, considering how long it's been around. Not really a problem when you consider how well it works.
Installation requires a motherboard backplate, so you have to remove the mobo and also remove the existing backplate. A bit of a pain in the posterior, but done with simple tools.
Personally, I would have preferred a ball bearing fan, but this one is rated for 40,000 hours or 5 years. Should be OK for a while.
To squeeze a lot more speed and life out of older processors, this is actually a great deal! Helped turn my old clunker into a nice zippy gaming rig :)