|Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM Heatsink|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 27 July 2011|
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Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM CPU Cooler
Manufacturer: Cooler Master
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Cooler Master.
Cooler Master is a name well known to enthusiasts for their extensive line of enthusiast computer equipment, including cases, CPU coolers, power supplies, and more. They're probably best known for their coolers, though, and today Benchmark Reviews has the Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM to test against a collection of other coolers. This appears to be an update of Cooler Master's existing Hyper 212 cooler, but how will it perform? Putting it up against an overclocked and overvolted Core i7 950 processor will reveal all.
As CPU design migrates to a 32nm process (such as Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors and AMD's forthcoming Bulldozer CPUs), power consumption and heat production go down, and the need for monster cooling systems decreases. But there are still a lot of very hot CPUs out there, such as the overclocked and overvolted Core i7-950 I use in my heat sink test machine.
Any CPU cooler's primary task is to cool the CPU. Since retail CPUs come with perfectly adequate coolers, the main reason to buy an aftermarket cooler is for conditions that the stock cooler can't handle...namely, overclocking. The Hyper 612 PWM is Cooler Master's latest entry in the field.
Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM Specifications