Cooler Master Hyper series is one of the oldest and the biggest series included in the company portfolio already featuring several very good products and now the company decided to expand the series further and add the new Cooler Master Hyper 612 v2. The cooler itself is actually a completely redesigned version of the Hyper 612 product, which was released back in 2011 and according to my experience with the product, it was performing pretty good for its dimensions. Unfortunately, now the model is with status end of life, but the good news is that now we have a successor. If it is a worthy one, we will find out a bit later.
According to the official technical details the new product offers pretty serious heat sink structure meant to be much more cooling efficient, while working at lower noise level with similar dimensions than the older model.
For this review I am going to check what Cooler Master Hyper 612 v2 has to offer in matter of structure, features and most of all cooling capabilities, but first let’s check the package, the additional information provided for the cooler and the additional accessories.
Cooler Master Hyper 612 v2 was provided to me for doing a test and review in a pretty massive and at the same time very stylish looking cubical carton box painted in black and white. On the front side of the box there is a huge picture of the cooler, of course the company logo, the model name and some basic compatibility details regarding the product.
Pretty typical for the company is to fill all other sides of the package with the full technical specification on one of the sides, while all other sides contain detailed explanation and additional information regarding the cooler in several languages.
Anyway, the box looks pretty nice and stylish but after all this review is not about it but about the content inside of it. So let’s open the package and check all of the parts forming the Cooler Master Hyper 612 v2 CPU cooler.
|Warranty and installation leaflets||The box with the additional accessories|
After I opened the outer shell of the package, the first thing to notice was the very detailed installation manual provided with the product and of course the warranty leaflet describing the warranty terms for this model. Beneath the two leaflets there was the typical for the company white box holding all of the additional accessories and right next to it there were the two plastic brackets meant to be used for installing the fan to the heat sink. Both the white box and the plastic brackets were placed on a carton bed and right beneath it there were the 120mm fan and the heat sink itself.
After I took all of the parts which I found inside the box and arranged them for taking a picture, this is the view which I got.
The cooler itself together with the Blade Master fan, installation manual, two plastic fan brackets, warranty leaflet and of course a white carton box holding the additional accessories which will be needed so the cooler can be used with all modern Intel or AMD sockets.
Cooler Master Hyper 612 v2 ADDITIONAL ACCESSORIES
First things first, so let’s discover what is hidden inside the white box, which is actually made to hold all of the additional accessories. All of them were provided to me carefully packed in separate nylon bags just to guarantee that every single piece part of the accessories pack will arrive and will provide the best possible cooling compatibility.
After I took all of the accessories out of their packages and arranged them for taking pictures, this is the view I got.
The standard package features:
- Entirely painted in black plastic backplate needed for both Intel and AMD sockets
- A set of two metal long front bars needed for AMD sockets
- A set of two metal short front bars needed for AMD sockets
- A set of two metal long front bars needed for Intel sockets
- A set of four thumbscrew metal pillars needed for 2011 socket
- A set of four thumbscrew metal pillars needed for all other sockets
- A set of four bolts needed for attaching the plastic backplate
- A set of 4 plastic caps for fixing the bolts to the backplate
- A set of four nuts for fastening the bars to the pillars
- A set of four screws for attaching the fan to the plastic brackets
- A set of four rubber pads for reducing the fans vibrations
- An additional thumbscrew nut for fastening the heat sink to the front metal bars
- A set of two metal clips for attaching the fan to the heat sink
- A set of two plastic brackets for attaching the fan to the heat sink
- A tool which should be attached to a screwdriver for fastening the nuts
- The standard Cooler Master thermal compound
- Installation manual
- Warranty leaflet
After I’d finished describing all of the additional accessories I was like, oh my god! So far I have never seen so many additional accessories provided with any cooler from the brand. Anyway this only proves the quality and the compatibility options that this cooler provides.
I believe the time to start checking the cooler structure itself has arrived and for that reason I will leave the additional accessories aside and pay some attention to the cooler itself. Just for now.
Cooler Master Hyper 612 v2 HEAT SINK STRUCTURE
Cooler Master Hyper 612 v2, like every other modern CPU cooler on the market, offers very standard structure, made of the three major components which as usual I am going to describe one by one in this article and that includes: the heat sink structure formed as a very massive single tower, a single Blade Master cooling fan and a bit modified mounting kit.
So let’s start with the heat sink which is actually the part doing the magic.
Cooler Master Hyper 612 v2 is designed as a very quiet or even passive working cooler with a single radiator structure made of aluminum contact plate, 6 x Ø6mm copper heat pipes with direct contact with the processor, and of course aluminum fins forming the cooling surface. The overall cooler dimensions are 160.4 mm (H) x 150.1 mm (W) x 128.9 mm (D) mm and weight of 886 g including the fan.
And to follow the tradition, let’s start with the contact plate since it is the main part of the cooler which is responsible for keeping the processor running cool and quiet.
The contact surface for this product is made of aluminum plate, formed as a small heat sink on the top side, holding in line on the bottom side the 6 x Ø6mm asymmetrical to the center of the cooler, copper U-shaped heat-pipes without any coating and made with the CDC (Continous Direct Contact) technology. A technology designed and patented by Cooler Master for gap free contact plate structure just to provide smooth surface and the optimal heat conduction from the processor through the heat pipes and to the aluminum fins.
Of course, this type of heat pipe design is made with one purpose only and that is to move the aluminum fins stack a bit to the back of the case and away from the DRAM slots so it doesn’t block any of them and to provide the best possible motherboard compatibility. Of course, I will find a bit later if this really works.
All of the heat pipes pass through the inner side of the fin stack, closer to the center of the cooler for maximum fin usage and faster heat dispersion, while the back side of the cooler is just made as additional aluminum cooling surface.
And by mentioning the fin stack, let’s check its structure.
|Seen from the front||Seen from the back|
Cooler Master Hyper 612 v2 is made as a single tower cooler offering pretty serious aluminum fin stack structure with dimensions of 102 mm (H) x 139 mm (W) x 102 mm (D) each and overall radiator dimensions of 160.4 mm (H) x 139 mm (W) x 102 mm (D) and weight of 732g without the fan. The heat sink itself is equipped with 31 aluminum fins, 1mm thick with 3 mm fin gap, which are asymmetrically assembled to the center of the cooler. As usual for Cooler Master and not only for them, the top fin is not just a performance fin but it is actually holding the engraved company logo just to boost the overall appearance of the cooler and advertise the brand.
Anyway, here I saw something which made me smile and that is actually the huge fin gap which is made to provide the best cooling performance with a 120mm fan working around 1200 or lower revolutions per minute. Additionally, according to Cooler Master the model can be used even as a passive cooler but I doubt it will handle an overclocked processor, especially AMD Vishera FX-8350, which I use for my tests.
|The cooler seen from the side||The cooler seen from the side bottom|
And here comes the interesting part regarding the heat sink and the overall cooler performance.
The first 8 fins counted from the bottom are 12mm shorter on the back side of the cooler so the cooler doesn’t block and of the VRM heat sinks or DRAM slots on the motherboard when the cooler is installed on socket 2011 with ram modules featuring tall heat spreaders.
With this heat sink structure the cooler is good to be used with only one 120mm fan installed on the front side of the cooler but apart from that a second one could be attached for the ultimate cooling performance. But if a second fan is attached, the cooler will be very big and most probably will block the DRAM slots if it is installed on socket 2011 and will cover all of the motherboard components around the socket for all motherboards both from Intel and AMD.
And by mentioning the fan, let’s talk about it.
The standard Cooler Master Hyper 612 v2 package offers just one Cooler Master Blade Master fan with dimensions of 120 x 25 mm and weight of 154g, entirely painted in black matte and featuring a square plastic frame and propeller with 7 very wide and at the same time very sharply angled blades made to provide the best possible performance / static level balance. The fan itself is actually a modified Cooler Master Blade Master model made to operate between 800 – 1300± 10% revolutions per minute range, providing airflow level range of 45.2 – 75m³/h ± 10%, static pressure level range of 0.6 – 1.6 ± 10% mmH2o at only 11 – 20 dBa level range.
The connection between the frame and the propeller is done by the typical for the company rifle bearing, which is 4-pin PWM powered and regulated by a pretty long, entirely sleeved in black cable and according to the official technical details is made to provide up to 40 000 hours of life span.
Apart from that, the fan can be attached to the heat sink with 2 different mounting clips.
The first type is actually the two entirely painted in black plastic brackets, which should be attached to the fan with 4 screws and the other way is with 2 metal clips.
Before I continue with the tests I will have to install the fan and prepare the cooler for installation on the motherboard. And to install the fan to the heat sink I decided to use the black plastic brackets because they look more rigid and much better for the overall appearance of the product.
|All parts required to install the fan||The fan together with the brackets|
The first thing, which I had to do before I attached the fan to the heat sink was to install the two brackets on each side of the fan and fasten them with four screws. After that I added 2 of the rubber stickers to make the connection between the brackets and the heat sink a bit softer and to reduce the vibrations, of course if there are any.
And this is what the fan looks like attached to the heat sink.
With all of the parts assembled together, the cooler looks really massive and I expect to see some serious cooling performance. As I’ve said earlier in this article a second fan could be attached for maximum performance with the second type of clips. Of course, with the second fan attached it will block all components around the socket, which will be beneath the cooler.
A structure like this will definitely require very massive and reliable mounting kit and I believe I am finally ready to install the cooler on the motherboard.
According to the official technical details the cooler is compatible with all modern sockets on the market including:
- Intel sockets: LGA 2011 / 1366 / 1156 / 1155 / 1150 /775
- AMD sockets: FM2+ / FM2 / AM3+ / AMD3 / AM2+ / AM2
For doing the tests I will use the AMD brackets and these are the parts needed so the cooler can be installed on the motherboard:
As always, before I start with the actual installation, I opened the installation manual, read carefully the instructions and pick up the right accessories for the actual socket.
And after that I had to prepare the back plate before attaching it to the motherboard.
|All parts needed for attaching the backplate||Two of the bolts installed|
To install the back plate to the motherboard, first thing to do was to put the 4 short metal bolts through the back plate and carefully secure them in place with the four plastic caps.
Next step is to install the back plate behind the motherboard and just fasten it with the 4 x thumbscrew pillars needed for the AMD platforms.
And here comes the interesting part. For AMD there are two ways to install the cooler.
- Vertical – so the fan face the DRAM modules and to do it like this we need the 2 x long metal AMD front brackets
- Horizontal – so the fan face the graphic card and to do it like this we need the 2 x short metal AMD front brackets
And I really believe that it is much better to have the cooler installed in vertical position, so I’ve decided to use the 2 x long metal AMD frond brackets, which should be fastened on top of the thumbscrew pillars with nuts.
|The two long brackets added||The two long brackets added and secured|
With the two brackets installed, next step was to add some thermal compound, add the additional thumbscrew pillar with additional inner screw on one of the metal brackets and here comes the most interesting part regarding the cooler mounting kit.
On the top side of the smaller aluminum contact plate, which is formed as a heat sink holding the heat pipes, there is a pre-installed metal bar which has a clip on one side and on the other side it should be fastened to the fifth pillar installed on one of the metal brackets. Pretty interesting and at the same time a bit strange way to mount a cooler.
Whether this is effective, we are going to find out a bit later.
And this is what the cooler looks like installed on the motherboard.
|A pretty massive structure||No DRAM blockage|
As you can see from the picture above, when the heat sink is installed on the motherboard the design of the cooler, combined with the standard fan attached will not block any of the front DIMM slots and will provide full low profile RAM compatibility and high profile RAM compatibility for all Intel, apart from socket 2011 and AMD socket,.
Cooler Master Hyper 612 v2 TESTS
With the CPU cooler installed on the motherboard, I believe the time to check my testing rig has arrived and then I should continue the article with the tests…
CPU: AMD Vishera FX-8350
- At standard frequency 4.020 MHz (at 1.356V)
- At low overclock frequency of 4.220 MHz (at 1.392V)
- At medium overclock frequency of 4.420 MHz (at 1.416V)
Motherboard: GigaByte 990FXA-UD3
Video card: 2 x Gigabyte GV-R927XOC-2GD
Memory: 2 x 4GB Geil Black Dragon 1866 MHz
Hard drive: Kingston SSD SV100S264G
Case: SilverStone Raven RV-03
Power supply: Antec HCP-750W
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 612 v2
Thermal paste: Noctua NT-H1 thermal compound
For this test and review I am going to use the standard Blade Master fan provided with the cooler, working at speed range of 800 – 1300± 10% revolutions per minute, providing airflow level range of 45.2 – 75m³/h ± 10%, static pressure level range of 0.6 – 1.6 ± 10% mmH2o at only 11 – 20 dBa level range.
The tests were conducted in a closed system with:
- 2 x SilverStone AP181 – 180mm fans on the bottom panel of the case putting fresh air in and spinning at about 1200 rpm
- 120mm fan behind the motherboard cooling the socket and spinning at about 1000 rpm.
Room temperature of about 20 degrees.
Both SilverStone AP181 – 180mm fans were connected together to the chassis 1 connector and were rotating at maximum speed.
And here I want to describe my testing method.
I will install Cooler Master Hyper 612 v2 and do stress tests using Prime95 AVX software with constant load on the cooler for 14:30 minutes with custom settings of minimum FFT size (in K of 128), max FFT size (in K of 128) and Run FFTs in place at standard frequency of 4.020 GHz (at 1.356V), at low overclock frequency of 4.220 GHz (at 1.392V) and at medium overclock frequency of 4.420 GHz (at 1.416V) using:
- The standard Blade Master working at high speed of 1300 revolutions per minute
- Coolink SWiF2 fan working at maximum 1700 revolutions per minute just to check if the cooler will provide additional performance with faster 120mm fan.
And this is what the CPU cooler looks like when installed inside the case and ready for testing.
|The cooler inside the case||Case closed|
Hell, this cooler is so massive. It is like a square metal block covering the processor and everything around the socket.
Now let’s check out the test results:
|CM Hyper 612V2 BladeM 1300@4020MHz 1.356V||CM Hyper 612V2 SWiF2 1700@4020MHz 1.356V|
|CM Hyper 612V2 BladeM 1300@4220MHz 1.392V||CM Hyper 612V2 SWiF2 1700@4220MHz 1.392V|
|CM Hyper 612V2 BladeM 1300@4420MHz 1.416V||CM Hyper 612V2 SWiF2 1700@4420MHz 1.416V|
All of the test results have been summed up in the following charts:
And the fan speed during the tests:
I believe it is time to express my thoughts about this cooler:
Cooler Master Hyper 612 v2 CONCLUSIONS
1. Cooler Master Hyper 612 v 2 performance:
After I’ve spent several hours unpacking Cooler Master Hyper 612 v2, all of the additional accessories included in the package, taking pictures with all of them arranged, installing the product on the motherboard and inside the case and finally after I am done testing, I can say that I am really amazed with the accessories pack, the structure of the cooler and most of all of the performance / noise level balance that this product will offer to every customer worldwide.
Cooler Master Hyper 612 v2 is one really modern and at the same time very massive CPU cooler offering really interesting structure featuring very well designed contact plate, holding in line the 6 x Ø6mm asymmetrical to the center of the cooler, copper heat-pipes made with the CDC technology, combined with 31 aluminum 1mm thick fins with 3mm distance gap and cooled by a very well balanced in respect to airflow/ low noise fan made to provide the best possible cooling performance, while working at very low, and I mean very low noise level and compatibility for its size.
After I am done testing, all I can say is that Cooler Master Hyper 612 v2 was able to keep my processor working at all kinds of frequencies without any issue, and since I am using one of the hottest processors on the market I believe it will handle keeping every modern processor working cool, stable and most of all absolutely quiet at idle or under load and at default or overclocked frequencies.
Apart from that the Blade Master fan provided in the package, working at 1300 revolutions per minute is capable of providing pretty serious cooling for the heat sink but for extreme cooling a faster fan can improve the overall cooling performance to a higher level. Of course, nobody cares about the noise if they are chasing the extreme frequencies of any processor made for overclocking.
The cooler itself is suitable to be used with one or with two fans using the push-pull method for all Intel and AMD sockets, apart from socket 2011 which may have DRAM issues with a second fan and tall ram heat spreaders.
For me the cooler provided really outstanding cooling performance and I expect to see only better products from the company in the future.
2. Cooler Master Hyper 612 v2 appearance:
After I had some fun with the cooler and later installed it inside my rig I was really impressed with the overall cooler dimensions, which definitely make the cooler look really, I mean really serious. The cooler itself offers a very clean and stylish appearance made of a shiny silver heat sink combined with entirely painted in black fan which will definitely fit and will add colour contrast to every modern entirely painted in black case or modding project.
According to my review, I think that Cooler Master Hyper 612 v2 deserves the following reward:
Official price (MSRP) for Cooler Master Hyper 612 v2 : 39.9 euro including VAT
Official warranty: 24 months
I thank Cooler Master for the test sample.