Cooler Master Hyper T4 Test and Review

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So what is actually Cooler Master Hyper T4?

According to Cooler Master this is a CPU cooler that should show a bit lower performance than Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo and a bit better performance than Cooler Master TX3 Evo. Of course, the price for this model should be in middle between both.

So it is a nice not very big but still not very small CPU cooler for a low price. Will it be good enough ? We are about to find out.

For this test and review I’ve decided to do direct a comparision of Cooler Master Hyper T4 standard package vs Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo standard package but first things first, so let’s check out the cooler itself.

 

Actually in this article I will talk about both coolers together and do direct comparission. I will do this because if anybody asks me, it is very important to see how big the difference is between both of these coolers.

As we can all see from the picture above, both of the coolers are offered in almost the same boxes when it comes to appearance and idea, of course with different dimensions.

On the front part of the boxes there are some basic technical details, while the full technical specifications are on the back… and left… and right sides of the boxes. Of course, there are big pictures showing what both coolers look like.

Enough talking about boxes and pictures. Let’s check what’s inside.

And seen from the back.

After I took the coolers out of their boxes and took a closer look at them, I instantly saw some major and not so major differences about which I will talk in this article. So, the first thing I noticed is that Cooler Master Hyper T4 is much shorter and much wider  and a bit thinner in comparisson with its big brother. And yes, the dimmensions  are 131.6 x 72.5 x 152.3(T4) mm with fan installed vs 120 x 80 x 159 mm with fan installed (212 Evo). And that is the first difference between both coolers.

Both coolers are made of a radiator and a 120mm fan. That is pretty simple statement but to prove the differences between both coolers I’ve decided to remove the fan and check the structure of the heatsinks first.

And this is what both heatsinks look like when they are “naked”:

After I removed the fans and the mounting brackets there is one thing that immediately attracted my attention. And that is the structure. Both coolers offer very similar structure base on aluminium contact surface, copper heatpipes and aluminium fins for dispersing the heat. Nothing special for now, but let’s continue…

Both of the coolers offer 4 x ø6mm heatpipes with direct contact to the processor and at T4 they are much more blended and spread all over the inside of the aluminium fins block while for 212 Evo they are organized and structured in 2 pairs x 4 heatpipes on both sides of the fins block.

and this is what the contact surface looks like:

And that is the second difference.

Now let’s check out the aluminium fins block structure:

So obviously there is a difference. Hyper T4 offers almost the same fins structure, but almost. The fins are bend on the outer edge and make a contact in pairs. Apart from that the gap between the aluminium fins is the same.

 

And that is the third difference between the models.

So let’s sort out what differences we have so far:

  1. T4 is smaller, wider and thiner than 212 Evo!
  2. The heatpipes are the same number and same diameter but are structured in a different way.
  3. The aluminium fins are connected on the edge and the gap between them is the same for both coolers.

So let’s find out what is inside the box of Cooler Master Hyper T4 apart from the radiator and the fan.

As you can see from the picture above this model is supplied with a decent number of additional accessories which are:

  1. An Intel bracket for mounting the cooler on Intel LGA 2011/1366/1156/1155/775 sockets
  2. An AMD clip for mounting the cooler on AMD FM1/AM3+/AM3 /AM2 sockets using the standard plastic bracket provided with the motherboards
  3. Some screws for attaching the Intel brackets to the cooler
  4. Brackets for installing a second fan with rubber pads for killing the vibrations made by the fan
  5. A thermal compound
  6. Installation manuals and a small warranty leaflet
Here we can see that the installation accessories are completely different from those used for Hyper 212 Evo, which needs to be installed with backlate, X-shaped bracket and some bolts and nuts by removing the standard plastic bracket provided with the motherboards.
It’s time to get dirty :)

To keep the tradition, before I move on to the tests and results, I would like to describe the system used for the test:

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 620 at standard frequency of 2612 MHz and overclocked at 3640 MHz (at 1.47V) per core for the tests.

Motherboard: GigaByte 790X-UD3P

Video card: Sapphire 5830 Extreme 1GB DDR5 256bit

Memory: 2 x 2GB Apacer 800 MHz

Hard drive: Kingston SSD SV100S264G

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932

Power supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro 600

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper T4 standard package and Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo standard package

Thermal paste: For this review I’ve decided to use a brand new thermal compound provided to me by Cooler Master. The name of it is Cooler Master Extreme Fusion X1

Fans mounted on the cooler: Standard fans from the packages used to cool the radiators.

  1. Cooler Master Hyper T4 working at 1800 revolutions per minute with maximum airflow level of 70 CFM ±10% with static pressure of  2.14 mm H2O ±10% and noise level of 31.6 dBA
  2. Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO working at 1600 revolutions per minute with maximum airflow level of 66.3 CFM ±10% with static pressure of  1.7 mm H2O ±10% and noise level of 31 dBA

The tests were conducted in a closed system with:

  1. 230mm fan on the front panel putting fresh air in and spinning at about 700 rpm
  2. 230mm fan on the side panel putting fresh air in and spinning at about 700 rpm
  3. 230mm fan on the top panel taking hot air out and spinning at about 700 rpm.
  4. Room temperature of about 19 degrees.

Testing procedure:

I will install Cooler Master Hyper T4 and do tests at default frequency 2612 mHz at idle and stress, then at overclocked frequency of 3640 mHz again at idle and stress using just the standard fan from the package. Then I will do the same procedure with Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO and compare the results. I won’t swap the fans just to check how the standard packages for those coolers perform one vs another.

Before I start with installing the coolers I want to share some details for the thermal compound. Seems Cooler Master made some new model to replace the old Thermal Fusion 400, which is great but here I want to warn everybody.

The new X1 thermal compound is very thick and requires some skills to apply on the CPUs. Yes, Cooler Master provided a small spatula to apply the compound but still it requires some skills. I had to do 4 times the tests just to verify I have applied the thermal compound perfectly. I should say that this compound is good but should be used by people who know what to do and how to find if the thermal compound is applied normally. Everybody else, use it at your own risk.

So, let’s continue with the review:

After I installed back the standard motherboard bracket (the orange plate around the CPU, which I hadn’t used for a long, long time) and applied the thermal compound I installed the cooler which looks like this:

As you can see from the pictures it is possible to be installed with 4 memories, but still not with tall heatsinks.

And this is how the cooler looks installed back inside the case. For AMD systems it can be installed only in horizontal position. For Intel it can be installed in vertical and horizontal position.

The results from the tests at default frequency 2612MHz are:

Idle:

Stress:

The results from the tests at overclocked frequency 3640 MHz are:

Idle:

Stress:

Now let’s check how Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo performs, but first I had to install it.

To have the same conditions I’ve installed Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo in horizontal position too.

And back in the case:

The results from the tests at default frequency 2612MHz are:

Idle:

Stress:

The results from the tests at overclocked frequency 3640 MHz are:

Idle:

Stress:

All of the test results have been summed up in the following charts:

And the fan speed during the tests:

So I believe I am done testing and it’s about time to express my opinion about Cooler Master Hyper T4:

  1. Cooler Master Hyper T4 – It’s the latest budget cooler offered from Cooler Master with price lower than the Cooler Master Hyper Hyper 212 Evo and as we all saw with lower performance. Well what can I say. As we all saw from the tests the cooler behaves very well compared to 212 EVO when cooling a processor working at default frequency at idle or stressed. Yes, it can handle an overclocked processor too but only at idle, unfortunately it can’t handle overclocked processor when it is working at full load. And that is completely acceptable when we talk about a lower price. After all, everybody who wants to do something more by overclocking and doing tests can find bigger coolers with better performance. This one won’t help for sure with overclocking results, but will help for normal and daily usage.
  2. About the noise –  the fan is working just fine. Yes, of course at maximum revolutions it gets a bit noisy but not so bad as someone may think. And with the provided PWM feature I am pretty sure that the motherboard won’t use the fan at maximum revolutions per minute or at least not for a very long time.
  3. Appearance – Pretty standard structure with a fan used basically for almost all Cooler Master coolers lately. But I can say with hand on my heart that it looks better than its big brother.

As a disadvantage I can point out that there is no way to install the cooler in vertical position on AMD sockets.

According to my review, I’ve decided that Cooler Master Hyper T4  deserves the following reward:

Official price (MSRP) for Cooler Master Hyper T4  : 20.95 euro without VAT

Official price (MSRP) for Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO  : 25.13 euro without VAT

Official warranty: 24 months

I thank Cooler Master for the sample.

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Dobrin Krastev is the owner, reviewer and newsman of www.DVTests.com with more than 15 years' experience in personal computers, server and storage systems, UPS, peripheral devices and software. Passionate about testing and reviewing, AMD overclocking using AM3 990FXA and AMD FM2 A85X test systems and building modding projects.
17 Comments
  1. Reply Charles 10.12.2014 at 9:27

    Great reviews which is just needed.

    • Reply Dk_vr 10.12.2014 at 12:48

      Hello and welcome to DVTests.com.
      I am happy that our reviews are useful and helping worldwide.

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  3. Reply Ripley 30.07.2013 at 14:08

    Very nice article. Enjoyed reading it. I recently bought Phenom II X4 965 BE, and had major issues with stock cooler. On room temperature around 28C it went under stress above 60C. In the store they had only T4 on sale, for EVO i had to wait. So i bought T4, installed it with their paste, put BUS on 220 and 1.425 V and it runned on 3750Hz for 5 hours on full stress. Temperature didnt went over 48C with room temperature around 30C (day was really hot)

  4. Reply FAISAL 19.05.2013 at 18:42

    Really good comparison exactly what i needed

  5. Reply Dk_vr 28.01.2013 at 15:04

    @random – we talk about different setups with different conditions. I can’t say what others did at those tests and I will stand behind my results. If you want to believe them it is your choice. The best is to get this cooler by yourself and do the tests to check which is true.

    @PCexpert I am happy that my review was useful for you :) and I hope for other people in the future.

  6. Reply PCexpert 28.01.2013 at 14:34

    Yes Dk_vr is right. I did not get to replace the T4 for the EVO and the T4 is no way near as good as the EVO. Random, I’ve read that thread before but it only beats the 212+ not the EVO. Dk_vr when you mention about the T4 not seated “tight” enough, I see what you mean, I have tried to tighten much as possible but no luck, which heats the CPU over 80C. My stock cooler even run’s better than the T4 (budget cooler).

    Again, thanks for this review. I’m seriously getting the EVO.

  7. Reply random 27.01.2013 at 23:29

    In this thread I read the complete opposite of what you measured and concluded from you results. http://www.overclock.net/t/1299215/cm-new-tower-cpu-cooler-hyper-t4
    2 people confirming better results with the t4 over 212 evo and 212+

    Cheers

  8. Reply Dk_vr 19.01.2013 at 15:27

    I believe the minimum option for such a CPU, especially when it will be overclocked is to go for Hyper 212 Evo.
    Every model lower that 212 Evo will keep high temperatures and unstable overclock.

  9. Reply hristo 19.01.2013 at 3:26

    so , what would you recommend – TX3 EVO or T4 ? As I see from the TX3 EVO review page , the overclocking stress results are in the favor of TX3 EVO – it keeps about 65 degrees against 72 for T4 ?

    p.s. I am asking specificaly for using the recommended from you cooler for i7-3770k with moderate overclock, thanks in advance

  10. Reply Dk_vr 14.01.2013 at 8:50

    Well from what I saw there are only 2 reviews over the web for this product. Mine and some beta test with very strange results done with same CPU as mine.
    If I remember right he had 33.5 degrees at load with Atlon 2 x4 620 at 2600 and 34 degrees at load and OC frequency of 3600. That is not possible and maybe his thermal sensors are not working properly.

    In fact me and a friend tested the exact same sample on Intel I7-920(1366) and the results were similar or a bit higher.

    I am happy that my review help you with your choice :) and yes for OC Evo is much better.

  11. Reply PCexpert 14.01.2013 at 1:47

    Sorry for double posting but I think the graphs are actually correct. I just find another thread:
    As you said you have higher temperature before but you reduced it to 70C

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/282110-29-3570k-overclocking-overheating-issues

    There is not allot of reviews about the T4 and it seem’s to me that the T4 is not great at OC’ing f. I will send it back and get the EVO version better. Thank’s for the helpgul review.

  12. Reply PCexpert 13.01.2013 at 23:20

    Thanks, for the answer, yes it might seems that’s the case. Do you have another motherboard (Intel CPU) and see if you have different results?

    I bought the T4 a week ago and I’m waiting for my other parts next week to build the system. I will be testing with the i5 2500k @ 4.5ghz (1.3v) and I will inform you if I have similar or different results. I know It will be different (Intel vs AMD designs) but lets test if it’s suitable for AMD or Intel OC’d CPU’s.

  13. Reply Dk_vr 13.01.2013 at 9:45

    Hello,
    Thanks for the comment and I will try to explain what I did when I was testing the cooler.
    Actually for this test and review I reinstalled T4 exactly 3 times… Default frequency 2600 idle and OC then overclock frequency 3640 idle and OC. So I mounted the cooler once and did all tests one by one.

    1. I added the thermal compound in the middle of the cpu with size of a bit bigger than a rise. I got a higher results than this and that made me thinking to redo the tests.
    2. I added the thermal compound in the middle of the cpu with size of a pea and still the results were very similar to the first test.
    3. I added 3 lanes of thermal compound on the cpu and used the spatula to cover all CPU and these are the results.

    I was wondering why the cooler cant handle the OC results and there were few ideas that I got.

    1. The mounting clip is not too tight…. I checked the cooler and was placed good. Not rotating or something
    2. I thought that the contact surface may not be perfect so I added some thermal compound on it and pressed ot to a transparent plastic. The marker was good… Still not perfect. Maybe the thermal compound was a bit too thick.

    So I believe that this cooler as a budget version made for users not planning to OC it handle ok. And I think that the heatpipes used in Hyper 212 evo are made of a better quality copper than those used in T4. Of course that is just my thoughts.

  14. Reply PCexpert 13.01.2013 at 3:13

    It look’s like the T4 heat sink isn’t seated properly when its OC’d. You should do the test again.

  15. Reply Cliche 23.12.2012 at 7:18

    Great review and comparison – thanks

  16. Reply rumbeza 11.12.2012 at 23:11

    Wow, I did not expect such difference at overclocked frequency.

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