Cooler Master are one of the biggest names in the business, they’ve been making system components for many years now and they’ve got endless experience to draw on. It’s no secret that Cooler Master have created some of the best budget coolers in the business and are still a popular base-line for many system builders. Their latest cooler, the Hyper 612 isn’t likely to win awards for greatest cooler in the world, but it does offer the possibility to run both passively and actively, with multiple fan configurations and it does it for a very reasonable price, so there’s certainly a lot to consider here.
- Hyper 612 ver. 2 generates only max 20 dB to provide a good operating environment.
- Without fans, the big fin area will give you dissipation for passive usage.
- Adopts the innovative patented CDC™ (Continuous Direct Contact) technology – side-by-side heat pipe configurations with no gaps creating a smooth surface for heat conduction.
- Folding fin design with good air guiding ensuring high efficiency heat dissipation.
- Quick-snap fan bracket design for simple installation.
The packaging is pretty straight forward, although it’s nice to see that it supports both 2011 and FM2+ sockets, as well as all the usual popular options.
In the box you’ll find two plastic quick-mount clips, an installation guide and a component box.
In the component box, there’s all the screws and brackets needed for all supported sockets, two metal fan clips and a universal plastic backplate. What is nice to see, is that the thermal grease comes in a syringe, so it’s good for more than one application.
The included fan is of a good quality, with shaped blades to help better direct airflow.
What’s also nice to see is a fully sleeved cable, often we see the coloured cables just before the cable reaches the fan motor, but that’s not an issue here.
The fan comes fitted with a 4-pin PWM connector.
The 612 features a six heat-pipe design, which are “U” shaped to pass through the left and right side of the cooling tower.
The top plate has been stamped with the Cooler Master logo, nothing fancy, but it adds a little to the overall design. X-vents are place around the heat pipe on each fin, which will help guide airflow and create vortices for better cooling.
There’s a sizeable fin stack here, which will come in handy, since this cooler can be run passively on CPUs of up to
The cooler is nothing fancy in terms of design, but it’s not exactly ugly either. I think it’s safe to say it walks a fine line between practicality and style.
A protective sticker covers the heat-pipes; don’t forget to remove this before usage!
The six heat-pipes us a CDC (Continuous Direct Contact) desig; no gaps mean a nice big and smooth surface for conducting heat.