- Socket: Intel, AMD
- Heatsink: Aluminium Fins
- Fans: 2x 120mm
- Fan Speed: 600-1,600 RPM
- Airflow: 66.3 CFM
- Dimensions: 120 x 108 x 163mm
- Weight: 468g
- Cooling performance
- Great value
Spins To Win
Some may not put cooling solutions as a top priority when they first build their gaming rigs, but they soon learn that having cooling solutions will keep your components running at optimal performance. When you think of cooling you don’t have to buy expensive watercooling kits. Maybe you were and fell just short of budget for that reasonably priced AIO cooler. In that case, there’s some pretty awesome affordable air tower coolers on the market.
The Hyper 212 LED Turbo by Cooler Master fits the bill of an affordable air tower cooler. Designed from the legendary Hyper 212 cooler, which just about everyone in the PC building community knows about, the Hyper 212 LED Turbo retains all the good and adds new support for the latest CPU sockets and more. Firstly, the Hyper 212 LED Turbo comes in two different colours, one with a red top cover and the other with a black one.
True to its name Turbo, the cooler comes with two fans that are snapped on to the cooling fins. One fan pulls air through the cooler while the other helps to push air out the other way. Of course, the LED in its name comes from the fans, which now have LED lighting in them. That means you’re one step closer to an RGB or LED-lit rig. All the required mounts are found in the packaging along with some thermal paste to replace your old one.
Assembly of the cooler was pretty simple with the instructions provided, and we were up and running in less than 30 minutes. When it came to cooling performance, we expected nothing less but great temperatures. Although not hitting watercooling temps on idle, we managed to get temperatures below 40°C at ambient room temperature. On load we’ve been able to keep it under 75°C and even when we did, you won’t hear the fans unless your room is really quiet.
Noise levels are rated to be between 9-31 dBA but we didn’t have a sound meter handy, so we just played it by ‘‘ear”. After some time with it, we can assure you that fan noise won’t be a problem. The connector is a 4-pin connector, which you would most likely insert into your CPU fan socket.
CHIP CONCLUDE: At this price point you’ll find it hard to resist the Hyper 212 LED Turbo, and we highly recommend this cooler as your first cooler or if you’re on a budget.
(previously published in issue September 2017)