Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cooler Master
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The Hyper 212 Evo looks great when released from the confines of the packaging, although it's somewhat conventional at first glance. The smoky black fan contrasts nicely with the aluminum fins and copper heatpipes. Let's explore some of the design elements to see if we can discover what makes the Evo tick.
From the top, we can see that the fan uses some side clips to attach it to the cooler, and Cooler Master provides an extra pair of clips to allow the user to attach two fans in a push-pull arrangement for improved cooling performance. In the above photo you can see the four heatpipes emerging from the top fin, and they are staggered to expose more area for the airflow.
From the side, we can see that Cooler Master hasn't closed off any of the fin width, keeping the cooler totally open on the sides. I'm not quite sure why, but one would think that fully closed sides would promote the best flow. The copper heatpipes interface with the 55 aluminum fins to provide maximum heat transfer and there is evidence of soldering, at least at the base.
The base and 6mm heatpipes come together in what Cooler Master calls “Continuous Direct Contact.” This unique heatpipe arrangement concentrates the four heatpipes more towards the center of the base, and eliminates the aluminum runners commonly seen running between the ‘pipes. The base is dead flat but lacks the highly polished we see on some other coolers, but Cooler Master assures us that the CDC design will offer up improved cooling performance. We'll see. Don't forget to remove the protective plastic sheet, or you'll be very disappointed in the cooling performance.