How to Install Processor Air Cooler - Benchmarks, Temperatures, Comparison

Cooler Master Hyper 212X - Air Cooler Review, Benchmarks, and Benefits

Published in 2015, Updated in 2022

In this article, we will step by step install the Cooler Master Hyper 212X Air Cooler and also share the benchmarks and comparison with the stock Intel cooler.

The Cooler Master Hyper 212X is an excellent air cooler for your Intel or AMD Ryzen processor. If you have a gaming PC at one point, you may look at pushing it a little more from the stock speeds to get the extra performance.

If you have Intel K series processor or AMD Ryzen processor, it is worth doing a mild overclock to get some free performance boost.

These aftermarket processors come with bigger and better fans and heat sinks to offer very silent operation. The stock Intel cooler, after prolonged use, can become noisy due to age/dust and wear and tear.

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Do You Need A Processor Cooler For a Gaming PC?

We were looking to overclock the Intel Core i5 3570k to a moderate 4.2-4.3 Ghz and wanted a low noise, well-built cooler. Though DeepCool Gammaxx 300, which I have used before, is an excellent product in terms of noise levels, with Cooler Master Hyper 212X, you get an additional 4-8 degree Celsius advantage.

Most other processor coolers like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo come with a single fan, but the 212X has a dual-fan mechanism for cool air intake and exhaust for hot air.

Advantages of Using Air Cooler Vs. Liquid Cooler

  1. No spills or leakage issues.
  2. Easy to install.
  3. Reliable and can be used for many years.
  4. Affordable price.

Specifications Cooler Master Hyper 212X

  • Compatible Processors - Intel LGA 1366/1156/1155/1150/775/LGA 1200, AMD FM2+/FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2/AM4
  • Dimensions - 120 x 79 x 158 mm
  • Fan Dimensions - 120 x 120 x 25 mm
  • Fan Noise Levels - 9 - 36 dBA
  • Heat Sink Material - 4 Direct contact heat pipes / Aluminum fins
  • Fan Speed - 600 - 2,000 RPM
  • FAN Airflow Speed - upto 83 CFM

Unboxing And Installation Cooler Master Hyper 212X

The Cooler Master Hyper 212X comes very nicely packaged with all the accessories/parts required to fix the cooler on your processor.

Parts you get with the Hyper 212X.

Cooler Master Hyper 212X parts

Intel Stock Cooler on Asrock Extreme 6 Motherboard

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UnBoxing Pics For Cooler Master Hyper 212X

Packaging Cooler Master Hyper 212X

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The Size of the Cooler is enormous, and the Built Quality is Superb

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Parts Which You get Along with The Cooler Master Hyper 212X

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Size of Fins on the Cooler Master Hyper 212X is Enormous Compared to the Intel Stock Cooler

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Intel Stock Cooler and Hyper 212 X side by Side

Review and Install

How to Install an Air Cooler and Remove the Intel Stock Cooler

If you can remove the motherboard from your cabinet, the whole process will be easy if you do it for the first time.

Step 1

First, remove the Intel Stock Cooler from Your Motherboard by rotating the four plastic screws.

Remove it carefully as the TMS (thermal paste) is on the CPU cooler and the contact surface.

Intel Stock Cooler Vs Cooler Master hyper 212 X
fixing cooler master hyper 212X on motherboard

Step 2

Clean the Processor - You can use a plain white clean cotton cloth to remove the processor's TMC (thermal Compound). The thermal paste dries after some months, and it is best to remove the old paste and apply it fresh when installing a new cooler.

Do it slowly, and with light strokes so you don't spill the dried TMS on other parts and inside the processor.

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Older Thermal Paste on the Processor
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After cleaning the old thermal paste

After Cleaning the TMS, the processor looks shiny and clean; now, let's begin installing the Hyper 212X.

Step 3

Mount the backplate first for securely tightening the cooler at the later stage.

Turn the motherboard and secure the backplate with the help of the four nuts given (Check the Manual to see the instructions as well).

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Fixing the Cooler Backplate

As shared above, it is how your backplate will look once it is fastened to the back of your motherboard with the four screws.

Step 4

Fix the stand-offs (screws) on the motherboard front side on which you have to mount the processor cooler before applying the TMC.

Apply The TMC to the Processor - There are many suitable methods to Apply TMC. I prefer the spread method, and you can choose the big center blob or X-method.

Here is a video to see how TMC spreads - Don't Use any other TMC with this cooler better use the TMC supplied by Cooler Master.

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How To Apply TMC To Your Processor


Source: Video - Courtesy Asus North America

He uses the big blob Centre method. You can also spread the TMC uniformly using a clean Razorblade on the processor with a thin layer covering the entire processor. Just make sure you don't apply too much thermal paste to the processor.

STEP 5

After applying TMC, check the retention plate and screw position on it depending upon which processor you have.

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Retention plate for fixing the processor cooler

This is how your retention plate will look and be aligned for LGA 1155 processor.

Step 6

Remove the Fan from the Thermal Fins, and it will help you fit the cooler easily.

Also, removing the RAM on the motherboard located at slot one can make installation a little tricky.

STEP 7

Remove the transparent sticker from the processor cooler( at the bottom), apply very little TMC on the cooler plate, and fix the processor cooler so that the screws on the retention plate go directly into the Stand-Off Screws. - This is the most tricky part of the installation - Be Patient and try to do it right.

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A small pin on the retention stand will fix and lock the retention stand when you have mounted it correctly. Don't apply too much force. Try orientation and slight realignment. It will fix.

If it does not fix in one shot, take a break and get back to it after some time but make sure you don't allow the bottom surface of the cooler where TMC is, so no contamination is done.

It may take some time to fix it, especially for the first time.

Please thoroughly read my procedure and the Manual, which comes with the Cooler Master Hyper 212X.

Here is another good video you can watch before trying to do it yourself.


Source: Special Thanks to Chankey for the Video.

Best Processor Cooler For Gaming PC India - Hyper 212X Benchmarks

Here Are The Key Benefits Of Using The Cooler Master Hyper 212X

  • It is very silent; even at load, the Fan is much quieter than the Intel stock cooler.
  • There is a considerable decline in load temperature(while playing games like Crysis 3, Assassin's Creed, Battlefield, etc.) and lower Idle temperature Vs. a stock cooler.
  • Higher headroom for Overclocking - We easily clocked our Processor Core i5 3570k to 4.2 Ghz from a stock speed of 3.4 Ghz, which could be pushed much more as the thermal headroom is there.
  • Though we got really good gaming performance with 4.2 Ghz clock speed and near-silent operation, so felt no need at this stage to push it any further for daily tasks.

You can use the Cooler Master Fans (silent) for the cabinet for creating the right Airflow to reduce temperature - Cooler Master SickleFlow.

Benchmarks & Temperatures Cooler Master Hyper 212X

Best Processor Cooler For Gaming PC India - Overclock Utility for Asrock Extreme 6 motherboard - This can overclock the processor higher, using the CPU Ratio multiplier and CPU Voltage Offset.

Also, Read - How to Overclock Your AMD or Nvidia Graphics Card

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Overclocking the processor

Here are some of the HW Monitor Snapshots for Idle temperatures, Load temperatures, and Load temperatures after playing Crysis 3 for 15 minutes.

The earlier peak temperature we were getting at the stock clock with Intel Cooler was around 71-73 Degree Celsius, and very high-pitched noise from the CPU fan.

We chose Crysis 3 to show the results as it is one of the games which pushes the processor and GPU to limits.

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Hardware Monitor Temperature Reading For Motherboard, Processor, Graphics Card.

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No Load Temperatures
After 5 minutes of Gaming - Crysis 3 Temperature
After 5 minutes of Gaming - Crysis 3
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Benchmark Temperatures - Intel Stock Cooler VS Cooler Master Hyper 212X

Also, it will be worth noting we are using a Cooler Master HAF 912 Cabinet and 3 Fans in the cabinet for good Airflow inside the cabinet.

Cooler Master Hyper 212X Temperature

There is a reasonable reduction of Max temperature from 47 degrees to 40 degrees while surfing the internet.

Cooler Master Hyper 212X Temperature Vs Intel Stock

We are thrilled with the temperature and near-silent working of Cooler Master Hyper 212X while playing one of the most punishing gaming titles(Crysis3). The Max temperature reduced from 72 degrees Celsius to 61 degrees Celsius. Most importantly, the Avg temperature declined from Stock Intel Cooler's 67 degrees Celsius to only 54 degrees Celsius using the Cooler Master Hyper 212X.

Here is a reference Chart - How Our GPU was Doing in terms of temperature While playing Crysis 3

Cooler Master Hyper 212X Temperature GPU

We got a maximum temperature of only 68 degrees Celsius on the GPU( Stock fan speed and clocks), thanks to the excellent Airflow we created inside the cabinet using cabinet Fans.

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Overall - I hope you gained some insights about how the Cooler Master Hyper 212 X works and the benefits you can get from an aftermarket cooler like hyper 212X or any other processor cooler.

In comparison to the Intel Stock Cooler, we were able to reduce the temperature by 11 degrees Celsius! Also, noise levels are greatly reduced. The Intel Stock Cooler fan is small and runs at a very high RPM to keep the processor cool. The Cooler Master Hyper 212X comes with Dual 120 mm fans that are near silent and help reduce the overall noise from the PC.

I would rate the product very well in build quality and performance. The processor is bulky and may not fit into smaller PC cabinets. You should opt for a single fan liquid cooler for smaller cases to get the best cooling.

The installation is a little tricky for the first-time buyer and may take some time to fit; however, if you follow the procedure and reference manual and videos and images I have shared, you will be able to install it easily.

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Summary

The Hyper 212X is an excellent Processor Air Cooler and offers silent operation and a significant reduction of temperature in comparison to the Intel Stock Cooler. The Processor Air Cooler is a bit bulky and may not fit smaller cabinets.

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Kanuj Sharma

Kanuj Sharma is the editor at Candytech.in for the last 8 years. He has been building Gaming PCs for more than two decades. Most of his time is spent trying, testing, reviewing new gadgets, mobiles, computer parts, and writing articles. His vast experience makes him a go-to expert on technology. He also has a product marketing experience in Telecom (Vodafone-Idea). Academically, he has done Mechanical Engineering and MBA. If you like my work connect with me on social.