Overall, the new Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition still proves to be an admirable performer, even though not the best with the coolers we have tested so far it still holds up incredibly well compared to a stock cooler and in some instances liquid coolers costing quite a bit more.
Performance at the end of the day is not groundbreaking, but the updated Hyper 212 Black Edition basically follows the same philosophy as the previous 212 models from Cooler Master. It’s not the beefiest air cooler available, but you can still expect good cooling performance – it even managed to outperform some higher priced liquid coolers with overclocked processors.
There isn’t so much as a dramatic change in performance, as there is in the all black colour scheme which does make the 212 black edition look a lot more premium. Looking across the 212 coolers available from Cooler Master, it is nice to see this new version with a cleaner aesthetic and sold at a very reasonable price point.
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- Great cooling performance when considering the budget-friendly price.
- Out of the box accessories for upgrading to a push-pull configuration.
- Simple easy to follow installation.
KitGuru says: The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition is still a really solid option as a budget-friendly straightforward upgrade over a stock AMD or Intel cooler offering not only better thermal performance at stock, but also allowing a bit more flexibility with overclocking. It could be seen as more of an aesthetic update, but for those who prefer a cleaner looking system, it’s definitely worth the small bump in price over previous Hyper 212 coolers.