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A major step backwards
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2018
I have owned several Cooler Master CPU coolers over the years including the somewhat infamous GeminII (the GIANT one, not the smaller more modern one). The Hyper 212 was an excellent design - so much so that every system I've built in the past three years has boasted one and I've even taken to buying cases specifically with it in mind. So, when it came time to build a system with more asthetics in mind, I was keen to give this sleeker black version a go...
The conclusion is utter disappointment; CM broke so many of the great things about the 212 and I cannot begin to understand why. They've take a huge step back in everything but asthetics and only stayed stationary in performance:
1) The mounting system was changed unnecessarily (in my mind and experience) to one that is more convoluted and allows (all but encourages, actually) you to incorrectly position your mounting bolts slightly... almost undetectably... out of position so that while your trying to mount the heatsink it is a study in frustration to align the screws. THIS WAS NOT A PROBLEM BEFORE, WHY IS IT NOW?!
2) The fan mounting system is something the engineers should be genuinely ashamed of. They've gone from a removable plastic clip system that would screw into any 120mm fan and allow you to pop-on whatever fan you prefer to your heatsink that, while a tad underdesigned, was perfectly workable. Now it is a spring-like wire that seems to require a specific hole position in order to function at all in the mount, but all of my more modern fans DONT HAVE THOSE HOLES. What's worse is that if you have a slightly tight case and can't fit your fat fingers all away round the top and back of you heatsink, deep inside the case - you will have one of the most frustrating experiences of your life trying to get the friggin thing to mount. It literally took me an hour to get the fan back on after it was mounted (yes, the fan HAS TO be off in order to mount the motherboard). I ended up resorting to wedging an allen wrench into the fan to hold the spring clip in place while I moved the fan into position. AGAIN, THIS WAS NOT A PROBLEM BEFORE!
I am extremely disappointed in CM. I actually kind of want an apology for making something so frustrating to use, particularly when they clearly knew how to make a good product in the past.
My advice is to not buy this. Get a standard Hyper 212, or get another brand's product.