Summary: The Coolermaster Hyper 612 PWM heatsink stands 163mm tall and weighs a pretty hefty 806 grams. The cooler is compatible with Intel socket 775/1155/1156 and LGA1366 processors, but crucially not LGA2011 Sandy Bridge-E CPUs. AMD socket AM2/AM3/FM1 processors are supported.
Excerpt: Our friends at Cooler Master are at it again with a few new coolers coming to market this year. The first is the Hyper 612 PWM. Following the success of the Hyper 212 Plus, Cooler Master has decided to add another cooler to the Hyper lines. In this case the 612 PWM is much larger than the previous 212 Plus and boast more heat pipes, larger surface area across the fins and a new fan mounting assembly which all leads to more weight. Does it also lead to better performance?
Summary: The Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM looks like a great cooler and, this time, appearances were not deceptive. It is a great cooler indeed, with a terrific performance and a good noise level.
We couldn’t find any issues in this cooler except for its huge size, which can be a problem with narrow cases (it is 163 mm tall) or with memory modules with tall heatsinks (more than 42 mm). However, it is a problem shared by most high-end air coolers.
The Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM is a very large CPU cooler. Adding a second fan, while decreasing your temperatures, will make the cooler much larger and may even cause some clearance issues. Due to its large size, this cooler might not be right for everyone, especially those with a smaller case. Despite its large size, it does provide some decent cooling. While it’s not the best we’ve tested, it’s also not the worst.
Summary: When I first received the Hyper 612 PWM in the mail I was very interested to see how it was going to compare to the last Cooler Master cooler (The V6 GT) I had reviewed (which had done very well in our testing). While Cooler Master has been in the CPU cooling business for many years we haven't had the chance to take a look at many of their products until the past couple years which makes it very interesting to see how they stack up against all of the other coolers we've...
Pros: Good Performance, Compatible with lots of different CPUs, Ability to add an additional 120mm fan
Conclusion: Please remember that these test results reflect our experience with each cooler on a specific motherboard, with a specific processor, BIOS revision, BCLK and voltage settings, and test programs. The results of this test cannot be directly compared to other tests since many factors will have changed. There's nothing special about the appearance of the Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM: it's a standard multi-heat pipe design with a copper base.
Pros: Amazing performance for the price...for any price, really, Almost silent operation, Quiet, PWM-controlled fan, Extra fan mount included
Cons: Protective sticker leaves residue on heat sink base, Rather pedestrian appearance
Excerpt: It took me a while to remember exactly when the last time I did a CPU cooler for Cooler Master was, and I realized it was the Hyper 212. This cooler in the Hyper family has to be, even to this day, one of the most recommended coolers in the bang for the buck category. There really aren't that many coolers on the market for $30 anyways, let alone one like the 212 and 212 Plus that were more than capable out of the box to handle any average workload, and still left room to...