Cooler Master Hyper 612 Version 2 CPU Cooler Review

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CM Hyper 612 V2 CPU Cooler Introduction

We’ve taken a look at many different CPU coolers over the last several years, with a large focus on liquid CPU cooling as of late. Liquid CPU cooling has become quite inexpensive to invest into and has proven itself to be worthy in many all-in-one kits. However, there are still plenty of people out there that don’t fully trust liquid coolers inside their systems, built with their hard-earned cash, or they don’t want to / can’t invest as much money into a cooler but they still want great performance. We’ve also seen many liquid cooling kits have to be noisy in order to cool efficiently, and that’s not appealing at all. With that said, we do still find plenty of air coolers in production today, catering to this market. Today we’re going to take a look at a cooler that Cooler Master released Q4 2014, called the Hyper 612 Version 2 (part number RR-H6V2-13PK-R1); obviously a remake of the original Hyper 612 – which is for the better. This cooler was redesigned with peace and quiet in mind all while achieving a high level of performance and a simplistic installation.

The original Hyper 612 came out back in 2011 and was well liked by those who invested into it. Since we’re now in 2015, Cooler Master has taken that success into consideration and built upon it for this updated version. The first thing of note that Cooler Master updated is how the heat pipes work. Version 2 adopts Cooler Master’s Continuous Direct Contact (CDC) technology to boost the performance of the cooler. CDC improves cooling performance by utilizing a side-by-side heat pipe configuration, with no gaps between the six pipes, and the pipes also come in direct contact with the CPU “hot spot.” This in turn will provide the absolute best heat conduction.

Cooler Master Hyper 612 V2

Another item that was redesigned is the fin technology. Where you found wider gaps on the original Hyper 612, Version 2 boasts a folding fin design to provide higher efficiency of heat dissipation.

One last item that was updated on this cooler is the exclusive use of X-Vent technology. Each heat pipe has an series of vents placed at a 45-degreen angle to the pipe, creating an X. This is designed to create vortices around the pipe and further increase efficiency of the cooler. These vortices are created by a single 120mm PWM fan that is capable of pushing 44.2 CFM with 1.6 mmH2O at 20 dBA or less. Cooler Master isn’t forcing you to use a fan with this cooler, as you can still use it as a straight passive cooler.

Cooler Master Hyper 612 V2

At the time of writing this article, both Amazon and Newegg are directly sold out of the Hyper 612 Version 2, though you can find it listed for $47.18 shipped on Amazon and via a 3rd party’s ridiculous price on Newegg. The great thing about this cooler is it comes with a 2-year warranty and has very little moving parts to wear out.

Hyper 612 v2 Technical Specifications
Model Number RR-H6V2-13PK-R1
Supported Platforms Intel LGA 2011-3/2011/1366/1156/1155/1150/775
AMD FM2+/FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2
Heatsink Dimensions (LxWxH) 139 x 102 x 160.4 mm (5.5 x 4 x 6.3 inch)
Heatsink Material 6 Continuous Direct contact heatpipes / Aluminum fins
Heatsink Weight 732 g / 1.6 lb
Heatpipe Dimensions Ø6 mm
Thermal Solution 180 Watts
Fan Dimensions (LxWxH) 120 x 120 x 25 mm (4.7 x 4.7 x 1 inch)
Fan Speed 800~1,300 RPM ±10%
Fan Air Flow 26.6 – 44.2 CFM (45.2 – 75 m3/h)±10%
Fan Air Pressure 0.6 – 1.6 mm H2O ± 10%
Fan Life Expectancy 40,000 hrs 40℃
Noise Level 11-20 dBA
Bearing Type Rifle bearing
Connector 4-Pin
Rated Voltage 12 VDC
Rated Current 0.09 A
Power Consumption 1.08 W
Fan Weight 154 g / 0.34 lb
Warranty 2 Years

Let’s move on and take a quick look at the packaging and what comes inside the box, and follow that up with a review of this nice looking cooler.

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  • Warren Puckett

    I chose this because price, RAM clearance, and I am not trying to sink 220 watts. It should be good for 140-160 watts. I found the instructions to be lacking for AMD 3. Hooking the clamp was a little testy but when I took it off, I seen the thermal paste was only covering 2/3 of the CPU. So it put a dab on the bare spot and got it on with no trouble on the second try. For AMD it was one of the easier ones. Do I expect the same cooling as a C14? No, and I don’t need it because the motherboard won’t overclock as well as a Sabertooth. The fan clears any RAM. Video cards fit. The VRMs get cooled and the air does not have to change direction to exhaust the case. Oh and if you want some water cooling parts I got some that won’t be used again. The 3rd water fail was one too many. Do you remember the Corsair air coolers? It still works, new fans and it is over 10 years old.

  • bogami

    Incorrect installation benefits only 2 pipes. therefore, so poor results. The fan could be more potent at least 2000 rpm max. Learn for once how the processor is installed under the hood and how to set accordingly pipes!

    • sol666 .

      large fans = better airrflow. noctua D15 is the king of air coolers because of this rule

  • Guest

    Those charts are useless because we already know that water coolers are superior to air coolers … no other air cooler in the charts ???

    • bptrav


      $100-200+ water coolers cool better than $40 air coolers.

      Also no sound level/noise tests is pretty uninformative.

      • sol666 .

        keep telling ur self that, until ur pump dies in less then 2 years….if u are lucky the pipe did not rupture and destroy ur motherboard and CPU. And since u love water coolers u will have to replace that water cooler with another $100-200+ out of ur wallet.

        meanwhile, I bought an air cooler that has been working perfectly for the past 9 years. The only thing I had to replace was a 120mm fan that costs what? $10-15.

        so whats the point of water cooling when air cooler are so much safer, cheaper and cool sufficiently for performance in CPU. meanwhile the makers of water coolers refuse to fix the basic flaws in a water cooler that always prove fatal for the user.

        • bptrav

          You don’t have to convince me. I have a Noctua NH-D15 that cools better and is quieter than most all-in-one water coolers.

          IMO there are basically 3 good options to consider for CPU cooling; cheap air cooling, high-end air cooling, or a full custom water loop where you can select quality components (like pumps/tubing) yourself.

  • thomasxstewart

    these are hard to use and I would not recommend. have to have locking forcep to hold plastic lever down, for 15 minutes and then gently remove forceps, as plastic forms crude, poor dent to lock cpu fan onto cpu/