Intel Sandy Bridge 2600k and Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

Per a previous post I built a new computer using the Intel Sandy Bridge 2600k processor.  When I purchased the system it wasn’t clear if that trick tower CPU cooler would be included so I simply ordered the retail 2600k package and hoped for the best. A traditional flat cooler came with the unit. Here are the temperatures at idle and full load with the stock heat sink and without overclocking:

Intel Sandy Bridge 2600k and Stock Heatsink at Idle

Intel Sandy Bridge 2600k and Stock Heatsink at Idle

Intel Sandy Bridge 2600k and Stock Heatsink at Full Load

Intel Sandy Bridge 2600k and Stock Heatsink at Full Load

This processor is supposed to overclock trivially so I thought I’d give it a try. Punching the processor up to 4.1GHz and running it flat out on the stock cooler brought temperatures up to 90 degrees. I wasn’t comfortable with that and bought the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus based on price and its reviews. Here are pictures of the unit:

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Box

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Box

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Opened

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Opened

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Back

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Back

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Side

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Side

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Parts

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Parts

Installation was a bit tricky but not too bad. You’ll need full access to the back of the Motherboard to install it.

Performance after installation was great. Here are the results:

Intel Sandy Bridge 2600k and Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Full No Overclock

Intel Sandy Bridge 2600k and Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Full No Overclock

Intel Sandy Bridge 2600k and Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Full Overclocked

Intel Sandy Bridge 2600k and Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Full Overclocked

The stock, retail cooling system really sucks. It works within the published specs but do not overclock the 2600k using it. Here’s the abysmal thermal transfer paste pattern after removing the heatsink. What a disaster.

Intel Sandy Bridge 2600k Stock Thermal Paste Pattern

Intel Sandy Bridge 2600k Stock Thermal Paste Pattern

Intel Sandy Bridge 2600k Stock Thermal Paste Pattern Heat Sink

Intel Sandy Bridge 2600k Stock Thermal Paste Pattern Heat Sink

The best part is the cooler fits nicely in my ThermalTake V3 case.

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