After I had put up the CM Blade Master 120mm fan review (link here), I wanted to pass on the review to Cooler Master in case they felt it of decent enough quality to list on their website. What followed since was a phone call and a list of items coming in for review. Cooler Master has been tremendously supportive of my modest venture here, and it was genuinely great talking to Rajiv and getting a better idea of their level of involvement with end users and enthusiasts- it definitely did further tilt my opinion about Cooler Master into the positive region of the opinion scale. So thanks again to Rajiv, let’s now take a look at the first of several Cooler Master products to be reviewed here- the Hyper 612 Ver.2 cooler.

Let’s take a look at the product specs courtesy the product page:

Feel free to click on the images above to get a better view. In fact, whenever I have to type that I am glad that manufacturers are going with detailed specs of components in the package more and more. Here we see not only dimensions of the cooler heatsink itself, which is critical for an air cooler, but also that of the fan and the product box it ships in! I usually don’t pay much attention to the fan specs listed out but that static pressure rating looks pretty low. Hopefully it does not translate to low airflow through the heatsink which does seem to be a massive single tower. One thing I am not a fan of, however, is the 2 year warranty. With air coolers, the warranty is usually tied to the component of least MTBF (mean time before failure) and it is usually the stock fan(s) provided. A 2 year warranty doesn’t cut it these days with contemporary coolers offering a minimum of 3 years, if not more. Lastly, what’s up with that “N/A” listed in the RAM height clearance section? With big air coolers like this, RAM height clearance is very important to know so I would like to see it filled out here- I will get to it myself in the next few pages.

Now let’s take a detailed look at the cooler beginning on the next page.

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