Cooler Master LGA1156 Heatsinks: Hyper 212 Plus & Hyper TX3
Both the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus and Hyper TX3 are very straightforward coolers and are quite similar to other direct-touch heatpipe towers on the market, though there isn’t much to distinguish them here in terms of aesthetics. Stylistically, the aesthetics are satisfactory without any sort of frills, and each would look fine in just about any case setup.
However, perhaps the most attractive point on both of these coolers is the price. With the 212 Plus being sold at $30 USD ($35 CAN) and the TX3 at $20 USD ($22 CAN), these numbers are quite simply outstanding value for what you get here. These are a couple of the most affordable coolers you’ll find on the market, regardless of socket compatibility. The quality of construction here is also excellent, and when you consider these Hyper coolers successfully satisfy the performance, quality, and price criteria, we’re left with a couple of impressive products on our hands.
There are a couple detractions here on what are otherwise excellent coolers. The mounting system is great on the TX3 but the design for the 212 Plus is cumbersome and unfriendly. The other issue is the louder fan noise on the TX3 when running at higher RPMs to prevent overheating on an overclocked LGA1156 monster. However, the 212 Plus does not suffer this curse as it is able to maintain low noise levels while holding the overclocked CPU in check. Clearly, both coolers are very good but in different ways.
Our recommendation for these coolers is quite simple: if you’re looking to overclock your new LGA1156 CPU and don’t want to spend a fortune, we suggest the Hyper 212 Plus. Its cooling performance is top-notch, runs quiet, and has a great price. The mounting system is a pain, but you should only have to endure that once on the upside. As for the TX3, we also highly recommend it, as it’s proven to be a very capable little cooler and can handle modest overclocks on your 1156 CPU, but not as impressive as the 212 Plus. However, its compact form would be perfect for a LAN case, though the higher fan noise is an annoyance if you ramp up the RPMs. But at a price of $20, you simply cannot beat the value for the respectable performance.
If you need a cooler for your new 1156 Core i5/i7 CPU, we recommend both the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus and the Hyper TX3. Each of these are impressive and up to task, and while each have their differences, both are great products and deserve serious consideration for your purchase shortlist.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
Cooler Master Hyper TX3
Our thanks go to Cooler Master for providing the Hyper CPU coolers for this review.