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Stock Upgrade: Cooler Master Hyper D92 CPU Cooler

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Cooler Master Hyper D92 Final Thoughts

The Hyper D92 is a nice and a very capable performer. I have to wonder how it would fair when cooling a newer CPU, since the Phenom II is a 45nm CPU when compared to the 22nm CPU’s. This is probably why I saw such a huge performance improvement since the Hyper D92 is new and has to be able to cool the hotter, smaller CPU’s of today.

The Hyper D92 is a smaller cooler than the Hyper 212 EVO, which gives the Hyper D92 a nice edge in being compatible with much more variety of cases, motherboards, and RAM modules. After installing the Hyper D92, I realized if I had ever tried to install a 120mm tower cooler, I more than likely would of had to ditch the side case fan and even then probably would barely fit into the Antec 900 case.

The included 92mm fans have a nice look to them and do an adequate job of moving air through the Hyper D92 and exhausting hot air out the top of the case. The fans are not very quiet if they have to spool up past 1800+ rpm’s. Over 2000 RPM they are quite loud, but thankfully in the case they never went that high to keep the CPU below 50°C even at full load.

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Cooler Master Hyper D92 Conclusions

I think Cooler Master has another winner on their hands. I like the styling and design of the Hyper D92. The black cage with the black fans will go well with most components and cases. The compatibly with a huge variety of sockets is another plus. Installation was a breeze even with the minor hiccup I had with mounting the backplate. In any event that isn’t an issue with the design of the cooler itself, rather a problem with the design of the Antec 900 not giving enough vertical height to the CPU cut out on the back of their motherboard tray.

I would of really like to see at least some ball bearing fans included with this kit. Rifle sleeves are ok, but they just aren’t going to last as long. I get why Cooler Master did it though, this is priced to sit smack dab in the middle of their mainstream pricing range of $29.99 to $59.99. At their MSRP of 44.99, although more expensive than the Hyper 212 Evo, the Hyper D92 is $5 cheaper than it’s successor the Hyper N520’s MSRP, and delivers better performance according to Cooler Master.

The Hyper D92 fan mounting clips are plastic and I could see potential issues if they are not removed from the heatsink carefully. They do mount the fans snuggly and do not give off very much vibration, so they get the job done. One thing that bothered me a bit was the placement of the rubber pads on the back of the fan clips. They covered the holes where you screw the clip onto the fan, and if you wanted to ever remove the fans to replace them, the rubber pads might come off if you were to bend them to the side to get at the screws. It may not be an issue at all, but I thought it was worth noting if anyone had ideas of replacing the stock fans. The rubber pads appear to be glued onto the back of the clip, so even if they did come off, a bit of hot glue would probably fix that in an instant.

The Cooler Master Hyper D92 is set for release on September 30th. At the time of this writing I only have the MSRP of $44.99 to give as a price for this product.

Pros:

+ Great cooling performance
+ High compatibility
+ Great design and features
+ Ease of installation
+ Easily change out stock fans

Cons:

– Stock fans can get noisy
– Potential problems with fan clips

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.0
  • Appearance: 9.5
  • Construction: 8.75
  • Functionality: 9.25
  • Value: 9.0

Final Score: 9.1 out of 10.


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