Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO + Noctua NF-F12 PWM


What’s goin on guys, Jerry here I’m back with another video. Today, I’m going to put this, the Noctua NF-F12 on this, the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO and see if we can improve on our CPU temps.

Big thanks to Noctua for sending me this fan to test out. Now if you guys aren’t familiar with the NF-F12, it’s basically Noctua’s top of the line fan for heatsinks and radiators. It works optimally in situations where you want high static pressure.

These are 120mm fans and they feature some pretty cool things like a focused flow frame, a stepped inlet design, anti-vibration pads and their SSO2 Bearing among other things. I’ll put a link to the Noctua page in the description where you can read more in depth about the technology that goes into these fans. Also, I did a review earlier on their NF-S12A case fans so I’ll throw in a link where you can check that out as well.

Noctua NF-F12

In the packaging, which is pretty fancy I have to admit, you get a few things like a Y-cable, a low noise adapter, an extension cable, some screws and anti-vibration mounts. Btw since I had mentioned my troubles installing the anti-vibration mounts previously, Noctua sent me a sample of some new one they’re working on which should make it a little bit easier to install into your case.

Anyway, now that we’ve got the basics out of the way it’s time to open up the case and remove the Cooler Master fan. You also have to prep the Noctua fan for install by screwing these two brackets into one side. These brackets actually came with the Hyper 212 EVO, they were not provided by Noctua just FYI.

Once that was done the rest of the install was pretty straight forward and it looks pretty good if you ask me.

Noctua NF-F12

The entire system is also pretty quiet, here’s how it sounds with the CPU fan around 1000 RPM.
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Not bad…

After this it was time to test the performance so I fired up Prime95 and ran a large TFT stress test which is supposed to focus on max power consumption. I had some trouble finding a Windows app that would provide accurate CPU temps so I ultimately ended up using motherboard software to monitor temps. They displayed about 8-10* lower than BIOS temperatures but we’ll still get an idea about how these fans perform.

With the Noctua fan, starting at 40C, I ran Prime95 for 10min. and the max temp peaked at 56C.
With the Cooler Master fan, starting at 40C, after 10 min. the max temp peaked at 51C.

Noctua NF-F12

Now looking at that you may have come to the conclusion that the Cooler Master fan is superior but there are a few things to note. In my testing I’ve found that the differences in temperature were negligible when the fans were spinning at the same RPM. Also at the same RPM, the Noctua fan was noticeably quieter. And if you’re concerned with build quality, the Noctua fan gets the nod there as well.

What gives the Cooler Master fan the advantage in cooling is the fact that it can spin at a much higher RPM. It’s max RPM is nearly 400 higher than the Noctua fan although at that speed you’ll probably need to wear ear plugs to not go insane from the noise.

So to sum it up, the Noctua fan is ideal if you’re noise sensitive and the Cooler Master fan is better if you want max performance.

If you’re considering adding a Noctua fan to your Hyper 212 EVO I’d have to say your money is probably better spent investing into a Noctua NH-D14 that way you’re getting superior temps AND acoustics.

So that’s about it guys, thanks for watching! Don’t forget to like, comment, subscribe and until next time…see ya!

More info on the Noctua NF-F12 fan

Watch the Noctua NF-S12A case fans review –


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