Cooler Master's new Hyper 412 PWM CPU cooler has some mighty big shoes to fill. The company's Hyper 212 Plus set the bar in terms of price/performance ratio and impressed us so much it earned a perfect 10 and walked away with a Kick Ass award (you can read our review here). The Hyper 412 PWM is a similar looking cooler that promises the same "delicate balance between cooling potential and noise."
According to Cooler Master, the aluminum fins are spread out a little wider this time around. This is supposed to lead to better heat dissipation at low fan speeds, and you can attach up to two fans (it comes with one).
As before, the Hyper 412 PWM uses four tightly packed direct contact heatpipes to suck heat away from the processor, effectively creating a "virtual vapor chamber," Cooler Master says. The cooler is compatible with all modern sockets, including Intel LGA 2011, 1366, 1156, 1155, 775, and AMD FM1, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, and AM2.