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Cooler Master Hyper T2

The Hyper T2, like the Gelid Siberian, includes slick, premium packaging and really makes you feel like you're purchasing something special.

Mounting hardware is included in a separate box inside the package and there are clear instructions. For Intel sockets, metal brackets with (guess what?) pushpins are used to secure the cooler to the CPU. AMD mounting uses a clip that hooks into the standard heatsink mounts on Socket FM2 / AMD3 motherboards.

The CM Hyper T2 is certainly attractive-looking, there's no doubt. The looped heatpipes give it a distinct look, as well.

The bottom of the heatsink is covered by a nice sticker to prevent oxidation, and the two looped heatpipes make for an impressive-looking contact patch.

Sound Characteristics

The Hyper T2 can make some noise. It's not as bad, subjectively, as the Alpine 11 GT, but it's not as good as the Alpine 11 Pro. There are some blade harmonics. In fact, most of the noise is impeller noise; the air going through the fins has a very straight, laminar path. Quieted down, the fan becomes very agreeable, and still moves a satisfactory amount of air at low speeds.

Performance

Now we're talking. This is a heatpipe cooler. Even at low fan speeds, the Cooler Master ties the Alpine for quiet load temperature. The idle temperatures are oddly high, but I'm going to chalk those up to the looped-heatpipe design more than anything else. The load temperatures are right on, and very good.

Cooler Master Hyper T2.
Quiet
Max
RPM
Idle
Load
Rise
RPM
Idle
Load
Rise
960
33°C
54°C
29°C
2368
32°C
50°C
25°C


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