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One of the most common complaints I've seen about the Hyper 212 Evo is that it's a pain to install. The existence of several YouTube installation guides, some with well over 100,000 views, seems to confirm this difficulty. Cooler Master appears to have addressed some of these complaints with the design of the Hyper D92's mounting system.

The foundation of the Hyper D92 (on Intel boards, at least) starts with an x-shaped plastic brace with captive screws at its tips. These screws click into one of three positions depending on the socket type. The brace is secured to the mobo with four nuts that sit between the cooler and the board itself. Cooler Master includes a sheet of insulating stickers that need to be applied to the motherboard-facing end of each nut before they're screwed down. You can see the stickers on the nuts in the photo above.

Once the nuts are in place, a metal crossbar goes on top of each pair, followed by another set of screws. The heatsink tower attaches to these struts with a pair of spring-loaded captive screws that thread into each one. In order to get a screwdriver to these screws, the fans need to be unclipped from the heatsink tower. Once the D92's tower is screwed down, clip the fans back in place, and you're all done. I had no difficulty with any part of the process.

If you're one of the lucky few with an LGA 2011 CPU, a backplate and threaded screw holes are already part of the socket. Cooler Master includes four bolts that screw into the threaded holes, atop which one mounts the same struts used with the other sockets. From there, installation is identical: just screw down the heatsink and clip the fans back into place. I don't have an LGA 2011 motherboard handy to test this process, but it looks even easier than for LGA 1150.

Now, let's see how the Hyper D92 stacks up against Intel's stock cooler—and how it handles an overclocked CPU.

Our testing methods
To test the Hyper D92, I've strapped it onto a Core i5-4690K. This CPU's unlocked upper multiplier allows for easy overclocking, and I'll be taking advantage of this freedom to make the Hyper D92 sweat.

I'll also be running our test sequence with the Core i5-4690K's stock Intel cooler. This cooler should provide a useful frame of reference, particularly on the noise front. TR's most recent hardware survey shows many enthusiasts use aftermarket cooling even if they don't overclock, which tells me that noise reduction is a key concern.

Here's the full configuration of the test system:

Processor Intel Core i5-4690K
Motherboard Asus Z97-A
Memory 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1600 (2x 8GB DIMMs)
Graphics card EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 760
Storage Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD
Power supply Seasonic Platinum Series SS-660 XP2
Wireless networking Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205
OS Windows 8.1 Pro

Our CPU cooler testing regimen is as follows:

  • 10 minutes idling at the Windows 8.1 desktop
  • 20 minutes of the Prime95 Small FFTs CPU torture test
  • 10 minutes idling at the Windows 8.1 desktop

Data was logged using AIDA64 Engineer. To rule out case cooling as a factor, tests were run on an open test bench. The ambient temperature at the time of testing was about 74°F (23.3°C).

I plugged the D92's fans into the CPU header on the Asus Z97-A using the included PWM fan splitter. Fan speeds were controlled by the motherboard firmware's "standard" profile for both the D92 and the Intel cooler.

The tests and methods we employ are publicly available and reproducible. If you have questions about our methods, join us on our forums to discuss them.