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Cooler Master Hyper 622 Halo – Bjorn3D.com

Cooler Master Hyper 622 Halo – Bjorn3D.com

Introduction

Liquid cooling is the perfect cooling solution for PC enthusiasts who want excellent cooling performance, low noise levels, and high overclocking capabilities. However, not everyone wants the trouble or room for a radiator inside their system. Even with an AIO cooler that greatly reduces the risk of leaks, there's still a potential complication with a liquid cooler that you won't find with the tried-and-true air cooler formula. A metal block paired with a cooling fan and fan is definitely the easy way to go for anyone who prefers simplicity.

The Hyper series of air coolers has been a successful brand from Cooler Master. The Hyper 212 is probably one of the best air coolers from Cooler Master that offers good cooling performance for its price. A quick search online and you can see that the Hyper 212 has won countless accolades among PC enthusiasts over the years and is often the recommended cooler for those who want a budget cooler that delivers.

The latest cooler from Cooler Master Hyper 622 The Halo is aimed at enthusiasts who want the best cooling performance with its U-shaped dual-pipe tower design. We've got one here today that we'll be taking a closer look at to see if the latest edition can be another hit for Cooler Master.

Take a closer look at the Hyper 622 Halo

The Hyper 622 Halo is available in black or white and our review unit is the black model. Out of the box, we have a diagram showing the cooler and its unique features like the dual-tower heatsink and ARGB auto-detection.

We also get cooler details to help you make your purchase decision in a retail store. with the Measuring 125 x 137 x 157 mm (4.9×5.3×6.1 inches), the Hyper 622 Halo is quite a large cooler. So you'll want to make sure you have enough space inside the case, especially around the CPU area.

Among the salient features of Hyper 622 Halo are:

  • ARGB auto detection
  • Broad base fitment
  • Aluminum top cover
  • Dual Redesigned Halo Fan
  • Dual tower heatsink with 6 heatpipes

I really like how the Hyper 622 Halo is packaged. On opening the box, we are presented with the accessories and the manual at the top with a plastic cutout securing the cooler underneath. After removing it, we can lift the entire cooler out of the box with the plastic casing. The mold holds the cooler in place to keep it safe during shipping. Open both sides of the mold and we are presented with a cooler. There is even a piece of cardboard sandwiched between the two metal fins to prevent any scratches. The attention to detail in the packaging is good.

The only thing I would like to see here is that maybe some more eco-friendly or recyclable materials than plastic would have been a nice improvement.

The Hyper 622 comes with all the necessary components (bracket and screws) to mount the cooler on both Intel or AMD CPUs. Cooler Cooler offers a wide compatibility including LGA1700, LGA1200, LGA1151, LGA1150, LGA1155, LGA1156, AM4, and AM5 socket processors. The Cooler Master even includes a fan splitter and an RGB splitter with a decent length of cable, as well as a tube of cryofuse thermal paste that uses nanoparticles that the company claims that “optimal thermal conductivity shall be allowed on all processing components for optimal heat transfer.”

The base of the Hyper 622 Halo is nickel plated to help reduce oxidation and corrosion. Extending out of the base are six heatpipes in a U-shaped arrangement that direct heat away from the CPU to the dual tower cooling fins. Despite its size, the Hyper 622 is designed to accommodate motherboards with large heatsinks around the CPU socket and long RAM. We see that Cooler Master shaves off about an inch on one of the lower sections of the cooling fin to allow the cooler to accommodate up to 40mm memory modules.

The Hyper 622 Halo can be paired with a single 120mm fan or dual 120mm fans and comes with a newly designed halo fan with a rated speed of 650 to 2050 RPM +- 10%. Rifle bearing support is rated to transmit a maximum of 51.88 CFM and 2.89 mm H2O maximum air pressure and 27 dBA maximum noise level. The fan is powered by a 4 PWM pin connector that draws 3.36W of power.

As expected, the Hyper 622 Halo sports RGB lighting. It supports addressable Gen 2 RGB with ARGB auto-detection where LEDs are automatically detected with default ARGB spectrum lighting or user-defined 3-pin ARGB headers. Can choose to customize via connector. It is certified compatible with Asus Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Lightning Sync, and Asrock Polychrome Sync.

Priced at $104.99, the Hyper 622 Halo is competitively priced among dual-tower style coolers. It is backed with a two-year warranty which is a little shorter than what Cooler Master offers for its liquid coolers but the quality that Cooler Master offers for its air coolers. Still, other companies like Noctua offer a 6-year warranty for their coolers, so maybe Cooler Master could consider offering a longer warranty for their air coolers.

Installation

Installing the Hyper 622 Halo is a fairly simple process and the whole process can be done in about 10 to 20 minutes. This is due to the fact that I have a fairly large ATX case and a cutout on the CPU area in the motherboard tray for easy access to the back of the motherboard. If your particular system lacks a CPU cutout, you'll need to remove the motherboard to install the backplate for Intel boards. Overall, the process is straight forward and quite simple. First, you attach the four standoffs to the back plate. Intel will use the backplate included with the motherboard while AMD uses the one that comes with the system board. I like the Intel backplate that the Cooler Master uses where the tabs click into place for the desired socket. It is simple and yet safe.

I have a small complaint here. Cooler Master doesn't clearly label the stand-off for AMD and Intel boards because all the accessories are placed in the same bag so it's up to the user to differentiate between the two. Fortunately the screw threads are slightly different so you won't make the mistake of using the wrong standoff. Still I spend a few minutes before installation to make sure I'm using the right one. I would prefer that Cooler Master labeled each socket screw separately to avoid confusion.

After the standoff is installed, you simply attach the two retaining bars, and add thermal paste (or use your choice). Finally, secure the cooler to the retaining bars with the pre-attached screws. I love that the patches are built into the cooler. One less component to ring. However, you need to remove the center fan to get the cooler to the retention bar.

The two included fans can be mounted on the front, middle or back of the cooler. They are attached to the cooler by two wire clips that can be removed to change the direction of airflow.

We see a cutout hovering above the RAM module to accommodate the longer RAM. However, if you place the fan at the front, it will need to be placed slightly higher if you are using tall modules. This may have a slight effect on cooling performance.

Testing

  • Motherboard: TUF Gaming Z690-PLUS WIFI D4
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-13600K
  • Memory: Neo Forza Faye DDR4-3600 2X32GB
  • Graphics Card: ASUS GeForce RTX 3070
  • Storage: Main P5 plus 2TB
  • Case: Cooler Master HAF 700
  • Power Supply: ACooler Master XG Plus 850 Platinum PSU
Cooler Master Masterliquid PL360 Flux Noctua NH-D15 Cooler Master Hyper 622 Hello
Fan at 1000RPM Fan at 1000 RPM Fan at 1000 RPM
in vain 31C 30C 30C
load 61C 59C 58C
Maximum Fan Speed ​​(2300 RPM) Maximum Fan Speed ​​(1400 RPM) Maximum Fan Speed ​​(2050 RPM)
in vain 29C 29C 29C
load 56C 58C 57C

Core i5-12600K has a base power of 125W and during stress testing, AIDA64 reports around 124W of power. At stock clock speed, we see that the Hyper 622 Halo is capable of keeping up with one of the biggest air coolers on the market, the Noctua NH-D15.

Running the fan at 1000 RPM, both air coolers perform almost equally well with the Hyper 622 Halo edges lowering the load temperature slightly. When we run the fan speed at maximum RPMs, the Hyper 622 is able to keep our processor one degree cooler than the Noctua NH-D15.

In terms of noise levels, at 1000 RPM, the Hyper 622 Hello noise is barely noticeable when sitting next to the system. Noise is easily drowned out by ambient noise. However, by running the fans at maximum speed, we can clearly hear the fan noises. As expected the fans on the Hyper 622 Halo are spinning 50% faster than the Noctua. So, we're trading noise for better cooling of the Hyper 622 Halo. Fortunately, the noise isn't too loud and if you plan to overclock your processor, it's always better to have a little better cooling.

Result

Aesthetically, I like the Hyper622 Halo approach. I love how Cooler Master pays attention to detail rounding out the cooling fins. And while I'm not a huge RGB guy, there are users out there who will appreciate RGB over fans with addressable Gen 2 headers. The unit is well built. Despite its size, the cutout for the ram provides some help with the clearance issue. However, this can still pose a problem for tall DIMMs that require the fan to be positioned slightly higher. While we don't have any issues with this on our system, we can see that users with tighter space could potentially experience issues.

The cooling performance for a cooler is impressive. Although it's a bit behind liquid coolers, it's able to keep our processor cool and keeps up with the Noctua NH-D15. In terms of noise, it is slightly louder than the Noctua due to the fact that the fans are spinning at a higher RPM than the maximum speed. Even so, it's by no means loud or annoying. And we'd be more than happy to trade cooling performance for a little extra noise.

The Cooler Master Hyper 622 Halo is definitely a great choice for those looking for a dual heat pipe cooler that is capable of not only keeping the CPU cool at stock speeds but also managing the heat output of an overclocked processor. I shouldn't have a problem. Cooler Master's Hyper 622 Halo retails for $104.99, providing a good cooling performance and noise level at a relatively affordable price.

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