Cooler Master Hyper 622 Halo White Review (Page 2 of 4)

Page 2 - Physical Look - Hardware; Installation

The Cooler Master Hyper 622 Halo White is a standard looking 120mm double tower cooler, similar to the Noctua NH-D12L. This rendition utilizes aluminum fins for the two towers. Cooler Master’s logo can be found in the middle on each plate covering the fins, hiding away the copper heatpipes. This makes for a very clean appearance, especially with the white color scheme. The fan shares a similar color scheme to the heatsink, making for a simple and clean appearance.

This is a double stack 120mm tower, meaning the Cooler Master Hyper 622 Halo White will have much larger proportions compared to regular 120mm sized coolers. Being larger in size, it will fit in most mid-tower ATX cases, but may interfere with the RAM slots. The fins have little notches on the side to help hook the fan in place. There is a total of fifty fins on the stack. You may notice that closer to the base, the fins become smaller. These smaller fins are to assist in reducing interference. The spacing between the fins is about 2mm, and they are generally evenly spaced out with very little variance. The total surface area for cooling is approximately 0.965 m². When it comes to the actual size, the Cooler Master Hyper 622 Halo White is 125mm in length, 137mm in width, and 157mm in height, including the second fan. The MF120 Halo²'s thickness of 25mm is already accounted for in the 137mm width. The Hyper 622 Halo White weighs 1.26kg including the fan. This weight is within range of other dual tower 120mm coolers, meaning there will be a reasonable amount of stress on the motherboard.

Taking a look at the side, you can see how the thickness of each fin is constant throughout the entirety of the heatsink. These thin fins are used to keep the cooler light while maximizing surface area. The fins are made from aluminum likewise to many other coolers. The reason behind most fins being made from aluminum rather than copper is because aluminum is a lighter and cheaper metal. Although copper has better thermal conductivity at 401 W/mK compared to aluminum at 237 W/mK, the trade-off between weight, price, and performance is typically not worth it, as the gain in weight and price is much higher than the gain in performance.

Moving on, the material used to build the heatsink is not the only factor in lowering temperatures, but the fan used is another essential aspect of this cooling solution. The Cooler Master Hyper 622 Halo White uses a 120mm MF120 Halo². The maximum rated airflow of the MF120 Halo² is 51.88 CFM and the maximum rated air pressure is 2.89 mmH2O. Note that CFM stands for cubic feet per minute. On paper, the CFM does not seem high, but let us see how this fan will actually perform in the testing performance on the next page.

In regard to the noise level, with the use of rifle bearings, the MF120 Halo² is specified at 27 dBA at the loudest, which is pretty good. This bearing type is similar to the fan found in the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Halo White. Rifle bearings are similar to sleeve bearings, but are quieter and have a longer lifespan. Regarding RAM clearance, there were no issues with the heatsink and center fan with all sticks of RAM installed. However, it proved to be an issue with the front fan, which you will see in just a moment.

Looking at the base of the Cooler Master Hyper 622 Halo White, we can see how the heatpipes are configured relative to the base. The base is flat and does not appear to have any abnormalities. It is made out of copper and electroplated with nickel, which is preferable, as nickel will protect against oxidization. Nickel is highly resistant to corrosion, making it perfect for sustaining copper surfaces. I also personally prefer the shiny silver look over the look of copper. Everything else is painted white. The Hyper 622 Halo White comes with a large tube of thermal paste, aiding the transfer of heat from the CPU to the rest of the cooler. All six continuous heatpipes are soldered to the base. The fins are also attached to the heatpipes quite firmly. The whole build is overall pretty decent.

For the Cooler Master Hyper 622 Halo White, the orientation of the heatpipes is parallel with the fan mounting surface of the heatsink. The heatpipes are staggered throughout the radiator fins. The layout of the heatpipes of the Hyper 622 Halo White is used to optimally dissipate heat. The fins attach to the heatsink by the included fan clips. The process of removing and reattaching the fan was quite simple.

The installation of the Cooler Master Hyper 622 Halo White was fairly simple. The manual fairly simple to follow along and necessary in understanding which clips to use for each processor. The installation process is fairly standard after screwing the mounting clips onto the backplate. For AMD, you will use the stock backplate. This method is good, as the installation process is very linear and simple given you can screw the cooler onto the backplate directly through the included mounting brackets.

After placing the backplate in place and installing the mounting brackets to the backplate, you will be ready to install the Cooler Master Hyper 622 Halo White. There are several ways to install the brackets, as the cooler is compatible with both AM4, AM5, and LGA socket CPUs. The center fan must be installed after the heatsink in all cases, as the fan will get in the way of screwing down the heatsink.

During installation, I experienced significant issues with RAM clearance with the front fan, having to move one of the fans to back in a pull configuration. This may not be the case for all users, but given my taller profile of RAM and case limitations, I could not fit the fan on the front for a dual push configuration. Additionally, as I do have three intake fans in the front of the case, I could not reverse the fans due to the direction of airflow. This may alter performance slightly in the test results, but should not be significant. This is because even a dual push fan configuration only marginally increases performance, as we have seen in the Noctua NH-D15S review.

Overall, the Cooler Master Hyper 622 Halo White is made quite well. As mentioned earlier, the top fin has a plate to protect the top of the heatsink from bending. The installation process was extremely simple, as you can simply just installing the mounting brackets to the backplate, then screw it down the rest of the cooler to the aforementioned brackets. The overall experience was quite good with the linear and simple process. Now, we can continue to the part that really matters, the cooling performance. Let us take a look at the results on the next page.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Hardware; Installation
3. Test Results
4. Conclusion