Test and review: Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 – modular cooler with variable design

Test and review: Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 - modular cooler with variable design

Do you think coolers boring? In this case, the new MasterAir Maker 8 from Cooler Master is your point of view may change. The cooler can be turned into a modest model for workstations, or to give it a nice game design. In addition, the manufacturer has opened public access to the 3D-drawings cover that allows you to create your own design with the help of 3D-printer. With regard to the cooling performance, it is also at altitude due to the evaporation chamber and a large radiator.

Cooler MasterAir Maker 8 is yet another product of the Maker series. If you thought that the cooler can not do for themselves, the new Cooler Master will be pleasantly surprised. cooler removable lid that allows you to give it a different look. With black aluminum lid cooler looks very solid, but if you install a translucent plastic cover, the cooler design becomes a game. In addition, through the translucent cover embedded LED, adding its own charm. Finally, we note the possibility of producing their own covers the 3D-printer.

But MasterAir Maker 8 is interesting not only flexible customization options for themselves, but also a high cooling capacity. Cooler Master has decided to rely on the concept of vaporizing chamber (Vapor Chamber). Four of the eight heat pipes directly connected to the evaporation chamber, the remaining four are soldered. For heat dissipation meet two 140-mm fan blows air through the radiator fins. But for the pleasure of having to pay a very decent price – around € 115 in Europe, in Russia at the time of publication of the cooler has not yet appeared. That is MasterAir Maker 8 is even more Noctua NH-D15S. How justified such a supplement?

Test and review: Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 - modular cooler with variable design

MasterAir Maker 8 Box pretty impressive, and there are reasons. Cooler Master has defended the contents of boxes, accessories packed in three separate boxes.

Package rich. Manufacturer attached mounting accessories along with the self-adhesive anti-vibration pads and back plates for different sockets. There were no manuals and a syringe with thermal paste (Cooler Master Thermal Fusion). Instead of standard fasteners fans used plastic clips that snap over the cooler housing and keep fans. Staffing at the cooler mounted brackets for 140 mm fans, but are supplied for mounting two 120-mm fans. Also, there is also an additional cover made of brushed aluminum, it is quite simply snapped. In another section of the box accessories Cooler Master has added an adapter that allows you to connect both fans are PWM and LED-illumination through one connector PWM motherboard.

Staffing at the cooler installed cap of translucent tinted plastic. It can be easily removed and replaced with an aluminum lid. Covers quite dramatically change the appearance of the cooler, and the reason lies not only in the different materials. For cooler adds two-tone light, which gives a different look with a translucent cover and an aluminum plate. Basic design MasterAir Maker 8 is a single tower cooler. Two fans are mounted are not familiar with wire clamps and snap plastic brackets, so they form a single whole with the cooler.

Side is just clearly shows that between the fans and the plastic is single tower cooler. Also it can be seen the plastic mounting brackets holding the fans. Simply click on the hooks, and then pop up the bracket on the guide. This mounting system makes it easy to replace the fan, even on installed in the body cooler. Guides Cooler Master sometimes gets jammed, but this solution is much user friendly than the usual staples. On the other hand, the bracket is completely covered with a fan, which deteriorates the compatibility. 120mm bracket allows to install only standard 120mm fan, but not a big fan with the holes for the size 120 mm. Larger brackets specially made for 140-mm fan Cooler Master Silencio FP with an unusual shape. For standard 140-mm fan, they are not suitable, compatible with 140-mm fans similar form also is not guaranteed. For example, our fan Noctua NF-A15 mount failed.

Test and review: Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 - modular cooler with variable design

Instead of the base plate Cooler Master has established a vaporization chamber (Vapor Chamber). Half heatpipe flattened at the bottom, they are soldered to the evaporator chamber. Technology 3D Vapor Chamber assumes a horizontal shift of the evaporation chamber in four of the eight heatpipes. The chamber is vaporized refrigerant then condenses in the heat pipe, transferring heat radiator. Then the liquid flows into the evaporation chamber, and the cycle begins anew. Cooler Master to the evaporation chamber 3D Vapor Chamber indicates the most effective heat dissipation.

Fans Silencio FP 140 with adjustable PWM operate at speeds from 600 to 1,800 rev / min, the range is very wide. Cooler Master has used bearings Loop Dynamic Bearing (LDB) with an oil filling. In addition to the LED in the radiator, fans also have a red LED-backlight.

After removing the fan cooler MasterAir Maker 8 looks much thinner and much more modestly. You can also consider the structure of the cooling fins.

Then you can remove the radiator cap. We see the glossy metal plate with the logo of Cooler Master in the center, which is illuminated during operation. The ends of the heat pipes are closed projections plate.

Test and review: Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 - modular cooler with variable design

With fans configured push-pull cooler looks massive. Today, many manufacturers produce coolers with an asymmetric structure. But Cooler Master. The radiator has a symmetrical structure, it comes to a few memory slots. However, fans are mounted so high, that our strips Corsair Vengeance LP fit without problems. But with high heat spreaders, conflicts may occur. However, thanks to guide fans can be lifted a little (but they will not be snapped bindings).

Even without a lid cooler MasterAir Maker 8 looks impressive. Chrome plated cap and ventilators highlighted in red and the logo Cooler Master – white. How looks cooler with two covers, you can see on the last page of the survey.

Test and review: Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 - modular cooler with variable design

MasterAir Maker 8: Test configuration and testing procedure

We’ve put together a new test system that is closer to the mass gaming computers. 8-core Xeon conceded Intel Core i7-4790K place, which is very popular in gaming PCs. The Radeon HD 7970 from Gigabyte energy consumption corresponds to the modern high-end models. We chose the housing NZXT H630. Full Tower offers ample space for the highest CPU coolers, as it allows you to test large CBO closed loop. In H630 housing insulation measures are taken, so it is not focused on uncompromising cooling performance, rather on the optimal balance between noise and cooling. The same can be said about the popular body Define by Fractal Design.

Test configuration

  • Processor Intel Core i7-4790K (4.2 GHz)
  • Motherboard ASUS Z97-DELUXE (NFC & WLC)
  • RAM Corsair Vengeance LP 8 GB DDR3
  • Video card Gigabyte GV-R797OC-3GD
  • System Storage 240GB OCZ ARC 100
  • The power supply unit Antec HCP-1300 Platinum
  • The case NZXT H630
  • Thermal grease Arctic Cooling MX-2
  • Chassis Fan 1x 200mm (front)
  • 1x 140mm (rear)
  • Operating System Windows 10 Home

200-mm frontal fan worked with an acceptable noise level, because we switched it to 7 using an adapter. The rear fan we left at 12, so he moved on a constant rate of 1,100 rev / min. It is possible to achieve a reasonable balance between sufficient cooling performance and an acceptable level of noise the fan housing. And our test conditions as close as possible to reality. Too much to reduce the speed of the fan housing is not worth it, because then the body will accumulate too much heat.

We conducted noise measurement using the VOLTCRAFT SL-400 at a distance of 20 cm from the left side of the chassis. The case itself was soundproofed assembled and closed. Room temperature we normalized to 20 ° C, under this we checked the temperature using infrared thermometer VOLTCRAFT 800-200. During each stress test we were recording the temperature, the cooler had to endure a 30 minute run Prime95 (we used a rather “heavy» Small FTT test). The temperatures for the entire test period were recorded in CoreTemp tool magazine, and then we calculate the arithmetic mean of maximum temperatures (less deduction of the difference with the normalized room temperature). Him we shall be entered in the diagram. As we took thermal paste Arctic Evergreen MX-2. We spread the thermal grease on the CPU surface using WLP blades.

Test and review: Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 - modular cooler with variable design

Here are the tools that we have used in the tests:

Software used:

  • CoreTemp 1.0 RC6
  • Prime95 x64, Version 26.6 (build 3)

We conducted the following test scenarios:

  • The regular fan at 1,000 rev / min
  • The regular fan at maximum speed
  • The reference fan at 600 rev / min
  • The reference fan at 1,000 rev / min
  • All measurements are in degrees Celsius.

MasterAir Maker 8: Noise

We get two 140-mm fans, which operate in push-pull configuration, so the cooler MasterAir Maker 8 can hardly be classified as quiet. This impression is confirmed by our measurements. However, at maximum speed fans Silencio FP, despite 1,800 rev / min, in the middle are rated. Unfortunately, the high speed fans published an uneven noise that is subjectively annoying. In the other direction the velocity can be reduced to approximately 600 r / min. The noise level is reduced to 33.5 dB (A). In general, for those who like quiet MasterAir Maker 8 systems in standard configuration can not be considered the best choice. But what about the cooling performance?

Test and review: Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 - modular cooler with variable design

MasterAir Maker 8: Tests with the standard fan

The following test scenario, we evaluate the performance of the cooler with the standard fan at 1,000 rev / min and at maximum speed.

At maximum speed MasterAir Maker 8 showed good performance for single-tower cooler. He walked around most of the cooler with a simple tower design, but models with two radiators is decent headroom. But at the same fan speed Cooler Master begins to take their positions.

To compare “pure” performance coolers without affecting regular fans, we equip all our reference cooler fans. We used a powerful fan Noctua NF-A15 PWM, the distance between the mounting holes is 105 mm, speed – up to 1,200 rev / min. If such fans can set on the radiator was absent, we used a more compact Noctua NF-F12 at a speed of 120 mm to 1,500 rev / min. In the case of coolers, designed for “real” 140-mm fans with hole spacing of 140 mm, we used the NF-A14 PWM.

Due to the plastic clips, we could establish a reference only fans NF-F12. Results of them are not as interesting as MasterAir Maker 8 is focused on the 140-mm fans, also have direct competitors use bigger fan.

Going from 140-mm to 120-mm fans led to the fact that MasterAir Maker 8 at 1,000 rev / min showed a temperature increase of two degrees. At 600 rev / min due to failed equipment cooler fan is rolled back to the level of simple tower models such as Cryorig H7 or SilentiumPC Fortis 3.

Conclusion MasterAir Maker 8

Family motto Maker – “Make it Yours”. That is, the user can adjust the line products for themselves, giving them a unique look. Of course, in coolers personalization segment not so much. But Cooler Master has been able to find the potential for change – the radiator cap. The package contains two versions of the cover, which are made of different materials and have varying degrees of transparency, giving MasterAir Maker 8 unique appearance. In addition, no one bothers to make your own cover modders the 3D-printer. Of course, the cover – only a part of the overall design. It is worth noting carefully integrated fans, is integral with the cooler. And the backlight system. Honestly, for the price the manufacturer could integrate and RGB backlighting, although the combination of white and red looks nice.

Test and review: Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 - modular cooler with variable design

Of course, from the premium cooler expect not only a beautiful design. Compared with other coolers equipped with single radiator, MasterAir Maker 8 showed a high cooling capacity – at least at maximum speed. Stronger are only some of the cooler with two heat sinks. The reason lies in the two fans with a high speed. The speed can be reduced to 600 rev / min, but at the same rotational speed MasterAir Maker cooler 8 is louder most competitors. In the medium and low speed cooling performance is significantly reduced. Fan Configuration push-pull with a symmetrical design limits compatible with strips of memory. When installed fans to use memory modules with tall heat spreaders will not have to choose low profile DIMM. Although due to guide fans can pick up a little, but the lower edges of the radiator will be purged is not optimal.

If you are interested in a cooler with variable appearance, but you want him to pay for a smaller amount, note SilentiumPC Fortis 3 HE1425 Malik Customs Edition. In this single-tower cooler, you can change the upper plate of the radiator, which will match the color to suit your body. But to find on sale this cooler is problematic. On the market is due out Cryorig H7 Quad Lumi, the first air cooler from the RGB-backlit. It is an updated version of the H7, but sales are not expected before the New Year season, the price is unknown. If the lights you are not interested, as well as a removable cover, you can purchase a variety of premium coolers, time-tested, with the price below MasterAir Maker 8. In particular, we recommend the Noctua NH-D15S for a balanced set of features.

With the new model MasterAir Maker 8 Cooler Master extends the concept of modular Maker line air cooler, which looks original and interesting. But for the unique design of single cooler have decent pay.

Benefits Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8:

  • Unique customizable appearance with lighting
  • Convenient installation of fans, they can be easily replaced even after the installation of the cooler
  • Good cooling performance at full speed
  • 5 years warranty

Disadvantages Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8:

  • Quite noisy with regular fans
  • Mounts fan limit compatibility
  • Wide symmetrical design limits compatible with the high standard memory

Source: coolermaster

Test and review: Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 – modular cooler with variable design was last modified: July 17th, 2016 by Casey Rembrandt