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Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 18, 2016 5:01 am
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 CPU Cooler

 

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The view from the front of the MasterAir Maker 8 is mostly a view of the five sickle style blades of the 140mm fan, with the shroud covering all hints of aluminum behind it. We also see that the fans sit very low in this design and will require very short memory to be used beneath it.

 

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On this side, we can see that Cooler Master leaves the sides of this design open, exposing the aluminum fin stack. Looking below the fins, we see the wide extension of the 3DVC between the copper heat pipes.

 

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In this design, there is a vapor chamber across the entire base, and the wide bit runs up into the fins to help deliver more heat to the fins faster and more efficiently than with just pipes alone. There are four pipes used in this design that are soldered to the top of the vapor chamber to help to make this design as efficient as possible.

 

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From the back, we find the second of the pair of 140mm fans, and both sides of the fans offer a Cooler Master logo on the hub, so identifying the exact fan used is nearly impossible. Both fans are powered via 4-pin PWM connections, although these fans are nearly silent at full speed, so they do not need PWM signals to keep them quiet.

 

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As we wrap around to the last side of the tower, we find it to be identical to the other side, and without a view of the fans frames, both sides of this design look just as good as the other.

 

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A view of the top of the MasterAir Maker 8 shows us the shrouds for the fans on either side of the cooler, leaving the center covered with a tinted plastic that hides the pipe tips. While almost impossible to make out in this image, there is a Cooler Master logo that is visible through it, but it is much easier to see once the cooler is powered and LED backlit.

 

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At the other end of the cooler, we find an aluminum cross bar has been mounted to the top of the 3DVC, and the 3DVC itself is made with two levels. The lowest level, of course, is where it attaches to the CPU and is currently covered with a protective sticker to fight oxidation of the exposed copper base.

 

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The mating surface has been left with the machining marks plainly visible, rather than taking the base and polishing it smooth. The majority of this surface is flat where it makes contact, and only deviates nearer the edges.

 

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To mount the cooler, the fans must come off, and to do so, you will find a pair of buttons at the bottom that when pressed allows the fan to slide up the cooler and off of it. We can also see in the fin stack that the sides are higher than the midsection, and this is found to be identical on both sides of the fin stack.

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