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Cooler Master MASTERAIR PRO 3 CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 30, 2016 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Installation and Finished Product

 

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Just to show how these work, we went ahead and mounted the Intel push-pin mounting to the base of the cooler. We used the center mounting holes to correspond to the LGA1151 processor, but these also work for LGA1366 and LGA775 installations as well. For our testing, we opted to use the more substantial mounting arrangement.

 

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We placed the backplate behind the motherboard and aligned the flat spots in the standoffs with the flat edge running down one side of the mounting holes in the plate. Once they are installed properly, it is then that you can lock them together via the nuts and socket which drives them.

 

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Flipping the motherboard over, we can see the standoffs securely fashioned to the motherboard. At this point, we just need to add some thermal paste, and using the X-bracket that comes in the kit, mount the cooler on top of the CPU.

 

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With the X-bracket aligned in the center of the base, and the pin locking the cooler into place, it is then in which you can start driving the spring loaded screws. We drive these screws down until there were no threads left, to be sure we have the most mounting pressure possible from this hardware.

 

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Looking at the MASTERAIR PRO 3 over the top of the RAM, we can see that both the fan and the fins clear the top of our memory. We can also tell that this is a compact cooler as it does not make it to the ends of the RAM sticks, and does not stand so tall above them either.

 

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With the offset design of the base in the MASTERAIR PRO 3, we ran into no conflict with the memory in any way. Even with the fan mounted to the cooler and all of the slots populated, there is still a considerable gap found between them.

 

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Moving back a bit to see the entire cooler from the top edge of the motherboard, we see there is plenty of room to the right of the MASTERAIR PRO 3 for an additional fan, and it will not play up with the 8-pin EPS connection either. We also have plenty of fan lead to make it to the header cleanly and had to tuck some of the wiring under the cooler, behind the motherboard heat sink.

 

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Once we installed the motherboard into the chassis and added in the video card, we find that the MASTERAIR PRO 3 clears everything around it. Even if you were to populate the first PCI-e slot on the motherboard, the cooler would not interfere. We also had no issues reaching the motherboard screws, or plugging in anything around it.

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