Chad's CPU Cooler Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus VIII HERO (Intel Z170) - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- CPU: Intel Core i7 6700K - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Memory: Patriot Viper 4 3000MHz 4X4GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Graphics Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6GB OC - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage: Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: INWIN D-Frame - Read our review
- Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower DPS 1050W - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
- Software: RealTemp 3.70, AIDA64 Engineer 5.75.3900, and CPU-z 1.77.0 x64
To see our testing methodology and to find out what goes into making our charts, please refer to our CPU Cooler Testing and Methodology article (October 2016) for more information.
While 64.5 degrees does end up at the bottom end of the chart, considering the last of surface area and a much smaller and low-powered fan that comes with the Cooler Master MASTERAIR PRO 3, we feel these results in stock testing with the PWM curve used are respectable. Of course, you see better results, but each cooler here costs more, and will not fit in all the places that this Cooler Master cooler will.
With the overclock applied, still using PWM to control the fan, we are surprised that this cooler can make it through testing without throttling the CPU. While 83 degrees is warm by any standards, the MASTERAIR PRO 3 is still able to hold its own and pass out high voltage overclock testing.
To see just how much potential the MASTERAIR PRO 3 has, we forced 12V through the fans for the duration of this test period. We were able to reduce the temperature another 2.25 degrees, leaving us with 80.75 degrees averaged at this point.
Noise Level Results
When it comes to PWM control of fans, of course, there is some fluctuation to the fan speeds. When it comes to this specific cooler, the highest fan speed we saw in testing was 1600 RPM, and the fan delivered 24 dB of noise at this time.
Using the PWM circuit for this round of overclocked testing, we found the fan maxed out at 2284 RPM. What we like about the fan at this point, is that it is barely audible, making this compact cooler a solid contender for HTPC builds, some SFF builds, and anyone who loathes noise coming from their PC since it only got to 33dB at this point.
Looking for the maximum speed and noise level, we pushed the fan to spin with 12V supplied to it full time. Here we saw the 92mm fan spinning at 3300 RPM, slightly over spec, but within the margin of error, and it got more audible as we saw 42 dB on our sound level meter at this time.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Cooler Master MASTERAIR PRO 3 CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests, and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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