Cooler Master shows off the future of water cooling at CES

Cooler Master showed off their latest in water cooling at CES, which includes new AIO and custom coolers which focus on improving performance.

Published Tue, Jan 12 2016 8:00 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:02 PM CST

CES 2016 - Cooler Master is consolidating their product lines and changing their focus, and that also includes their CPU cooling products as well. At CES they were showing us the new AIO water coolers that they'll be bringing to market as part of their new "Make it Yours" initiative. They also had a new slick looking custom water loop kit and a new air cooler to take a look at.

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Despite the small debacle with the patents that might have prevented the sale of the older, and quite effective older series of coolers, they've actually been working on a new design well before that, which was debuted here in their suite at CES. The pump is updated and improved, so coil whine should definitely not be a problem anymore.

There'll be 120mm and 140mm wide selections with up to 280mm in total length as well. If the Nepton series is any indication, then the actual cooling performance should hopefully be similar. And that means it'll be near class leading.

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Of course there are the obligatory LED lights to help give life to the cooler, and there'll be multiple lights to allow for different patterns to help brighten the day. In order to highlight the cooler itself, only one LED was lit up for the demonstration.

And they aren't abandoning air cooling, not after the still successful Hyper 212. Instead they're taking that knowledge they gained from the low-end cooler and improving appreciably. The MasterAir Maker 8 is the result, and it's a gorgeous looking cooler, not to mention it should be a top performer too. They've integrated a 3D vapor chamber into the base for more liquid volume to dissipate heat, similar to how the R9 Nano works actually. This should theoretically increase the efficiency of heat transfer by a real amount.

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In-line with their slogan, there'll be replaceable top plates so you can either cover up the end of the heat pipes, or you can put a transparent, and LED infused, cover to add a little more flair to it. You'll find the specs of the new cooler below. In the process of consolidation they've simplified the fan choices, giving us three to choose from, maximum air flow, maximum air pressure or a balance in between.

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MasterAir Maker 8

  • CPU Socket Intel LGA socket 2011-v3 / 2011 / 1366 / 1151/1150/1156/1155/775
  • AMD Socket FM2+ / FM2 / FM1 / AM3+ /
  • AM3 / AM2+
  • Dimensions 135 x145 x 172 mm
  • Heatsink Dimensions 78 x 144.5 x 160.5 mm
  • Heatsink Material 3D Vapor Chamber Base /
  • 8 Heat Pipes / Aluminum Fins
  • Heatsink Weight 758g
  • Heat pipe Dimensions Φ 6mm
  • Fan Dimensions Φ 140 x 25mm x 2pcs
  • Fan Speed 600 - 1800 RPM ± 10%
  • Fan Air Flow 19.8 - 66 CFM ± 10%
  • Fan Air Pressure 0.24 - 2.2 mmH2O
  • Fan Life Expectancy 160,000 hours
  • Noise Level 8 - 24 dBA
  • Bearing Type Loop Dynamic Bearing
  • Connector 4-Pin
  • Rated Voltage 12 VDC
  • Rated Current 0.15 A
  • Power Consumption 1.8 W
  • Fan Weight 130 g
  • Weight 1350 g
  • Warranty 5 years

Jeff grew up in the Pacific Northwest where he fell in love with gaming and building his own PC’s. He's a huge fan of any genre of gaming from RTS to FPS, but especially favors space-sims. Now he's stepped into the adult world by becoming a professional student looking to break into the IT Security world. When he’s not deep in his studies, he’s deep in a new game, revisiting an old game, or testing the extreme limits of his own PC. He's now a news contributor for TweakTown, looking to bring a unique view on technology and gaming.

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