Chad's CPU Cooler Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth Z87 - Buy from Amazon
- CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Memory: G.Skill F3-2666C11D-8GTXD - Buy from Amazon
- Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7950 IceQ - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage: Patriot Torch 120GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: IN WIN D-Frame - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Power Supply: SilverStone ST85F-G - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
- Software: RealTemp 3.70, AIDA64 Engineer 5.20.3400 and CPU-z 1.72.1 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 for more information.
With the CPU running stock speeds and the fan voltage controlled, we find the MasterAir Maker 8 comes in with a respectable result of 51.5 degrees. This is 6.5 degrees out of the top of the charts, but considering its company, we feel this is a good result for a single-tower design.
Once the overclock is applied and testing was done, we found that with the fans sent with this cooler, the results were less than expected. Coming in at 72.33 degrees is still decent for a single-tower design, but many more affordable offerings did better in this test.
Noise Level Results
Silence is one of the major factors in this design, and with only 7.5V supplied to the fans, we seen them spinning at 1075 RPM, delivering 24db of noise at this time.
Allowing the fans to use the full 12V, we saw them turning at 1750 RPM, well within specifications. At this time, the noise delivered to the meter at a foot away is 41dB. Not exactly dead silent, but much more tolerable than many other coolers that did better in thermal performance. Of course, all of this can be changed swapping out the 140mm fans, or even opting for 120mm fan instead, but that is for you to decide if it is needed.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 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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