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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

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In the box of hardware, we found this plastic, snap together container full of goodies. In it there is a tube of Cooler Master branded thermal paste, four fan screws, standoffs for the majority of sockets, four nuts to secure a bracket with, and a socket to secure them just above. At the right end, we found two rubber pads for an additional fan and LGA2011 standoffs below it.





This is the universal backplate that gets used for both AMD and Intel installations. The side facing up is used with AMD boards and has a full cover protective layer applied to keep it from shorting against the motherboard. For Intel mounting, only the legs at each corner are protected but offer the same protection.




If you choose to use the standard mounting hardware, you will need to use this bracket for Intel processors, but all AMD installations require this. The X-bracket it adjustable to get between the pipes, and is then able to be adjusted to fit all of the sockets the MASTERAIR PRO 3 is compatible with. You can also add tension to the adjustments or lock the X with the tensioner screw and spring found in the center.




For those who wish to use something a bit simpler when it comes to installing this cooler on Intel sockets, there are these four legs. Each of them can be screwed to the base of the cooler, and the mounting holes offer three locations for various sockets. These then work just lock an Intel stock cooler, where you press the pins through the motherboard to lock the cooler into place.




Cooler Master also sends an extra set of fan brackets for mounting a second fan to pull air through the MASTERAIR PRO 3. In the large bag at the bottom of this image, we find eight screws which are used with the push-pin mounting legs.




Cooler Master also sends a full manual for all installations. This covers LGA2011 and LGA2011 v3 mounting, it covers all the rest of the Intel sockets, and on the reverse once unfolded, it also covers installations on AMD motherboards as well. There is even a bit in the manual which shows how to install the fan brackets for the secondary fan, and how to mount them to the cooler.

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