The MASTERAIR PRO 3 is a compact cooler and a surprising one at that. While we fully expected our overclock to cripple this cooler, it was able to handle the workload and come out victorious in the end. While there are better options for cooling your CPU, Cooler Master has shown us that we do not need a monster to do the same job. Also, with the limited amount of noise coming from this cooler while under control of the PWM circuitry, the MASTERAIR PRO 3 does the job in near silence. This makes the cooler a great addition to many systems, as most users are looking for silence in operation, and its ability to handle our 6700K with a decent overclock as well, just adds icing to the cake.
The build quality is solid, and offering multiple mounting systems is a plus. For those who do not want to go through the work of installing all of the hardware which we used, you can simply opt to use the Intel push-pin setup and get by with very little effort involved. While we did not test this mounting hardware, previous experience tells us the mounting pressure is nowhere near as high as it is with the full blown kit, and when using the push-pins, thermal results may suffer slightly due to the reduced pressure.
As far as mounting the cooler is concerned, the instructions make it fool-proof, and even when it comes to mounting the fan, life could not get any easier. Then, of course, the biggest feature which makes the MASTERAIR Pro 3 so efficient is the new CDC 2.0 base design, and this is one of the very few coolers with exposed heat pipes which do not have gaps to fill with paste. All told, there is not one thing about this cooler in which we could pick on it for lacking in any form or fashion.
Of course, you could always spend more money and get better results, but considering the limited cost involved in obtaining the MASTERAIR PRO 3, and that fact that this is a 92mm fan based cooling solution, we feel Cooler Master has delivered something worthy. This cooler will fit in more locations than any of the coolers on our charts, it clears everything on the motherboard, has potential to have a second fan added to it to increase performance, and is nearly dead silent when using PWM to control the fans.
For just $39.99, we feel Cooler Master's MASTERAIR PRO 3 may not be for everyone, but it certainly has its benefits, and if you are looking for a cooler on the cheap that won't make your ears bleed, this could very well be the cooler for you.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||93%|
|Bundle and Packaging||99%|
|Value for Money||97%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||93%|
The Bottom Line: Cooler Master's MASTERAIR PRO 3 is an affordable solution for taming your CPU. Even with a hefty overclock, this cooler is able to tame the heat, and is silent while doing so. If you are looking for a compact design with little noise associated with it, this could very well be the cooler you want.
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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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