Chad's CPU Cooler Test System Specifications
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- 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.
In our first test, we see that the MasterLiquid Maker 92 is roughly 13 degrees better than a stock cooling solution but still comes in second to last with all the aftermarket coolers we have tested thus far. 66.75 degrees does not sound all that bad initially, but keep in mind, this result is with the CPU running at stock.
With the processor now overclocked, still using PWM to control the fans on this cooler, the Maker 92 steps up the chart one slot this time. There is no way to sugar coat this result, 82.25 degrees keeps us from the throttle point but is not what we would consider a good result.
Using both fans to their maximum potential on the Maker 92, we can see that there is nearly five degrees of performance left on the table. While it does not increase the standings in this round of testing, we do see that silence is priority one, and not maximum performance.
Noise Level Results
Initially, at idle, you will find that the front fan does not spin at all, but once the heat is applied, the front fan does kick in but runs slower than the rear fan. At this time, the front fan was spinning 352RPM, while the back fan was turning at 1420RPM, and gave us a 30dB result for noise at this time.
Since the overclock of the processor delivers more heat, the fans will ramp up to try to compensate. In this test, the front fan spun to 1530RPM, while the back fan reached 2067RPM, and increased the noise level to 42dB at this time.
Manually setting the fan speed in the BIOS, we saw both fans turning at better than 2500RPM. The noise level rises again at this time and reaches 51dB. With the audio test results in hand, we can see why Cooler Master designed this cooler to keep the fan speeds slow.
Additional points to consider. The pump speed is not displayed as it is powered with a SATA connection, so we have no way to verify what is happening in that aspect. Also, the position of the cooler did not matter for CPU temperature results, but horizontally, the Maker 92 could reduce our VRM temperature by six degrees.
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