Typically, when it comes to products we review, we appreciate new things more than we do looking at products with just a couple of minor changes. With that said, Cooler Master did things right with what was changed, but there are still some issues we found.
The mounting hardware change is something we can get behind, as the hardware that shipped with the Pro 4 was complicated and clumsy to install. The change has simplified the effort and will make many customers happier than if they had to deal with the old setup. We also like the addition of RGB to the cooler. Many might scoff at this, but there is nothing better than to look through a tempered glass side panel of a chassis and see that all of the lighting is identical.
However, even though we can see why Cooler Master made the changes they did and reintroduced the cooler under another name, we do have a few things we need to address. First of all, the performance seems to have degraded. Not by much, but the charts don't lie, and the Pro 4 came out as the better cooler as far as performance is concerned. The addition of RGB is nice and all, but for those who do not have a capable motherboard, the remote idea is a pain. You either keep things clean and hide the remote behind the motherboard tray, making it a pain to change the settings, or you are left with wires hanging out so that you may change the lighting by reaching through the left side of the chassis.
We like having the option to use this, but we do feel they could have come up with a more accessible solution. We also found that our cooler was slightly out of square, as it leans slightly to the front of the tower. This can be seen in our images, and while not detrimental to the efficiency of it, we would like our cooler to arrive square to the motherboard, especially considering all the attention to the inner packaging, we feel this should have never happened. It had to have left the factory in this state.
The one saving grace for the Masterair MA410P is the price. There are many out there looking for an affordable solution to cool their processor, and the MA410P is up to that task. It certainly kept our processor from throttling, and in today's market, we do not expect much from a cooler priced less than $50.
However, Cooler Master does offer a fair amount of bang-for-the-buck with the reintroduction of this cooler. At $48.78 you will not break the bank obtaining one, but looking at the charts, we do have coolers that can perform better for similar costs. They may not look as good in combination with your RGB capable motherboards, but there are options with more efficient designs. Sadly, in the end, while we initially liked what we were seeing, the results are a tad too lackluster for us to solidly recommend this cooler outside of the RGB capability of it.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Overall TweakTown Rating||83%|
The Bottom Line: The MASTERAIR MA410P does bring on the RGB and offers better moutning hardware. However we feel it should outperform the original design, which it does not! The cooler is affordable, and it is not horrible, we just feel you could more wisely spend your money!
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Cooler Master MASTERAIR MA410P 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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