Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Round two of CPU cooling options is upon us, and is yet another cooler to be released within the Masterair Series. Recently looking at its little brother, the MA410P, we hope this larger, better equipped, tower cooler leaves us with a more pleasant feeling at the end.
Some of the things that set the two coolers apart are things like a full fan shroud in it, increasing the number of heat pipes, installing a pair of fans this time, and even offering a much more substantial pre-cooler on the base. In principle, if on the same tower as the MA410P, things look promising out of the gate for what we are about to see.
We had a suspicion after seeing the new cooler that we had seen it before, and we have to some extent. The reason we felt we had seen it is that this new cooler is the offspring of the Masterair Maker 8. That being said, we do lose a little bit to the original, as there are not eight heat pipes this time.
We also lost the vapor chamber base, the vertical vapor chambers, and thankfully did away with the pain in the bum hardware. Most of the cooler is very reminiscent of the Maker 8 in style, but outside of looks, to say they are that similar is a bit of a stretch.
It is the Masterair MA610P which has us here today. Just looking at this single tower cooler with a pair of fans and its fancy plastic components, one would quickly conclude that the cooler is more than capable at taking a run at those coolers we have already tested.
However, there comes the point where listening to customers can be the bane of your existence. We do feel the Cooler Master has moved towards looks and silence above performance, as with what you are about to see, bigger doesn't always mean better.
The Masterair Ma610P can also be found searching for the MAP-T6PN-218PC-R1 model number. When it comes to mounting the MA610P anything since LGA775 is covered, and for AMD, AM2 is the earliest socket it will fit. The primary structure of the cooler is 116mm wide, it is 60mm thick, and stands 158mm tall.
With the plastic and fans on the tower, the measurements increase. The cooler is now 122.3mm wide, it is 112.8mm thick, and is now 166.5mm tall. This is another direct contact cooler which sports six 6mm diameter heat pipes, which are run through fifty-four thick aluminum fins. All told, with the fans included, the MA610P weighs in at only 616 grams.
With the MA610P, you get a pair of fans, which sport the model number DF1202512RFMN. The front fan is conventional in its design, where the rear fan is a bit different. It has the blades on the outside and the frame against the cooler, where the blades are reversed, so it will pull through the cooler.
These fans will spin at 1800 RPM at their max, and deliver only 53.38 CFM at 1.65mmH2O of pressure. These fans are also rated for just 40,000 hours; they are RGB LED illuminated, they are powered via a 4-pin PWM connection, and use 4.44W of power each. The warranty is pretty standard for Cooler Master, where they will address issues for two years from the time of purchase.
Since the MA610P is larger and comes with more than the MA410P does, we are not shocked to see that it costs more than the smaller option. What we see currently is that if you shop at Newegg, you will find the MA610P listed at $67.49. For those that favor Amazon, you will pay a touch more, as it is listed there for $69.99.
By looking at the specifications, and looking at what the box shows you, we feel this is not out of bounds to ask such a price. However, we do still have to put it through our gauntlet of stress tests, and see just how well it performs before we make a judgment on bang-for-the-buck.
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