Cooler Master is no slouch when it comes to CPU cooling solutions. Today they’re introducing two new products to the MasterAir series, called the MasterAir Pro 3 and MasterAir Pro 4. Previously the MasterAir series was only comprised of the Maker 8, which is a highly decked out air cooler, included dual LED fans, and overall the cooler is pretty pricey. The coolers that we’re looking at today are a quite a bit more budget friendly and include a single non-LED fan – needless to say, they’re not as fancy, but still designed to be a very good general cooler.
The new coolers to the MasterAir series implore Cooler Master’s Continuous Direct Contact Technology 2.0, which basically increases the surface area by 45% by compressing heatpipes together, which helps to dissipate heat more efficiently. Included with the Pro 3 is a single 92mm fan, rated for 28 CFM @ 2.5 mmH2O and a max noise level of 30 dBA. The Pro 4 includes a single 120mm fan, rated for 66.7 CFM @ 2.34 mmH2O and a max noise level of 30 dBA as well. Installation was designed to be made easier with an X-bracket, which you basically slide to your socket’s setting, or you can use the same installation method that the stock Intel cooler uses with the push-pin.
MasterAir Pro 4 is a decently larger cooler compared to the Pro 3. One feature that you will notice is that the Pro 3 has three heatpipes while the Pro 4 has four.
The MSRP price difference between both of the coolers is very minimal, and they’re quite affordable period. You will be able to pick up the MasterAir Pro 3 for $39.99 or less and the MasterAir Pro 4 for $44.99 or less. Both coolers feature a 5-year warranty!
|MasterAir Pro 3||MasterAir Pro 4|
|CPU Socket||Intel® LGA 2011-v3 / 2011 / 1151 / 1150 / 1155 / 1156 / 1366 / 775|
|AMD AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ /AM2 / FM2+ / FM2 / FM1|
|Heat Sink Dimensions (LxWxH)||61.5x108x140mm||60x116x158.5mm|
|Heat Sink Material||3 Heat Pipes / CDC 2.0 / Aluminum Fins||4 Heat Pipes / CDC 2.0 / Aluminum Fins|
|Heat Sink Weight||390 g||472 g|
|Fan Dimensions||92 x 92 x 25 mm||120 x 120 x 25 mm|
|Fan Speed||650 – 3,000 RPM (PWM) ± 10%||650 – 2,000 RPM (PWM) ± 10%|
|Fan Air Flow||28 CFM (Max)||66.7 CFM (Max)|
|Fan Air Pressure||2.5 mmH2O (Max)||2.34 mmH2O (Max)|
|Fan MTTF||350,000 hours||490,000 hours|
|Fan L-10 Life||50,000 hours||70,000 hours|
|Fan Noise Level||6~30 dBA (Max)|
|Fan Rated Current||0.1 A||0.15A|
|Fan Safety Current||0.2 A||0.4A|
|Fan Power Consumption||1.2w||1.8 W|
Both of these coolers look really nice and appear relatively simple to install, but we will find that out in later sections. First, let’s take a look at how these coolers are packaged and take a quick look at them.