Cooler Master Hyper Z600 CPU Cooler

Test Setup & Installation

Test Setup

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ stock and 3ghz (1.3v Vcore, 1333mhz FSB)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus Formula
Ram: 4gb Crucial Ballistix Tracers
Case: Tagan/Aplus Black Pearl case with 1 intake and 3 exhaust 120mm fans
Graphics: Palit Nvidia 8800gtx

Arctic Cooling Silver 5 was used for the review. 3 remounts were run for each cooler, each time using alcohol cleaner to clear off any left over AS5. A fresh layer was then applied onto the CPU before mounting the cooler once more. For idle testing the PC was booted into windows, and then left on the desktop for 15 minutes and the temperatures recorded. For load testing, 4 instances of Prime95 torture testing were run for 15 minutes then temperatures recorded. Temperatures were recorded using Everest.
 

Installation

The Z600 can be installed on either a Socket 775 system or an AM2. For this review we will only be testing it on a 775 platform. The mounting plate is attached to the base of the cooler using 4 small screws. Both plates can be seen in the images below.

Cooler Master Z600 Mounts Cooler Master Z600 Mounts

You then need to put the back plate onto the motherboard. Placing the motherboard face down you then want to have the mounting holes on your motherboard lined up with the mounting holes on the back plate. Then place the cooler top down and put the motherboard over the top. By laying the motherboard onto the cooler you do not put all the weight of the cooler onto the motherboard. The mounting screws are then visible on the back of the motherboard.

Cooler Master Z600 Plate Cooler Master Z600 Plate

Once the screws are through, it’s a simple case of screwing on the nuts with the supplied adapter. You need to do them up fairly tight, but be careful not to over tighten and damage your motherboard. Then, install the cooler back in your case and you are away, here is the review sample mounted with active cooling (to show how just much space this cooler can take up).

Cooler Master Z600 Installed

As you can see it is an incredibly tight fit, with the cooler only just fitting. Overall though, the mounting mechanism is well thought out, and is kept as simple as it could be. The average user shouldn’t find mounting the cooler a problem, but a novice may find it a bit daunting.
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Most Recent Comments

11-09-2008, 13:16:11

Luigi
Cheers Jim, Brings warmth to your heart seeing it up there live!

A big thanks goes to yourself and the whole OC3D team as well, top chaps!Quote

11-09-2008, 13:46:02

Nick R
Could you give temps with the two fans attached @ 1.4v?Quote

11-09-2008, 13:47:21

WC Annihilus
Haven't gotten a chance to read through it yet, but something to mention is that on the graphs themselves the stock ones should explicitly say it was run passive and the OC'ed ones should explicitly say run with fans. Tons of people who look up cooler reviews only look at the graphs and don't actually read any of the review itself.Quote

11-09-2008, 13:48:41

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Nick R'
Could you give temps with the two fans attached @ 1.4v?
It should be pretty similar, the Z600 handles extra heat extremely well. I cant really go testing for everyones individual set ups, otherwise It would take years. But if you are after a top notch HSF, the z600 is the one

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='WC Annihilus'
Haven't gotten a chance to read through it yet, but something to mention is that on the graphs themselves the stock ones should explicitly say it was run passive and the OC'ed ones should explicitly say run with fans. Tons of people who look up cooler reviews only look at the graphs and don't actually read any of the review itself.
There is the little text before the graphs, and hopefully people will look accross at them. I dont think there is enough room on the graphs themselves to add in "@ passive" or "@ Load". But I will have to wait for Jim on that oneQuote

11-09-2008, 13:54:20

Nick R
I misread the latter text and thought that it was still passive when OCed.Quote
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