CoolerMaster MasterAir Pro 4 Review

Up Close: Heat-sink

CoolerMaster MasterAir Pro 4 Review

Up Close:  Heatsink

The Heat-sink measures 60x116158mm (LxWxH) without the 120mm fan.  It has four 6mm Copper heat pipes which leave the base before travelling up into the Aluminium fin stack. 

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The Fin stack has 56 Aluminium elements, and is reasonably densely packed for a tower cooler of this size.  Let's hope CoolerMaster have gotten their sums right and paired it with a fan that has enough oomph to push the air through.

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The MasterAir Pro 4 sports what CoolerMaster are calling direct contact technology 2.0, or CDC 2.0 for short.  In essence what this means is that they claim to have improved the amount of surface area available by 45% over their previous version (CDC 1.0).  Now, we're all very familiar with manufacturers coming up with some difference in design that they claim is a huge improvement over other designs, and we have to be honest and say we're not always convinced that there's any difference at all, so it will be interesting to see if this CDC 2.0 is as good as CoolerMaster would have us believe.

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With the fan attached the thickness of the heat sink increases to 84mm, so if you're worried about RAM encroachment you really needn't be.  With an overall height of 158mm the Pro 4 will also fit into a good many cases, including quite a few of the cheaper mini towers that clutter up the bottom end of the enclosure market.  The 120mm fan attaches by means of plastic brackets that are screwed to the side of the fan.  It's worth saying that they are some of the easiest clips we've ever used.  In fact, if there was an award just for fan attachment alone we think we'd give it to CoolerMaster right here and now.  The fan itself is a 25mm thinck 120mm model that out puts up to 2000 RPM at a maximum reported noise level of 30dB(A).  Our noise measurements were significantly Different, but we do rate the Pro 4 as one of the quietest on the Market.

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The fin stack is topped off with an aluminium plate which is finished off in satin Black.  Although not brushed, the effect is, none the less, one of simple elegance, and we have to say we quite like it, especially when combined with the black fan and cowling attachment.

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10-04-2017, 06:50:34

King of Old Old School
IMO never understood why you would want to put one of these cheaper CPU coolers on a socket 2011/V3 if you spending that much money on the X99 motherboard you should be going with an AIO or a higher end CPU cooler.Quote

10-04-2017, 14:45:00

warpuck
When a AIO clogs up you toss it. When a Noctua C/D 14 clogs up, remove fan and suck out the clog with brush and vacuum cleaner. The fan should last 5 years or more. So the only thing that is left with a AIO is the fans. DIY water has got to be cleaned and drained if you use flexible tubing annually. Rigid maybe once every 3-5 years drained and cleaned. You still have to clean the dust out of the radiators 1 or 2 twice a year. They can both be moved to another socket style. I have had three different water cooler set ups and will not be using water again. A Noctua C or D 14 is almost as good as 240mm AIO and better than most if not all 120mm AIOs. If your ambient is 40C water is better, But 30C or less no real advantage. Truth I don't get any more DAILY Ghz out of a FX-8350 with water than I do with a C14Quote

10-04-2017, 15:17:47

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by warpuck View Post
When a AIO clogs up you toss it. When a Noctua C/D 14 clogs up, remove fan and suck out the clog with brush and vacuum cleaner. The fan should last 5 years or more. So the only thing that is left with a AIO is the fans. DIY water has got to be cleaned and drained if you use flexible tubing annually. Rigid maybe once every 3-5 years drained and cleaned. You still have to clean the dust out of the radiators 1 or 2 twice a year. They can both be moved to another socket style. I have had three different water cooler set ups and will not be using water again. A Noctua C or D 14 is almost as good as 240mm AIO and better than most if not all 120mm AIOs. If your ambient is 40C water is better, But 30C or less no real advantage. Truth I don't get any more DAILY Ghz out of a FX-8350 with water than I do with a C14
Ever use a AIO?
I've used one virtually 24/7 for nearly what 2 years now? Never had a hiccup. This is an older 2nd gen AIO. Still going strong. The newer ones are even more robust. Really they will last as long as fans will.Quote

14-04-2017, 11:37:37

warpuck
Used a AIO 24/7 folding with a OCed FX-8350 (4.7Ghz). (200 watts +) 24/7 operation broke down the coolant corrosion inhibitors and it clogged up after about 1 year of that kind of abuse. A premium Noctua does almost as well as a AIO and it can be cleaned with small paint brush and a vacuum cleaner. A AIO is sent back if it is under warranty. Performing surgery on it is tedious, if it is out of warranty, plus it may not work again anyway. Considering that a Coolermaster 120mm x 40mm cost almost the same as Noctua 14 at the time? Water does cool better but it does have one more working part to fail and pumps will fail. I have 2 dead pumps now. Vapor condensation cycle has no moving parts, fans are plentiful and cheap enough to keep a spare around while you wait 50,000 hours for it to fail. I still have the Coolermaster fan that came with the AIO in use as a case fan. The 8350 is still happy folding @4.6 Ghz cooled by a Noctua NH-C14S with its companion GTX 690. Both cooling items have been discontinued. Only one still works. I have come to the conclusion that water is great if your system is only used for a few hours a day to squeeze the max out of your system.Quote
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