CoolerMaster MasterAir Pro 4 Review

Noise Performance

CoolerMaster MasterAir Pro 4 Review

Noise Performance

Manufacturers will always give a dB(A) level for their systems or fans.  The problem is, that although protocols exist that attempt to standardise the how this figure is obtained, there's still a degree of subjectivity in it with regards to one manufacturer vs another.  For a long time we've been looking for a more objective way to measure and record the noise of cooling systems.  As much as we'd like them we simply we simply don't have the facilities to undertake fully scientific testing in an acoustically silent room.  We have though come up with a solution that will enable us to gather noise measurements so that the various systems can be related to each other. It's inevitable that our readings will differ wildly from the manufacturers, however, and perhaps more importantly, our measurement will have been gathered in exactly the same way, and as such are directly comparable to each other.  The figures below were obtained using our meter, and we from the inside of the case at the level of the GPU.  All other case fans were turned off, and the GPU fan was not spinning.

 

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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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