The MasterAir Maker 8 CPU Cooler from Cooler Master is designed for gamers and overclockers who demand low temperatures and LED lighting. This large CPU cooler is compatible with a variety of Intel and AMD sockets and can cool up to 250W TDP with its eight heat pipes, aluminum fins, and 3D vapor chamber base. The 3D vapor chamber base is filled with coolant that when heated, changes to gas to dissipate heat. It then condenses back into liquid, continuing the cycle. At the top of the MasterAir Maker 8 is an interchangeable, 3D printable cover. Download the 3D schematics to customize and build your own. Additionally, two 140mm Silencio FP fans are included to provide quiet and efficient cooling.
First and foremost is unlike most CPU coolers which rely upon either heatpipes or a solid surface base to transfer the heat from the CPU’s IHS to the fin array, the Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 takes a page from the video card cooling industry and uses a large vapor “phase change” chamber. While not the first heatsink to use a vapor chamber design, this one addition places the Maker 8 in rather august and rarefied company.
As video card manufactures quickly realized, this type of design is much, much more efficient at whisking heat away from the core compared to either a solid base or standard heatpipe designs. At the end of the day the faster and more effective the cooler is at removing heat the more room enthusiasts have for further overclocking endeavors.
- 3D Vapor Chamber
- Replacing the standard copper base, a coolant filled vapor chamber now transfers heat away from the CPU. When the vapor chamber is heated, the coolant transforms from liquid to gas, which then condenses on cold surfaces, dissipates its heat load, and then changes back to liquid and collects in the coolant reservoir.
Since the rate of condensation depends on the temperature delta of the coolant and the contact surface, the coolant automatically streams towards the coolest surface area. As a result it provides stable and evenly spread temperatures on all of its surfaces, regardless of the location and density of the heat source below the chamber base.
- Customizable Top Cover
- The MasterAir Maker 8 features interchangeable and 3D-printable top covers. It comes with an aluminum and translucent top cover you get you started, and by downloading the 3D printing schematics, you can print your own creative design, image, or 3D model that protrudes out of the cover. If you can design it, then you can make it.
- 250W TDP Cooling
- A total of eight heat pipes (four seamlessly merged with the base) conduct heat away from the horizontal base, while a large aluminum heatsink further dissipates heat. The MasterAir Maker 8 gives gamers and overclockers peace of mind with a high 250W TDP, helping to protect the system from becoming unstable or shutting down due to overheating during intensive gaming and overclocking.
- Silencio FP Fans
- The two Silencio FP fans have a combined noise output of 8-24 dBa, and the self-lubricating and dust-proof design keeps the blades operating smoothly.
- Intuitive Bracket Design
- The MasterAir Maker 8 supports both 140 and 120mm fans. Fans can be quickly and easily removed, replaced, and even adjusted for memory clearance via a special fan bracket design. Simply hold the release tab and slide the fan up.
The MasterAir Maker 8 produces slightly less noise than the Nepton 240M at idle. Under load, however, the Nepton only gets one dBA louder, while the Maker 8 has to rev up a little more to compensate. That's demonstrated by its 34-dBA noise levels under load. Neither of these coolers are loud, but the Nepton's more-or-less constant noise levels fade into the background better than the Maker 8's.
Even on a stock-clocked CPU, the noise character of the Maker 8's fans is just OK. At idle, these 140-mm spinners are practically inaudible, but they get a tad growly as they ramp up that tiny bit under load. I wouldn't call the noise unpleasant, but it is obvious. I was hoping for a better performance here given the Maker 8's price. Meanwhile, the Nepton 240M is practically silent at all times save for the minor hum from its pump.
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