Wednesday, July 6th 2016

Cooler Master Announces Master Air Maker 8 CPU Cooler

Cooler Master announced availability of its Master Air Maker 8 high-end CPU cooler. Designed to offer cooling performance rivaling 240 mm AIO liquid-cooling solutions (according to the company), this cooler features a large central aluminium fin-stack, to which heat drawn from the CPU by a 3D Vapor-chamber plate, is conveyed by eight 6 mm thick copper heat pipes, two of which are an extension of the vapor-chamber plate itself.

A pair of red LED-lit 140 mm fans in push-pull configuration ventilate the heatsink. These fans spin between 600-1,800 RPM, pushing up to 66 CFM of air, each. The typical noise output is rated a between 8-24 dBA per fan. Topping it off is a "monolithic" industrial design, including a tinted acrylic top for the heatsink. The cooler is game for all modern CPU socket types, including LGA2011v3, LGA115x, AM3+, FM2+, and upcoming AMD sockets. Measuring 145 mm x 135 mm x 172 mm (WxLxH), the cooler weighs 1.35 kg. The cooler is backed by a 5-year warranty.
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24 Comments on Cooler Master Announces Master Air Maker 8 CPU Cooler

#1
Ferrum Master
oh a heat chamber... at least something more fresh.
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#2
RejZoR
Interesting CM is the only one actually investing in regular cooler innovation. They are the only ones to experiment with 3D vapor chambers. Noiseblocker had something similar years ago, but it never really took off. Since then, only CM. I wonder how this one will actually perform compared to AiO loops.
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#3
entropic
RejZoR said:
Interesting CM is the only one actually investing in regular cooler innovation. They are the only ones to experiment with 3D vapor chambers. Noiseblocker had something similar years ago, but it never really took off. Since then, only CM. I wonder how this one will actually perform compared to AiO loops.
actually sapphire had a vapor chamber cpu cooler too, but im eager to see reviews of the new cm offering since the price is very high i wonder how the performance stacks up against nh-d15s and aio closed loops
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#4
Jack1n
Wow, 1.35kg, I would be very reluctant to use this cooler in a tower, maybe if I had it laying on its side.
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#5
RejZoR
ASUS Sabertooth reinforcement backplate coming to a rescue :D
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#6
Ferrum Master
RejZoR said:
ASUS Sabertooth reinforcement backplate coming to a rescue :D
Maybe attaching some helium balloons would help also :D It would look funny too... threads sticking out the upper fan went and some balloons over the case... lulz :D
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#8
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
Jack1n said:
Wow, 1.35kg, I would be very reluctant to use this cooler in a tower, maybe if I had it laying on its side.
LOL, my first thoughts exactly as soon as I saw the picture and furiously looked for the weight. That is insane!
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#9
Vayra86
Ferrum Master said:
Maybe attaching some helium balloons would help also :D It would look funny too... threads sticking out the upper fan went and some balloons ever the case... lulz :D
I see a case modding project is in the making here... :D
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#10
BlueFalcon
rtwjunkie said:
LOL, my first thoughts exactly as soon as I saw the picture and furiously looked for the weight. That is insane!
What's the big deal? It's not insane at all. Many high-end air coolers weigh around that mark.

Raijintek Nemesis = 1342g
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/raijintek-nemesis.html

Noctua NH-D15 = 1320g
http://noctua.at/en/nh-d15/specification

Akasa Venom Medusa = 1300g
http://www.performance-pcs.com/akasa-ak-cc4010hp01-venom-medusa-universal-cpu-cooler.html#Specifications

Cryorig R1 Ultimate = 1282g
http://www.cryorig.com/r1-ultimate.php

Phanteks PH-TC14PE = 1250g
http://www.phanteks.com/ph-tc14pe.html

Thermaltake Frio Extreme = 1230g
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/thermaltake-frio-extreme_3.html#sect1

Prolimatech Genesis = 1030g without any fans. Add 2 fans and it would be 1300-1350g.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/prolimatech-genesis_4.html#sect0

There have been even heavier beasts:

Scythe Susanoo = 1565g
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/scythe-susanoo_4.html#sect0

Thermalright TRUE Copper Ultra-12 eXtreme = 1900g (without a fan)
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/thermalright-true-copper-u120x_6.html

Modern high quality motherboards can easily handle 1.5GB+ of weight off the socket as long as there is a backplate.

The issue with the CM cooler in question is its poor performance in the high-end space and too high of a price given the competition.
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#11
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
BlueFalcon said:
Modern high quality motherboards can easily handle 1.5GB+ of weight off the socket as long as there is a backplate.
And that is the issue. Even with a backplate, there is a lot of unnecessary stress on the PCB. Longterm it can have consequences on the integrity of a lot of things on the MB.
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#12
Farmer Boe
The cooler is only $170 where I live! What a good deal lol. I can buy two Noctua heatsinks for that much.
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#13
TheDeeGee
RejZoR said:
Interesting CM is the only one actually investing in regular cooler innovation. They are the only ones to experiment with 3D vapor chambers. Noiseblocker had something similar years ago, but it never really took off. Since then, only CM. I wonder how this one will actually perform compared to AiO loops.
As in Noctua is sitting on their hands or something?
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#14
RejZoR
Only thing Noctua is investing money into are ugliest color palettes and tons of meaningless buzzwords that look nice on paper but do nothing in real world. Tried 2 of their fans and both were whining buzzing farts.
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#15
Ferrum Master
RejZoR said:
Only thing Noctua is investing money into are ugliest color palettes and tons of meaningless buzzwords that look nice on paper but do nothing in real world. Tried 2 of their fans and both were whining buzzing farts.
Their fans are overrated, sure. But the coolers... they just work... and really good.
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#16
RejZoR
I hated their mounting system. It just felt so damn flimsy.
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#17
Ferrum Master
RejZoR said:
I hated their mounting system. It just felt so damn flimsy.
Comparing to some of arctic cooling plastic rubbish... it is okay. My fave is prolimatech... I still have my Megahalems, and it works like a champ.
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#18
SirMango
RejZoR said:
I hated their mounting system. It just felt so damn flimsy.
I find that surprising! Noctua is known for their excellent mounting system.
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#19
Tsukiyomi91
while some motherboards have reinforced armor kits to withstand these heavy air coolers, not many have the money to afford boards that are tough... would still go for AIO kit since the surface area & heat transfer is a little bit better, not to mention... lighter than most high performance air coolers.
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#20
Tsukiyomi91
@RejZoR "whining buzzing farts" LOL. I too never liked Noctua's crayon like texture & colour choices. Kinda puts me off every time I see at the shelves in a PC shop I regularly go to...
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#21
basco
perfect example for different tastes-i like noctua a lot-and very fair for giving you every new mounting kit even if your cooler is 5 years old.
and you know its noctua from far away because of the colors if ya like it or not - so i think they did good marketing.
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#22
micropage7
thanks, but i have deepcool assassin sitting on the corner
no need to buy more :-P
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#23
Filip Georgievski
1 more vote for Deep Cool
Running a Gammaxx 400 on my rig with a GS120 Upgraded fan, and it kicks ass for my I5 750 stabilizing it at 55C OCed to 3.5GHZ while testing.
Now im running it on stock speeds with temps below 50C when in turbo mode running at 3.2GHZ, and i gotta say im very satisfied.

Jays2Cents has a good review on this cooler, i suggest go check it out, it will shine some light onto this thread.
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#24
JNCW886
product video:
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