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If you’re not overclocking and you need a cost-effective CPU cooler that does a much better job than the stock cooler, Cooler Master Hyper 103 is something you can take a look at. You’re getting a small thermal paste syringe and everything you need to mount the CPU cooler. The backplate is good enough, but I would be more comfortable if Cooler Master reconsiders the universal backplate idea. Every AMD motherboards have a good backplate and for 500+ 80 (fan) gms. heavy CPU cooler, it’s enough.
If you plan on overclocking, there are better alternatives. Makes sense that such coolers do not have a second CPU fan mounts.
The A9025-22RB-4BP-F1 PWN fan has blue LEDs on it, for those who are interested to know. With full speed preset in the BIOS reflecting the fan speed of 1506RPM, its reasonably quiet in a closed case setup. The plastic clamps can be removed to be swapped with another 92mm, but make sure to remove the adhesive-based rubber pads.
There is a minor issue.
Coolermaster Hyper D92 ended up requiring the bit more thermal paste than I would use. That’s likely because of the non-flat surface. One would speculate that direct heatpipe may have some inconsistent flat. But judging by the amount of thermal paste deposited in the grooves between the copper heatpipe contact, it seems uneven.
Most regular users will say that spreading the thermal paste is a much better choice for direct heatpipe-made heatsinks. True, but the heat and pressure once installed will cause the thermal paste to spread further. Spreading the thermal paste over the IHS of the processor and keeping it thin enough is tricky. Maybe a pre-applied solution is a better idea. Still, its not a problem. It did spread the thermal paste on all four corners.
For its class and price, CM Hyper 103 does a good job. But if it wasn’t for the universal backplate and the uneven base, a gold standard would be a no-brainer. Not having a second fan for its class is not a con, but it would be nice to see a true low-profile CPU cooler from Cooler Master with the same performance. Of course, this would be a wishful thinking considering a very well built low-profile CPU cooler like Noctua L9x65 doesn’t match Hyper 103 especially on load, but it did perform significantly better. You can call it as a ‘necessary trade-off’.
This wouldn’t fit in cases that have low height clearance for slim-profile/ small form factor cases like Coolermaster Elite 130, but that’s where the low-profile Noctua NH-L9x65 CPU air cooler steps in. CM should also reconsider not having the recycle and warranty void label on the fan’s wire.
There’s also another concern that Cooler Master does not have TDP rating in its website, product sheet or in its specification. The TDP for Core i7-4790K is 88w, in case somebody is looking for a reference.
- Slim Design
- 3 copper heatpipes
- 92mm CPU Cooler form factor
- Complete kit including a small thermal paste syringe
- No TDP rating
- Not a complete flat surface
- Unecessary Labels on the fan wiring
- Universal Backplate may cause certain incompatibility depending on the motherboard