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CoolerMaster Aero 7
review by David, 5 April 2003

Introduction

With the discovery of AMD's very overclockable Athlon XP 1700+ Thoroughbred B processors, overclockers and AMD enthusiasts everywhere have rejoiced in being able to hit upwards of 2 GHz in pure megahertz. As a result, the need for performance heatsinks has arisen. With copper being the material of choice, most of the performance heatsinks available today are made from nothing else, as copper has proven to be a better material for manufacturing heatsinks as compared to aluminum. Unfortunately, a side effect of this is the weight of the cooler itself, as copper is much more dense and heavier than an equivalent volume of aluminum.

CoolerMaster steps up to the plate with their Aero 7 skived fin copper cooler. We'd like to thank CoolerMaster for providing 8BallsHardware with the opportunity to check out one of CoolerMaster's latest releases. The Aero 7 was released during the latest Cebit 2003, along with the CoolDrive3 hard disk cooler which we shall review very soon.

As you can see by the above picture, the Aero 7 looks to be inspired by Noisecontrol's Silverado (also reviewed here), as the fan used is similar in design. However, the Silverado was designed to cool with minimal noise. How does the Aero 7 perform in this respect? Read on to find out.

Specifications

  • Fan Dimension: 70 x 70 x 70 mm
  • Rated Speed: 1900~4500 rpm
  • Air Flow: 10.9~26.9 CFM
  • Rated Voltage: 7~13.8V
  • Heat Sink Dimension: 71 x 71 x 38 mm
  • Heat Sink Type: Copper Skived Fin
  • Socket Type: A, 370, 462
  • Air Pressure : 2.9~20.3mm H2O
  • Intel: PIII CuMine up to 1.13GHz, Celeron (Tualatin) up to 1.6GHz
  • AMD: Duron up to 1.7GHz, All Athlon up to 3000+ and higher.

Specifications give no indication of how loud the fan is, though airflow is pretty low in general, as 27 CFM is roughly the same amount of air a plain 80mm fan pushes. The suppported processor speeds seem impressive though. Nevertheless, its the final numbers that matter, and not specifications.

Lets take a closer look at the Aero 7.

A Closer Look >>


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