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For an inexperienced user the name of Cooler Master might be indicative of the highest quality among non-suggestive brands like Zalman, Scythe, GlacialTech or Titan. Perhaps only Thermaltake sounds just as meaningful as Cooler Master . Well, it’s of course bad practice to choose components only by the name of the manufacturer, yet some products from Cooler Master have really established it as a maker of high-quality cooling solutions. One can recall the famous Hyper 6 as an example.

Now that the heat dissipation of modern processors has got lower, the manufacturers of CPU coolers need to adjust their model range accordingly. Large and heavy, and mostly copper, monsters are currently being replaced with light and quiet aluminum coolers on heat pipes that cool the CPU with the same or better effectiveness. Cooler Master is not aloof from this process and announces the Hyper 7 (HCA-F61) model also known as Hyper UC . The new cooler is not positioned as a hi-end solution and doesn’t claim to be a super-cooler, but this doesn’t make it less interesting to us. We will check out its efficiency, noisiness, installation peculiarities and overclocking-related aspects in this review.

Closer Look

We received the new cooler from Cooler Master for a brief test. It came to our labs in a transparent plastic package without any insignia. So, we are dealing with a pre-release sample of the product. The Hyper 7 (HCA-F61) will begin to ship officially at the end of September. Serial samples of the cooler will have a transparent package that will look like this:

The large and beautiful fan catches your eyes immediately after you take the cooler out of its box. The fan looks as if it is chromium-plated or polished to a mirror shine.

This is not metal, however, but plastic. The center of the fan resembles a plane’s propeller. The intricately shaped blades, nine in total, provide an air stream of ~71CFM at a rotation speed of ~2500.

The cooler follows the “tower” design with three copper heat pipes soldered to the copper base. The diameter of the pipes is about 6 millimeters.

 
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