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[nextpage title=”Introduction”]

Today, we reviewed the Cooler Master Blizzard T2 CPU cooler, which features a tower heatsink, two “dual loop” 6 mm heatpipes, and one 92 mm fan. Let’s see if this “compact” cooler performs well.

Figure 1 shows the box of the cooler.

Cooler Master Blizzard T2Figure 1: package

Figure 2 shows the contents of the box: the cooler, a small bag of thermal compound, a manual, and installation hardware.

Cooler Master Blizzard T2Figure 2: accessories

This cooler is discussed in detail in the following pages.

[nextpage title=”The Blizzard T2″]

Figure 3 illustrates the front of the heatsink. The 92 mm fan with magenta blades covers all the front of the heatsink.

Cooler Master Blizzard T2Figure 3: front view

Figure 4 reveals the side of the cooler. Here you can notice that the fan is attached to a frame that fits the heatsink. There are two heatpipes.

Cooler Master Blizzard T2Figure 4: side view

The rear of the heatsink is shown in Figure 5. Here it is clear that each heatpipe makes a complete loop.

Cooler Master Blizzard T2Figure 5: rear view

The top of the heatsink is visible in Figure 6. In most coolers, here are the tips of the heatpipes, but in this cooler, the ends of the heatpipes are in the base.

Cooler Master Blizzard T2Figure 6: top view

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Figure 7 shows the base of the cooler. Both the tips of each heatpipes make direct contact with the CPU. The surface is smooth but not mirrored.

Cooler Master Blizzard T2Figure 7: base

In Figure 8, you can see the 92 mm fan that comes with the Blizzard T2. Its connector has only three pins (meaning it is not PWM-compatible) and its model is A9225-22RB-3BN-F1 (2,200 rpm, 30 dBA, 2.16 W, 43 cfm). The fan is installed in a frame that makes it very easy to install or remove.

Cooler Master Blizzard T2Figure 8: fan

Figure 9 presents the Blizzard T2 heatsink, without the fan.

Cooler Master Blizzard T2Figure 9: heatsink

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Figure 10 shows the Blizzard T2 with the Intel stock-like pressure clips installed, compatible with LGA775, LGA1150, LGA1155, and LGA1156 CPUs. For use with AMD processors, there is a simple lever that makes it compatible with all sockets.

Cooler Master Blizzard T2Figure 10: clips installed

You must remove the fan before installing the cooler, for better access to the pressure clips. Just press all the four clips to secure the heatsink in place.

Cooler Master Blizzard T2Figure 11: heatsink installed

After that, just fit the fan to the heatsink.

Cooler Master Blizzard T2Figure 12: installation finished

[nextpage title=”How We Tested”]

We tested the cooler with a Core i5-2500K CPU (quad-core, 3.3 GHz), which is a socket LGA1155 processor with a 95 W TDP (Thermal Design Power). In order to get higher thermal dissipation, we overclocked it to 4.0 GHz (100 MHz base clock and x40 multiplier), with 1.3 V core voltage (Vcore). This CPU was able to reach 4.8 GHz with its default core voltage, but at this setting, the processor enters thermal throttling when using mainstream coolers, reducing the clock and thus the thermal dissipation. This could interfere with the temperature readings, so we chose to maintain a moderate overclocking.

We measured noise and temperature with the CPU under full load. In order to get 100% CPU usage in all cores, we ran Prime 95 25.11 with the “In-place Large FFTs” option. (In this version, the software uses all available threads.)

We compared the tested cooler to other coolers we already tested, and to the stock cooler that comes with the Core i5-2500K CPU. Every cooler was tested with the thermal compound that comes with it.

Room temperature measurements were taken with a digital thermometer. The core temperature was read with the SpeedFan program (available from the CPU thermal sensors), using an arithmetic average of the core temperature readings.

During the tests, the panels of the computer case were closed. The front and rear case fans were spinning at minimum speed in order to simulate the “normal” cooler use on a well-ventilated case. We assume that is the common setup used by a cooling enthusiast or overclocker.

The sound pressure level (SPL) was measured with a digital noise meter, with its sensor placed near the top opening of the case. This measurement is only for comparison purposes, because a precise SPL measurement needs to be made inside an acoustically insulated room with no other noise sources, which is not the case here.

Hardware Configuration

Operating System Configuration

  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1

Software Used

Error Margin

We adopted a 2°C error margin, meaning temperature differences below 2°C are considered irrelevant.

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The table below presents the results of our measurements. We repeated the same test on all coolers listed below. Each measurement was taken with the CPU at full load. In the models with a fan supporting PWM, the motherboard controlled the fan speed according to core load and temperature. On coolers with an integrated fan controller, the fan was set at the full speed.

Cooler Room Temp. Noise Speed Core Temp. Temp. Diff.
Intel stock cooler 18 °C 41 dBA 2000 rpm 97 °C 79 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 18 °C 50 dBA 2850 rpm 69 ºC 51 °C
Corsair A70 23 °C 51 dBA 2000 rpm 66 ºC 43 °C
Corsair H100 26 °C 62 dBA 2000 rpm 64 ºC 38 °C
EVGA Superclock 26 °C 57 dBA 2550 rpm 67 ºC 41 °C
NZXT HAVIK 140 20 °C 46 dBA 1250 rpm 65 ºC 45 °C
Thermalright True Spirit 120 26 °C 42 dBA 1500 rpm 82 °C 56 °C
Zalman CNPS12X 26 °C 43 dBA 1200 rpm 71 °C 45 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 Max 20 °C 51 dBA 1700 rpm 62 °C 42 °C
Titan Fenrir Siberia Edition 22 °C 50 dBA 2400 rpm 65 °C 43 °C
SilenX EFZ-120HA5 18 °C 44 dBA 1500 rpm 70 °C 52 °C
Noctua NH-L12 20 °C 44 dBA 1450 rpm 70 °C 50 °C
Zalman CNPS8900 Extreme 21 °C 53 dBA 2550 rpm 71 °C 50 °C
Gamer Storm Assassin 15 °C 48 dBA 1450 rpm 58 °C 43 °C
Deepcool Gammaxx 400 15 °C 44 dBA 1500 rpm 60 °C 45 °C
Cooler Master TPC 812 23 °C 51 dBA 2350 rpm 66 °C 43 °C
Deepcool Gammaxx 300 18 °C 43 dBA 1650 rpm 74 °C 56 °C
Intel stock cooler 18 °C 41 dBA 2000 rpm 97 °C 79 °C
Xigmatek Praeton 19 °C 52 dBA 2900 rpm 83 °C 64 °C
Noctua NH-U12P SE2 18 °C 42 dBA 1300 rpm 69 °C 51 °C
Deepcool Frostwin 24 °C 46 dBA 1650 rpm 78 °C 54 °C
Thermaltake Frio Advanced 13 °C 56 dBA 2000 rpm 62 °C 49 °C
Xigmatek Dark Knight Night Hawk Edition 9 °C 48 dBA 2100 rpm 53 °C 44 °C
Thermaltake Frio Extreme 21 °C 53 dBA 1750 rpm 59 °C 38 °C
Noctua NH-U9B SE2 12 °C 44 dBA 1700 rpm 64 °C 52 °C
Thermaltake WATER2.0 Pro 15 °C 54 dBA 2000 rpm 52 °C 37 °C
Deepcool Fiend Shark 18 °C 45 dBA 1500 rpm 74 °C 56 °C
Arctic Freezer i30 13 °C 42 dBA 1350 rpm 63 °C 50 °C
Spire TME III 8 °C 46 dBA 1700 rpm 70 °C 62 °C
Thermaltake WATER2.0 Performer 11 °C 54 dBA 2000 rpm 49 °C 38 °C
Arctic Alpine 11 PLUS 11 °C 45 dBA 2000 rpm 82 °C 71 °C
be quiet! Dark Rock 2 10 °C 41 dBA 1300 rpm 58 °C 48 °C
Phanteks PH-TC14CS 16 °C 47 dBA 1300 rpm 58 °C 42 °C
Phanteks PH-TC14PE 16 °C 48 dBA 1300 rpm 57 °C 41 °C
SilverStone HE01 (Q) 19 °C 44 dBA 1150 rpm 63 °C 44 °C
SilverStone HE01 (P) 20 °C 57 dBA 2050 rpm 62 °C 42 °C
Thermaltake WATER2.0 Extreme (S) 17 °C 44 dBA 1250 rpm 52 °C 35 °C
Thermaltake WATER2.0 Extreme (E) 17 °C 53 dBA 1900 rpm 50 °C 33 °C
Deepcool Neptwin 11 °C 46 dBA 1500 rpm 56 °C 45 °C
SilverStone HE02 19 °C 49 dBA 2000 rpm 64 °C 45 °C
Zalman CNPS9900DF 23 °C 45 dBA 1400 rpm 68 °C 45 °C
Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0 22 °C 43 dBA 1500 rpm 67 °C 45 °C
Phanteks PH-TC90LS 24 °C 47 dBA 2600 rpm 95 °C 71 °C
Corsair H60 20 °C 49 dBA 2000 rpm 64 °C 44 °C
Zalman LQ310 27 °C 51 dBA 2050 rpm 65 °C 38 °C
Noctua NH-L9i 24 °C 44 dBA 2500 rpm 95 °C 71 °C
NZXT Respire T40 20 °C 45 dBA 1850 rpm 76 °C 56 °C
NZXT Respire T20 21 °C 45 dBA 1900 rpm 77 °C 56 °C
Zalman LQ315 20 °C 52 dBA 1950 rpm 57 °C 37 °C
Corsair H80i (Quiet) 19 °C 44 dBA 1100 rpm 61 °C 42 °C
Corsair H80i (Maximum) 19 °C 57 dBA 2500 rpm 55 °C 36 °C
NZXT Kraken X40 (Silent) 25 °C 44 dBA 1050 rpm 66 °C 41 °C
NZXT Kraken X40 (Extreme) 25 °C 53 dBA 1650 rpm 62 °C 37 °C
Zalman LQ320 20 °C 52 dBA 2100 rpm 57 °C 37 °C
Corsair H100i (Quiet) 22 °C 45 dBA 1150 rpm 58 °C 36 °C
Corsair H100i (Maximum) 22 °C 61 dBA 2500 rpm 54 °C 32 °C
NZXT Kraken X60 (Silent) 26 °C 46 dBA 1000 rpm 62 °C 36 °C
NZXT Kraken X60 (Extreme) 26 °C 60 dBA 1650 rpm 60 °C 34 °C
Prolimatech Genesis Black Series 25 °C 46 dBA 1150 rpm 69 °C 44 °C
Phanteks PH-TC12DX 25 °C 51 dBA 1850 rpm 74 °C 49 °C
Corsair H90 23 °C 51 dBA 1550 rpm 61 °C 38 °C
Corsair H110 27 °C 58 dBA 1500 rpm 60 °C 33 °C
Evercool Venti 23 °C 49 dBA 2250 rpm 72 °C 49 °C
Thermalright Archon SB-E X2 22 °C 45 dBA 1400 rpm 68 °C 46 °C
Scythe Kabuto II 20 °C 41 dBA 1450 rpm 67 °C 47 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems Red Series 20 °C 51 dBA 1500 rpm 63 °C 43 °C
Zalman FX100 (fanless) 18 °C NA NA 98 °C 80 °C
Zalman FX100 (92 mm fan) 18 °C 50 dBA 2850 rpm 69 °C 51 °C
Gelid The Black Edition 21 °C 45 dBA 1650 rpm 66 °C 45 °C
Thermalright AXP-100 22 °C 42 dBA 2400 rpm 76 °C 54 °C
SilverStone NT06-PRO 19 °C 50 dBA 2400 rpm 72 °C 53 °C
SilverStone AR01 11 °C 46 dBA 2150 rpm 53 °C 42 °C
Cooler Master Seidon 120M 16 °C 52 dBA 2300 rpm 58 °C 42 °C
Enermax ETS-T40-White Cluster 16 °C 50 dBA 2200 rpm 63 °C 47 °C
Cooler Master Seidon 120XL 17 °C 54 dBA 2250 rpm 55 °C 38 °C
Cooler Master Seidon 240M 13 °C 59 dBA 2200 rpm 49 °C 36 °C
SilverStone AR02 9 °C 46 dBA 2800 rpm 60 °C 51 °C
Cooler Master V8 GTS 10 °C 51 dBA 1650 rpm 54 °C 44 °C
SilverStone TD03 16 °C 57 dBA 2350 rpm 54 °C 38 °C
SilverStone TD02 17 °C 57 dBA 2350 rpm 50 °C 33 °C
Corsair H75 29 °C 51 dBA 2000 rpm 71 °C 42 °C
Cooler Master Nepton 140XL 25 °C 60 dBA 2150 rpm 58 °C 32 °C
Cooler Master Blizzard T2 24 °C 45 dBA 2250 rpm 92 °C 68 °C

In the graph below, you can see how many degrees Celsius hotter the CPU core is than the air outside the case. The lower this difference, the better is the performance of the cooler.

Cooler Master Blizzard T2 

In the graph below, you can see how many decibels of noise each cooler makes.

 Cooler Master Blizzard T2

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The main specifications for the Cooler Master Blizzard T2 CPU cooler include:

  • Application: Sockets AM2(+), AM3(+), FM1, FM2, LGA775, LGA 1150, LGA1155, LGA1156
  • Dimensions: 3.7 x 3.1 x 5.5 inches (93 x 80 x 140 mm) (W x L x H)
  • Fins: Aluminum
  • Base: Direct-touch heatpipes
  • Heat-pipes: Two 6-mm heatpipes
  • Fans: 92 mm
  • Nominal fan speed: 2,200 rpm
  • Fan air flow: 43 cfm
  • Power consumption: 2.16 W
  • Nominal noise level: 30 dBA
  • More information: https://www.coolermaster.com/
  • Average price in the U.S.: Officially, this cooler is not sold in the U.S., as it is targeted to the Latin American market

[nextpage title=”Conclusions”]

The Blizzard T2 is a simple CPU cooler, and it is also quiet, easy to install, and good looking.

Its performance is lower than its more popular brother, the Hyper TX3. But the Blizzard T2 is cheaper, since it is intended to be a replacement for the stock cooler, at which it does well.

The “dual loop” heatpipe design (as it is called by the manufacturer) seems to be one more innovative idea that does not work well.