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This time we tested the Hyper 101 CPU cooler from Cooler Master, which has a tower heatsink, two heatpipes and an 80-mm fan. Check it out!

Cooler Master sells three versions of this product: the Hyper 101A, which fits only AMD processors, the Hyper 101i, for Intel socket LGA775 and 1155/1156 CPUs, and the Hyper 101 Universal, which includes clips for both platforms. It also can be found with two kinds of fan, one with PWM speed control and another without this feature. The version we are reviewing is the Hyper 101 Universal with PWM fan.

The Hyper 101 box is small, with a window at the front where you can see part of the cooler, as you can check in Figure 1.

Cooler Master Hyper 101Figure 1: Package

In Figure 2, you can see what comes inside the box: a thermal compound tube, manual, the cooler itself and installation clips. It also comes with the hardware necessary to install a second fan.

Cooler Master Hyper 101Figure 2: Accessories

In Figure 3, you can see the Cooler Master Hyper 101.

Cooler Master Hyper 101Figure 3: The Cooler Master Hyper 101 CPU cooler

In the next pages, you will see this cooler in detail.

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In Figure 4, you see the front of the cooler. The 80-mm fan covers all its front.

Cooler Master Hyper 101Figure 4: Front view

In Figure 5, you can check the side of the cooler, where you see the heatpipes.

Cooler Master Hyper 101Figure 5: Side view

In Figure 6, you check the cooler rear side. Note that the heatpipes have a real U shape.

Cooler Master Hyper 101Figure 6: Rear view

In Figure 7, you can see the top of the cooler, where you see the rectangular shape of the fins.

Cooler Master Hyper 101Figure 7: Top view

[nextpage title=”The Cooler Master Hyper 101 (Cont’d)”]In Figure 8, you see the base of the cooler, which has no mirror-like aspect. The direct-touch design (where the heatpipes touch the CPU directly) is good, but we think that it would be better if the heatpipes were closer to the center of the base, where is the point the CPU produces more heat.

Cooler Master Hyper 101Figure 8: Base

In Figure 9, you see the cooler without the fan. As we mentioned before, it comes with only one fan, but you can install a second one (the cooler comes with the hardware to install this second fan).

Cooler Master Hyper 101Figure 9: Heatsink

In Figure 10 you see the 80-mm fan. It is attached to two holders that are installed on the heatsink by pressure. There are also small rubber pads that help absorbing vibrations generated by the fan.

Cooler Master Hyper 101Figure 10: Fan

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In Figure 11, you see the clip used to install the Hyper 101 on AMD CPUs.

Cooler Master Hyper 101Figure 11: AMD clip

In Figure 12, you see the base of the cooler with the Intel clips screwed in place. Those clips support socket LGA775, 1155, and 1156 CPUs.

Cooler Master Hyper 101Figure 12: Intel clips installed

In Figure 13, you can see the cooler installed in our computer.

Cooler Master Hyper 101Figure 13: Installed in our system

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We tested the cooler with a Core i7-860 CPU (quad-core, 2.8 GHz), which is a socket LGA1156 processor with a 95 W TDP (Thermal Design Power). In order to get higher thermal dissipation, we overclocked it to 3.3 GHz (150 MHz base clock and 22x multiplier), keeping the standard core voltage (Vcore), which was the maximum stable overclock we could make with the stock cooler. Keep in mind that we could have raised the CPU clock more, but to include the stock cooler in our comparison, we needed to use this moderate overclock.

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

We compared the tested cooler to the Intel stock cooler with a copper base (included with the CPU), as well as with other coolers. Note that in the past, we tested coolers with a socket LGA775 CPU, and we retested some "old" coolers with this new methodology. This means you can find different values in older reviews than the values you will read in the next page. Every cooler was tested with the thermal compound that accompanies it.

Room temperature measurements were taken with a digital t
hermometer. 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 left panel of the case was open.

The sound pressure level (SPL) was measured with a digital noise meter, with its sensor placed 4" (10 cm) from the fan. We turned off the case and video board cooler fans so they wouldn’t interfere with the results. 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

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 idle and 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 minimum speed on the idle test and at full speed on the full load test.

 

Idle Processor

Processor at Full Load

Cooler Room Temp. Noise Speed Core Temp. Noise Speed Core Temp.
Intel stock (socket LGA1156) 14 °C 44 dBA 1700 rpm 46 °C 54 dBA 2500 rpm 90 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 G1 14 °C 47 dBA 2050 rpm 33 °C 56 dBA 2900 rpm 62 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme 14 °C 45 dBA 1400 rpm 27 °C 53 dBA 1950 rpm 51 °C
Thermaltake Silent 1156 14 °C 44 dBA 1200 rpm 38 °C 49 dBA 1750 rpm 69 °C
Noctua NH-D14 14 °C 49 dBA 1250 rpm 27 °C 49 dBA 1250 rpm 53 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Performa 14 °C 46 dBA 1500 rpm 28 °C 52 dBA 1950 rpm 54 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems 14 °C 40 dBA 750 rpm 27 °C 60 dBA 2550 rpm 50 °C
Thermaltake Frio 14 °C 46 dBA 1450 rpm 27 °C 60 dBA 2500 rpm 50 °C
Prolimatech Samuel 17 14 °C 40 dBA 750 rpm 40 °C 60 dBA 2550 rpm 63 °C
Zalman CNPS8000A 18 °C 43 dBA 1400 rpm 39 °C 54 dBA 2500 rpm 70 °C
Spire TherMax Eclipse II 14 °C 55 dBA 2200 rpm 28 °C 55 dBA 2200 rpm 53 °C
Scythe Ninja3 17 °C 39 dBA 700 rpm 32 °C 55 dBA 1800 rpm 57 °C
Corsair A50 18 °C 52 dBA 1900 rpm 33 °C 52 dBA 1900 rpm 60 °C
Thermaltake Jing 18 °C 44 dBA 850 rpm 34 °C 49 dBA 1300 rpm 60 °C
GlacialTech Alaska 18 °C 43 dBA 1150 rpm 36 °C 51 dBA 1600 rpm 60 °C
Deepcool Gamer Storm 18 °C 43 dBA 1100 rpm 35 °C 48 dBA 1600 rpm 62 °C
Corsair A70 26 °C 56 dBA 1900 rpm 40 °C 56 dBA 1900 rpm 65 °C
Deepcool Ice Blade Pro 23 °C 45 dBA 1200 rpm 38 °C 52 dBA 1500 rpm 64 °C
AC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 23 °C 47 dBA 1750 rpm 44 °C 51 dBA 2100 rpm 77 °C
Corsair H70 27 °C 60 dBA 1900 rpm 37 °C 60 dBA 1900 rpm 61 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 Max 27 °C 55 dBA 1600 rpm 38 °C 58 dBA 1750 rpm 63 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 11 LP 25 °C 45 dBA 1700 rpm 51 °C 49 dBA 1950 rpm 91 °C
CoolIT Vantage 26 °C 60 dBA 2500 rpm 37 °C 60 dBA 2500 rpm 62 °C
Deepcool Ice Matrix 600 25 °C 46 dBA 1100 rpm 41 °C 53 dBA 1300 rpm 69 °C
Titan Hati 26 °C 46 dBA 1500 rpm 40 °C 57 dBA 2450 rpm 68 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 27 °C 49 dBA 1950 rpm 41 °C 53 dBA 2300 rpm 70 °C
Noctua NH-C14 26 °C 52 dBA 1300 rpm 37 °C 52 dBA 1300 rpm 61 °C
Intel XTS100H 26 °C 49 dBA 1200 rpm 42 °C 64 dBA 2600 rpm 68 °C
Zalman CNPS5X SZ 23 °C 52 dBA 2250 rpm 38 °C 57 dBA 2950 rpm 69 °C
Thermaltake SlimX3 21 °C 50 dBA 2700 rpm 46 °C 50 dBA 2750 rpm 99 °C
Cooler Master Hyper 101 21 °C 50 dBA 2600 rpm 38 °C 57 dBA 3300 rpm 71 °C

In the graph below, at full load 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 Hyper 101

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The mai
n features of the Cooler Master Hyper 101 CPU cooler include:

  • Application: Socket LGA775, 1155, 1156, AM3, AM2+, AM2, 940, and 939 processors
  • Fins: Aluminum
  • Base: Aluminum, with heatpipes directly touching the CPU
  • Heat-pipes: Two 6-mm copper heatpipes
  • Fan: 80 mm
  • Nominal fan speed: 3,000 rpm
  • Fan air flow: 40.8 cfm
  • Maximum power consumption: 3.12 W
  • Nominal noise level: 28 dBA
  • Weight: 11.1 oz (315 g)
  • More information: https://www.coolermaster.com
  • Average price in the US*: USD 15.00

* Reseached at Newegg.com on the day we published this review.[nextpage title=”Conclusions”]

The Cooler Master Hyper 101 seems to be the small brother of the Hyper TX3. It has the same basic design, but smaller, with a smaller fan and one less heatpipe. It also costs less, which is good news for users on budget. The good news is that the Hyper 101 performs almost the same as the TX3.

Being an inexpensive, quiet and reasonably good performer, the Cooler Master Hyper 101 CPU cooler has an incredible cost/benefit ratio, thus deserving the Hardware Secrets Bronze Award.