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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.
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.
In Figure 3, you can see the Cooler Master Hyper 101.
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.
In Figure 5, you can check the side of the cooler, where you see the heatpipes.
In Figure 6, you check the cooler rear side. Note that the heatpipes have a real U shape.
In Figure 7, you can see the top of the cooler, where you see the rectangular shape of the fins.
[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.
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).
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.
In Figure 11, you see the clip used to install the Hyper 101 on AMD CPUs.
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.
In Figure 13, you can see the cooler installed in our computer.
[nextpage title=”How We Tested”]
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.
- Processor: Core i7-860
- Motherboard: Gigabyte P55A-UD6
- Memory: 2 GB Markvision (DDR3-1333/PC3-10700 with 9-9-9-22 timings), configured at 1,200 MHz
- Hard disk: Seagate Barracuda XT 2 TB
- Video card: Zotac GeForce GTS 250
- Video resolution: 1680×1050
- Video monitor: Samsung Syncmaster 2232BW Plus
- Power supply: Seventeam ST-550P-AM
- Case: 3RSystem L-1100 T.REX Cool
Operating System Configuration
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
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.
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||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.
[nextpage title=”Main Specifications”]
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.