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Cooler Master Xdream SE CPU Cooler

Cooler Master
Cooler Master was founded with the mission of providing the industry's best thermal solutions. Since its establishment a decade ago, the company has remained faithful to this mission, emerging as a world leader in products and services for companies dealing with devices where heat issues must be resolved. Today we take a look at the Cooler Master Xdream SE CPU Cooler, a very new product from Cooler Master. Let the review begin!



Introduction
The first edition of the Xdream has received tremendous response due its superb price/ performance ratio; Cooler Master constantly gathered feedback by listening to their valuable users and developed the XDream Special Edition ( HSC-V83), an advanced version of the previous Xdream ( HAC-V81). The Xdream Special Edition inherits all the benefits from the Xdream as well as a few great add-on features: Using Copper Skived Fin Technology; 3.5” drive bay cover also included ( user have the option to adjust the fan speed on the front of their case!); Multilangual Installing Guide Is also included ( Buddies who speak French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese etc. will have no worries at the point of the installation) . Last but not least it is our #1 overclokers’ choice flagship cooler that even over performs Cooler Masters famous HHC-001 !! The Xdream SE will be available in Mid of March, and was announced at the opening of Cebit 2003.

Features
  • INTEL
    P III Cumine up to 1.13 Ghz
    Celeron/(Tualatin) up to 1.6 Ghz
  • AMD
    Duron up to 1.7 Ghz
    ALL Athlon up to 3200+ and higher
  • All benefits from Xdream ( HAC-V81)
  • Pure Copper with Skived Fin Technology
  • External fan speed adjustment on PCI bracket or 3.5” drive bay cover allows user to set up the desire fan rpm ( 2000-4800 rpm ) without opening up the chassis!
  • Multilingual Installation Guide included

    Specifications
  • Fan dimension: 80*80*25 mm
  • Rated Speed : 2000-4800 rpm
  • Air Flow: 24.6-62.1 CFM
  • Rated Voltage: 12 VDC
  • Adjustable voltage rate: 7-13.5 VDC
  • Heat sink dimension : 80*69*45 mm



    Installing
    The installing guide is avaible in many languages and here is the English one :
  • 1. Hook the rear end of the clip onto the socket lug.
  • 2. Push the front clip bar forward and press down
  • 3. For PCI slot :
    Remove the knob and the bolt from the switch. Tighten the bolt onto the PCI bracket .
    Select a free PCI slot, replace it with the switch then put the knob back to complete the installation.
  • 4. For 3.5” Bay :
    Remove the 3.5” drive bay cover from your chassis. Pull out the switch trough the opening. Tighten the bolt onto the provided 3.5”bay cover.
    Secure the bay cover with screws and put the know back to complete the installation

    What do you get- first thought’s
    When you buy the Xdream SE you get the fan with heat sink, PCI slot, 3.5”bay slot, some heat sink thermal paste, multilangual installing guide and some screws. Good stuff at first view, so I didn’t expect many problems with installing the Xdream SE.

    Installing and testing
    While I did the installation I didn’t have many problems. I plugged on the heat sink, and I used the PCI slot ( I don’t have a free 3.5” bay ). I made to cooler working and the results were really perfect! With the 62.1 CFM at 4800 rpm, the overclocking adventure started! I had 300 Mhz more and no big problems. With the 4800 rpm it’s just a bit to noisy, so I controlled it to, I think, 2500 rpm .A few hours later I tested the cooler with the 3pin-connector, and everything worked perfect as well. Almost NO sound on 2000 rpm, But it becomes noisier if you have it at 3000 rpm. All over the cooler there are nice Cooler Master logo’s and the weight of the cooler is 0,640 kg. I almost can’t find negative points about it.



    Conclusion
    The Xdream SE is really a thing to have! A better edition of the Xdream! You can control the speed external, on PCI bracket or 3.5” drive. This is really the #1 overclokers’ choice! You can easily overclock with 300 Mhz! I didn’t have any problem with the installation, it was just hard to open the packet. You’re a happy man when the packet is open ;-) . So the Xdream SE is really nice, you surely have to think about to buy one. You won’t regretted your choice ! Price is $35


    Pro’s
  • External fan speed adjustment on PCI bracket or 3.5” drive bay cover.
  • Easy to install
  • Nice amount of airflow, 62.1 CFM at 4800 rpm
  • #1 overclocker’s choice! ( easy to overclock 300 Mhz)
  • AMD AND Intel

    Con’s
  • Hard to open the packet :P


    The Xdream SE cooler from Cooler Master receives a 10/10 from DarkVision Hardware! Cooler Master surprised us again !


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    Added: March 17th 2003
    Reviewer: LORDrazer
    Score: 10/10
    Related Link: CoolerMaster



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