Cooler Master Xdream SE CPU Cooler reviewCooler 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!
The first edition of the Xdream has received tremendous response due to 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 overclocker's 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.
P III Cumine up to 1.13 Ghz
Celeron/(Tualatin) up to 1.6 Ghz
Duron up to 1.7 Ghz
ALL Athlon up to 3200+ and higher
The installing guide is available in many languages and here is the English one :
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.
Remove the 3.5” drive bay cover from your chassis. Pull out the switch through the opening. Tighten the bolt onto the provided 3.5”bay cover.
Secure the bay cover with screws and put the knob 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, multilingual 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.
The Xdream SE is really a thing to have! A better edition of the Xdream! You can control the speed externally, on PCI bracket or 3.5” drive. This is really the #1 overclocker's 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 buying one. You won’t regret your choice ! Price is $35
The Xdream SE cooler from Cooler Master receives a 10/10 from DarkVision Hardware! Cooler Master surprised us again !
Added: March 17th 2003
Product reviewed: Cooler Master Xdream SE CPU Cooler