The last few months a big number of new CPU coolers has arrived. Everyone wants to get the best Cooler, the best heat sink. This time we're going to review the Aero7 from Cooler Master, the newest product of this company, introduced together with the Cooldrive3 (which we reviewed a few days ago). Now let's take a look at the Aero7, you're in?
Since 1992, Cooler Master has developed a great assortment of thermal products. They're found with the mission to bring to best thermal products to the PC users. We already reviewed a few products of them, and we can assure the high quality of these. The headquarter is in Hong-Kong, and they have many other quarters all over the world. So, let's begin and take a look at they're newest product : The Aero 7 !
Specifications and Features
The Specifications :
70 x 70 x 70 cm
1.900 - 4.500 RPM
10.9 - 26.9 CFM
7 - 13.8 V
Heat Sink Dimension
71 x 71 x 38 cm
Heat Sink Type
Copper Skived Fin
A, 370, 462
2.9 - 20.3 H2O
The Features :
Blower's newest design let the cooler able to blow towards the center of the heat sink.
More powerful blowers produce larger air pressure than traditional axial fans.
External fan speed adjustment on PCI and 3 1/2" bracket allows user to set the desire fan rpm (1900~4500) without opening up the chassis.
Aero 7 is for Socket A, 370, 462, 7 and It uses copper stacked fin design.
Multilangual Installation Guide included.
So what do you get if you buy the Aero7?
Well, the packet is rather big, and it's hard to open. If it's open you can see the cooler himself, a PCI and a 3.5" bay bracket, 4 black coloured screws, a silver knob, thermal paste, and a multilingual installation guide.
Let's begin to test the Aero7 cooler. First you have to read the installation guide which is available in many languages:
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
So when we read this we can begin to install it. The installation is rather easy, you just have to push real hard to hook the rear onto the socket lug. It's also easy to install the PCI or 3.5" bracket.
Now, let's take a look at the heat sink. The fins were done really good. They're completely intact with the copper block and the air comes trough better than with other CPU Coolers I got. The only bad thing about the heat sink is his weight: 0.620kg. This is a bit too much. We don't want to crack up our CPU don't we.
Like always the base of the heat sink is smooth, so this gives a reflective effect under the light. This is needed the ensure that the small micro gaps between the CPU and the heatsink are little as possible.
But the greatest thing about the Aero 7 is the new system of airflow. With the normal Fans the middle place of the heat sink was the warmest place, because only the edge of the fan produces more air pressure and volume comparing to the middle spot. So Cooler Master invented a new system. This system makes sure all the places of the heatsink are supplied with good air pressure and volume. This is shown clearly on the picture.
You can adjust the speed of the blower for your wishes. If you turn it slow, you got a noise free place. If you turn it to maximum you'll be having a jet plain ready for take off. But at least your CPU will be cool then.
When we take a look to the temperatures, it gives a good result. On full speed, the temperature was around 12 °C lower. At 1900 RPM it was about 3 °C lower. As you can see on the benchmarks below, 10°C is between the 4900RPM and the 1900 RPM. So, if you want to do some overclocking stuff: this is the cooling you have to use! I could do some over clocking stuff for I think 250 Mhz.
Another great product of Cooler Master. The heat sink is really fine, with a smooth and reflective base. You get a multilangual instalation guide, and you can adjust the speed with a knob on the 3.5" or PCI bracket. Cooler Master also makes sure that the base of the heat sink is totally cooled. With a normal fan the middle was some sort of a death place, without any cooling. This method makes sure the cooling is over the whole base of the heatsink. The Aero7 is also an excellent thing for the overclockers under us. 12°C lower, and I could easily do some overclocking to about more than 250 Mhz than before. The only bad thing I could notice about the cooler is the heavy weight of the heatsink.
New and effective airflow system
Multilangual installation guide
Adjust knob on your PCI or 3.5" bracket
Heavy weight of the heatsink
The Aero 7 from Cooler Master receives a 9/10 from Dvhardware.net!
Cooler Master Aero 7 Posted by Anonymous on 2003-07-16 14:01:09 My Score: 1/10the shipment was shitty, fans started to burn in 2 month's so coolermaster is going to release the aero8, because of the fans
Cooler Master Aero 7 Posted by LSDsmurf on 2003-04-14 16:16:17 My Score: 10/10
How loud was the fan in operation??
I saw it running and I can tell you the following : at 1900RPM it's pretty quiet, but at full speed 4800RPM it's fucking loud :P
Cooler Master Aero 7 Posted by Anonymous on 2003-04-14 15:23:20 My Score: 10/10How loud was the fan in operation??
Cooler Master Aero 7 Posted by Lordrazer on 2003-04-14 15:16:38 My Score: 9/10Hmmz, I don't see the point in it, I think you don't have a place without air. Can youmake this sure with a picture?
Cooler Master Aero 7 Posted by Anonymous on 2003-04-14 06:23:50 My Score: 10/10About the 'dead spot', this cooler also has one. The air flows in from the top, and out to both side. Halfway there has to be stripe where hardly any air is flowing. Nice graphics tell you a lot, but they don't necessarily tell the truth.
Cooler Master Aero 7 Posted by Lordrazer on 2003-04-14 04:29:30 My Score: 9/10My room temperature is around 20°C .
Cooler Master Aero 7 Posted by LSDsmurf on 2003-04-14 03:58:25 My Score: 9/10His room temperature was around 20°C I think.
I don't really know for sure though but the reviewer will be online in a few houres.
Cooler Master Aero 7 Posted by Anonymous on 2003-04-14 02:35:28 My Score: 10/10What was the ambient temperature of the room?
Cooler Master Aero 7 Posted by Lordrazer on 2003-04-13 12:54:22 My Score: 9/10The review is done with a P3 1.13GHz
Cooler Master Aero 7 Posted by Anonymous on 2003-04-12 18:15:36 My Score: 8/10What was the processor type that you used for the tests.. I didn't see it mentioned. Also can we see a side profile shot of the fins on the heatsink? Thanks