Cooler Master MasterAir Pro 3 and 4 CPU Cooler Review
Peter Donnell / 10 months ago
A Closer Look
MasterAir Pro 3
The Pro 3 may be a compact and reasonably affordable cooler, but I must admit, it does look pretty decent. The new Cooler Master MasterFan fans are very nice quality. This one can run from 650 to 3000 RPM, so generally, it should be pretty quiet for day-to-day usage.
The fan uses these simple, quick release plastic arms, so you could easily install your own fan in its place, and there’s a second set of mounts to install two fans if you wish. The mounting arms serve the dual purpose of looking good and helping reduce unwanted vibrations.
The fin stack is packed pretty tight, and with the triple heat pipe design passing through both sides of the cooling tower, we should get even heat dissipation throughout.
While the tower is pretty much bare metal, Cooler Master has added a sleek black top panel, and even though the heat pipes are exposed, they look nicely finished. Overall, I think this cooler looks pretty good.
On the base, you’ll see a large mounting block, which has the three heat pipes squished flat to create a large direct contact surface area. It’s a crude method of doing it, but it’s always proven to work well.
MasterAir Pro 4
The bigger of the two, the MasterAir Pro 4, is equipped with a 120mm MasterFan, which can run between 650 to 2000 RPM. Of course, it’s a bigger cooler in general, so it’ll manage more heat, and should be able to operate at a lower RPM than the Pro 3.
The design is of course very similar to the Pro 3 and uses the same quick mount fan clips. Of course, there’s another set in the box should you wish to put two fans on for extra performance.
Four heat pipes pass through the cooler in a U shape, a nice upgrade from the Pro 3, and hopefully, this will give us better performance while overclocking.
And again, the same matte black top cover design, which gives it a nice clean finish.
With four heat pipes, the direct contact surface area is much larger too, so it should be better suited to processors with a higher TDP.