Cooler Master MasterGel Maker Nano Review



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Testing and Methodology


We always use the same test system and tests with CPU coolers that we compare against each other. The full specifications of our test system are as follows:

Hardware

  • ASUS P8Z77-V, LGA 1155 socket, Z77 chipset
  • Intel Core i5 3570K with Gelid GC Extreme under the IHS
  • 16GB Kingston 1866Mhz DDR3
  • 128GB Kingston HyperX SSD
  • Be Quiet! Straight Power 10 850w PSU
  • Cooler Master Test Bench v1.0
  • SilverStone Tundra Series TD03-Lite AIO Cooler

Software

In all these graphs we may have a few “reference” results of particular products that do not fit within that category for comparative purposes.

We’d like to say a big thank you to ASUSbe quiet, CrucialCooler Master and Intel for providing components that makes this testing possible.

Testing Methodology:

  • We always use Gelid GC Extreme thermal paste to make sure testing reveals the efficiency of the tested coolers not the efficiency of the bundled thermal paste. Of course, this review will use a wide range of thermal pastes for testing.
  • Prime 95 is run for 10 minutes and then the average maximum temperatures as recorded by CPUID HWMonitor are noted
  • The average temperature across the four cores is taken on our quad-core processor
  • Fans are mostly left to operate at default PWM profile speeds. If PWM functions are not supported then fixed fan speeds are used and sometimes a low noise adapter if appropriate/provided. If fixed fan speeds or low noise adapters are used it will be clearly pointed out either on the graphs or in the write-up.
  • All default result entries on graphs are for PWM performance unless otherwise specified. A variety of fan speed results are done for a particular product review and then removed from the graphs in future reviews of other products to avoid clutter. If you would like to see more fan speed results for a particular product please check its individual review.
  • For watercooling tests all pumps have been operated at 12 volts directly from the power supply
  • Delta temperatures are always used (Observed temperature minus ambient temperature) and we keep the ambient at 22 (+/- 1) degrees for all testing . Delta temperatures should correct for any marginal ambient differences between 21-23 degrees.
  • Acoustic measurements are taken 10cm horizontally away from the CPU cooler with the VGA fan disabled, hard drive in idle and power supply isolated. These are taken at desktop idle and Prime95 load.
  • The cooling performance tests are run at stock 3.4GHz (with Intel Turbo up to 3.8GHz) and overclocked 4.5GHz (1.35v) settings. Voltages are fixed to prevent inaccuracy between comparisons.
  • All other coolers in the graphs have been tested under identical settings so are fully comparable.
  • Each test is repeated 3 times with 3 remounts for consistency of results
  • There is approximately a 1 degree celsius margin of error in our temperature recording software CPUID HW Monitor
  • There is approximately a 1.5dBA margin of error with our Benetech GM1351 decibel meter

 

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8 Responses to “Cooler Master MasterGel Maker Nano Review”
  1. tomekkk1 says:

    It could be a great alternative for extremely popular mx-4 thermal compound, however needs to be cheaper. While this one cost £9.99/4ml tube, for only £13.75 (ebay UK) we can get mx-4 in 20g tube!
    Scraper and cleaner wipe aren’t very necessary to buy with every tube and they may be replaced by other things we currently got at home / workshop – that price would drop a bit without those equipment…

  2. Jeff Ward says:

    Why do people keep packaging this stuff with spreaders.. that is the worst possible way to apply thermal paste.

  3. Tefen McGuinty says:

    Are you sure you applied to pastes correctly? Not meaning to be rude, it’s just that the Grizzly TIM usually shows a decent temp difference than Noctua NT-H1 on other benchmarks of top TIM lists. Where as it was showing the same temps in your benchmarks.
    I just kind of doubt that a nanodiamond based TIM is better than the top performing non liquid metal based TIM (Grizzly Kryonaut). I am sure it might be roughly similar to Noctua NT-H1 or if it’s lucky Prolimatech PK-3 and other similar nanodiamond based TIMs.

    Overall I am still glad to see they came out with a TIM that competes with the other major high quality TIMs!
    I do enjoy Cooler Masters products and use them in my builds so I am happy about this.

  4. sol666 . says:

    I prefer the “minus sign” application method. very effective for 4 core cpus’s and definitely reduces the chance of bubbles forming compared to the “plus sign” application method where bubbles can form at the point of intersection. well it was much easier then any other method worked pretty good for me…twice. Pea shaped application is good only when u have a single core (threads don’t matter).

  5. Epiphany K says:

    really make some difference here…nice

  6. Tromick says:

    Hi,

    I realized that Noctua becomes very useless product after 5-6 months. It doesn’t make the heat as stable as first time. And when i open the laptop case seeing that thermal paste looks like flew away. I am looking for very stable, long lasting thermal paste.

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