Company: Cooler Master
Authour: Charles 'Lupine' Oliver
Date: April 30th, 2008
The criteria used to select a CPU cooler varies from person to person. Some are looking for something silent, some are looking for the ultimate in cooling to aid in their overclocking endeavors, and some are looking for the balance point between those two extremes. Cooler Master appears to be targeting all three groups with their upcoming Hyper Z600 CPU cooler, an enormous cooler designed to run in one of three modes: passive, with a single 120mm fan, or with two 120mm fans in a push/pull configuration. Introduced at ceBIT 2008 with an expected release date in late April, will this cooler have what it takes to earn a place of honor in your air-cooled system? Join Rage3D as we review the Cooler Master Hyper Z600.
First, lets see what Cooler Master has to say about their Z600:
We'll be testing the Cooler Master Hyper Z600 on our recently upgraded testbed:
- Operating System: Microsoft Vista Ultimate 64-bit
- Chassis: Cooler Master Cosmos
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450
- Mainboard: Abit IP35 Pro rev1.1 - bios v17 beta
- Memory: 4GB G.SKILL DDR2-1000 (2x2GB modules)
- ATi Radeon X1950XT 256MB
- Western Digital WD1500ADFD Raptor
- LiteOn DH20A4P IDE DVD Burner
We elected to use Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound instead of the included 'Cooler Master Supreme Thermal compound' to more closely match the configuration the cooler's target market would do, as well as provide a more consistent basis for future comparisons.
We equipped the Z600 with a single new Noctua NF-P12 120x120x25mm fan, (1300RPM, Airflow: 92,3 m³/h) for the non-passive testing. Dual fan tests, configured in a push/pull arrangement, are not included because a second fan simply wouldn't fit. However, also due to the size of the Z600, installation placed the cooler within an inch of the rear exhaust fan, allowing us to somewhat replicate the push/pull design by testing with the exhaust fan in both on and off configurations.
- Prime95 v256, In-place large FFTs
- RealTemp 2.41
Ambient temps throughout the test were maintained at 22C.
Unfortunately, this upgrade wasn't free of hiccups, with processor compatibility issues putting us way beyond schedule. We're still experiencing random issues, and haven't yet been able to push the new processor to its limits, but that certainly won't prevent us from seeing how this new cooler performs.
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