Cooler Master Hyper 101 CPU Cooler Review
By Rafael Coelho on March 18, 2011


Introduction

Hardware Secrets Bronze Award

This time we tested the Hyper 101 CPU cooler from Cooler Master, which has a tower heatsink, two heatpipes and an 80-mm fan. Check it out!

Cooler Master sells three versions of this product: the Hyper 101A, which fits only AMD processors, the Hyper 101i, for Intel socket LGA775 and 1155/1156 CPUs, and the Hyper 101 Universal, which includes clips for both platforms. It also can be found with two kinds of fan, one with PWM speed control and another without this feature. The version we are reviewing is the Hyper 101 Universal with PWM fan.

The Hyper 101 box is small, with a window at the front where you can see part of the cooler, as you can check in Figure 1.

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Figure 1: Package

In Figure 2, you can see what comes inside the box: a thermal compound tube, manual, the cooler itself and installation clips. It also comes with the hardware necessary to install a second fan.

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Figure 2: Accessories

In Figure 3, you can see the Cooler Master Hyper 101.

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Figure 3: The Cooler Master Hyper 101 CPU cooler

In the next pages, you will see this cooler in detail.

The Cooler Master Hyper 101

In Figure 4, you see the front of the cooler. The 80-mm fan covers all its front.

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Figure 4: Front view

In Figure 5, you can check the side of the cooler, where you see the heatpipes.

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Figure 5: Side view

In Figure 6, you check the cooler rear side. Note that the heatpipes have a real U shape.

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Figure 6: Rear view

In Figure 7, you can see the top of the cooler, where you see the rectangular shape of the fins.

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Figure 7: Top view

The Cooler Master Hyper 101 (Cont'd)

In Figure 8, you see the base of the cooler, which has no mirror-like aspect. The direct-touch design (where the heatpipes touch the CPU directly) is good, but we think that it would be better if the heatpipes were closer to the center of the base, where is the point the CPU produces more heat.

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Figure 8: Base

In Figure 9, you see the cooler without the fan. As we mentioned before, it comes with only one fan, but you can install a second one (the cooler comes with the hardware to install this second fan).

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Figure 9: Heatsink

In Figure 10 you see the 80-mm fan. It is attached to two holders that are installed on the heatsink by pressure. There are also small rubber pads that help absorbing vibrations generated by the fan.

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Figure 10: Fan

Installation

In Figure 11, you see the clip used to install the Hyper 101 on AMD CPUs.

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Figure 11: AMD clip

In Figure 12, you see the base of the cooler with the Intel clips screwed in place. Those clips support socket LGA775, 1155, and 1156 CPUs.

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Figure 12: Intel clips installed

In Figure 13, you can see the cooler installed in our computer.

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Figure 13: Installed in our system

How We Tested

We tested the cooler with a Core i7-860 CPU (quad-core, 2.8 GHz), which is a socket LGA1156 processor with a 95 W TDP (Thermal Design Power). In order to get higher thermal dissipation, we overclocked it to 3.3 GHz (150 MHz base clock and 22x multiplier), keeping the standard core voltage (Vcore), which was the maximum stable overclock we could make with the stock cooler. Keep in mind that we could have raised the CPU clock more, but to include the stock cooler in our comparison, we needed to use this moderate overclock.

We measured noise and temperature with the CPU idle and under full load. In order to get 100% CPU usage in all threads, we ran Prime 95 25.11 (in this version, the software uses all available threads) with the "In-place Large FFTs" option.

We compared the tested cooler to the Intel stock cooler with a copper base (included with the CPU), as well as with other coolers. Note that in the past, we tested coolers with a socket LGA775 CPU, and we retested some "old" coolers with this new methodology. This means you can find different values in older reviews than the values you will read in the next page. Every cooler was tested with the thermal compound that accompanies it.

Room temperature measurements were taken with a digital thermometer. The core temperature was read with the SpeedFan program (available from the CPU thermal sensors), using an arithmetic average of the core temperature readings. During the tests, the left panel of the case was open.

The sound pressure level (SPL) was measured with a digital noise meter, with its sensor placed 4" (10 cm) from the fan. We turned off the case and video board cooler fans so they wouldn't interfere with the results. This measurement is only for comparison purposes because a precise SPL measurement needs to be made inside an acoustically insulated room with no other noise sources, which is not the case here.

Hardware Configuration

Operating System Configuration

Software Used

Error Margin

We adopted a 2 °C error margin, meaning temperature differences below 2 °C are considered irrelevant.

Our Tests

The table below presents the results of our measurements. We repeated the same test on all coolers listed below. Each measurement was taken with the CPU at idle and at full load. In the models with a fan supporting PWM, the motherboard controlled the fan speed according to core load and temperature. On coolers with an integrated fan controller, the fan was set at the minimum speed on the idle test and at full speed on the full load test.

 

Idle Processor

Processor at Full Load

CoolerRoom Temp.NoiseSpeedCore Temp.NoiseSpeedCore Temp.
Intel stock (socket LGA1156)14 °C44 dBA1700 rpm46 °C54 dBA2500 rpm90 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 G114 °C47 dBA2050 rpm33 °C56 dBA2900 rpm62 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme14 °C45 dBA1400 rpm27 °C53 dBA1950 rpm51 °C
Thermaltake Silent 115614 °C44 dBA1200 rpm38 °C49 dBA1750 rpm69 °C
Noctua NH-D1414 °C49 dBA1250 rpm27 °C49 dBA 1250 rpm53 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Performa14 °C46 dBA1500 rpm28 °C52 dBA1950 rpm54 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems14 °C40 dBA750 rpm27 °C60 dBA2550 rpm50 °C
Thermaltake Frio14 °C46 dBA1450 rpm27 °C60 dBA2500 rpm50 °C
Prolimatech Samuel 1714 °C40 dBA750 rpm40 °C60 dBA2550 rpm63 °C
Zalman CNPS8000A18 °C43 dBA1400 rpm39 °C54 dBA2500 rpm70 °C
Spire TherMax Eclipse II14 °C55 dBA2200 rpm28 °C55 dBA2200 rpm53 °C
Scythe Ninja317 °C39 dBA700 rpm32 °C55 dBA1800 rpm57 °C
Corsair A5018 °C52 dBA1900 rpm33 °C52 dBA1900 rpm60 °C
Thermaltake Jing18 °C44 dBA850 rpm34 °C49 dBA1300 rpm60 °C
GlacialTech Alaska18 °C43 dBA1150 rpm36 °C51 dBA1600 rpm60 °C
Deepcool Gamer Storm18 °C43 dBA1100 rpm35 °C48 dBA1600 rpm62 °C
Corsair A7026 °C56 dBA1900 rpm40 °C56 dBA1900 rpm65 °C
Deepcool Ice Blade Pro23 °C45 dBA1200 rpm38 °C52 dBA1500 rpm64 °C
AC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 223 °C47 dBA1750 rpm44 °C51 dBA2100 rpm77 °C
Corsair H7027 °C60 dBA1900 rpm37 °C60 dBA1900 rpm61 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 Max27 °C55 dBA1600 rpm38 °C58 dBA1750 rpm63 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 11 LP25 °C45 dBA1700 rpm51 °C49 dBA1950 rpm91 °C
CoolIT Vantage26 °C60 dBA2500 rpm37 °C60 dBA2500 rpm62 °C
Deepcool Ice Matrix 60025 °C46 dBA1100 rpm41 °C53 dBA1300 rpm69 °C
Titan Hati26 °C46 dBA1500 rpm40 °C57 dBA2450 rpm68 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 1327 °C49 dBA1950 rpm41 °C53 dBA2300 rpm70 °C
Noctua NH-C1426 °C52 dBA1300 rpm37 °C52 dBA1300 rpm61 °C
Intel XTS100H26 °C49 dBA1200 rpm42 °C64 dBA2600 rpm68 °C
Zalman CNPS5X SZ23 °C52 dBA2250 rpm38 °C57 dBA2950 rpm69 °C
Thermaltake SlimX321 °C50 dBA2700 rpm46 °C50 dBA2750 rpm99 °C
Cooler Master Hyper 10121 °C50 dBA2600 rpm38 °C57 dBA3300 rpm71 °C

In the graph below, at full load you can see how many degrees Celsius hotter the CPU core is than the air outside the case. The lower this difference, the better is the performance of the cooler.

Cooler Master Hyper 101

Main Specifications

The main features of the Cooler Master Hyper 101 CPU cooler include:

* Reseached at Newegg.com on the day we published this review.

Conclusions

The Cooler Master Hyper 101 seems to be the small brother of the Hyper TX3. It has the same basic design, but smaller, with a smaller fan and one less heatpipe. It also costs less, which is good news for users on budget. The good news is that the Hyper 101 performs almost the same as the TX3.

Being an inexpensive, quiet and reasonably good performer, the Cooler Master Hyper 101 CPU cooler has an incredible cost/benefit ratio, thus deserving the Hardware Secrets Bronze Award.

Originally at http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-Hyper-101-CPU-Cooler-Review/1224


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