Coolermaster Hyper 48 Review

Cooling/CPU Cooling by jmke @ 2005-01-05

The successful Hyper 6 has sprouted a successor; today we take a closer look at the Hyper 48 from Coolermaster and see how it stacks up against the competition using a variety of fans.

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Intro & Specs

Intro & Specs

When Coolermaster introduced their new high end heatsink last year in March it took the first spot in the performance ranking, the Hyper 6 featured 6 copper heat pipes which dissipated their heat into a series of fins placed in a tower configuration.

While the Hyper 6 boasted extreme performance, it also had extreme specifications, close to 1kg in weight and using a plastic bracket for installation, it was best not installed on your CPU when moving your case around.

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The Hyper 48 from Coolermaster

Coolermaster went back to the drawing board and produced the Hyper 48, a multi-platform more compact heatsink, which uses a 92mm fan, furthering the move towards a silent cooling solution. Their new high performance heatsink comes with the necessary gear to install it on Intel's socket 478 and 775, and AMD's socket 754/939/940. The included fan is a new generation Delta fan which features good airflow at low noise levels. I found the same type on fan in mainstream PC's from Siemens which operate at low noise levels.

Here's the specifications sheet of the Coolermaster Hyper 48: Coolermaster Hyper48 Review

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The heatsink is considerably smaller then the Hyper 6, however in the weight department it still surpasses Intel's maximum by quite a margin. The included fan is rated at 18.5dB but no information is provided at what distance this was measured.

It's all about the fan

I will be testing the Hyper 48 with 3 different 92mm fans and different voltages:

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  • Vantec Tornado fans provided by Vantec Taiwan
  • Noise level measured with fan running unattached

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    The Delta fan on the Hyper 48 has a rather unique design; the sides of the fan's bracket are removed:

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    Let's take a closer look at the copper Coolermaster heatsink ->
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