Today, we have a chance to check out Cooler Master's latest Hyper series CPU cooler aimed solely as a budget mainstream solution that should replace Intel's and AMD's stock cooler. Cooler Master always had some impressive entry-level coolers and Hyper series is quite well known in the cooling world. We are quite keen to check out if the Cooler Master Hyper 103 lives up to standards that we expect from Cooler Master and how much better it actually is when compared to stock coolers it is meant to replace.
Recently Cooler Master has released its newest member of the Hyper CPU
cooler series, the Hyper 103, which is a quite affordable CPU cooler that should
be a much better alternative to Intel and AMD stock coolers by providing much
better cooling performance at lower noise. The Cooler Master Hyper 103 features
a tower design with three 6mm heatpipes and a 92mm fan.
The base as well as the heatsink of the Cooler Master Hyper 103 are both
made from aluminum as this is after all a budget alternative to the Intel and
AMD stock coolers. The three aforementioned 6mm copper heatpipes are in direct
contact with the CPU. Cooler Master decided to go with its own 92x92x25mm
PWM fan that comes pre-attached to the heatsink but in order to mount the cooler
on the motherboard, you will actually have to remove the fan which is attached
via fan clips. The fan clips are quite heavy-duty, made out of plastic and quite
easy to plug and remove, which is definitely a good thing as it allow future
cleaning and maintenance.
The Cooler Master Hyper 103 looks quite cheap but it does not come as a surprise
considering that this one is a budget solution with a very aggressive price and
with sole purpose of being cheap but better than Intel and AMD stock coolers.
The design is old school and although not very attractive, it does the job
right, especially considering the price.
||1x 92x92x25mm PWM
||AMD AM2(+), AM3(+), FM1,
Intel LGA 1150, 1155, 1156, 2011, 1366, 775
The Cooler Master Hyper 103 ships in a rather simple box and is quite well
protected inside with foam made mold. The rest of the components, or to be
precise, the mounting mechanism comes in a separate small box.
The bundle includes an installation manual, Cooler Master thermal paste,
mounting components, and, of course, the cooler with pre-mounted fan.
The warranty is set at two years which is quite standard for a product in this
budget market segment.