An Air Cooling SURPRISE – Cooler Master MA620M CPU Air Cooler Review

by birtanpublished on November 2, 2020

Well guys it's been a really long time since we talked about air coolers that's right air coolers in fact the last ones that we remember checking out were the xalman cmp s20x and the s17x and those didn't really turn out that great in fact there haven't been that many heat sinks launched lately so we decided to take a look at some coolers that may have been overlooked which ultimately led us to this the cooler master ma620m and yes this certainly looks like the wraith ripper uh which was specifically

Designed to cool amd's thread upper processors it just doesn't have the massive ryzen logo or the four point mounting system needed for first generation tr4 motherboards so that gives it a pretty solid engineering foundation since the waythrouper was designed to cool off cpus with a huge 180 watts to 250 watt tdps right well yes and no because cooler master has actually made some changes to the ma620m to make it more adaptable to every

Current generation system and it is definitely an interesting looking air cooler but is it any good that's the ultimate question that needs to be answered so let's check it out right after this it's true what they say about the corsair a100 we've got water cooled hardware for cool temperatures a cool design that stands out with plenty of good io it's whisper quiet with an efficient fan and occupies as much space on my desk as my plant the corsair a100 up to 16 cores with 2080 ti

It does not disappoint check it out below all right so i'm going to get right into things and say that this isn't a small cooler in any way shape or form but it actually does look a lot larger than it is basically it's 135 millimeters wide 125 long and 165 high along with a pretty heavy 1.65 kilogram weight it also costs about 100 bucks but i've seen it go for as little as 90 but when compared to the competition that's still pretty expensive comparing

It to some of the other heatsinks we've looked at and the big takeaway here is its height part of this is due to the space needed for the addressable rgb array but you'll need to take this into consideration before assuming that it'll fit into your case this is also a heavy boy at 1.62 kilograms so that's definitely something to keep in mind we've already seen a lot of competitors in the hundred dollar price bracket that can handle some very serious heat loads so the ma620m is in some pretty tough

Company but unlike some others cooler master doesn't really mention how much of a thermal load it's meant to handle so they'll avoid an oopsie like corsair's ridiculous 250 watt rating for the a500 but it can also mean buyers are left guessing too to be fair though some retailers listing says it's 130 watts but as you'll see in a bit that's super conservative so what makes this mini wraith ripper so special well first of all it's the looks from

Every single angle it looks like a clean black monolith that's blacked out with no visible fans and a super dense fin array personally i think it looks great in an underrated way and well if you want some bling there's that too in fact plenty of it and it's pretty subtle as far as rgb lighting goes there are two thin lines of addressable leds and the outline of cooler masters logo which can be controlled with the rgb software from asus and

Others provided that there's a 5v header on your motherboard and if you're looking to retrofit this into an older system there's an included controller that plugs into a sata power connector and it allows you to cycle through a few preset colors and effects from a more technical standpoint this cooler has six continuous heat pipes which makes their way up into two individual fin arrays between those is a single 120 mm fan that's completely hidden away

By the plastic shrouds supposedly they close these sides to help direct the airflow but i've got my doubts about that since they're exactly the same size as the fan itself i have some concerns here too first and foremost that single fan which you obviously can't see is an sf120r which has respectable performance but pushing and pulling air through this dense heatsink isn't easy and it doesn't have the airflow or the static pressure specs do that at lower rpms there are lots of

Better fans for this application in cooler master's own arsenal like the sf-120m that delivers incredible performance at lower decibels or the master fan pro air pressure swapping the fan is well not impossible but we couldn't find a way to do it without breaking a lot of delicate plastic bits and that's really disappointing since other than these almond coolers we looked at a few months ago this is the one heatsink that simply doesn't allow

Simple fan swap without major surgery the last thing i wanted to touch on was the copper base which is pretty well finished but it's not polished to a mirror either installation for this cooler centers around the single piece tower design it's also one of the easiest i've come across in a long time but guys don't follow cooler masters image of applying thermal compound yeah that is just just don't do it just don't follow that basically there's a multi-function backplate that's used for every single

Socket except intel's 2066 and it also replaces amd's stock backplate and given how it's designed the only way to orient it is with the fan pointed towards the motherboard's i o on the back plane you'll need to find the holes which correspond with your socket install the metal studs and then secure them in place with plastic clamps personally i think there are way too much plastic going on over here and the back plate plus the clamps just feel cheap compared to

What other companies include i mean this heatsink weighs almost four pounds you can do better than this cooler master after that's in place it's just a matter of installing the standouts and the metal retention brackets up until this point is pretty straightforward but actually getting the ma6120m attached to those brackets is a major pain in the butt look the idea behind the system is a good one the two screws on the cooler's top are actually connected to long shafts that run all the way down to

Threaded tips so screwing it up is almost impossible technically the problem is that they're a couple of millimeters too short so you'll need to tip the heat sink start screwing in on one side only a bit and then press down hard on the other side to get started even then it's easy to think that there's even mounting pressure on the cpu even though there isn't because the screws tend to spin in place so keep pressing down and eventually the screws will get to their locked position

This messed up installation could be what's causing poor temperatures and some of the other reviews that we've looked at so cooler master if you're watching this it's a great concept but i think it's executed poorly another thing i noticed is a cooler doesn't actually sit straight on any mount and i tried it on am4 2033 and intel's lga 1200 it isn't major but once you see the off angle you just can't unsee it alright so now

On to performance and the benchmarks are evolving again with a new test we're still going to use the 10980xc set to constant 165 watts and 260w power settings but i'm adding an output of 120 watts too this will allow us to better judge the performance of coolers when they're installed onto more efficient stock cpus like the ryzen 3000 series or intel's comet like processors not only that but we can actually include affordable coolers to the charts as well so with out of the way let's begin but

As always if you want to read a little bit more about our testing methodology you can check it out in the description down below at lower heat loads the ma620m does really well against the other coolers but that should be expected given its price the motherboard doesn't need to ramp up its fans all that much either which makes this one of the quietest heat sinks we've ever tested but remember other than the u14s it's the only one here with a single fan moving on to more normalized fan speed testing at a thousand rpms

It starts dropping behind a bit since the other coolers with their dual or 140 millimeter setups just have more thermal mass to spare but at that speed it's still really quiet so while you're sacrificing in temperatures the ma620m stays true to its silence claim just remember that it'll be operating at these decibel levels in other high wattage normalized fan speed tests as well moving up to full fan speed and i think we've hit the minimum temperature the

Cpu can get to under air cooling with our ambient conditions so when it's running at full speed the sf-120r isn't quite as a matter of fact it's almost as loud as the dual fan d15 and the u12a but it also seems like the ma620m's closed design baffles some of its noise as well moving up to 165 watts and this cooler is surprisingly able to still hang with some of the best air coolers on the market right now however this also meant that the single fan was operating at nearly full speed

Remember anything under 40 decibels is still super quiet so this is a pretty good result technically but reducing the fan speed to a normalized thousand rpms reduces the noise but it also starts to show this cooler's weakness i mean look 75c is still a really good result when trying to cool this kind of heat output since it's also the quietest here at that speed but for that price the other high in heatsinks are better options cranking the fans to full speed isn't something you'd want to do but

Temperatures get lower drastically of course this comes at a sacrifice of noise now moving the power output of our cpu to a constant 260 watts really separates the men from the boys honestly the only coolers that really have thermal mass to keep adequate temperatures are the d15 and the dark rock 4 pro the ma620m holds things together better than i thought it would though but it's also operating at a hundred percent here so it's also one of the lighter options and by far the loudest single fan cooler

Here at a slower thousand rpms you can see that cooler master relies on fan speeds to keep temperatures in check and when we transition to full speed there's no difference from the default speed test since the ma620m was already running at that full speed so to wrap things up i think the cooler master ma620m is a mixed bag but if you look at the good points they outweigh the bad by a long shot first and foremost

The design i'm absolutely in love with this matte black clean look it's definitely something that's unique compared to the competition out there and they've also implemented you know a tasteful addition of rgb lining at the front and if you don't like it you can obviously turn it off everyone has their own taste which is totally fine so you might not be a fan of the way how this looks but some of you might and that's totally fine as for cooling i was pleasantly

Surprised since i didn't expect much but it actually combined really good temperatures with low noise provided your cpu isn't producing heat loads that would match a small nuclear reactor but while everything looks good from a performance standpoint cooler master didn't stick the landing because if you look at the installation procedure it can get a little bit tedious because the two screws they look simple you could end up running into some mounting problems and the whole thing actually doesn't sit

Straight on any socket it could just be one sample but this could also hint for some quality control issues in the future so that's certainly something to keep in mind i think the biggest hurdle for most people will be the ma620m's price because if you look at alternatives like the u14s or the scythe fuma 2 they cost less but they perform better and they also run quietly so it ultimately comes down to your choice do you prefer something that looks

Better or something that costs less or something that's sort of in the balance or balance between the two so once you ask those questions i guess you'll find something that fits your need so on that note thank you so much for watching and i'll talk to you guys in the next one whoa i totally died on purpose and this is the only sample i have i didn't break it that's the biggest takeaway from this video i did not break the air cooler

I did not drop the air cooler basically i didn't pull linus that's what i'm trying to say all right bye

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