- Created on 17 May 2011
Any experienced system builder will know, the key to a stable and failure-free system build is a balance between choosing the best components and providing the best cooling for those components. Overheated components that are not sufficiently cooled can cause significant system crashes and therefore greatly reduce the pleasure of playing on or simply using a PC. Those wanting to build a high specification system or who want to try overclocking should recognise their need to optimise the airflow through their case and over the motherboard and components to ensure error free computing!
Besides the all important choice of case, the next most important consideration for any build (assuming they aren't already installed) are the case fans and the latest we have to review from Cooler Master is the Cooler Master Turbine Master Mach0.8 (800 R.P.M.) which is also available as 1200 R.P.M, and 1800 R.P.M varieties.
Designed to be virtually silent the Turbine Master case fan, measures 120 x 120 x 39 mm (with the included hub cover if used) and is finished in gloss black. The frame of the fan has been cut down to the bare minimum for maximum ariflow and minimum weight. The thing that stands the turbine master apart from other case fans is the number of blades on the fan - 16 blades in total - that allows higher airflow at lower speeds and therefore creats less background noise (the aspiration for any system builder). The fan is mounted using an "Innovative Barometric Ball Bearing Technology" that is supposed to keep the moise level to a minimum and also allows the fan to be easily dissembled and cleaned. The published airflow for the fan we reviewed (the 800 R.P.M version) is 35.07 C.F.M. which creates a pressure of 0.42 mm H2O. Alongside the fan itself (which has a nice long cable) is a mounting kit which includes both metal and rubber mouting components, a hub cover for the fan, a set of rubber pads to help insulate the fan from the case and an adapter to convert the standard 3-pin connector on the fan to a Molex type connector.
We tested the fan in our test rig and it really was quiet, certainly inaudible above the existing Antec Tri-Cool fans installed and similar in noise level to the Noctua NF-S12B fan we previously reviewed. Installation is very simple with the fixing kit and we experienced no vibration through the casing of our tower.
For those wanting to improve airflow over their system, the Turbine Master range provides an economic way of doing so. As with any case fans or cpu fans there is a trade off between airflow and noise and the Cooler Master Turbine Master we tested did a good job of managing both.