Reminiscent of the Jupiter 2 from the 1960’s version of the TV series Lost In Space, the Cooler Master G100M is affectionately called the UFO cooler. The G100M is a low profile cooler designed to fit into smaller cases especially mini-ITX. The G100M boats a 130-watt cooling capacity and features a large “heat column” at the center of the cooler. With its small size and new cooling technology, does the G100M make sense in your daily driver?
Review Sample Provided by: Cooler Master
Product Name/Link to Website: Cooler Master Masterair G100M
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.
What is the heat column? Well, to me it appears to be just a single large heat pipe that is used in multiple coolers. The cooling process is similar to heat pipes, the liquid inside boils and turns into a vapor. The vapor rises to the top where heat is transferred from the heat column to the fins of the cooler and the vapor re-condenses back to the bottom of the heat column and the process repeats. The one advantage is rather than heat pipes being soldered to a cold plate, the bottom of the heat column sits directly on top of the CPU’s heat spreader. In short, it is a really big, single heat pipe.
The G100M’s packaging is a simple affair. The packaging isn’t flash and the front of the box features a large clear image of the cooler contained inside. On the rear, Cool Master details some of the features of the G100M in 8 different languages.
While Cooler Master says the mounting kit is tool-free, that’s not really the case as they’ve included a custom wrench. in this case, tool-free means you don’t have to use your own tools. Included in the kit are a backplate and mounting arms for both Intel and AMD sockets, an RGB LED controller, and Cooler Master thermal paste. A Molex connector is included to provide power to the RGB LEDs. Molex, really?
|Product Name||MasterAir G100M|
|CPU Socket||Intel® LGA 2066 / 2011-3 / 2011 / 1151 / 1150 / 1155 / 1156 / 1366 / 775 socket|
AMD® AM4 / AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ /AM2 / FM2+ / FM2 / FM1 socket
|Dimensions||145 x 145 x 74.5 mm (5.7 x 5.7 x 2.9 inch)|
|Heat Sink Dimensions||143 x 143 x 51.7 mm (5.6 x 5.6 x 2.0 inch)|
|Heat Sink Material||Heat Column / Aluminum Fins|
|Heat Sink Weight||320g (0.70lb.)|
|Heat Column Dimensions||Ø41.2*46.3 mm|
|Fan Dimensions||92 x 92 x 25 mm (3.6 x 3.6 x 1 inch)|
|Fan Speed||600~2400 RPM (PWM) ± 10%|
|Fan Airflow||22.63 CFM ± 10%|
|Fan Air Pressure||1.6 mmH2O ± 10%|
|Fan MTTF||280,000 hrs|
|LED color||RGB ready|
|Fan Noise Level (dBA)||30 dBA (Max)|
|Fan Connector||4-Pin (PWM)|
|Fan Rated Voltage||12 VDC|
|Fan Rated Current||0.34 A|
|Fan Safety Current||0.37 A|
|Fan Power Consumption||4.08 W|