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.
|Type||Low profile tower|
|Provided Fan(s)||1x 92x92x25mm PWM|
|Supported Fan(s)||1x 92x92x25mm|
|Base Material||Copper Direct Contact Heatpipes
|Socket Support||AMD AM2(+), AM3(+), FM1, FM2
Intel LGA 1150, 1155, 1156, 2011, 1366, 775
|Thermal compound||Cooler Master (Tube)|
|Product Page||Hyper 103|
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.