BlueSmoke - Review : Cooler Master HSC-V62

 Date  : Oct 8th, 2002
 Category  : Cooling
 Manufacturer   : Cooler Master
 Author  : Tom Smith
Cooler Master has long been known for their quality cooling products. Today we bring you the latest and greatest that they have to offer. The HSC-V62. So what sets it apart from the other coolers out on the market?

Glad you asked. First off, the fan on the cooler is capable of increasing or decreasing its speed depending on temperature. The thermistor is located under the fan but not directly in the path of the fan's airflow. It actually measures the temperature of the air between the fan and heatsink. Secondly, the method of construction of the heatsink. This method is known as Skived Fin. Skived Fin heatsinks are made out of one block of copper. Then the fins are actually carved out of that block. Most heatsinks today have either pressed or soldered in fins or pins. The base of the heatsink is perfectly flat, though machining marks can clearly be seen on it, they should not affect performance. The fins are covered by an aluminum cover that not only serves as a place to attach the fan but also as a airflow director, so to speak. The cover is anodized aluminum and does not take away from the looks of the unit.

 

Here's a quick run down of the specifications :

Now without further ado, we can get down and dirty with the HS/F.

  Here we can see the Skived Fin up close. Notice that around the base of the fins there are no markings indicating pressed or fitted fins. This is all from one solid piece of copper baby!

  Here we can see that the fan, which has the potential to spin at 6800 RPM, has a guard on it. I have stuck my finger in a 6800 RPM fan before, though not on purpose, it still was not a pretty sight.

  Now as we flip it over there is a nice sticker on the bottom warning us to remove before use.

  The base is perfectly flat. As we stated before there were some machining marks on the bottom, but that doesn't seem to make a difference here. Cooler Master did a wonderful job.

  Here you can see the front of the fan. Note the holographic Cooler Master sticker.

  Here's what makes the whole thing work. Notice little blue thermistor. That's what controls the fan RPM.

 

The HSC-V62 was tested utilizing two different cases and motherboards. However, the temperature measurements obtained should be fairly accurate.

The first case was a stock desktop ATX case with poor airflow. The system was equipped with an MSI KN420-Pro nForce-based motherboard couple with an AthlonXP 1800+. The case was closed and the system was allowed to boot into Windows 2000 Professional. Temperatures were taken with the in-socket thermistor, monitored via Motherboard Monitor 5. Prime95 was run for two hours at 100% CPU utilization, with the room temperature a constant 71F.

The second case was a Cooler Master 210 mid-tower ATX. The system was equipped with a Soyo K7V Dragon Plus motherboard couple with an AthlonXP 1800+. The case was closed and the system was allowed to boot into Windows 2000 Professional. Temperatures were taken with the in-socket thermistor, monitored via Motherboard Monitor 5. Prime 95 was run for two hours at 100% CPU utilization, with the room temperature a constant 71F.

Case 1 Case 2
131F 148 F AMD AthlonXP 1800+ 104 F 135 F
Processor Idle Processor Load

 Processor

Processor Idle Processor Load

Evidently, the HSC-V62 performs admirably in both cases (pun intended). Even in a case with little or no additional airflow it still performed well. One thing to note is that it took between 3 and 5 minutes in both tests for temperatures to revert from full load back down to idle.

 

  Good performance coupled with low noise makes it a winner in my book. No it is not the best performer in terms of heat dissipation, but given the fact that this cooler is quiet, makes it a really good performer. Cooler Master has shown that you don't have to sound like a jet at take off in order to get good solid cooling performance.

The retention mechanism is a nice touch. A large thumb lever eliminates the need for tools during installation. The fan on start up jumps to 6800 RPM until it can determine the temperature, then drops the RPM to necessary level. This cooler comes Very Highly Recommended!



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