Cooler Master has been a leader in processor cooling for years, and has just released a new wave of products intended to keep things that way. In this review we will take a look at two new coolers with modern features and exotic appearances designed to tackle cooling for two different segments of the market. The first model to consider is the Eclipse (shown on the left in the image below), which is intended for enthusiasts with higher end systems. The second model to consider is the Mars, which while it may support higher end procesors, is designed more for middle to low end systems. Both coolers implement mulitple heat pipes, aluminum fins, universal mounting designs, and solid copper bases.
We will start by looking at the basic features of the Eclipse, move on to the basic features of the Mars, and then load them both up into the test system and see what they have to offer!
Cooler Master Eclipse:
The look is different, because this cooler is different. Cooler Master’s brand new cooler - Eclipse is the realization of a lifestyle that integrates style and function, beauty and technology. Eclipse’s exceptional design of a gliding fan duct impeccably channels the airflow to cool down not only CPU itself, but also the surrounding components (VRM, Memory, NB Chipset, and etc). Eclipse supports both the latest AMD AM2 and Intel Core 2 Dual.
» Compatible with AMD socket AM2 ,Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme
» Comprehensive Cooling Solution cools CPU and its surrounding components.
» Special turbine fan design for steady and massive airflow but low noise
» Intelligent Fan Speed Controller (PWM / Silent / Performance Modes)
» Lead-free production
» Socket Type: Intel LGA775 / AMD Socket (AM2/ 940/939/754)
» Heat Sink Dimensions: 132 x 120 x 105 mm
» Heat Sink Material: Copper base with 4 heat pipes
» Fan Dimension: 66 x 68 mm
» Fan Speed: 900~3300 R.P.M.
» Fan Air Flow: 39.8 CFM
» Fan Life: 40,000 hours
» Bearing Type: Long life sleeve bearing
» Noise: 17 dBA (Min)
» Connector: 4 pin
» Weight: 670 g
» Fan Speed Controller:
» Silent Mode: 1800 R.P.M.
» Performance Mode: 3300 R.P.M.
» PWM Mode: 900~3000 R.P.M.
If you are familiar with Cooler Master's products, then the packaging should be no surprise to you. The Eclipse is packaged in a heavy cardboard box, which is designed to do well on the shelf of your local computer store. It has the standard Cooler Master purple and white color scheme, with the front of the box providing a glimpse of the cooler and a very brief overview of the features. On the back you are presented with more detailed information such as dimensions, fan speed, noise level, and air flow.
Opening the box and removing the cooler, I found that it was packaged in a plastic case which was more than sufficient for the cooler to arrive undamaged (through multiple shipments).