Review: Cooler Master MA824 Stealth


Intel temperature-to-noise ratio

On these perf/noise ratio graphs, we remind you that it’s best to be positioned as far to the bottom left of the graph as possible. For ease of reading, the leftmost point symbolizes 12V ventilation, the central one 8V ventilation and the rightmost 5V.

At 65W, our example of the day displays a very… strange profile, since there’s a clear break at 8V. This is due to the fact that the heatsink overperforms at its highest speeds. It’s also a clear sign that 65W of consumption is too little for this type of cooling. So, if you have a small Intel processor, opt for a less… extreme solution.

At 95W, we find a formidable rival that clearly dominates the other heatsinks in the comparison. As you can see, the AK620 Digital really comes into its own in these conditions.

With a power consumption of 130W, the gap with the other heatsinks in the comparison is even greater. It’s clear that being the biggest in the game benefits the MA824 Stealth, which shines at its highest speeds. At low speeds, however, the situation deteriorates, as evidenced by the lengthening curve!