Review: Massive and passive
We’ve recently received CoolerMaster’s new CPU cooler dubbed the Hyper Z600 and decided to take it out for a spin. Those who prefer silent operation will be happy to hear that this is a passive cooler but CoolerMaster left an option to turn it into an active one. You can do so by strapping it with one or two 120mm, for that extra edge that some processors might require.
The Hyper Z600 comes in a pretty large box containing all the info on the actual cooler and the types of processors it supports. The box of course also features a couple of photos, which show the cooler with and without the fan.
The packaging is basic, but you get the essentials – the cooler, user manual, AMD and Intel socket mounting mechanisms, screws, thermal paste as well as additional fan brackets.
Hyper Z600 is a pretty large piece of metal and is definitely not suited for low-profile cases. The dimensions are 127.28 x 127.28 x 160 mm and it weighs in a tad over a kilo – 1045 grams.
As you can imagine, a cooler this big has to be attached to the back of the motherboard.
The Z600’s heatsink is made of aluminum whereas the heatpipe and the base are made of copper. The upper side of the cooler is covered with brushed aluminum, proudly showing the large Cooler Master logo.
In order to fit the design better, the copper heatpipes and the base are coated with a thin layer of nickel.
This Z600 features 6 heatpipes, starting from the base and going towards the top of the cooler. Two heatpipes pass through 20 large cooling fins, whereas the four remaining heatpipes go through all the 46 fins.
Z600 supports Intels LGA775 socket as well as AMD Socket (Socket 940/AM2/AM2+) and the list of processors includes: Intel® Core i7, Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Pentium Extreme Ed., Pentium Dual-Core, Pentium D, Pentium 4 Extreme Ed., Pentium 4 HT, Pentium 4, Celeron Dual-Core, Celeron D, as well as AMD Phenom, Athlon 64 X2, Athlon X2 and Sempron CPUs.