On AMD’s mainstream platform, AM4, things are better for Cooler Master, as the delta T of 59°C is only 1°C behind the Be Quiet! cooler this time, although it is easily the noisier cooler of the two.
Since Socket TR4 (Threadripper) isn’t supported, we’re left with our 18-core LGA 2066 test rig to really stress the MA410M, and unsurprisingly it isn’t able to cope with the overclock here, causing our CPU to throttle back. The same is true of the Be Quiet! cooler as well, and while fewer cores or running at stock speed might allow the MA410M to manage on this socket, the truth is you’re probably best sticking to liquid-cooling of some description here.
Noise output from the two fans isn’t too loud, but it’s certainly audible when they get going. If low noise is a top priority, this won’t be for you, but for everyone else it should be tolerable in this department.
While traditional priorities (performance and noise) can be better satisfied elsewhere, then, the RGB phenomenon can’t be ignored. So does Cooler Master do a good job with it here? We’d argue that it does: The lighting is vivid and nicely dispersed, and the internal tunnel effect is rather cool. You also have the ability to control it manually through the controller or hand over to your motherboard, so there’s plenty of ways to tune it to your setup.
While we suspect most users interested in a RGB-heavy build will opt for an all-in-one, the MA410M certainly takes the crown for the best RGB-enabled air-cooler. If that's what you're after, the Recommended badge below is for you, but if not, we're surprised you made it this far into the review!
March 25 2020 | 14:00