Cooler Master MasterAir MA824 Stealth Review (Page 1 of 4)

Cooler Master MasterAir MA824 Stealth Review

By: Jadon Lee
July 28, 2023

The other day, I was bored and was reading about random philosophies. One that I found more interesting was the theory of solipsism. While I do not believe there is any sane individual who genuinely believes in it, it is the theory that the self is all that can be known to exist. The idea itself denies the human mind has any real reason in believing anything aside from itself truly existing. It questions how we can know what we see is real, much like the movie, The Matrix. This theory follows the same line as methodic doubt, where one searches for certainty by tentatively doubting everything. Now that I have gone over the fundamental basics of what solipsism is, it made me wonder, when are people truly sonder? Are there levels to which people become more aware of the complexity in life? Can people be stunted in understanding this concept, or do people choose to be blissfully unaware? While I do not think I will ever be certain about any of these questions, it makes you think about how big this world really is. You know what else is big? The Cooler Master MasterAir MA824 Stealth. The MasterAir MA824 Stealth is a tower style air cooler with a larger form factor. Will the size of the MasterAir MA824 Stealth’s size aid in its performance, or will it be for naught? Keep reading to find out!

Today’s review unit of the Cooler Master MasterAir MA824 Stealth was shipped to us here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada via FedEx International Ground from their offices in Claremont, California, USA. The shipping box was in nearly perfect condition with no overly noticeable marks. I was not worried about any damage to the product inside. I will say that the packaging method was quite interesting, as the shipping box was not as symmetrical as a normal corrugated box. The seams of the box were noticeably misaligned, but this did not affect the shipping process. Furthermore, the box was filled with paper and two different types of foam to aid in a safe delivery. The retail box arrived in very good condition with no noticeable marks on the exterior, having the shipping box been packed with paper and bubble wrap.

Taking a look at the box, the Cooler Master MasterAir MA824 Stealth shares a similar appearance to many of Cooler Master’s products as of late. The color scheme of the box is a nice purple, pink, and blue, giving it quite a different look compared to its competitors. On the front, the Cooler Master logo is placed on the bottom left with the products name on the top right. As with most retail boxes, the product is displayed prominently on the front, taking up the rest of the area. The back displays some features of the MasterAir MA824 Stealth, while the side shows a list of specifications. As I have commented in past reviews, I understand the flashy design, but I personally prefer a more simplistic aesthetic. I will say this design is quite eye catching though.

Before we continue, here are the specifications for the Cooler Master MasterAir 824 Stealth, as posted on the manufacturer’s website:

Exterior Color: Black
CPU Socket: LGA1700, LGA1200, LGA1151, LGA1150, LGA1156, LGA1155, AM5, AM4
Dimensions (L x W x H): 162.2 x 150.6 x 165.6 mm / 6.3 x 5.9 x 6.5 inch
Heat Sink Material: 8 Heat Pipes, Aluminum Fins
Fan Dimensions (L x W x H): 135mm Fan: 135 x 135 x 26 mm, 120mm Fan: 120 x 120 x 25 mm
Fan Profiles: Non-LED
Fan Quantity: 135mm Fan: 1 PC, 120mm Fan: 1 PC
Fan Speed: 135mm Fan: 0-1550 RPM ± 15%, 120mm Fan: 0-1950 RPM ± 15%
Fan Airflow: 135mm Fan: 63.6 CFM (Max), 120mm Fan: 63.1 CFM (Max)
Fan Pressure: 135mm Fan: 1.92 mmH₂O, 120mm Fan: 2.69 mmH₂O
Fan MTTF: >200,000 Hours
Fan Noise Level: 135mm Fan: 24.6 dBA (Max), 120mm Fan: 22.6 dBA (Max)
Fan Bearing Type: Loop Dynamic Bearing
Fan Power Connector: 4-Pin (PWM)
Fan Rated Voltage: 12 VDC
Fan Rated Current: 135mm Fan: 0.1 A, 120mm Fan: 0.12 A, 0.25A
Fan Power Consumption: 135mm Fan: 1.2-2.4W, 120mm Fan: 1.44-3.0W
Warranty: 5 years
Series: MasterAir
Cooler Type: Air Cooler
Heatpipes: 8

Upon opening the box, you will find three boxes. One box will contain the Mobius fan. While I have previously reviewed the Mobius 120, I have confirmed the models are not completely the same in regard to the specifications, but are still relatively close. The following box contains all installation accessories including screws, tools, mounting brackets for both Intel and AMD, fan splitter, and all necessary documentation. These documents include the user manual and the warranty information. The final box contains the cooler itself. The packaging is very simple and is very densely fit. The packaging used cardboard and plastic to keep each component separate and protected.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Hardware, Installation
3. Test Results
4. Conclusion