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Cooler Master Aero 7 Lite CPU Cooler Review

Former staff writer    -   October 9, 2003


Closer Look


Glossy and Good Looking Aero 7 Lite package

The packaging for the Aero 7 Lite is not clamshell plastic, which is different from the other Cooler Master products I've seen and used. Instead, it comes tightly packed in a small cardboard box.


What's Included:
  • 1x Aero 7 Lite HSF
  • 1x PCI bracket
  • 1x 3 1/2" bay bracket
  • 4x small screws
  • 1x Coolermaster case badge
  • 1x Control knob
  • 1x silica gel!


The box includes *almost* everything you would need to install the Aero 7 Lite. strangely enough...no instruction manual. Now, I know for pretty much all of us this isn't a big deal, but for those new to the game, its always nice to have a firm visual reference. The lack of instructions surprised me, however, they are available at the Cooler Master website. The instructions are multilingual..but they also use a different style clip in the pictures provided. The clip included on the Aero 7 Lite is a slot-screwdriver one, as opposed to a thumbclip. You may have also noticed, there was no thermal grease/paste included. Why? Coolermaster has put a thermal pad on the base of the heatsink. As a result, we also see a departure from the massive sticker found on most Cooler Master heatsinks and have a large plastic base instead.


As you can see in the picture, the base is obviously machined, but comes nowhere close to a mirror shine. This is probably the worst I have ever seen a Coolermaster base. Running a fingernail over it, I was still able to feel the ridges.



  1. Introduction & Specifications
  2. Closer Look
  3. Closer Look Continued & Installation
  4. Testing & Conclusion
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