Cooler Master Reveal Sentinel III Mouse And New Thermal Paste
Cooler Master are definitely ramping up the release of new products this quarter, with the MasterCase, Xornet II and now some new thermal paste and Sentinel III optical gaming mouse–it’s a good time to be Cooler Master fan. For the enthusiast, the holiday season just got a a bit more interesting. The Cooler Master Sentinel III is a palm grip mouse, which is aimed at FPS players and sports a customisable OLED display…yes an OLED display. On your mouse. That you can customise. The new thermal paste is called the MasterGel Maker, which features Nano diamond particles.
Inside the Sentinel III Cooler Master have used the outstanding Avago 3988 sensor, capable of 6400 DPI and precise tracking with zero hardware acceleration. The mouse also has a 32-Bit ARM processor and 512KB on-board memory. A contemporary mouse is only as good as the software it has, so the Storm TactiX software will be the go-to program to do all the customisation, like button assignment, secondary button functions as well as moving and saving your settings and macros to the on-board memory. The mouse also has 8 buttons, which are rated for 20 million clicks.
The mouse has a matte UV coating, which Cooler Master assures “wont peel, wear off, or tarnish”. Sticking to the “2015 Year Of RGB” the Sentinel III will have 16.8 million RGB lighting, on the front “headlights” and on top of the mouse. The standout unique feature must be the OLED display, which sits right behind what I imagine are two DPI buttons. The display can show DPI settings, which are 400/1200/4000/6400, as well as a custom logo of your choice. Speaking of buttons, I suspect one of those DPI buttons may have a secondary function which can be used to access more in depth settings on the fly, such as LOD, calibration and DPI presets.
Adding to this already impressively long list of features, the Sentinel III also comes with a weight system, with a total weight of 155g when using all five 4.5g weights. It Measures in at 135(L) x 83.6(W) x 40(H) mm, and with a long 1.8M braided cable, this mouse, which will retail for £39.99 is quite a competitive package as mouse options go. It should be available mid-December, although I’m not sure on local pricing for the Sentinel III as of yet. What I can say is that the sensor on the mouse is one of the better optical sensors around, and if Cooler Master do a good job with the firmware, along with the rich list of features with the mouse, I would be paying attention and waiting for reviews to drop to see how good things stack up.
Next up we have the Cooler MasterGel Maker, which is supposedly highly conductive, highly viscous and non-curing thermal compound containing non-abrasive Nano-diamond particles. Don’t get all sparkly eyed, it’s not the “Will you marry me” kind of diamond, but most likely industrial grade diamonds worth a fraction of the cost or jewelry class diamond.
The thermal compound, according to Cooler Master provide these features:
- Nanodiamond particles – designed to prevent erosion and shrug off heat extremes (-50 to 150℃)
- Ultra-high thermal conductivity (11 W/m.k) – rapidly transfers heat
- Non-electrical conductive properties
- Resistant to oxidation, drying and cracking
- Highly viscous – Easy to spread and remove
Cooler Master are confident that their MasterGel thermal compound can be used to reduce temperatures on CPUs, GPUs and even motherboard chipsets, as shown by their performance graph.
I would not take that performance graph at face value, since we don’t know the other brands used–as far as we know it could be a brand of toothpaste! To allay toothpaste fears, review site play3r has a review up which pits the MasterGel Maker against a few industry stalwarts, and the results are pretty strong. Other reviewers like eTeknix have rated it as the best thermal paste they have used, and their results also speak volumes. Retailing at £9.99 and available mid December, it’s something to think about to keep your PC a bit cooler these summer months. Once again, not sure when this will arrive locally or at what price.
Edit 08 December: I was informed by our local Cooler Master rep that availability for SA will be at the end of January 2016 and at a RRP of around R810, exchange rate willing. This is a really competitive price for this mouse, so