Sub-$20 CPU Coolers: A Reader's Roundup

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Tower Coolers

The last two coolers in this comparison are two low-end tower coolers, the Logisys MC2002GX / Deep Cool GAMMAXX 200 and the Cooler Master Hyper T2.

Both coolers are twin-heatpipe towers with 92mm PWM fans. Both coolers use metal mounting hardware to mount to either AMD or Intel motherboards. Both coolers use direct-contact heatpipes, a surprising feature for this price level. Finally, both coolers use simple aluminum mounting blocks with short radiator fins on them and fairly sparse vertical stacks of pressed-on aluminum cooling fins.

Some differences become apparent upon closer inspection, however. Differences that could manifest in their performance numbers and in their general longevity.

The first difference of note is the two fan mounting schemes. The Logisys uses a conventional, cheap spring-clip mount whereas the Cooler Master uses a nicer-looking plastic fan bracket. However, the Cooler Master's fan is riveted into the fan mount. That's right, it's not replaceable. I'm positive that this is to preserve sales of their more-expensive heatpipe coolers. Another thing you notice right away is the shape of the heatpipes. Heatpipes work best when there is a distinct "hot" end and "cold" end. That's why you see the arrangement you see in all of the high-end heatpipe coolers on the market: C-shaped or U-shaped heatpipes that start at the CPU and end at the fin stack. The Cooler Master uses two looped heatpipes, however, creating a much more impressive-looking contact patch than the Logisys unit. If experience is any indicator, however, the looped heatpipes of the Hyper T2 will not perform as well.

Without further ado, let's look at the last two coolers, starting with the Cooler Master.

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