ZEROtherm CORE92 Direct-Touch CPU Cooler

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ZEROtherm CORE92 CPU Cooler

May 4, 2009 by Lawrence Lee

ZEROtherm CORE92
LGA775/1366 CPU Cooler
Street Price

It has been over a year since Xigmatek made a splash with their direct-touch heatpipe CPU coolers. The HDT-S1283 in particular, set a new standard for value, performing at a level that almost matched the best CPU coolers, while costing $20 to $30 less. It was also amazingly efficient, weighing only 600 grams — the best tower coolers weigh close to a kilogram. The HDT-SD964, a smaller 92mm fan version also performed well, though it was overshadowed by its bigger brother due to the small difference in price.

Since then, direct-touch heatpipes have spread, permeating throughout the industry as other manufacturers jumped on the bandwagon. The basic design has not changed however — most of them are simply clones of the original design, with minor alterations if any. Nothing new, exciting, or simply different featuring these heatpipes has really emerged.

The box.

ZEROtherm's CORE92 is an exception. ZEROtherm's designs have typically been pleasing to the eye, and their first foray into direct-touch heatpipe coolers follows the trend. The CORE92 is a LGA775/1366 direct-touch cooler with a fan embedded into the center of the heatsink body.

Box contents. The CORE92 uses a single set of installation brackets for both LGA775 and LGA1366 installation, and with the fan embedded, there really is a need for many accessories.

ZEROtherm CORE92: Key Features
(from the product web page)
Feature & Brief
Our Comment
Best Performance among 92mm air cooling CPU coolers That remains to be seen.
Heatpipe Direct Touch
Effective 6-line Heat pipe effect
Coolers with Direct Touch heatpipes are proven performers.
Automatic Fan Speed Control (PWM) Standard issue.
Fin-Fan-Fin Structure
Max 29.5 dBA at 2,500 rpm
Coolers with imbedded fans usually disappoint.
Easy to install
Push-pin-type Universal LGA 775 / 1366 Clip
Not ideal, but for a light weight heatsink, it's an acceptable method.
Supports Intel LGA1366
Core i7 and LGA775
Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo
and Pentium 4
Only supports Intel platforms. Developing an AMD mounting bracket would've been simple enough.
Super Bright LEDs If you're into that kind of thing.

ZEROtherm CORE92: Specifications
(from the product web page)

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