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Asus Triton 75 CPU Cooler

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Asus makes not only motherboards and laptops, but also... just about every type of consumer IT product. They have a couple dozen heatsinks in their thermal solutions range; the Triton 75 is the first Asus heatsink to survive SPCR's torture chamber.

Gigabyte G-Power 2 Pro CPU cooler

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Gigabyte's top CPU cooler model has a different slant, much like their earlier Volar that we already reviewed. Five fat, long heatpipes, a 120mm fan, copper base, and a huge curved array of thin fins: Is it a formula for quiet cooling?

Gigabyte Volar CPU heatsink/fan

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Gigabyte's Volar is certainly unusual. It's a tower heatsink on a 45° angle that seems to use Intel's stock heatsink for its fins. Throw in a frameless fan and you've got an odd mongrel of a heatsink. It was tough to know how it would perform ahead of time, so a full test on our test bed was a necessity. How did it do? Keep reading to find out...

Zalman VF1000 LED Graphics Card Cooler

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The Zalman VF1000 LED VGA cooler features 100% copper, four heatpipes, and a massive array of linear fins. It has all the makings of a lean, mean cooling machine. We're going to pit it against one of its predecessors, the Zalman VF900-CU — which for more than a year has been a favorite for those seeking quiet GPU cooling in a compact form. Will it be a fair fight, or will the VF1000 reduce it to the role of punching bag?

Zalman CNPS8700 LED CPU Cooler: Update of a Classic

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The new Zalman CNPS8700 CPU heatsink/fan has a rich heritage: It borrows from the company's earlier products, the 9700, the 7000, and even the VF900, a GPU cooler. It's a return to "tradition": An all-copper, blow-down fan cooler with additional muscularity provided by modern heatpipe design.

Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme: Heir to the CPU Cooling Throne

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They added two more heatpipes to the Ultra 120 and renamed it the Ultra 120 eXtreme. Did this simple modification improve the already excellent performance of one of the biggest tower heatsinks around?

Scythe Ninja Mini CPU heatsink

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The Scythe Ninja is an outstanding quiet CPU heatsink. Its simple yet elegant design takes into account all the factors relevant for quiet cooling: Large surface area, wide fin spacing, multiple heatpipes for even heat distribution through all the fins, and flat, smooth copper base. Of course, not all users can utilize the 150mm tall Ninja or similar tower heatsinks due to the dimensional restrictions of smaller cases. Ergo, the new Ninja Mini.

Zalman's new 9700 bigboy heatsink/fan

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It's a real déjà vu. The difference between the new 110mm fan 9700 and the original 92mm fan 9500 cannot be told until they are side by side. Are they also twins in performance?

Spire Fourier IV heatsink/fan

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It's an ambitious, heavy, all-copper, quad-heatpipe heatsink with high end aspirations from a brand not usually in the top ranks. Spire's Fourier IV has most of the features and technology to excite heatsink enthusiasts. How does it fare?

Scythe Andy Samurai Master CPU heatsink/fan

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Scythe continues its tradition of big, ambitious, heatpipe-equipped CPU coolers with curious names. This one takes its moniker from a cartoon character, and has a fan that blows down, instead of across, like so many high end heatsinks today. Can this return to "traditional" airflow help the Andy Samurai Master take on the big tower giants?

Thermalright SI-128: Evolution of a Past Master

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The concept behind Thermalright's venerable XP-120 heatsink has evolved considerably in the two years since it was released. The idea of a 120mm, top-down heatsink using heatpipes to distribute the heat was quite novel when we first encountered it, and Thermalright has reused the idea in the SI-120, and now the SI-128. The SI-128 is bigger and taller, but the basic concept is not that different from the XP-120.

Thermaltake's Big Contender: The Big Typhoon

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Thermaltake is not known for being quiet or even particularly innovative... but they are well known, and they have a lot of products on the market — far too many for us to test them all. However, we've heard good things about the Big Typhoon, so we decided to take a closer look. In the past, Thermaltake's reputation has taken quite a beating on our forums, and we are pleased to note that the Big Typhoon doesn't deserve it. Could it be destined for greater things? Read the whole story to find out...

Archive: SPCR's Unique Heatsink Testing Methodology

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After our two main test beds for heatsink testing developed intermittant defects, we've rebuilt our test bed for the fourth (or is it the fifth) time so we can continue to bring you quality heatsink reviews. At the same time, we've brought our article on testing heatsinks up to date — a long overdue update that brings it out of the era of Athlons and P-IIIs into the present day where Socket 775 now rules the roost. We've also tossed in some gems about VRMs and testing CPU power, as well as a quick re-test of some old favorites to kick things off.

Scythe pushes towards Infinity (renamed Mugen)

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The Scythe Infinity is a sequel to the wildly successful Ninja: It's gigantic, has widely spaced fins, and seems well suited to quiet computing. The question is, is it better, and, if so, how much better? Has Scythe produced a heatsink to surpass the Ninja? Scythe hopes so. Thermalright's Ultra-120 has already proven that the Ninja can be beaten.

Aerocase Condor: A Massive, Passive VGA Cooler

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Aerocase stands out: It's a Wyoming-based, silence-inspired heatsink company with an all-woman management. They're taking on the multinational tech industry with a lot of guts and a passive VGA heatsink that's bigger than anyone else's. The Condor does not have the power of mass marketing and worldwide distribution to spur it on, but it's worth considering if you're trying to cool a high end video card quietly.
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