Cooling

Modding the Zalman 9500 Heatsink

Cooling
Seagate joins Maxtor and Hitachi in offering a 500 GB hard drive in this era of ever increasing storage capacity. The Barracuda 7200.9 is a 4-platter drive with 16 mb of cache and SATA 2.5 compliance. We take a sample for a spin around our lab....

Asetek Vapochill Micro CPU heatsink/fan

Cooling
The Asetek name has long been associated with extreme PC cooling, including refrigeration and water cooling. The're stepping more into the mainstream with an unusual heatpipe-heatsink/fan product that borrows from previous technologies. We gave the Vapochill Micro a thorough workout on the testbench for cooling and acoustic performance.

LS Cable SHS-X500 heatsink/fan

Cooling
A new brand in the CPU heatsink/fan market hailing from Korea offers heatpipe technology in a small all-copper package that aims for low noise. Performance is comparable to the recently reviewed Scythe Katana, and the price is modest at an anticipated ~US$30, but the challenge will be to find one -- at least for the immediate future. The low profile and weight may make the hunt for the LS Cable SHS-X500 worthwhile for those who like to build systems in smaller cases.

Scythe Katana

Cooling
This new budget heatsink from Scythe has many desirable features: * Long copper heatpipes married to thin alumimum fins * Good quality modest noise fan * Mountings for sockets 478, 775, K8, 370 and A * Very light weight * Angled, rather than perpendicular to motherboard Our review of this latest "blade" from Scythe.

Zalman CNPS9500 LED heatsink/fan

Cooling
It's hard to believe, but the 9500 is Zalman's first CPU heatsink to use heatpipes. They're no strangers to heatpipes, having used them in many other cooling devices, such as VGA and HDD coolers; never before in a CPU cooler, though. But the waiting might have been worthwhile. The CNPS9500 could be the most sophisticated implementation of a heatpipe HSF for CPUs we've ever seen.

Scythe Kamaboko CPU HSF

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The Kamaboko is a more conventional heatsink/fan than most others in Scythe's eclectic lineup. There is the usual (and now expected) play on words in its name, but all kidding aside, this may be Scythe's first venture into a budget-priced CPU cooler territory. Click here for our review of the Scythe Fishcake.

Scythe SCNJ-1000 Ninja heatsink

Cooling
Scythe's latest kick at the fanless can is another tall heatpipe heatsink with a loosely spaced fins structure. Unlike the earlier NCU series, which were made only to fit socket 478, the Ninja can be used with all modern desktop CPU platforms. The Ninja, in some ways, is almost conventional by Scythe standards, with no dramatic twists or departures from their previous designs. But it's bigger. A lot bigger. It may not be the biggest HS you can find in the enthusiast PC cooling market today, but it's not far off. How does the Scythe Ninja fare in SPCR's HS torture tests? NOTE: Postscript on Ninja Plus Rev. B (basically the 3rd version) added on Dec 15, 2007

Scythe Kamakiri CPU heatsink/fan

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It is yet another large, unusual and ambitious CPU cooling creation from Scythe employing heatpipes, and, this time, a fan embedded right in the middle of two stacks of fins. A rheostat control with a huge speed range allows the user to go from a typhoon to a gentle breeze. But is the Kamakiri good by SPCR standards?

Arctic Cooling Freezer 4 heatsink/fan

Cooling
The Freezer is Arctic Cooling's "high-end" heatsink. At US$34 it is still relatively inexpensive, but is targeted at the performance market. Can this modest heatpiped HSF compete successfully in cooling performance while maintaining AC's reputation for low noise established with their Super Silent series?

Silently Cooling the Pentium M Desktop Platforms

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It is a tome about the merits of the Pentium M 2.0 Dothan with 855-chipset desktop boards by AOpen and DFI for silent, powerful computing. We\'ve waited 18 months for these boards and our Pentium M desktop platform review was two months in the testing and writing. ...

Arctic Cooling Super Silent 4 Ultra TC heatsink/fan

Cooling
Arctic Cooling updates an old budget favorite, a deceptively simple aluminum extrusion heatsink with a frameless 92mm fan that features thermal fan speed control. It's not a giant killer, but it is very quiet, really easy to install and provides perfectly adequate cooling performance -- all for US$20. The 4 Ultra TC HSF show that the miserly, efficiency obsessed engineers at AC are still on their game.

Zalman CNPS7700-AlCu Heatsink/Fan

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The new Zalman 7700 heatsink/fan is a natural extension of the radial design of the successful 7000 series to the higher thermal demands of the most recent processors — particularly the fastest Intel Prescott core P4s with their >100W output. An integrated 120mm diameter fan is employed instead of a 92mm fan. How does the biggest and best from Zalman compare against its precessors, and against the Thermalright XP-120 with a 120mm fan of one's choice?

Thermaltake CL-P0025 Silent Tower CPU heatsink/fan

Cooling
After two and a half years of heatsink reviews, we finally tackle one from the most prolific of aftermarket CPU cooler brands. Thermaltake's Silent Tower is one of the new breed of tall heatpipe-equipped designs with fan airflow that goes across the board rather than down or up. They've incorporated some nice design features and a couple of real muffs. Are the snafus fatal?

Chaintech AA6800GT + Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 5

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The NV Silencer 5 faces the challenge of taming a hot Chaintech AA6800GT Apogee gaming video card in our look at a second new video card cooler from Arctic Cooling. Is it up to the cooling challenge? And does it achieve cool quietly? We share our findings in a dual product review.

Arctic Cooling ATI Silencer 2 VGA cooler

Cooling
Since our review of the original VGA Silencer a year ago, Arctic Cooling wised up to the demand for similarly quiet cooling for all kinds of VGA cards, not just selected ATI cards. Hence the recent release of their second generation of video card coolers, called ATI or NV Silencers, eight models in all to cover almost all the current cards from the two VGA giants. A close look and listen of the ATI Silencer 2 installed on a Sapphire 9600XT.
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