Cooling

Prolimatech Genesis CPU Heatsink: Retaking the Crown

Cooling
Prolimatech joins the dual-fan giant heatsink fray is with the unusually-shaped Genesis. An amalgam of a vertical tower cooler and a horizontal down-blower, the Genesis proved potent enough to take the CPU cooling crown.

Swiftech Polaris 120 CPU Heatsink

Cooling
The Polaris 120 CPU cooler marks Swiftech re-entry into the mainstream air-cooling arena. The Polaris has the form of a typical tower heatsink with a 120 mm PWM fan and a significant mass of aluminum fins, but what makes it unique are its five 8 mm thick direct touch heatpipes.

Zalman CNPS9900 MAX & CNPS5X CPU Coolers

Cooling
Two new CPU coolers from Zalman are put to task, the large radial style CNPS9900 MAX, and the CNPS5X, a lanky lightweight tower.

Thermalright Silver Arrow Dual 14cm Fan Cooler

Cooling
The Thermalright Silver Arrow is a monstrous 1.2kg heatsink with 8mm thick heatpipes and a pair of 14cm fans. Does it have what it takes to beat Noctua's flagship NH-D14 cooler?

Noctua NH-C14 Dual Fan Top-down CPU Cooler

Cooling
Noctua's NH-C14 is a big, beastly follow-up to the popular NH-C12P top-down CPU cooler. Armed with a bigger fin stack and two 14 cm fans, the C14 is the first down-blower cooler that truly competes against the against the formidable side-blowing towers that have taken over in recent years.

Thermalright Shaman 140mm Fan GPU Cooler

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The Thermalright Shaman is a massive eight heatpipe GPU heatsink with an equally imposing 14cm fan. Taking up three extra expansion slots and weighing a total of 680 grams, this monster should have no trouble quietly cooling a high-end graphics card. We check it out on a 215W GPU.

Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme Rev.C & AC Freezer Xtreme Rev.2

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The Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme Rev.C and the Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme Rev.2 are two divergent different approaches to extreme CPU cooling that manage to remain in the same basic "side-blowing fan on a tower of fins joined to the base by heatpipes" design dominating the field. Is there a winner? Yes, and its by a lot more than a nose.

Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus GPU Cooler

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Accelero Xtreme Plus is an unapologetic three-fan monster GPU cooler that Arctic Cooling claims can tackle cards drawing up to 250W. It may be the VGA heatsink noise-adverse gaming enthusiasts have been waiting for.

GELID Icy Vision Dual Fan VGA Cooler

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The GELID Icy Vision is an impressive GPU cooler equipped with 5 copper heatpipes, a sizable fin stack, dual 92 mm fans, and compatibility with some of the hottest graphics cards on the market including the Radeon HD 5870 and GeForce GTX 480.

Scythe Ninja 3 & Scythe Yasya CPU Heatsinks

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A pair of Scythe heatsinks battle for a place amongst the best CPU coolers. The Ninja 3 seeks to bring prestige back to its family, while the sharp Scythe Yasya attempts to cut up the competition.

Gelid Slim Silence & Prolimatech Samuel 17 Low Profile CPU Coolers

Cooling
Two low profile CPU heatsinks go under the microscope, the Gelid Slim Silence and Prolimatech Samuel 17. The Slim Silence is a 1U heatsink for use with lower power processors, while the Samuel 17 is high performance cooler taking aim at the Scythe Big Shuriken.

AMD Phenom II Stock Coolers

Cooling
The Phenom II AM3 stock heatpipe cooler currently shipping with AMD's 125W quad/hex core processors is pitted against the older, but larger AM2+ model. Is either heatsink worthwhile for quiet cooling?

Intel LGA1366 Stock Cooler: Good Enough?

Cooling
A pair of Intel LGA1366 stock coolers take to the pitch, one a traditional radial down-blowing heatsink, the other surprisingly a tower heatsink complete with 4 heatpipes and a large LED fan. Just how good are these coolers, and do they hold a candle to smaller aftermarket offerings?

Gelid Silent Spirit & Scythe Samurai ZZ CPU Coolers

Cooling
The Gelid Silent Spirit and Scythe Samurai ZZ are a pair of modestly sized top-down CPU coolers with 92 mm fans. While neither will win any performance awards, their size is an asset in cases too small for large heatsinks with 120/140 mm fans.

Scythe Grand Kama Cross CPU Cooler

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The Scythe Grand Kama Cross is a down-blowing CPU cooler featuring a large 140mm SlipStream fan, 4 copper heatpipes twisted to form a "X" formation, and an relatively small stack of aluminum fins. Does it have what it takes to compete with the big tower heatsinks?
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