Cooling

Scythe Setsugen GPU Cooler

Cooling
The Setsugen is a unique GPU cooler that uses only a single extra slot and has a slim 120mm fan next to the GPU core blowing outward through the heatsink body below. We put the Setsugen through an arduous torture test. Can this odd single-fan design tame one of the hottest cards on the market, the Radeon HD 4890?

Zalman CNPS10X Flex CPU Cooler

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The Zalman CNPS10X Flex is a humbler, cheaper version of the CNPS10X Extreme. It lacks the nickel-plating, extravagant fan controller, and stock fan of the Extreme, but has an improved mounting system and steps have been taken to accommodate an extra fan.

Noctua NH-D14 flagship dual-fan CPU cooler

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Two-fan coolers have popped up here and there, but the NH-D14 is exceptional in being the flagship model of a manufacturer that specializes only in high performance CPU heatsinks. We sink our teeth deeply into this big feast from Noctua.

ZEROtherm CoolMaxx 2000 GPU Cooler

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The ZEROtherm CoolMaxx 2000 is a deceptively small and light GPU cooler with high aspirations to match its $55 price-tag. To test its mettle, we put it through the grueling challenge of cooling a 150W Radeon HD4890 in an limited airflow environment.

ZEROtherm Nirvana CPU Cooler

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The Nirvana is the successor to a fairly proficient CPU cooler, the ZEROtherm Zen. It retains much of the Zen's core design elements but sports a new look with nickel-plating and a frameless fan.

Scythe Musashi Dual Fan GPU Cooler [Postcript Added]

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The Musashi is a long, slim, dual fan GPU cooler from Scythe. We installed it on an ATI HD4870, and put it through a grueling torture test against our old favorite, the Arctic Cooling Accelero S1. POSTCRIPT added Nov 29, 2009. See page 8 for details.

Smallish LGA775 Heatsink Roundup - Part 2

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In our continuing quest for compact, effective and silent CPU coolers, we ran a gladiatorial roundup with competitors from Silverstone, Nexus and Cooler Master seeking to wrest the top spot from the Scythe Big Shuriken.

Scythe Top-Down Coolers: Kabuto vs. Zipang 2

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Big blow-down CPU coolers seem to be making a comeback, at least if these new models from prolific heatsink maker Scythe are indicative. The brand also has a reputation for very quiet fans, so will Zipang 2 and Kabuto jostle into the monolithic lineup of tower coolers at the top of SPCR recommended coolers?

LGA775 Low Profile Heatsink Roundup

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It's hard to find an adequate, quiet CPU cooler that will fit in a low profile case. With that in mind, we accumulated a few smallish heatsinks and pitted them against one another and against some of Intel's stock coolers: Thermolab Micro Silencer and Nano Silencer, Arctic Cooling Alpine 7 GT, and Scythe Big Shuriken.

Scythe Mugen-2 CPU Cooler

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The Scythe Mugen-2 features design improvements, ships with a 120mm PWM fan, and mounts using a simple bolt-thru installation procedure - a first for Scythe. Multiple fans can also be accommodated. With two fans, quiet cooling performance is simply amazing.

Scythe Katana 3: Same slant, new version

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Katana 3 is one of Scythe's most economical models. Among the giants and skyscrapers of the brand's extensive lineup, it stands out by being relatively small, light and inexpensive. But Katana 3 supports every current socket, including 1366 for Intel i7.

CNPS10X Extreme: Zalman's Extreme Makeover

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The CNPS10X Extreme is Zalman's first conventional tower heatpipe cooler. It weighs a hefty 920 grams, and comes with an integrated fan and fancy fan controller, as well as mounting hardware for all current AMD/Intel sockets, even LGA1156. Is it extreme enough to be competitive with the top models from Thermalright, Scythe and Noctua?

ZEROtherm CORE92 Direct-Touch CPU Cooler

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ZEROtherm's CORE92 is a LGA775/1366 compatible CPU cooler equipped with 3 direct-touch heatpipes and an embedded 92mm fan. The combination is interesting as direct-touch heatpipes are proven performers, while center fan designs have never really panned out. Read on to see how it performs against other 92mm coolers.

Cooler Master Hyper N520 dual 92mm fan cooler

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Do two 92mm fans provide improvements on a tower heatsinks a smidgen smaller than the ones that use a 120mm diameter fan? This is one of the many questions we pose of a new CPU cooler from Cooler Master.

Prolima Megahalems: A Mega Nehalem Cooler

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Prolimatech is a relatively new Taiwanese company with only one product: the Megahalems CPU cooler. Despite Prolima's relative obscurity, the Megahalems has been making the rounds at several well-known PC enthusiasts sites and getting excellent marks. There's only one thing left standing between the Megahalems and greatness: a thumbs up from SPCR.
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