Cooling

Thermolab Baram Blows In

Cooling
Baram is a big tower heatsink with all the requisite design elements to make it to the top: A huge number of large thin fins, 10 heatpipes spread nice and even, and staggered fins to minimize win resistance. Can this newcomer take on the established big boys?

Scythe Ninja 2: Tweaking a Classic

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Scythe hit a home run for SPCR with the original Ninja heatsink a couple of years ago. Since then, the competition has stiffened, and despite several updates, the Ninja lost some of its luster. Is the Ninja 2 another homer?

Zalman 9300AT: Not me too, but me again

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It was one of the pioneers in quiet computing, but Zalman's latest product, another shrink of a 3+ year old design, disappoints. The cooling performance is good, but the CNPS9300 AT doesn't win any prizes for acoustics or value.

Thermaltake Duorb VGA Cooler: Are Two Orbs Better Than One?

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Thermaltake offers a dual-orb, dual-fan cooling system for hot VGA cards in the CL-G0102 DuOrb. Are two really better than one?

Noctua NH-U12P tower Cooler

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Noctua's original big tower heatsink underwent some tweaks and mods, enough to earn it an additional letter in its model designation. The newer high pressure NF-P12 fan is one of the changes; others are more subtle, like improved soldering, slightly different dimensions and others Noctua has not detailed. Did they make it a better product? Yes, no doubt about it.

Zerotherm Zen FZ120 CPU Cooler

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The Zerotherm Zen FZ120 is a conventional, high performance, tower heatsink for CPUs — it has four U-shaped heatpipes, tightly packed fins, and a 120mm PWM fan attached via wire clips. It sports a few curves and contours reminiscent of the BTF80/BTF90 "butterfly" coolers (which were quite good)... but the sheer size of the new Zen makes it a more serious contender.

Noctua NH-C12P: A Top-Down Cooler Rises Up

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The first top-down CPU cooler from Noctua is a refined, unusual product that exudes thoughtfulness all around and comes with an equally unusual fan. But does it deliver silent cooling?

Thermalright HR-01 Plus: 2nd Gen Killer Tower Cooler

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The HR-01 Plus is an improved version of an earlier passive model. It now sports fan clips, and six heatpipes instead of four. With wide fin spacing for minimal airflow resistance, can this tower heatsink challenge the silent leaders?

Scythe Zipang 14cm fan "blow-down" CPU cooler

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According to one web source, Zipang, "meaning land of gold or gods...", was what the Portuguese first called the country known best to PC cooling fanatics today as the home of Scythe. Zipang, the topic of our review, is what Scythe has decided to call one of their latest big top-down CPU coolers.

Cooler Master Hyper Z600 CPU Cooler: A Real Heavyweight

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It's humongous, heavy and fanless. Cooler Master says the Hyper Z600 is a passive CPU heasink but has outfitted it with mounting clips and hardware for two fans. Let's see what this giant can do, fanless or not.

Intel's HSF for high-end Core 2 Extreme CPUs

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Intel has a new, cool-looking radial heatsink/fan for its high end retail processors. Do the the aftermarket HSF makers have anything to fear?

Thermaltake V1: "Peacock Tail" Cooler

Cooling
Our headline refers to the unusual shape and design of the V1 cooler. The V1 is Thermaltake's only vertical tower cooler, made entirely of copper and sporting a host of interesting features. How does it fare in the cool and quiet sweepstakes?

Xigmatek Battle-Axe: First Direct-Touch Heatpipe VGA Cooler

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Xigmatek's direct heatpipe-to-heatsource technology finds its way to VGA cooling. The big, aptly named, 4-pipe Battle-Axe looks like a serious contender for cooling the hottest video cards. Does it do it well... and quietly?

Thermaltake MaxOrb Heatpipe Cooler: Maximum Orbness

Cooling
Thermaltake radial-style "Orb" line has had many variants (and colors) for cooling chipsets, video cards, and processors. Manufacturers appear to have abandoned the radial design these days, though Zalman is an exception, with its CNPS8700, an updated heatpipe version of their CNPS7700. Now it's Thermaltake's turn to try and extend the radial heatsink/fan's epoch with the MaxOrb.

Two Big Top-downers: Big Typhoon VX & Xigmatek HDT-D1264

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Two big CPU coolers that use the traditional top-down airflow design from Thermaltake and Xigmatek go head to head. Are they competitive against the big tower cross-flow heatsinks? How do they fare at whisper-quiet levels?
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