Cooling

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

Cooling
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?

Xigmatek HDT-S1283 & SD964 "heatpipe direct-touch" CPU coolers

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Yes, these tower coolers from Xigmatek feature bases in which the heatpipes themselves make direct contact with the top of the CPU. Elimination of a heat transfer interface to improve cooling performance is the aim. In other aspects, the coolers are typical heatpipe tower coolers. Does it work?

Akasa AK-965 socket 775 tower cooler

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Akasa's 92mm fan tower heatpipe cooler for Intel 775 CPUs has all the key features at a very budget price. Can it run with the big boys?

Ninja Copper: Scythe's 5th Year Celebration

Cooling
To celebrate its fifth anniversary, Scythe decided to do an all-copper makeover of its ever popular Ninja heatsink. It turned the already big heatsink into a >1kg heavyweight. How does it fare in the world of CPU cooling champs?

Arctic Cooling Alpine 7 Pro: The Alpine 7 Revisited

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Arctic Cooling has updated their quiet, budget socket 775 cooler with a new "Pro" version that simplifies installation by using Intel's stock pushpins. The heatsink block has also been changed to accommodate the new mounting hardware. Is that all that has changed or has Arctic Cooling messed too much with a good thing?

Arctic Cooling Accelero S2 VGA Cooler + Turbo Module

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A slightly smaller, slightly cheaper version of the AC Accelero S1 performs a bit worse. Is there really a market for this inexpensive, admittedly brilliant performing VGA cooler when the slightly bigger S1 (Rev 2) fits the same video cards, and performs better for only $3 more?

Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 VGA Cooler

Cooling
Arctic Cooling's Accelero S1 fanless GPU coolers promises excellent cooling with its huge size and open fin spacing. We put it through its paces in our new VGA testing platform.

Updated VGA Card/Cooler Test Platform

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The PC system used as our test platform for VGA cards and coolers was recently overhauled. The improved hardware and test procedures have made for a quieter, cooler system that should give us more consistent test results with a bit more ease.

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¬į 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...
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