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Zerotherm Zen FZ120 CPU Cooler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?



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