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COOLER MASTER HYPER 212 EVO CPU COOLER REVIEW (27-01-2012)
To sum it all up, Cooler Master's new Hyper 212 Evo CPU cooler has great performance, yet leaves a relatively small acoustic footprint. The included mounting solution is very robust, if a bit fussy to install, and Cooler Master includes an extra pair of fan clips should the user wish to add another fan.


ZALMAN CNPS12X / CNPS 12X COOLER REVIEW (10-01-2012)
To sum up, the CNPS 12X is a very worthy addition to the Zalman stable. The six composite heatpipes and triple fan/dual radiator design yields excellent cooling performance at a very modest noise penalty. The cooler's enormity may limit its use in some cases and it's a bit fussy to install, but the 12X will deliver some astounding cooling performance in exchange for some diligence and patience on the part of the user.


NZXT HAVIK 140 COOLER REVIEW (12-12-2011)
NZXT's new Havik 140 CPU cooler is a big, bad cooling monster. While it wreaks havoc on processor temperatures, it's pretty easy on the ears, something you don't see everyday. There are no fancy shrouds or LED lighting here, just good old fashioned cooling muscle.


ROSEWILL ZAIO RCX-ZAIO-92 CPU COOLER REVIEW (10-08-2011)
Rosewill’s RCX-ZAIO-92 is a terrific little cooler that packs a lot of performance into a compact package that’s easily installed and should fit on just about any board and in most cases. Widely available online for as little as $15 US, the ZAIO is also very inexpensive and represents an excellent value. Granted, overclockers will be less than impressed by the cooling performance, but the ZAIO performs much better, (with much less noise) than the OEM unit and would make an excellent replacement unit.


THERMALTAKE FRIO OCK REVIEW (12-07-2011)
With top performance and a great look, Thermaltake’s Frio OCK CPU cooler has really got it going on. Mounting is easy and straightforward with excellent support from the included manuals, and the fan control works flawlessly. The controller will come in handy for most enthusiast because, while this cooler managed to post up some of the best performance numbers in the comparison, it made a tremendous amount of noise doing it.


EVERCOOL HPK-10025EA LOW PROFILE COOLER REVIEW (22-04-2011)
Evercool seems to have hit upon a good cooling design with the HPK-10025EA. Finally a small, low profile cooler has arrived that can really perform better than the OEM unit without breaking the bank. Available online for as little as $25 US, this little heatsink is a very good value, provided you don't expect too much of it, wattwise.



EVERCOOL TRANSFORMER 4+ PLUS CPU COOLER REVIEW (18-04-2011)
Evercool's original Transformer 4 CPU cooler, with its dual 120mm fans, 8mm copper heatpipes and direct touch design should have been a top performer in the CPU cooling market. It wasn't. The newer Transformer 4 PLUS, with its higher speed PWM fans performs much better and adds socket 1156 support into the mix. In fact, the cooling is quite good and even has the cooling muscle to support some moderate overclocking.


ANTEC KÜHLER H2O 920 REVIEW (12-04-2011)
Antec's Kuhler H2O 920 is a very worthy successor to their very capable 620 kit. With its larger radiator and dual high-speed fans, the 920 can exhibit some excellent cooling performance, but the user will pay a significant noise penalty for that performance. Fortunately, this kit includes fan control functionality, thanks to the excellent ChillControl V software that allows the fan speed and cooling performance to be configured easily from the desktop.


XIGMATEK GAIA SD1283 CPU COOLER REVIEW (06-04-2011)
Xigmatek's Gaia SD 1283 CPU cooler has it all covered. It's got outstanding cooling performance, a diminutive acoustic footprint, a distinctive look, an innovative direct touch design and a robust yet easily installed mounting solution.


THERMALRIGHT SHAMAN VGA COOLER REVIEW (28-03-2011)
Thermalright has continued their success with the Shaman. This oversized aftermarket cooler has taken the performance charts by storm and easily claimed the top spot in our VGA testing and it is evident that Thermalright's Shaman is aimed directly at power hungry that produce equal amounts of heat.



ZALMAN CNPS11X EXTREME COOLER REVIEW (23-03-2011)
Zalman really has it going on with the new 11X Extreme. The five composite heatpipes and the innovative design allow its fan to provide some excellent cooling with very reasonable acoustics. Really, the only complaint I have about the 11X is the mounting solutions. While the cooler is very secure with this mounting scheme, I miss the ease with which most previous Zalman coolers could be installed, even inside the case.


ARCTIC COOLING FREEZER 13 PRO COOLER REVIEW (22-03-2011)
When it's all said and done, Arctic Cooling's new Freezer 13 Pro, with it's innovative “Cross Blow” feature, is a worthy successor to the Freezer series of coolers. As of this writing, it only seems to be available from the Arctic Cooling website for around $55 US.


XIGMATEK LOKI CPU COOLER REVIEW (11-03-2011)
Xigmatek's Loki is a terrific little cooler that packs a lot of performance into a compact package that's easily installed and should fit on just about any board and in most cases. Widely available online for as little as $25 US, Loki is also very reasonable and represents an excellent value.


NOCTUA NH-C14 CPU COOLER REVIEW (10-03-2011)
Noctua's NH-C14 is a huge cooler, both in physical size and performance. The build quality is excellent and the mounting solutions are very robust and easily installed. I particularly like the fan clip design and implementation. With two included fans, a feature rich accessory package including LNA and ULNA fan speed reducers, a screwdriver and an enameled metal case badge, the NH-C14 would seem to be a dream product for the enthusiast/overclockers among us.


NZXT SENTRY LXE TOUCH SCREEN FAN CONTROLLER REVIEW (04-03-2011)
NZXT's Sentry LXE is a unique and well-executed product that allows the PC enthusiast a wide range of monitoring and fan control options in an attractive remote unit. The fit and finish is excellent and the functionality is first-rate with an intuitive layout incorporated into the touch screen LCD display.


ANTEC KÜHLER H2O 620 REVIEW (25-02-2011)
Antec's first foray into the watercooling arena is a very nice product. Given that the Kuhler H2O 620 is another rebranded Asetek unit, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the performance came very close to the Corsair H70 unit with its big radiator and dual fans.


GELID ICY VISION REV 2 GRAPHICS CARD COOLER REVIEW (15-02-2011)
Gelid has started their aftermarket cooling legacy with a strong step by releasing the Icy Vision Rev. 2. The cooler has certainly passed the performance tests and proven it's a contender. Gelid's design is adaptable, versatile, and backed up with very competitive results.


XIGMATEK AEGIR COOLER REVIEW (08-02-2011)
Xigmatek's Aegir CPU cooler does indeed bring a lot to the party. With excellent cooling performance and a robust, yet easily installed mounting solution, this cooler ranks at the top of its class. White LEDs in the fan frame add a bit of visual interest to the smoky, PWM fan and will fit nicely into many color schemes for the enthusiast thet cares about this sort of thing.


ZALMAN CNPS5X CPU COOLER REVIEW (28-01-2011)
If Zalman's new 5X cooler comes to market at the promised $30 pricepoint, this cooler is a very good value. It handled the Q6600 processor and its high thermal output with ease and even at 1400 RPM easily beat the OEM solution in near silence. With support for older Intel and AMD sockets, this cooler would make an excellent replacement for a borked OEM cooler or a good choice when added to a new CPU that doesn't come with a cooling device.


ZALMAN VF3000F VGA GRAPHICS CARD COOLER REVIEW (19-01-2011)
Overall the Zalman VF3000F at US$60 is a great alternative to Nvidia's stock cooling solution. It does a good job of keeping the maximum temperatures low while not compromising silence. From the instructions to the single heatsink plate, the forethought is evident and the thermal testing proves this aftermarket product is a worthy upgrade.


DEEPCOOL V6000 VGA COOLER REVIEW (04-01-2011)
To be to the point, the Deepcool V6000 is a very decent aftermarket VGA cooler. It does a good job of keeping the graphics card cool while adding only the bare minimum of additional noise thanks to its super quiet fans.


COOLER MASTER CM STORM SF-19 STRIKE FORCE GAMING LAPTOP COOLER REVIEW (31-12-2010)
Cooler Master’s CM Storm SF-19 is a top shelf gaming laptop cooler that really delivers the goods in every aspect of its intended niche. Good cooling performance backed up with a rich feature set, including a USB 3.0 hub, fan control and innovative lighting effects make this an outstanding focused product for the mobile gamer.


CORSAIR A70 CPU COOLER REVIEW (27-12-2010)
Corsair's A70 CPU cooler is an excellent cooling solution for the user who needs more cooling performance than either the OEM solution or lower priced aftermarket coolers can deliver. Corsair positions the A70 as a high performance CPU cooler that will provide the enthusiast with great cooling numbers and a reasonable price, not as a premium, maximum-effort air cooler.


CORSAIR A50 CPU COOLER REVIEW (13-12-2010)
Corsair's A50 CPU cooler is an excellent cooling solution for the user who wishes to upgrade from the OEM cooler for quieter operation and more overclocking headroom. Corsair positions the A50 as an upgrade to the OEM cooler and not as a premium, maximum-effort air cooler.


COOLER MASTER V6 GT COOLER REVIEW (09-12-2010)
As with the original V6, the Cooler Master V6 GT is a big, good looking cooler with a robust, easily installed mounting solution. The GT has much better cooling performance thanks to an additional fan and a very nice lighting feature that adds some visual interest to the package.


CORSAIR H70 CPU LIQUID/WATER COOLING SYSTEM REVIEW (06-12-2010)
Like the H50, Corsair's H70 is a turnkey system that requires no assembly or maintenance, it is relatively easy to install, has very good cooling performance and is priced only slightly more than higher-end air coolers. The design is thoughtful and the materials and workmanship seem to be quite good, and you're unlikely to find a liquid cooling system that is quicker or easier to install.


DEEPCOOL ICE MATRIX 600 CPU / PROCESSOR COOLER REVIEW (23-11-2010)
Deepcool's Ice Matrix 600, like its little brother the 400, is a great looking tower cooler that installs easily and comes with a quiet fan and a lot of nice accessories. It cools a bit better than the 400, but I expected a more significant performance increase.


COOLER MASTER V6 CPU/PROCESSOR COOLER REVIEW (15-11-2010)
Cooler Master's V6 is a big, good looking cooler with pretty good cooling performance and a robust, easily installed mounting solution.


PROLIMATECH SUPER MEGA REVIEW (11-11-2010)
Prolimatech has done a great job with their new entry in the Megahalems series cooler, the Super Mega, offering the PC enthusiast community top-notch performance in a well-engineered product with excellent fit and finish. Support for the latest Intel platforms and the new look resulting from the copper fins are icing on the cake, and they've managed to boost performance as well.


DEEPCOOL ICE MATRIX 400 COOLER REVIEW (01-11-2010)
Deepcool's Ice Matrix 400 is a great looking tower cooler that installs easily and comes with a quiet fan and a lot of handy accessories. It also cools very well, as long as it doesn't get pushed too hard.


ZALMAN CNPS 9900 MAX CPU COOLER REVIEW (18-10-2010)
With the CNPS 9900 MAX cooler, Zalman gives the PC enthusiast a CPU cooler with top performance that doesn't require a couple of loud fans to do its job. It looks great, too. Available with either a red or blue LED fan, the MAX emits a subtle glow that will enhance the appearance of your windowed case, playing well with the black pearl nickel plating.


XIGMATEK DARK KNIGHT CPU COOLER REVIEW (04-10-2010)
Xigmatek's Dark Knight S1283V CPU cooler has it all covered. It's got great cooling performance, a dark distinctive look, an innovative direct touch design and mounting solutions that are second to none. Xigmatek has done a great job with the Dark Knight, offering the PC enthusiast community top-notch performance in a well-engineered product with excellent fit and finish.


DEEPCOOL KILLER WHALE CPU COOLER REVIEW (28-09-2010)
DEEPCOOL, with their latest coolers offering top tier performance, is really looking to be a worthy adversary in the cpu cooling industry. The Killer Whale really shined during testing and beat out most of the coolers that I had on hand to test against it. Not only did cool my AMD 965 with ease, but it also looked awesome in the process especially in the dark with the built in blue LED fan.


THERMALTAKE MOBILE FAN 12 USB DESKTOP FAN REVIEW (20-09-2010)
Thermaltake's Mobile Fan 12 seems to be a product in search of a purpose, from my perspective anyway. It's actually quite well done and functions as it should, but I just don't see the need for it, and I imagine it will wreak havoc with a laptop battery's charge.


DEEPCOOL GAMERSTORM PROCESSOR COOLER REVIEW (26-08-2010)
The DEEPCOOL GamerStorm CPU Cooler proved to be a tried and true performer beating out the competition in the testing phase. Not only does this cooler look great, it performs great as well.


SILENX EXTREME EFFIZIO SILENT CPU COOLER REVIEW (27-07-2010)
Silenx, apropos of their name, has produced a very quiet cooler (silent at lower fan speeds) that has pretty good cooling performance. Unfortunately, when they targeted gamers and overclockers for their marketing niche, the Effizio just can't quite carry the load.


PROLIMATECH ARMAGEDDON COOLER REVIEW (26-07-2010)
Prolimatech has a worthy product in their Armageddon CPU cooler, offering the PC enthusiast community top-notch performance in a well-engineered product with excellent fit and finish.


THERMALTAKE FRIO CPU/PROCESSOR COOLER REVIEW (19-07-2010)
At first I was very skeptical about the Frio. Having had a few Thermaltake products before and being left slightly unimpressed by them I hoped the Frio wouldn't be the same. To my delight and surprise this particular cooler turned out to be a monster. With 2 included fans and build quality to rival even the best cooling solution manufacturers, the Frio is easily one of the top air coolers to consider out there today which is no easy feat to say the least!


ZALMAN ZM-NC3000U NOTEBOOK COOLER REVIEW (15-07-2010)
If you use a laptop often or are simply looking to invest in a good accessory for it, this is a product worth checking out. It features great aesthetics and provides improved ergonomics while sending a constant flow of air to the bottom of your laptop.


XIGMATEK HDT SD964W HEATPIPE CPU COOLER REVIEW (10-06-2010)
While the HDT SD964W cooler from Xigmatek isn't the best performing tower cooler I've seen, it does have a niche that many enthusiasts may want to explore. It didn't perform well on the overclocked Q6600 in the test mule, but it should be more than adequate for dual and tri-core processors in the 65W range with moderate voltage increases.


NOCTUA NH-D14 COOLER REVIEW (17-05-2010)
Noctua's new NH-D14 is a huge cooler, both in physical size and performance. With two included fans, a feature rich accessory package including ULNA fan speed reducers, a screwdriver and an enameled metal case badge, the NH-D14 would seem to be a dream product for the enthusiast/overclockers among us.


ZALMAN PERFORMA COOLER REVIEW (05-05-2010)
Throughout the reviewing and testing, there wasn't really a whole lot I could pick as a problem with this cooler. It's cheap, quiet, cost effective, built well and best of all, it performs just like any other premier cooler I have tested on the market.


TITAN G9T 3-IN-1 LAPTOP COOLER REVIEW (14-04-2010)
While the G9T is certainly serviceable around the home environment, I'm a bit troubled by Titans choice of materials and some of the design features. Starting with the cooling pad itself, the thin aluminum veneer doesn't do much to strengthen the plastic construction, and the thin metal clips, designed to stiffen the unit when deployed, don't inspire much confidence.


COOLINK CORATOR DS REVIEW (09-04-2010)
The Coolink Corator DS is an overall great cooler that includes a slightly more efficient cooling method other than HDT cooling.


ZALMAN ZM-MFC1 FIVE CHANNEL FAN CONTROLLER REVIEW (06-04-2010)
Zalman's new ZM-MFC1 Combo fan controller is a must-have device for the control freaks among us. With a beautiful front panel and a rich feature set, this product is a real winner. The device exudes quality and provides both wide functionality and intuitive controls to give the consumer a positive experience right out of the box.


XIGMATEK DURIN D982 COOLER REVIEW (30-03-2010)
Xigmatek's Durin D982 CPU cooler lives up to its diminutive namesake in size, although I doubt that the Norse dwarf was as loud as the latter day Durin. To be fair, this cooler would be much more at home in a low power (HTPC, for instance,) system than in the high-watt performance arena in which it was tested.


PROLIMATECH MEGAHALEMS REV.B CPU COOLER REVIEW (23-03-2010)
Prolimatech has done a great job with the Megahalems Rev.B CPU cooler, offering the PC enthusiast community top-notch performance in a well-engineered product with excellent fit and finish.


ZALMAN CNPS10X FLEX HEATSINK / COOLER REVIEW (13-03-2010)
The Zalman CNPS10X Flex follows a slightly different path than other CNPS10X models. When compared to other CNPS10X models, the fans are not included and the heatsink is now able to take full advantage of two fans.


THERMALTAKE ISGC-300 CPU COOLER REVIEW (04-03-2010)
I had high hopes for Thermaltake's ISGC-300 cooler. I liked the design and it was very easy to install on the 775 platform, although the mobo may have to be removed for installation, even for AMD users.


SPIRE THERMAX II COOLER REVIEW (24-02-2010)
Although the Spire TherMax II does set out on the right course and follows the basic tower cooler construction, there are some design problems that are hindering the performance when compared to other products on the market today. Now with that being said, this in no way is a bad cooler. In fact, is is a very good option to consider if you are replacing a stock Intel heatsink and for the price, it isn't a bad deal.


GELID TRANQUILLO CPU COOLER REVIEW (17-02-2010)
Gelid has a worthy product in the Tranquillo, especially for a relatively new company. The Tranquillo easily bests the performance of the OEM cooler while being noticeably quieter, even at full speed. The design doesn't provide any board-cooling options though, but is relatively easy to install.


THERMALTAKE V1 AX CPU COOLER REVIEW (27-01-2010)
In 2008, Thermaltake released the V1 CPU Cooler which had great features and aesthetics which made it an interesting cooler. Now, Thermaltake has released a revised cooler and named it the V1 AX. The main difference between these coolers is the material. The V1 AX is made of aluminum fins and a copper base while the V1 is made entirely of copper.


XIGMATEK BALDER SD1283 CPU COOLER REVIEW (25-01-2010)
Xigmatek's Balder SD 1283 CPU cooler has it all covered. It's got outstanding cooling performance, a distinctive look, an innovative direct touch design and mounting solutions that are second to none. Xigmatek has done a great job with the Balder, offering the PC enthusiast community top-notch performance in a well-engineered product with excellent fit and finish.


THERMALTAKE SPINQ VT CPU COOLER REVIEW(20-01-2010)
The Thermaltake SpinQ VT is nothing short of impressive. With an impressive body design and heatpipe layout the SpinQ VT is a rock solid cooler. With easy installation, exceptional cooling, and a decent price of $59.99 it's definitely worth taking a look at.


ZALMAN CNPS10X EXTREME CPU COOLER REVIEW(24-12-2009)
The Zalman CNPS10X Extreme cpu cooler is the best built processor cooler I have had on my test bench to date. With top notch materials, build quality, feature set coupled with excellent performance, this great looking cooler should be on any buyer's short list. There really isn't more you could add onto a processor cooler without ruining the overall package.


TITAN FENRIR TTC-NK85TZ CPU COOLER REVIEW(23-12-2009)
Today's review of the Fenrir cooler will test to see whether this is a good, great, or excellent cooler both aesthetically and through benchmarking on a Intel I7 965 Extreme Edition processor pushed to full load. The Fenrir cooler is a little more flashy than most of the competition, but at around US$50, is this more form than function, or will it pull through to be a cooler we at Tweaknews will recommend.


ZALMAN CNPS10X QUIET CPU COOLER REVIEW(17-12-2009)
The Zalman CNPS10X Quiet cpu cooler can be summed up to be a quiet winner. Although the installation was a little daunting, the performance after the fact made this cooler worth the effort and frustration. It beat everything with ease and could even be used for mild overclocking if temperatures are monitored and the speeds adjusted for the fan's capacity.


THERMALTAKE CONTAC 29 CPU COOLER REVIEW(10-12-2009)
All in all the Thermaltake Contac 29 CPU Cooler can hold its own and the proof is there. When a sub $40 cooler can keep a blistering 140w AMD Phenom II X4 965 overclocked to 3.6GHz with 1.4v under 60 degrees Celsius, you know you have value!


THERMALTAKE ISGC-400 CPU COOLER REVIEW(07-12-2009)
Available at many retailers for around $45-50 US, the ISGC-400 is not cheap, and one can easily find a cooler that performs as good or better, is easier to install and takes up less room for less money. Consequently, while the ISGC-400 may find a niche in the market due to its size and configuration, it's difficult to give it a blanket recommendation.


XIGMATEK THOR’S HAMMER CPU COOLER/HEATSINK REVIEW(03-12-2009)
Xigmatek's Thor's Hammer is a formidable weapon in the battle against processor heat. It performed on par with the very best coolers in the comparison using a couple of inexpensive and quiet fans. The Hammer is a big cooler, particularly with two 120mm fans hanging off of it, but it delivers big performance commensurate with its bulk.


EVERCOOL HPK-10025EA HEATPIPE INTEL CPU COOLER REVIEW (26-11-2009)
Evercool seems to have hit upon a good cooling design with the HPK-10025EA. Finally a small, low profile cooler has arrived that can really perform better than the OEM unit without breaking the bank.


COOLER MASTER HYPER N620 HEATPIPE CPU COOLER REVIEW (12-11-2009)
The Hyper N620 is available from several online retailers in the $45-$50 range. While you can get coolers for much less money, you're unlikely to find one that performs as well or looks as good as this Hyper.


CORSAIR H50 HYDRO SERIES LIQUID/WATER CPU COOLING SYSTEM REVIEW (10-11-2009)
Corsair's H50 liquid cooling kit has a lot going for it. Not only is this a turnkey system that requires no assembly or maintenance, it is relatively easy to install, has very good cooling performance and is priced competitively with higher-end air coolers.


KINGWIN XT-1264 HEATPIPE CPU COOLER REVIEW (16-10-2009)
Kingwin's XT-1264 CPU cooler is a good looking product with some interesting features that should have delivered some outstanding performance. Unfortunately, it showed some rather lackluster cooling performance. There are, however some features and attributes that keep the XT-1264 from being a total bust.


EVERCOOL TRANSFORMER 4 HEATPIPE CPU COOLER REVIEW (12-10-2009)
Evercool's Transformer 4 CPU cooler, with its dual 120mm fans, 8mm copper heatpipes and direct touch design should be a top performer in the CPU cooling market. Its enormous size alone would seem to insure excellent cooling. However, as we see in the testing, the T4 just isn't able to keep up with the competition.


AEROCOOL TOUCH 2000 TOUCH SCREEN FAN CONTROLLER REVIEW (11-10-2009)
With the Touch 2000, AeroCool has produced a worthy successor to their popular line of bay fan control devices. This device is feature rich, user friendly has a bright, vivid touch screen that just begs the user to tweak their fans for optimal cooling or minimal fan noise.


ZALMAN CNPS9900 LED INTEL I7 CPU COOLER REVIEW (13-09-2009)
The Zalman CNPS9900 LED cooler can be summed up rather easily. If you in the market for a good looking and extremely quiet cooler and won't be overclocking and moving you computer around much, then this cooler should be considered.


NOCTUA NH-U12P SE1366 SPECIAL EDITION INTEL I7 COOLER (21-08-2009)
The build quality is good, the hardware kit is beyond complete and will handle any i7 processor in stock or overclocked form with ease. Remember, I tested this one with one of the hottest i7 models available with a 130watt heat output and this cooler handled it perfectly fine.


THERMALTAKE MASSIVE23 CS NOTEBOOK COOLER (02-08-2009)
Thermaltake's Massive23 CS notebook cooler is a well-executed product from a good design that does exactly what it's supposed to do. It cools your notebook computer and does it very quietly. The materials and workmanship are outstanding and the lighting effects bring some visual interest to an already sleek and stylish product.


SILENX IXTREMA IXC-120HA2 PRO SERIES HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (26-05-2009)
As you can guess from their name, Silenx has built their reputation around quiet PC accessories. Their IXC-120HA2 CPU cooler easily lives up to this reputation by being, well, very quiet. Even with its modest fan speeds, this cooler did an excellent job of cooling the Q6600 during testing. That is, until I added some voltage and clock cycles. When your packaging boldly states, “designed for gamers and overclockers,” you'd better bring more performance to the table that the IXC-120HA2 does.


THERMOLAB BARAM HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (16-03-2009)
ThermoLab's Baram CPU cooler represents the company's first foray into the performance cooling arena, and they've done a good job. The fit and finish is excellent and the design is fundamentally sound. Cooling performance is also very good, until the voltage is raised anyway. Even then, it's much better than the OEM cooler but falls a bit behind most of the other coolers in the comparison.


COOLER MASTER V10 HYBRID HEATPIPE/T.E.C. CPU COOLER (16-03-2009)
Cooler Master's V10 is impressive in many respects. Size and stature are reassuringly large, but fitment may be an issue for some motherboards and cases. The engineering innovation and design are quite nice, as is the fit and finish. Unfortunately, the high cost and potentially troublesome installation leave something to be desired. Frankly, there are better performing coolers out there that are half the price, easier to install and perform just as well.


THERMALTAKE SPINQ HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (31-12-2008)
With the SpinQ, Thermaltake is breaking new ground in aesthetics and design. The blue LED centrifugal fan and innovative fin design make for an interesting product that is visually exciting and would be a definite asset in a windowed case. As far as cooling performance, it is as good, or better than the majority of high-end coolers on the market at stock voltages.


COOLIT DOMINO A.L.C. ADVANCED CPU LIQUID COOLING SYSTEM (29-12-2008)
CoolIt's Domino A.L.C. kit has a lot going for it. Not only is this a turnkey system that requires no assembly or maintenance, it is easily installed, has good cooling performance and is priced competitively with higher-end air coolers.


NOCTUA NH-C12P INTEL/AMD HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (17-12-2008)
Performance wise, the NH-C12P is one of the best downdraft coolers available, and compares favorably with the better coolers on the market irrespective of design. In my book, the board cooling benefits of a downdraft cooler are well worth the minimal performance hit incurred. Opinions will vary on this point, and it will be up to the user to decide what's most desirable for a particular platform.


VANTEC AEROFLOW FX120 HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (15-12-2008)
If you're looking for a cooling solution that is difficult to install, has mediocre cooling performance and is annoyingly loud, the Vantec AeroFlow FX 120 is the ideal product for you. On the other hand, if you're like most PC enthusiasts, you'll want to avoid this product like the plague. The installation process has more PITA than the Greek restaurant my wife and I visited last night. Furthermore, the cooling performance is lackluster at best and the fan whines like a harpy in a Greek tragedy.


THERMALTAKE DUORB HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (10-12-2008)
Thermaltake's DuOrb CPU cooler has a lot going for it. The design itself will appeal to some enthusiasts with the need for a high performance cooler without the excessive height of some comparable coolers. In addition, the design also provides excellent clearance around the socket while enhancing cooling in the immediate area.


SILVERSTONE NT06 EVOLUTION HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (24-11-2008)
In conclusion, SilverStone has a great product in the NT06 Evolution cooler. Its cooling performance is surprisingly good when coupled with a quiet, low-flow fan and very good when airflow increases. I like its compactness and relatively low mass and it looks pretty good as well. With a lower cost and an improved mounting solution, the NT06 Evolution would be a excellent value, but these issues drop it back a bit in this regard.


GELID SILENT SPIRIT HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (17-11-2008)
Gelid has a very worthy product in the Silent Spirit, especially for the debut offering of a new company. The Silent Spirit easily bests the performance of the OEM cooler while being noticeably quieter, even at full speed. Also, the design allows some board-cooling options while being very easy to install.


NOCTUA NH-U12P INTEL/AMD HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (06-11-2008)
With the NH-U12P, Noctua has brought one of those rare products to the market that can provide high performance cooling while still maintaining very low noise levels. The included low noise adapters are a nice touch and definitely add value, but even at full speed the fan is one of the quietest active CPU coolers I've come across.


COOLER MASTER HYPER Z600-R HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (27-10-2008)
Cooler Master has a real winner in their new Hyper Z600R CPU cooler. Whether used actively, with the included 120mm blue LED fan, or passively you'll get top-notch performance and beautiful aesthetics. The X-shaped Hyper with its decorative top cover makes quite an impression and its large size and six heatpipes seem to provide the one-two punch that beats down high CPU temperatures.


COOLER MASTER V8 GIANT CPU COOLER (20-10-2008)
The V8 outperformed all the coolers in the comparison, although not by much in a couple of cases. Frankly, I expected a bit better performance out of a cooler of this immense size, particularly at full fan speed. But, there's no question that this is a very good cooling solution.


GELID GC-1 THERMAL COMPOUND/PASTE (10-10-2008)
When the smoke has cleared and the results are in, it is clear that Gelid's GC-1 thermal compound is indeed a thermal compound option that most system builders and tweakers should keep in mind when completing their next build. It supplies more thermal paste for less money and also comes with an applicator that will definitely come in handy for many years to come.


THERMALTAKE PW 850I PRO WATER CPU LIQUID COOLING SYSTEM (06-10-2008)
The ProWater 850i has a lot going for it. Performance is good, setup is easy, and all required parts are included along with a generous helping of accessories. The kit succeeded in keeping an AMD 5000+ Black Edition CPU cool during stress testing without all the noise associated with air cooling. As an added bonus, the tubing is UV reactive so it will look cool in a windowed case with UV lighting.


ARCTIC COOLING ACCELERO S1/S2 TURBO MODULE (02-10-2008)
Arctic Cooling's Turbo Module fan kit may not be the most attractive product to come down the pike, but when combined with the excellent Accelero passive cooler, you'll have a very nearly silent VGA cooler with excellent performance at a very affordable price.


ARCTIC COOLING FREEZER 7 PRO INTEL/AMD PROCESSOR COOLER (26-09-2008)
The freezer 7 Pro from Arctic Cooling has what it takes. Up against a couple of high-performance coolers that were newer, bigger and much more expensive, the little Freezer 7 Pro held its own. Some consumers might overlook the Freezer as being dated and no longer competitive. That would be a big mistake.


ARCTIC COOLING ACCELERO S1 REV.2 HEATPIPE VGA COOLER (24-09-2008)
Arctic Cooling's well deserved reputation for high performance, low cost VGA cooling remains intact with the release of the Accelero S1 (Rev.2.) With great cooling performance and wide online availability at a pricepoint of $26.00 US or less, the S1 is a superb value.


THERMALRIGHT ULTIMA-90 INTEL/AMD PROCESSOR COOLER (14-01-2008)
Thermalright set out to pack the performance of a 120mm cooler into a 90mm package. With the Optima-90I, it looks like they've done just that. The cooling is very good with the 90mm fan and the package is relatively compact. As always, the workmanship is outstanding the mounting is not too difficult, though a bit bothersome for AMD users.


ZEROTHERM HURRICANE HC92 CU 8800 VGA COOLER (14-01-2008)
In the final analysis, ZEROtherm's Hurricane HC92 Cu 8800 VGA cooler showed a marked improvement over the OEM solution while adding some style and bling into the mix. The inclusion of a fan speed controller, along with the three configuration options, gives the user some control over cooling performance and noise levels; always a plus.


THERMALTAKE BIGWATER 760I LIQUID COOLING SYSTEM (07-01-2008)
Thermaltake continues to make it easier and easier to get into liquid cooling with the Bigwater 760i. Instead of crowding other areas of the case, this system utilizes two unused 5 ¼ drive bays to house the radiator, pump and reservoir, keeping it out of the way of other hardware.


THERMALRIGHT HR-11 VIDEOCARD BACKSIDE COOLER (11-12-2007)
Frankly, I was skeptical of this product's usefulness when it first arrived here in the lab, and I expected it to have very little, if any, impact on cooling. I was wrong. The HR-11 has proven its worth by lowering both GPU and case temperatures without adding any noise to the system.


NANOXIA DUALCONTACT HYBRID BASE CPU COOLER (11-12-2007)
From the moment I saw a case badge included in the packaging I knew that Nanoxia meant business. With the Dual Contact Hybrid Base CPU cooler they have proved that although they are newcomers they can produce top quality products.


ZALMAN RESERATOR XT EXTERNAL HYBRID LIQUID COOLING SYSTEM (03-12-2007)
With its new hybrid cooling design for the XT, Zalman has lost the traditional silence of the previous Reserator systems, but gained significant cooling performance. The Reserator XT is indeed a worthy successor to the Reserators of the past and boasts easy installation, attractive styling and superb materials and workmanship. Digital monitoring of fluid temperature and fan/pump speed control are welcome features, and the mechanical flow indicator adds a visual confirmation of coolant flow rates as well.


NANOXIA SILENT CASE FANS (26-11-2007)
All in all, despite the one DOA fan these fans performed very well. The noise levels were decent and the fan controllers provided with each unit was a nice touch. I have had four of these fans running in my main PC for almost a month now and I honestly couldn't be happier with a fan. I would like to see an LED option introduced to the line as I feel that would be the cherry on an already rather well made cake.


ZEROTHERM NIRVANA NV120 AMD/INTEL CPU COOLER (30-10-2007)
This time out, we'll be looking at another ZEROtherm cooler, the Nirvana NV120. It's a vertical style heatpipe cooler with a large fan, a very nice finish and an included fan speed controller. I've been impressed with the other ZEROtherm products that have come through the lab, and I expect similar results from the Nirvana. Let's see how it stands up.


ZALMAN CNPS8700 LED INTEL/AMD CPU COOLER (16-10-2007)
Zalman went back to their roots, so to speak, and came up with a very nice product in the CNPS8700 LED CPU cooler. While the performance isn't earth shattering, it's plenty good enough for most users, better and quieter than the OEM Intel unit, and still allows some overclocking headroom. In addition it is all packed into a relatively compact package that will appeal to users with limited case room and also for HTPC/SFF enthusiasts.


ANTAZONE AS-N1000 & AS-N2000 COPPER HEATPIPE NORTHBRIDGE COOLERS (15-10-2007)
I could give the whole speech about how vital good PC cooling is these days but I am sure that most of you have heard it a million times before, suffice it to say that cooling is an inescapable aspect of any system build. However, there is one aspect of cooling frequently overlooked, the lowly Northbridge chipset.


ANTAZONE AS-C1000 INTEL/AMD HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (19-09-2007)
All in all this is a very poor showing from Antazone. Whilst the build quality was superb and the finish very clean and tidy the cooling performance and mounting solution really let this product down. I can't in good conscience recommend this cooler to anyone. The price is good for a copper cooler but unless you want a new cooler for your dated P4 Northwood or Socket A system then you'd better keep looking.


AI TECHNOLOGY COOL SILVER THERMAL GREASE (19-09-2007)
AI Technology has brought an excellent product to the market with its Cool Silver thermal paste. It outperforms the best in its class and is very easy to apply. It's also available for sale now and competitively priced at around $6 for the 3.5g package, making it a very good value.


THERMALRIGHT V2 VGA COOLER (17-09-2007)
Thermalright has a real winner on their hands in the V2 cooler. There's a lot of performance in this compact heatsink and CrossFire/SLI user, as well as HTPC enthusiasts, should take notice. In passive cooling mode it adequately (and silently) cooled this factory overclocked 7900 graphics card. Adding an inexpensive 80mm fan resulted in outstanding cooling performance.


COOLIT RAM FAN MEMORY COOLER (30-08-2007)
It will be especially useful to overclockers who often push RAM voltages to high levels and would benefit from active cooling. With a price of only $20 US and installation that only takes a few minutes, I can't see any reason not to highly recommend this product.


COOLIT PCI COOLING BOOSTER (24-08-2007)
CoolIT Systems guaranteed a cooler video card after installing this fan, and it did indeed do the job. The results were not as great as I was hoping for, but that was mostly due to unforeseen incompatibilities between the case and the fan. Even a slight drop in video card temperatures is welcome especially when the install is so easy (in a compatible case) and the price is an easy to take $15- $20 US.


GIGABYTE V-POWER VIDEOCARD HEATPIPE COOLER (06-08-2007)
Gigabyte’s V-Power VGA cooler is a great looking product with good cooling and is relatively easy to install. The materials, fit and finish are very good and the cooler is compact enough to be used in the vast majority of SLI/CrossFire systems. It’s also very quiet, approaching silence when at its lowest fan speed setting.


ZALMAN ZM-NC1000 ULTRA QUIET NOTEBOOK COOLER (27-07-2007)
The ZM-NC1000 is a very well built piece of notebook cooling hardware. But what it gains in performance, it loses in bulk and weight. If you are in the market for a cooling option for the road, then just keep on searching. This big boy weighs in at over 2.5lbs an when you add that kind of weight to an already loaded laptop bag, then expect a chore when you are lugging this around an airport. Add in the rather stiff price, and Zalman is really painted themselves in a premium niche corner.


COOLER MASTER AQUAGATE S1 INTEL/AMD WATER COOLING SYSTEM (19-07-2007)
Cooler Master's Aquagate S1 system takes any guesswork out of buying individual components and includes everything needed to get started with water cooling. Now it can be argued that buying individual components and building a custom system is favorable and yields better performance, but the focus of this review will be computer builders who are new to watercooling or want an easier and cheaper solution.


GIGABYTE BLUE EYE VIDEO CARD WATER COOLER (18-07-2007)
Gigabyte's Blue Eye GPU liquid cooling kit was relatively easy to install, posted up some great performance and looks pretty cool to boot. I added it to Gigabyte's Galaxy II liquid cooling kit, but it's designed to interface with just about any other system as well. Retailing for around $40 US, the Blue Eye won't give your wallet a black eye either.


COOLER MASTER GEMINII CPU/MOTHERBOARD COOLER (03-07-2007)
Cooler Master took a gamble bringing such a large cooler to market. The sheer size of the GeminII will preclude its use on some motherboards, and I can see that it will be a very tight fit in some smaller cases. Performance wise, the GeminII posted up some good numbers on the testbed, but fell short of the lofty expectations that a cooler of this size and design would inspire. This is not to say that the cooling performance was lacking; it wasn't. I just think it would be reasonable to expect more from the GeminII.


COOLJAG FALCON 92-CU INTEL/AMD CPU HEATPIPE COOLER (29-06-2007)
With the Falcon 92-Cu, Cooljag could have had a solid performer if the temps would have been a bit lower that the aluminum version. This cooler easily outperforms the stocker and does so in a very quiet, unassuming manner, but it's not appreciably better than the Falcon 92-Al. Then, of course there's the mounting system failure issue. This is disappointing and inexcusable. The installation inconvenience can be glossed over, owing to the fact that most users install a cooler only once.


THERMALTAKE V1 HEATPIPE COPPER INTEL/AMD CPU COOLER (11-06-2007)
Don't let the odd appearance fool you. It may look strange, but the V1 performs just as well as other air coolers that have a more traditional round or square shape. It works on the idea that heat rises, and it makes sense to apply that to a CPU air cooler by using a vertically aligned fan and copper fins to move heat up and out. I also can't say enough about how easy the installation was; it was by far the quickest install of a cooler I've done in a couple years.


COOLJAG FALCON 92-AL AMD/INTEL CPU COOLER (07-06-2007)
It takes a fair amount of guts to enter an established market with a new product and little name recognition. Especially the enthusiast CPU cooler market. You'd better have a good product with some solid performance. With the Falcon 92-Al, it looks like Cooljag will be making a name for themselves. This cooler easily outperforms the stocker and does so in a very quiet, unassuming manner.


THERMALTAKE IXOFT PASSIVE NOTEBOOK COOLING PAD (05-06-2007)
With its passive heatshift technology, the iXoft is a unique notebook cooler yet it still manages to do an effective job. There are a lot of advantages to this cooler including silent operation, no power consumption, and portability. No fans, no wires, and no extra battery power used – just place it under the notebook and it's ready to go.


GIGABYTE 3D GALAXY II CPU LIQUID COOLING SYSTEM (30-05-2007)
With the introduction of the 3D Galaxy II liquid cooling system, Gigabyte has given novice watercooling enthusiasts another option when deciding to “take the plunge.” This system is feature rich, expandable and great looking. It has good cooling performance as well, and addresses the motherboard cooling issues commonly overlooked by the inexperienced waterhead.


NOCTUA NF-S12 120MM & NF-R8 SILENT CASE FANS (25-05-2007)
The newest fan offerings from Noctua are real gems! They are quiet (silent, when used with the ULNA,) and move a respectable amount of air. While I hate to make generalizations about such things, these fans exhibit the high quality, innovative features and performance that products from this part of the world are famous for. Noctua has clearly set out to redefine what the future of quiet cooling will be, and if these fans are any indication, they have a very good start.


THERMALTAKE VOLCANO 4005 HEAT EXCHANGER CPU WATERBLOCK (23-05-2007)
Well, I was really hoping for much better cooling than I got from the Volcano. The performance isn't bad by any means, but given its massive size and $50 US price tag I would have liked to see improvement over the stock Thermaltake waterblock I was using previously. On the upside, installation was easy and three different sizes of hose connectors are included to integrate it with just about any watercooling setup.


THERMALTAKE MAXORB INTEL/AMD HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (18-05-2007)
Thermaltake's flagship air cooler is definitely worth checking out if you're in the market for a heatsink. The Orbs have a solid history of being good performers and the Max Orb continues that tradition. The new design with six heat pipes and three rows of aluminum fins improve the overall performance by dissipating heat more effectively.


ZEROTHERM GX815 COPPER HEATPIPE VGA VIDEOCARD COOLER (07-05-2007)
ZEROtherm's new GS815 Gamer Edition VGA cooler is a great product that has good performance, is very quiet, easily installed and looks good to boot. It's compact size and quiet operation make it a very attractive solution for gamers and HTPC enthusiasts alike. The included ramsinks and mounting options only serve to sweeten the deal, but its best feature may be its modest price.


ZEROTHERM BTF95 FANLESS COPPER HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (07-05-2007)
ZEROtherm's new fanless BTF95 CPU cooler is a bold move by a relative newcomer in this market. The butterfly design is somewhat kitschy, but I was pleasantly surprised by its cooling performance . I can certainly see a niche that this cooler fits into nicely. If quiet computing is your bag, then the BTF95 may be a butterfly worth collecting. The mounting solutions are superb and the manual is quite good.


THERMALTAKE SYMPHONY MINI LIQUID COOLING SYSTEM (14-03-2007)
Thermaltake has a great watercooling product here with the Symphony Mini. It is easy enough for a beginner to install yet still performs well enough that enthusiasts will be satisfied. With a price tag of over $200 USD it's definitely not the cheapest solution out there but I feel you do get what you pay for. The Mini has a nice sleek look to it although the size of the unit might be an issue for some as it is not practical to move around.


ANTEC NOTEBOOK COOLER S (12-03-2007)
At last, a notebook cooler that is actually practical. If anyone is in the market for a notebook cooling solution, your searching is over. This product is small, simple, ergonomic and actually useful. Finally someone realizes that you don't have to use a huge metal pad to cool a laptop accordingly.


NOCTUA NC-U6 CHIPSET COOLER (09-02-2007)
A product that does what it says it will always impresses me. While the cooling performance of Noctua's NC-U6 is what the end user ultimately wants in a product like this, one can't ignore the other things that it brings to the table. The simple, clever and effective mounting solutions just make this cooler even more impressive.


SPIRE FOURIER IV INTEL/AMD COPPER HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (23-01-2007)
The Fourier IV is a pretty good cooling solution. Spire's innovative design and all-copper construction yielded very acceptable, but not outstanding, performance. The cooler has distinctive styling that looks good on a motherboard and can be used fanless, if the heat load is not too high.


SPIRE VERTICOOL 3 HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (17-01-2007)
Spire has done a great job with the VertiCool III in regards to its cooling ability. It holds up well against some pretty good competition while bringing a bit of its own individuality to the table. The addition of a fan speed control device will allow the user to dial in just the right noise-to-performance ratio for their particular hardware and environment. It doesn't have any fancy lighting or other visual enhancements, just great performance.


THERMALRIGHT CHILL FACTOR THERMAL PASTE (14-01-2007)
If you spend much time in online computer forums, I'm sure you've read it many, many times. “Which thermal paste is best?” For the last several years a couple of products by a single supplier seem to always top the list. The occasional challenger steps up, but so far no one seems to be able to dethrone the reigning king.


THERMALRIGHT HR-03 VGA VIDEOCARD COOLER (04-12-2006)
The HR-03 VGA cooler is a great leap forward for Thermalright, putting them back in the VGA cooling business with a vengeance. The innovative design and dual configuration mounting system combine to make the HR-03 a real winner. Good passive cooling performance and monstrous active cooling should make gamers very happy, and anyone overclocking a card with this cooler and fan combo won't have to worry about heat holding them back.


ZALMAN FATAL1TY FC-ZV9 VIDEOCARD GPU COOLER (04-12-2006)
When Zalman and Fatal1ty team up, you expect some special results. The FC-ZV9 graphics card cooler combines good cooling performance, great looks and wide compatibility into a product that any gamer would be proud to have in their case.


THERMALTAKE SILENT WATER ALL-IN-ONE LIQUID COOLING SYSTEM (20-11-2006)
The Silent Water all in one liquid cooling system from Thermaltake is an interesting product in some respects. The small size and mounting options make it compatible with many cases without modification. It offers the novice watercooler a complete, easily installed solution that has fairly wide compatibility at a very reasonable cost.


THERMALTAKE TIDE WATER VIDEOCARD WATER COOLING SYSTEM (06-11-2006)
Thermaltake's Tide Water does a great job of cooling the GPU on this video card, and can do it very quietly. Currently available in the $55 to $60 US range, you can have liquid cooling for your GPU at a price only moderately higher than some high-end air cooling solutions.


APACK ZEROTHERM GX810 COPPER VIDEOCARD VGA COOLER (03-11-2006)
ZEROtherm has an excellent product in the GX810. The thermally controlled fan performed as promised and is one of the best features of this cooler. Overall quality was excellent, installation was very easy and the low profile design and silent operation should give this product wide appeal.


THERMALTAKE KANDALF LCS LIQUID COOLED CASE (02-11-2006)
ThermalTake took one of the best cases on the market, and only upgraded it with a component that made a difference. The liquid cooling system included with the Kandalf LCS proves to be a great performer, while not adding too much complexity.


ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED ULTRA QUIET CPU COOLER (30-10-2006)
Their new CNPS9700 LED cooler is the real deal. It's got performance, even easier installation and virtually universal compatibility. With outstanding fit and finish, a big aggressive presence and the blue LED fan, it also has great looks and would be an excellent upgrade for the stock cooler. The design could result in lower case temperatures as well, providing there's an exhaust fan in the vicinity. Overclockers can have some fun with this cooler, and in silent mode, the quiet computing crowd will be very happy as well.


ZALMAN RESERATOR 2 COMPUTER WATERCOOLING SYSTEM (24-10-2006)
With the introduction of the Reserator 2, Zalman has taken a great product and made it even better. They've addressed a number of issues that I found annoying in the earlier versions and improved the performance dramatically. I like the new look a lot and the enhanced cooling is augmented by new safety features that make the Reserator 2 an outstanding product. Silent PC aficionados will find the increased performance very attractive, allowing some moderate overclocking without any noise penalty.


APACK ZEROTHERM GX710 COPPER VIDEOCARD VGA COOLER (23-10-2006)
The ZEROtherm GX710 is a good VGA cooling solution from a new player in this market. A tie, however, is rarely satisfying in this business. As I mentioned earlier, the GX710 is almost surely going to be more expensive that the GX700 and, being a bit heavier, doesn't have much to recommend it over the 700.


APACK ZEROTHERM GX700 ALUMINUM VIDEOCARD VGA COOLER (08-10-2006)
This is an excellent first effort at VGA cooling from a company we're sure to see more of in the future. ZEROtherm calls the GX700 their “main-stream” VGA cooler, and represents, presumably, the lowest-cost cooler in their stable. At the proper price point, the GX700 from ZEROtherm could be an outstanding value.


THERMALTAKE BIGWATER 735 WATER COOLING SYSTEM (04-10-2006)
The Bigwater 735 liquid cooling system represents the latest stage in the evolution of the Bigwater series. Thermaltake has increased tubing size, nearly quadrupled the flow rate and added another channel in the waterblock. And what rewards did they reap for these improvements?


APACK ZEROTHERM CF900 COPPER HEATPIPE INTEL 775 CPU COOLER (19-09-2006)
Granted, the ZEROtherm CF900 isn't up to the task for maximum effort overclockers, but that's not its target. No gimmicky design elements, no LEDs, just solid, quiet everyday performance. The CF900 would be an excellent choice for any application where good cooling and quiet operation are necessary. Its compact size only adds to its appeal.


APACK ZEROTHERM CF800 INTEL CORE 2 DUO SOCKET 775 COOLER (11-09-2006)
The ZEROtherm CF800 did a great job of taming a very hot processor while keeping noise to an absolute minimum. I like it. A lot. If Intel shipped one of these with their retail CPUs, just imagine how much customers would appreciate it. This cooler does what the Intel OEM cooler is supposed to do, but doesn't.


APACK ZEROTHERM BTF80 INTEL DUAL CORE / AMD AM2 PROCESSOR COOLER (06-09-2006)
Having previously reviewed Apack's ZEROtherm BTF-90, I expected good performance from their BTF-80 cooler as well. I wasn't disappointed. While it is much lighter than the copper BTF-90, it's no lightweight when it comes to performance. It is also relatively quiet and the red LEDs reflecting off of the aluminum fins give it a distinctive look.


ZALMAN ZM-NWB1 NORTHBRIDGE WATERBLOCK COOLER (31-08-2006)
I was pleasantly surprised by the performance of the ZM-NWB1. It is reasonably priced, as these things go, and does a great job. Installation was a breeze using both supplied solutions.


THERMALTAKE CL-P0114 BIG TYPHOON 4 IN 1 HEATPIPE PROCESSOR COOLER (29-08-2006)
With the Big Typhoon, Thermaltake has added another great cooling solution the their stable of products available to PC enthusiasts. If you want good performance with minimum noise, this may be the cooler for you. The orientation of the fan also provides beneficial airflow under the large umbrella of the Big Typhoon, a big plus for this design.


ZALMAN ZM-STG1 SUPER THERMAL GREASE (28-08-2006)
Well, we ended up with no clear winner here. Given the fact that the Zalman offering performed equally as well as one of the industry leaders, it's obviously an outstanding product. The fact that the ZM-STG1 is also almost twice as expensive as its opponent, takes some of the shine off of it.


APACK ZEROTHERM BTF90 INTEL DUAL CORE / AMD AM2 PROCESSOR COOLER (22-08-2006)
I'll have to admit that when I first took the ZEROtherm BTF-90 out of its box, I was a little apprehensive. This being the first offering from a company I was unfamiliar with, I feared that I was looking at a gimmick cooler with questionable performance. As it turned out, my fears were unjustified; about the performance, anyway.


ZALMAN ZM-RF1 RESERATOR FAN KIT (17-08-2006)
With the ZM-RF1, they seem to have a product that is desperately seeking a purpose. Zalman's Reserator series of liquid cooling systems fit into a target market by virtue of their silence. By adding the ZM-RF1, the user turns a silent system into a quiet one with lackluster performance. In my opinion, a 2-3C drop in temps is a poor trade-off for the added noise.


ZALMAN RESERATOR 1 PLUS PASSIVE COMPUTER WATER COOLING SYSTEM (10-08-2006)
The Reserator 1 Plus from Zalman is a niche product, aimed at the silent computing crowd. As such, this product does an excellent job. It's silent, has adequate cooling performance and comes complete with CPU and VGA cooling solutions.


DOES THE STOCK OEM AMD DUAL CORE PROCESSOR COOLER REALLY NEED UPGRADING? (25-05-2006)
I think the results of the testing really speak for themselves. AMD has gone the extra mile to provide the consumer with a quality HSF that is compact, quiet and cools damn well. It's refreshing to find a bundled cooler that can stand up to some modest overclocking, and do it pretty quietly.


ZALMAN VF700-CU LED ULTRA QUIET VGA COOLER (19-05-2006)
The VF700-Cu LED from Zalman has performed very well for me this past week and I can highly recommend it. With great looks and excellent performance, this cooler would be an asset to most any compatible graphics board out there.


ZALMAN CNPS9500 LED INTEL/AMD HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (16-05-2006)
Zalman has done it again. Their CNPS9500 LED cooler has it all. It's got performance, easy installation and virtually universal compatibility. With flawless fit and finish, an aggressive stance and a blue LED fan, it also has great looks and would be an excellent upgrade for the stock cooler.


Q3I THERMOHAWK 200/400 TOUCHLESS INFRARED SENSOR KEYCHAIN THERMOMETER (11-05-2006)
The Thermohawk line of infrared thermometers would be a handy gadget for anyone wanting to have some fun or to use in a practical environment. As said earlier, the uses for this small compact product are endless and you will even have some fun while finding out the temperature of the many objects in your environment. In my mind, the price tag for these small thermometers is a steal for what they do.


SPIRE SP601B3 VertiCool II™ HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (28-04-2006)
The VertiCool II from Spire has some impressive performance packed into a fairly compact, lightweight and attractive package. It's also very, very quiet and reasonably priced. Still being relatively new, availability is limited but I would expect a cooler with this kind of performance at a price point of $35-$40 US would be a good seller.


SPIRE SP741B3 DIAMONDCOOL II QUAD HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (20-04-2006)
I'll have to admit, I was a bit disappointed by the performance of Spire's DiamondCool II. Owing to its construction and design, I expected better cooling. On the other hand, it's very quiet and relatively inexpensive, and does beat out the stock cooler by a large margin. The Spire offering was the quietest of the bunch by far, and would be a good choice for an application where noise (or lack thereof) takes precedence over performance.


SCYTHE SAMURAI Z DUAL HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (18-04-2006)
The Scythe Samurai Z cooler turned out to be an exceptional improvement over the stock CPU cooler included with my P4, and a great addition to my overclocked system. The cooler itself does the job efficiently and relatively quietly - I can hear my GPU fan and the flow of a good collective number of CFMs, but no annoying whining or whirring.


THERMALTAKE RX K8 SILENT BOOST SOCKET 754/939/940 COPPER CPU COOLER (27-02-2006)
With the Silent Boost RX K8, Thermaltake has targeted the user who values compactness and silence over maximum effort cooling. For example, this would be an excellent choice for a home theater PC where space is always an issue and quiet cooling is a necessity. Modestly priced and widely available, the RX K8 shouldn't be overlooked when choosing components for that specialty PC that may be in your future.


ZALMAN FATAL1TY FS-V7 GRAPHICS CARD COOLER (09-01-2006)
With great looks and excellent performance, this cooler would be an asset to most any compatible graphics board out there. Installation was a snap thanks to Zalman's online installation guides and compatibility charts, and the Fatal1ty's noise-to-cooling ratio is very good.


ANTEC NOTEBOOK COOLER (14-11-2005)
The Notebook Cooler is designed to keep a constant airflow underneath your laptop which in most cases is where it will be drawing air from which will help the laptop's cooling to work as efficient as possible. Laptop computers are not cheap so you might as well have it running as cool as possible.


ZALMAN FATAL1TY FS-C77 CPU COOLER (17-10-2005)
Fatal1ty has partnered with Zalman, among other companies, to market high-end products to the computer gaming community. The FS-C77 CPU cooler is one of Zalman's first products to carry the Fatal1ty moniker and the company touts it as the “ultimate CPU cooler.” Let's take it for a spin and see what all the hype is about.


THERMALTAKE BIGWATER SE WATER COOLING KIT (26-09-2005)
The Bigwater SE is an even better choice for would-be waterheads owing to its completeness and much-improved manual. Being widely available at a cost of slightly more than a hundred bucks doesn't hurt either.


SCYTHE KATANA SCKTN-1000 UNIVERSAL HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (13-09-2005)
Today on the chopping block is the Scythe Katana CPU Cooler, a heat pipe based cooler for AMD and Intel alike. You can never have a cooler CPU these days, so anything that looks as big and mean as this bad boy has got to have some cooling power right?


THERMALTAKE BIGWATER WATER COOLING SYSTEM (15-08-2005)
Is the BigWater liquid cooling system the best watercooling kit out there? No it’s not. However, the features and performance it delivers for its cost are quite impressive. This would be an excellent choice for someone with limited experience and resources who wants to get his feet wet (sorry, I couldn’t help it) in the realm of liquid cooling.


ASETEK WATERCHILL ANTARCTICA WATER COOLING SYSTEM (03-02-2005)
Seeing that this is the first of many water cooling product reviews to be posted on Tweaknews.net, you might as well come in with a bang or in this case, a strong gurgle. Asetek have been in the water cooling market for quite some time and it definitely shows. Along with the outstanding quality and workmanship, detail, and efficiency, my first voyage into Asetek...


ARCTIC COOLING FREEZER 7 LGA775 RADIATOR INTEL P4 COOLER (16-01-2005)
Today I will be reviewing a rather unique cooling solution that boasts a quieter fan and from what the manufacturer is claiming, is a better and more efficient cooling solution for your new LGA775 processor. With a rather interesting fan and enough surface area to cool a toaster oven, let's see how this heatpipe based cooler performs..


THERMALTAKE XTUNNER REMOTE CONTROL FAN CONTROLLER (17-08-2004)
The XTunner allows the computer enthusiast to finally get control over their computer's case fans and with the slight touch of a remote control have them adjusted perfectly for their current work environment and load.


COOLERMASTER KHC-V81 HYPER 6 HEATPIPE P4/A64 COOLER (07-08-2004)
Here is where I conclude my love/hate relationship with the Coolermaster's Hyper 6. There is very little middle ground with this cooler. All the good and bad points are exceptional and should be definitely considered if you are thinking about purchasing this heatsink.


ARCTIC COOLING SUPER SILENT 4PRO L PENTIUM 4 COOLER (16-06-2004)
Today I will be reviewing a sample of one of the quietest processor coolers on the market today. With fan speed selection, good cooling, excellent price and good looks, this might be a capable choice for your next cooling upgrade.


SCYTHE KAMAKAZE INTEL/AMD PERFORMANCE CPU COOLER (12-04-2004)
Scythe has created a fantastic CPU cooler here. The Kamakaze is a powerful yet quiet unit. I kept it installed on the Albatron PX875P Pro while I was working on that review. I pushed that board hard and was happy to see that the CPU temperatures were well-controlled.


SILENX ULTRA QUIET TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED CASE FAN (24-10-2003)
These fans perform fantastically. Airflow is impressive, the thermistor is a nice feature for those who don't own a fan controller, and the silence is golden. I am seriously considering ordering 2 of these units to replace the remaining Antecs in my Lian-Li case.


TWEAKMONSTER RAMSINKS (11-02-2003)
Overclocking is the poor man's upgrade, and many people have turned overclocking of various computer components into an art. As anyone who has ventured into the complex world of overclocking, the principal enemy of overclockers is HEAT.


EVERCOOL TRI-LED 80MM CASE FAN (05-02-2003)
I know that this type of fan has been on the market for a while, but I never had the chance to check one out for myself. To boil it down, was I impressed by this case fan? Well, your question will be answered within a couple of pages of reading.


NEXT-COOL WaterCUBE GT3 (10-10-2002)
The unit looks good and is watertight. The clamp has a good design and should certainly be looked at by other waterblock manufacturers. With the noisereduction in mind water-cooling isn't half bad if you can stand the stress. "Is my pump still on ? Did I fasten the hoses correctly ?" Making sure you have all the parts is about 75% of your entire project.


COBALT3 PYRAMID I TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED FAN SILENCER (09-07-2002)
Automation, the ultimate addition to your computer. Why should you have to bother with temperature and fan controlling when you can have a small device like this put your cooling on "cruise-control" and allow you to enjoy your computer. This component has no flaws whatsoever and would make a great addition to any case, especially the windowed variety.


SOCKET "A" HEATSINK FAN ROUNDUP (27-05-2002)
Copper heatsinks evolved to be the aircooler of choice in today's cooling market and still hold the crown. Today I will be testing 14 heatsinks in the full aluminum, copper-based and all-copper class of coolers and will be honestly displaying their faults and good points.


BATTLE OF THE TWIN TITANS: Globalwin TAK-68 vs Coolink H2Twin (10-05-2002)
With the onset of the new "quiet" trend in cooling, people are just plain sick of dealing with a screaming heatink/fan combination to properly cool there processors. People would rather sacrifice some cooling today just to have a peaceful workstation.


VANTEC CCK-6012 MINI COPPER SOCKET A COOLER (08-04-2002)
I have been working with a lot of coolers for the last while and was kind of refreshed to see something a little different than a big beast with a screaming delta. Seeing that this a server rackmount cooler I still wondered how it would perform in my system. Curiosity got the better of me and that is why you are reading this review today.


VANTEC STEALTH CASE FANS (03-04-2002)
"Stealth" by definition by The Oxford Desk Dictionary (American Edition) states that the meaning of stealth is the designing of an object or device to foil detection by any sensory means (aka ears!!). Let's just see if Vantec's new case fan line holds up to their chosen name...


PCMODS RHEOBUS FAN CONTROLLER (01-04-2002)
I have to face the facts, this rheobus sat in my closet for 4 months until I installed it because I thought it was a major undertaking. But, to my disbelief, I had this bugger installed in under an hour even with a couple of smoke breaks kicked in for good measure and relaxation.


92mm CASE FAN PERFORMANCE COMPARISON (31-03-2002)
When comparing the fans that you are going to have to contend with higher noise volumes when you up the performance level on the fans and there flow rates. But, with the installation of a baybus or a rheobus, these sound levels can be contained ...


THERMALTAKE COPPER SHIM (A1215) (12-03-2002)
All the shim does is distribute some of the force from the core slug of the cpu, and onto the shim and inhibits any crooked or uneven installation.


THERMALTAKE MEMORY COOLING KIT (28-02-2002)
The Heatspreaders enabled me to lower my multiplier overclock and raise my FSB overclock from (10X100)(133Mhz FSB) to (9.5X105)(138Mhz FSB) quite effectively and with no stability problems whatsoever.

 

 


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