In midsummer of 2009, our friends at Zalman released the CNPS 10X Extreme, a 5-heatpipe 120mm tower cooler with a built-in PWM fan controller. Though it wasn’t terribly different in the realm of tower coolers, it was a radical departure for Zalman, who hadn’t previously had a conventional-styled tower cooler in their lineup. I found the 10X Extreme to be an excellent cooler, easily keeping the extreme heat of the 130 watt LGA 1366 i7 to manageable levels. Zalman has based some other coolers off of the 10X Extreme. Today I will be looking at the Zalman CNPS 10X Performa, a more budget-minded version of the earlier 10X Extreme, which not only ended up being the best air cooler I cooled the LGA 1366 i7 with, but also the most expensive. Will the Performa live up to the expectations we have for Zalman coolers? Read on to see!
Today we have the opportunity to look at the Thermaltake SpinQ VT. A little over a year ago reviewed the original SpinQ, which was a 2009 design award winner. The SpinQ VT takes that design and rotates it 90 degrees to stand vertically, hence the name VT. There were some alterations over the original SpinQ which we’ll cover in this review. Read on further to see what they are.
When it came time to get a cooler for our new i7, we jumped at the chance to get a Noctua cooler. In just a few years, Noctua has acquired a reputation for building very effective CPU coolers. This will be my first Noctua cooler. It was originally designed for AM2+ and LGA775, but Noctua has designed a kit to convert any of their coolers for use on LGA1366 processors, and provided one along with the cooler. They have now come up with a special edition of this cooler containing mounting hardware for only the LGA 1366. Will the NH-U12P keep the i7 nice and cool? Read on to see!
Today, I will be looking at a cooler from a company I previously haven’t experienced, the Titan Skalli. Titan Technology Ltd. has been around for over 20 years, founded in Taiwan in 1989 under the name “Sogic Computer Co”, but only recently have they entered the serious enthusiast market. The Skalli is a small-footprint dual heatpipe cooler with a non-standard 100mm fan. Will the Skalli keep my i7 870 nice and cool? Read on to see!
Today we have the opportunity to take a look at the AeroCool DCC-C900 CPU Cooler, a compact CPU cooler with a transparent white frame and blue fins. This CPU cooler uses three 6mm copper heatpipes in a “U” form to use the DCC or Direct Core Contact technology to cool the CPU. It supports LGA 775/AM2 and K8 CPUs, but unfortunately doesn’t support the newest CPU architectures. Installation is a breeze with this cooler, which could fit into almost any size case. Read on further to see what else it has to offer.
After doing a lot of experimenting with coolers utilizing this technology, I have found that it does work rather than just looking good on paper. Today’s cooler will be the 11th I have tested using this, and I have found that just as a copper-based cooler, it is what the manufacturer does with the remainder of the cooler that determines how well it cools. Today I will be looking at the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler. It is a 4-heatpipe 120mm tower cooler utilizing Direct contact heatpipes. It has a brand new style of mounting hardware, one base/retainer fits all three of Intel’s mounting configurations. Will the Hyper 212 Plus keep my new LGA 1156 i7 cool? Read on to see!
The Core i5 has just been recently released, but with any CPU a Cooler is needed. Cooler Master has released their first fully compatible Socket LGA 1156 (Core i5) CPU Cooler which is backward compatible with most other sockets. We havethe opportunity to take a look at the Cooler Master Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler and we are impressed. Read on further to see what we think of this newly released cooler.
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Cooler Master has been around for over a decade. Though they are probably now better known for their excellent PC cases, their original primary products were coolers and they continue to build high performance air coolers along with all of their other products. Today I will be looking at the Cooler Master Hyper N620 CPU cooler. With six heatpipes and dual flow-thru fan design, it looks quite promising to keep the i7′s temperatures under control. Will the Hyper N620 do it? Read on to see!
The Intel i7 is definitely a hot affair. Though manufactured with the 45nm process, once you get it cranked wide open with its eight threads sending data to four real cores and four virtual cores, along with running the onboard memory controller at DDR3-2000 or higher, it gets pretty warm. Overclock the whole affair and raise the Vcore and QPI voltage, you’re talking heat that will bring lesser CPU coolers to their knees.
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