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Gigabyte 3D Rocket Cooler Pro

It seems like the Gigabyte cooler really appeals to a lot of users because Gigabyte is back with yet another one. This time, the 3D Rocket Cooler Pro combines cooling with a twist: airflow pushing outwards towards your motherboard's surrounding components.
October 20th, 2004

Zalman CNPS7000A-Cu Cooler

Big, large, ginormous and heavy would be some of the adjectives used to describe the Zalman CNPS7000A-Cu. Quiet and silent would be another two. The Zalman is definitely big and quiet, the latter of which is a Zalman trademark. See how well the CNPS7000A-Cu holds up in terms of setup and temperatures.
March 29th, 2004

Gigabyte 3DCooler-ULTRA PCU31-VH

Go on a vacation a couple months and what happens? Come back a lot heavier. Gigabyte has not been vacationing but the 3DCooler is back in full copper and it's gained a few pouunds and a few rpms on the fan. How much improvement do we expect to see from the 3DCooler this time around? Read on to find out.
March 22nd, 2004

Thermaltake Venus 12 Athlon 64 Cooler

Thermaltake takes a stab at the aftermarket Athlon 64 cooler market with the Venus12 cooler, their high-end, hardcore solution. Take a look at how this behemoth stacks up against the stock cooler as well as the Gigabyte 3D Cooler PRO in both heat and noise tests!
February 2nd, 2004

Microcool NorthPole

How hardcore are you? Are you crazy enough to solder stuff on your motherboard to juice up the northbridge voltage so you can crank your FSB up just that little bit more? If so, the Microcool NorthPole is right up the alley of the extremist and must be checked out.
January 16th, 2004

Gigabyte Cooler-PRO PCU21-VG

Gigabyte makes a foray into the cooler arena with an unique product. Interesting design and the inclusion of features such as a 3 1/4" drive bay rheostat. Only question is how well does this perform.
January 13th, 2004

Aerocool Extreme Socket A and Socket 478 Review

Extremely cool looking and extremely quiet. Is it cool enough to take the heat from a smoking 1800+?
December 7th, 2003

Thermaltake Socket A Silent Boost Review

Thermaltake made it's name with such gems as their Orb cooler and their Volcano 7+ all copper cooler. Now in an age where it seems like everyone and their grandma is out to get a piece of Thermaltake's pie, they've upped the ante with a whole new line of products, including the Silent Boost coolers... coolers reputed to combine not only stylish looks, but very high performance at super low noise levels. How low? 21dBA according to the specs.
November 17th, 2003

Swiftech MCX462-V Review

A variation on the hedgehog type cooler from Swiftech, the MCX462 is a HUGE cooler with a non-standard clip mechanism and support for both 80mm and 92mm fans.
November 5th, 2003

Speed Strip SSA-1 Review

AMD Athlon overclocking is always a tricky game. Many things can be done to speed up processors but many come at the possible cost of the processor itself by using soldiering techniques or whatnot to unlock the potential of the CPU. Speed Strip LLC in these times has come up with a patent pending strip to add onto the bottom of some of these Thoroughbred and Barton core cpu's functioning with the AXDA design. The SSA-1 is the first to a possible line of unlocking strips for these processors.
November 5th, 2003

Thermaltake X-Blower Review

Thermaltake these days seems to be a company that comes to mind instantly off of the minds of many cooling enthusiasts. The lineup has grown so much from the initial Volcano series of coolers into case fans, case accessories or well even cases of their own creation complete with their own system for cooling it. No matter what Thermaltake has grown to take on all aspects of cooling in search of the ideal solution for each end user. Today we get to bring to all of you the X-Blower system. A combination cooling solution to upgrade current heatsink intake fans and add an exhaust port blower fan that pulls hot air away from above and below the cpu area.
November 5th, 2003

Dynatron C42 and C62 cooler review

Check out these two coolers from Dynatron: both the C42 and C62 are rated up to 3200+, but the C62 takes it further by keeping you cool while pushing your chip to its limits.
October 14th, 2003

Thermaltake Volcano 9 Coolmod Review

ThermalTake is arguably one of the best success stories in the world of mod suppliers. We've had a long relationship with the company and have seen their reputation grow as quickly as their product line. We've used the Volcano 7+ for a long time in various systems, but recently we've started to use Volcano 9's in most of our benchmark test beds. Today we're looking at the "CoolMod" version of the Volcano 9, which differs from the original Volcano 9 only in an aesthetic fashion.
January 31st, 2003

OCZ Goliath 2 SE Review

OCZ needs no introduction. The last time we benchmarked one of OCZ’s HSF, it smoked the competition. This time OCZ has a new HSF called the Goliath 2 SE. Warning! This is one big HSF so without further delays here are the specs.
August 14th, 2002

P4 Cooler Shootout

Modern day CPUs are capable of producing more heat than a toaster. Because of this, CPU coolers are necessary to prevent your $300 CPU from frying. Without proper cooling, a CPU could easily burn out in less than ten seconds. We will look at several coolers for the Intel Pentium 4 processor of the 478-pin variety.
April 26th, 2002

AVC Copper Skived Cooler Review

With all of the newer technologies and components that are arriving now, cooling solutions are becoming more and more important. Almost every computer that you buy now comes with an extra case fan, most of the video cards come with heat sinks and fans built onto them and cooling solutions for your ram are being heard of more and more. Hard drives are getting faster and therefore hotter and the all-important CPU is of course getting faster and still needs a reliable cooling solution.
January 28th, 2002

OCZ Dominator 2 Review

I have the privilege to test another one of OCZ’s products. This time it’s a heat sink fan. I have to say that OCZ has had a long-standing record of producing top quality product so I shouldn’t be disappointed by its performance. The question here is that new XP AMD processors above 1.4Ghz are heating up much faster than the K6 series.
January 8th, 2002

Power Cooler PCH137 Review

CPU cooling is literarily the hottest topic in the PC market. AMD’s new processors above 1.4Ghz will need all the cooling it’s going to get. Especially, overclocking fans who push the limits of their cores will definitely need more powerful fans and specially designed heat sinks.
October 22nd, 2001

Spire 5T060B1H3R Socket Cooler Review

Spire has come a long way to come up with a CPU cooler that fits the needs of today’s CPU cooling requirements. Their product 5T060B1H3R, named the “Big Rock”, is an oversized Aluminium heat sink monster with a 4200RPM fan.
October 17th, 2001

Antec JetCool Socket 370 Cooler Review

Antec, a company known for their solid housing products such as the SX-830 we reviewed & the SX-1240 we just got in, has just released their JetCool line of heatsink fans to the retail market. The JetCool line is comprised of three HSFs: the Athlon (Socket A) Cooler, the P4 (Socket 423) Cooler, and finally the P3 (Socket 370) version which we’re taking a look at today.
August 29th, 2001

Zalman Tech CNPS3100 Cooler Review

Probably having one of the more striking looks in the cooler market today, these Zalman coolers order up a sexy brew of CPU cooling magic (I don’t know what that means, but it sounds good :] ). Although at first site it appears to be a fan-less wonder, there certainly is are spinning fins involved – they are just not attached to the heatsink as you’ll see.
August 15th, 2001

Power Cooler PCH141 Review

PCH141 is another socket cooler from POWERCOOLER. This is my second review on this manufacturer. The first one was for the model PCH123(7020), and oh my, was that a BIG one. But guess what? Yes, this one is even bigger.
July 2nd, 2001

Power Cooler PCH123 (7020) Review

CPU cooling has become one of the hottest topics in the personal computer market. The fact that average users starting to aware of the damage of heat to their computer and that hardcore overclockers needing to push the limits of their cores have encouraged companies to develop all sorts of design, good or bad. Today we have a specimen from POWERCOOLER. Let’s see how it fits in the big picture.
June 29th, 2001

OCZ Gladiator Review

Few coolers these days can still get my mojo flowing like they did way back when the Thermaltake Orbs were first introduced (before the widespread die cracking was well known – nothing sucks my mojo away like widespread die cracking ).
June 21st, 2001

Thermaltake Volcano II Review

The Volcano II is the latest addition to Thermaltake's line of CPU coolers: with a simple but catching design and great performance, the Volcano II looks to be a worth additon to the Thermaltake line.
June 19th, 2001
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