|-- 1 Cool PC
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-- By: GideonX
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We have noticed a trend in the after market heatsink
cooling scene in regards to prices, they are rising along with their
performance. Back in the day, the most expensive cooler was
about $35 and it did an incredible job (Alphas). Lately, newer
copper coolers with ridiculously fast fans are going for about $50 a
pop! So we went around and wanted to find a good budget cooler
for the rest of the guys. The ones who don't overclock like
mad, who don't need the ear splitting noise from their fan to drive
them crazy at night. We went and found a a budget heatsink
that everyone can use and benefit from.
One of our other budget reviews, the OCZ
Glacier 2, came with some mixed feelings. It did cool
nicely, but did not take our AMD chip to its always solid 1003
overclock from 800mhz. Add to the fact that the fan was about
as noisy as a food processor. So we called upon Bart from 1
Cool PC (previously known as 3dFX Cool). He also carried a
slew of these 'high' performance coolers, but there was one item
which ran along the lines of being budget, the aluminum Socket AHO
Measuring at 60 X 60mm at its base, and at 40mm
high, this is not a large heatsink! Equipped with this unit is
an ultra quiet 21CFM 60X15mm fan! Finally, a heatsink that was
created primarily for the AMD Socket A that is not ear splitting
loud. It also fits on other socket boards as well.
The clip on the unit is AMD approved to
provide enough pressure to secure the unit on top of the slug of any
of the TB/Duron chips. With that wide bar across the top of
the clip, this has to be one of the easiest units that we installed.
Absolutely no need for a screwdriver this time, the unit popped
The bottom of the heatsink comes
equipped with some thermal material. We didn't even bother
trying that out, removed it and prepped it with some Arctic Silver.
Be careful removing that pad, it is VERY strong and was a real pain
to get off.