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Phanteks PH-TC14PE Red Heatsink Review
May 30, 2012 - Frosty No.2671
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Phanteks' PH-TC14PE (red) heatsink is compatible with Intel socket 775/1155/1156/1366 and AMD socket AM2/AM3/FM1 processors.

Phanteks PH-TC14PE Orange Heatsink Review
May 29, 2012 - Frosty No.2670
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The fans that ship with the Phanteks PH-TC14PE (orange) are 140mm in diameter and use a nine-bladed impeller with three small notches and vertical winglets on each blade. The manufacturer describes the bearings thusly; 'updraft floating balance bearing'. Translation = sleeve bearing.

Phanteks PH-TC14PE Heatsink Review
May 29, 2012 - Frosty No.2669
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

On Frostytech's test bench today is a rather large heatsink from Phanteks called the PH-TC14PE.

Thermaltake Frio Advanced Heatsink Review
May 23, 2012 - Frosty No.2668
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Thermaltake's Frio Advanced heatsink stands 161mm tall and weighs upwards of 954 grams, it is rated to heat loads of 230 Watts by the manufacturer. The heatsink ships with two 130mm PWM fans arranged in a push-pull configuration that rotate at 2000-800RPM.

Coolermaster TPC-812 Vapor Chamber/Heatpipe Heatsink Review
May 08, 2012 - Frosty No.2654
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Coolermaster TPC-812 heatsink performs exceptionally well on the synthetic Intel platform at stock fan speed, within the Top 5 Intel heatsinks tested to date in fact!

Corsair Hydro H80 Watercooling System Review
May 07, 2012 - Frosty No.2664
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Corsair's Hydro H80 is a no fuss, no mess CPU liquid cooling solution that installs with ease onto Intel socket LGA2011/1366/1155/1156/775 and AMD socket AM3/AM2/FM1 processors. The unit consists of two parts, a 12v DC pump head with integrated reservoir and thin skived copper waterblock, and the fluid-to-air aluminum heat exchanger.

DeepCool Ice Wind Pro Heatsink Review
Apr 28, 2012 - Frosty No.2661
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Deepcool Ice Wind Pro heatsink stands 157mm tall and 86mm deep - most tower coolers are more boxy in profile and this can make them interfere with tall memory modules on some motherboards.

Coolermaster Gemin II S524 Heatsink Review
Apr 28, 2012 - Frosty No.2660
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Top down heatsinks are great for cooling DRAM modules and motherboard components around the CPU socket, so many an enthusiast swears by them for overall system happiness.

Zalman CNPS8900 Extreme Low Profile Heatsink Review
Apr 27, 2012 - Frosty No.2657
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

When it comes to low profile heatsinks for miniPC/HTPC/MiniITX/bookPCs there aren't many options. With an eye towards the under populated low profile cooling segment, Zalman released the CNPS8900 Extreme; a 60mm tall, 121mm diameter low profile cooler built for compact cooling situations.

Zalman CNPS10X Optima Heatsink Review
Apr 27, 2012 - Frosty No.2658
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Zalman CNPS10X Optima heatsink is a fairly standard tower cooler in most respects; it offers pretty good thermal performance, accomodates a front and rear fan and has an exposed copper heatpipe base.

SilenX EFZ-120HA5 Heatsink Review
Apr 27, 2012 - Frosty No.2659
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

he SilenX EFZ-120HA5 stands 157mm tall and weighs a modest 648 grams. It installs onto Intel socket LGA2011/1366/1155/1156/775 and AMD socket 754/939/940/AM2/AM3/FM1 processors.

Zalman CNPS11X Performa Heatsink Review
Apr 26, 2012 - Frosty No.2656
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Zalman CNPS11X Performa is an exposed heatpipe base tower cooler that supports Intel socket LGA2011/1366/1155/1156/775 and AMD socket FM1/AM2/AM3 processors. The CNPS11X Performa stands 154mm tall so it should fit in most mid-tower cases and weighs 450 grams.

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Heatsink Review
Apr 25, 2012 - Frosty No.2655
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Coolermaster's Hyper 212 Evo heatsink stands 160mm tall, weighs in at moderate 569 grams and packs in four exposed 6mm diameter copper heatpipes on its base. Otherwise the Hyper 212 Evo is a pretty standard 'tower' heatsink. A 600-2000RPM, 120mm PWM fan is supplied with swept-forward impeller blades.

NZXT Havik 120 Heatsink Review
Apr 18, 2012 - Frosty No.2652
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The NZXT Havik 120 heatsink ships with two 120mm FZ fans that attach to either side of the heatsink fin tower. Users can get by with only one fan if they so desire, but as the impeller speed is 1500RPM it's best to use both fans.

Titan Fenrir Siberia TTC-NC55TZ(RB) Heatsink Review
Apr 17, 2012 - Frosty No.2650
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Top down cooling has its advantages, though tower cooling is usually the preferred method given its compact footprint. In this review Frostytech will be testing out a heatsink from Titan that aims to satisfy both tower and top-top heatsink designs, in one.

Arctic Cooling Freezer A30 Heatsink Review
Mar 20, 2012 - Frosty No.2646
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Built on a foundation of four 8mm diameter copper heatpipes which are exposed at the base, the heatpipes extend up in a nearly straight line through 115mm worth of stacked aluminum fins. AMD only.

Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 Plus Heatsink Review
Mar 05, 2012 - Frosty No.2645
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The heatsink is constructed from a simple aluminum extrusion and is compatible with socket 754/939/940/AM2/AM3/FM1 AMD processors. Intel processors are not supported at all. Because it lacks any copper, weight is a modest 430 grams. The PWM compliant 95mm fan can be adjusted from 2000RPM to 600RPM as thermal needs change.

Coolermaster Hyper 612 PWM Heatsink Review
Feb 21, 2012 - Frosty No.2644
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Coolermaster Hyper 612 PWM heatsink stands 163mm tall and weighs a pretty hefty 806 grams. The cooler is compatible with Intel socket 775/1155/1156 and LGA1366 processors, but crucially not LGA2011 Sandy Bridge-E CPUs. AMD socket AM2/AM3/FM1 processors are supported.

Glacialtech Igloo 5620 PWM Heatsink Review
Feb 20, 2012 - Frosty No.2643
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

While the Igloo 5620 PWM heatsink ships with one 92mm fan capable of operating at 2300-800RPM, additional fan clips are supplied for a second user-supplied 92mm fan to be installed if desired. The base of the heatsink makes use of exposed heatpipes to leverage the rapid heat conduction qualities of these thermal devices.

Glacialtech Igloo H58 Heatsink Review
Jan 22, 2012 - Frosty No.2639
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Glacialtech's Igloo H58 heatsink is a tower style exposed heatpipe base CPU cooler that marks one of the best efforts by this Taiwan-based thermal solutions manufacturer.

Gelid GX-7 Stacked Heatpipe Heatsink Review
Nov 16, 2011 - Frosty No.2624
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The GX-7 heatsink is constructed around seven 6mm diameter heatpipes, but the number of heatpipes isn't what caught our attention. What's unique about the GX-7 cooler are the two heatpipes stacked on top of the five primary heatpipes.

DeepCool IceEdge 400XT Heatsink Review
Nov 13, 2011 - Frosty No.2621
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Deepcool's IceEdge 400XT heatsink is a mid-size tower cooler that stands a modest 127mm high and weighs 585 grams. At its heart are four, 6mm diameter copper heatpipes and a 92x100mm stack of dark nickel plated aluminum fins.

Glacialtech Igloo H46 Heatsink Review
Nov 11, 2011 - Frosty No.2629
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

On the test bench today is Glacialtech's Igloo H46 heatsink - a tower style exposed heatpipe base CPU cooler that marks one of the best efforts for this Taiwanese thermal solutions manufacturer to date. The heatsink cools very well on both Intel and AMD platforms, as you'll shortly see.

Scythe Kozuti SCKZT-1000 1.5U Low Profile Heatsink Review
Nov 09, 2011 - Frosty No.2614
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Scythe Kozuti SCKZT-1000 is a really compact low profile heatsink that conforms to the 1.5U standard and measures just 40mm from tip to toe! That's not a lot of space in which to cram a heatsink capable of handling 150W heat loads... but Scythe manage it.

SilenX EFZ-92HA3 Compact Tower Heatsink Review
Nov 06, 2011 - Frosty No.2619
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Effizio Series EFZ-92HA3 heatsink is a SilenX product. The SilenX EFZ-92HA3 is a compact heatsink that's ideal for Media PCs powered by sub-85W TDP processors. It's built around two 6mm diameter copper heatpipes which are exposed at the base.

Auras Shagon AHC-118 Lower Noise Heatsink Review
Nov 04, 2011 - Frosty No.2615
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

In this review Frostytech is testing Auras' lower noise Shagon AHC-118 tower heatsink. This CPU cooler stands 178mm tall, with a footprint of 135mm x 119mm. Weighing in at 951grams, this is one big heatsink.

Zalman CNPS11X Extreme Heatsink Review
Oct 29, 2011 - Frosty No.2617
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Zalman CNPS11X Extreme is equipped with one 120mm PWM fan that rotates at 1000-1950RPM and moves air through a pair of thin aluminum fin towers set at 80-degress to each other. Five 6mm diameter composite wick heatpipes conduct heat from the copper base plate to the twin 100mm fin stacks.

Zalman CNPS12X Lower Noise Heatsink Review
Oct 25, 2011 - Frosty No.2620
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Zalman CNPS12X heatsink marks the first forray into exposed heatpipe coolers for its Korean manufacturer. For what I can only assume are trademark reasons, Zalman term it whole direct touch heatpipe.

Hanjung Grip100-S and Grip110-U2 Notebook Cooling Pads Review
Oct 24, 2011 - Frosty No.2618
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

For desktop replacement laptops, a little extra cooling can do wonders to keep a notebooks' internal cooling fan from spinning up to vacuum cleaner noise levels constantly. It doesn't hurt that notebook cooling pads also angle a notebook somewhat towards you so it's easier to type on as well.

Fostering Better Heatsinks - Does Zalman really use Composite Heatpipes?
Oct 23, 2011 - Frosty No.2616
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Heatpipes are among THE most important components of a modern heatsink, but not all heatpipes are created equal. Different wick structures affect heatpipe performance and if your heatsink has cheap heatpipes, the rest of the heatsink suffers. The problem is consumers can't see what's inside, you simply have to trust what the manufacturer says is true...

Xigmatek Prime SD1484 Heatsink Review
Oct 21, 2011 - Frosty No.2613
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

On the heatsink test bench today is Xigmatek's Prime SD1484 heatsink which features a few notable changes to the standard, stock tower heatsink Xigmatek offers. For starters, the edges of the aluminum fins are squished slightly to form a blunt knife edge to reduce air flow resistance - Gigabyte tried this in 2006 with good results.

NZXT Havik 140 Heatsink Review
Oct 19, 2011 - Frosty No.2612
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

In this review Frostytech is testing out the NZXT Havik 140 heatsink, a tower style CPU cooler designed for Intel socket 1366/1156/1155/775 and AMD socket AM2/AM3/AM3+/FM1 processors. The Havik 140 cooler performs pretty well as you'll shortly see.

Thermaltake FrioOCK Heatsink Review
Oct 16, 2011 - Frosty No.2611
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The cooler weighs over a kilogram (1093grams) and comes with two 130mm fans arranged in a push-pull configuation that scale from 2100-to-1200RPM. Behind all the unncessary fan shroud is an aluminum fin tower split down the middle.

Ultra Products U12-40659 Carbon X4 Fan Power Cable Mod / Fix
Sep 17, 2011 - Frosty No.2608
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

This is a super quick how-to guide from Frostytech on modding the Ultra Products U12-40659 Carbon X4 multisocket VGA cooler fan power cable so it can be connected to a normal sized 3-pin fan header common to most videocards and motherboards.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro Heatsink Review
Sep 15, 2011 - Frosty No.2607
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Freezer 13 Pro looks like a big step up from the previous model, but according to Frostytech's heatsink reference charts it works out to a ~3°C drop in temperature at full fan speed. Noise output is maintained at a reasonably quiet level, in part because the 120mm PWM fan utilizes fluid dynamic bearings, but mostly because the fan rotates at a slow speed.

Spire Gemini SP986B1-V2-2P Heatsink Review
Sep 08, 2011 - Frosty No.2606
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Spire's Gemini SP986B1-V2-2P heatsink is a minor variation on the popular Eclipse II tower heatsink design, the most notable difference being a novel bifurcated fin stack. To 'bifurcate' means to split into two... so in other words, the fin stack is split down the middle and the fin edges are closed off so air can only pass through the heatsink from front-to-back.

Thermaltake Jing Heatsink Review
Aug 02, 2011 - Frosty No.2597
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Weighing a hefty 920 grams, the Thermaltake Jing stands 161mm tall and installs onto Intel socket 775/1155/1156/1366 and AMD socket AM2/AM3+ processors.

Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 Heatsink Review
Jul 04, 2011 - Frosty No.2595
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Forged in the mountains by a one-eye'd master heatsink maker who learned the trade before the dawn of the first X86 integrated circuit, the Xigmatek SD1283 Gaia heatsink is... is... ...yet another tower heatsink built around the direct touch heatpipe technique.

Thermolab Trinity Heatsink Review
Jul 03, 2011 - Frosty No.2600
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Four 6mm diameter sintered metal wick exposed base heatpipes form the backbone of this CPU cooler while a simple bracket system allows it to install onto Intel socket 775/1155/1156/1366 and AMD socket AM2/AM3/FM1 processors.

Auras Shagon ARC-118 Heatsink Review
Jun 08, 2011 - Frosty No.2598
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

While the small size of the Shagon ARC-118 heatsink might make it better suited to processors with a TDP of less than 95W, no thermal limits are noted. As you'll see in Frostytech's test results, this little cooler can handle heat loads of 150W without difficulty, but is much better suited to 95W TDP environments.

Evercool Transformer 3 Heatsink Review
May 31, 2011 - Frosty No.2596
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Weighing in at 630 grams, Evercool's Transformer 3 heatsink is compatible with socket 775/1155/1156/1366 Intel CPUs and socket 754/939/940/AM2/AM3 AMD processors. As with so many other heatsinks, the Evercool Transformer 3 features three exposed 6mm diameter heatpipes at the base.

Xigmatek Loki SD963 Mid-Compact Heatsink Review
Apr 30, 2011 - Frosty No.2592
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

If you take a heatsink like the Xigmatek Loki SD963 heatsink in hand and flip it over, what you'll see is an aluminum base with three deep channels cut into it.

Zalman CNPS5X-SZ Heatsink Review
Feb 12, 2011 - Frosty No.2585
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Like its forefather, the CNPS5X-SZ fills the role of a lower profile, light weight cooler that's ideally suited to sub-95W TDP processors. It's stacked aluminum fins are connected by three 6mm diameter copper heatpipes to a small aluminum base block with a thin bit of copper covering the otherwise exposed heatpipes. A single 90mm PWM fan spins at 2800-1400RPM to cool this modified tower heatsink.

Xigmatek Aegir SD128264 Stacked Heatpipe Heatsink Review
Feb 08, 2011 - Frosty No.2572
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Xigmatek continues the new trend of heatpipe stacking with its latest heatsink, the S128264 Aegir. The Aegir is an exposed heatpipe base tower heatsink made to accommodate one or two 120mm fans.

Noctua NH-C14 Lower Noise Heatsink Review
Feb 07, 2011 - Frosty No.2562
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

UPDATED with new support bracket details. The Noctua NH-C14 is a big heatsink for sure, but remarkably by orienting the fans and aluminum fin stack in a top-down direction, Noctua keep the heatsinks' height to just 130mm. That's a far cry more compact than your typical 160mm tall tower heatsink, but that hasn't made the NH-C14 into a slouch.

Evercool Transformer 4 HPJ-12025 (2010 Ed.) Heatsink Review
Jan 31, 2011 - Frosty No.2588
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Though identical in appearance the Evercool Transformer 4 HPJ-12025 (2010 ed.) heatsink is actually a revised and updated version of the Transformer 4 HPJ-12025 cooler Frostytech tested in 2009. Chief among the differences is an up to date mounting bracket that accommodates the full range of Intel processors (socket 775/1155/1156/1366) in addition to the full gamut of AMD chips.

Evercool HPL-815 Low Profile Heatsink Review
Jan 28, 2011 - Frosty No.2587
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

HPL-815 is a low profile heatsink suited for use in 2U thick computer cases. It's equipped with a top mounted 80x80x15mm PWM fan that rotates at speeds of 4000-1000RPM, exhausting air downwards into a 23mm tall array of quilted aluminum fins.

EKL Alpenfohn Groß Clock'ner 2010 Edition Heatsink Review
Jan 15, 2011 - Frosty No.2578
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

EKL AG is German thermal solutions company that mostly specializes in manufacturing OEM heatsinks for the European market. The company has been making in-roads into the enthusiast market with a collection of consumer CPU coolers released under its Alpenfohn sub-brand.

Sunbeamtech Twister 120 Heatsink Review
Jan 12, 2011 - Frosty No.2569
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

the Sunbeamtech Twister 120 heatsink is built around three 8mm diameter copper heatpipes which are exposed at the base. The heatpipes pass through the raw aluminum fins in a chevron shape.

Zalman ZM-MFC1 Combo 5-Channel Fan Controller Review
Jan 06, 2011 - Frosty No.2577
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

It accommodates one PWM fan and four 3-pin fans, enabling users to independently control the speed of each five channels with a dial rheostat.

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