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TTIC nPowertek Hurricane NPH-105 Heatsink Review
Jan 04, 2011 - Frosty No.2570
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The nPowertek TTIC NPH-105 heatsink is an interesting CPU cooler because it is constructed with 6mm diameter copper heatpipes (two) and a not so common 25mm diameter copper heat column that is capable of moving a lot of heat on its own.

Akasa Revo AK-925 Loop Thermosyphon Heatsink Review
Jan 01, 2011 - Frosty No.2576
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Unlike heatpipes which typically use water under a slight vacuum for working fluid, the Revo heatsink is slightly pressurized with a fluorocarbon called R134a. R134a has a boiling point of -26.3°C at room pressure, but in the hermetically sealed system at a slight pressure that boiling point is raised to a level more appropriate for this application.

Deepcool Ice Matrix 600 Heatsink Review
Dec 31, 2010 - Frosty No.2574
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

As with other DeepCool heatsinks, the Ice Matrix 600 cooler ships with a special fan that has a resilient layer of rubber surrounding the entire fan frame.

Deepcool Ice Matrix 400 Heatsink Review
Dec 30, 2010 - Frosty No.2573
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Deepcool's Ice Matrix 400 heatsink is a relatively thin profile tower cooler that stands 160mm tall, but is only 71mm deep.

Coolage X120TF Heatsink Review
Dec 28, 2010 - Frosty No.2571
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

In wind tunnels metal honeycomb panels are often used to smooth out the turbulent airflow and create laminar airflow. Coolage's X120TF heatsink borrows from this idea with a loosely shaped honeycomb fin stack. It will be interesting to see what impact this kind of fin geometry has on the relatively deep fins of the X120TF heatsink - will it help or hinder the cooling performance?

Thermalright Silver Arrow Heatsink Review
Dec 27, 2010 - Frosty No.2568
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Thermalright Silver Arrow is a dual tower, dual 140mm fan heatsink for performance and lower noise Intel / AMD processor cooling. It's constructed around four 8mm diameter sintered metal wick copper heatpipes and thin, multi-winglet nickel plated aluminum fins.

Zalman CNPS9900 Max Heatsink Review
Dec 24, 2010 - Frosty No.2567
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The CNPS9900 Max heatsink has a total heat dissipation surface area on the order of 5402cm2, stands 150mm tall and weighs 755 grams. The manufacturer claims max heat capacity is a whopping 300W! CPU compatibility extends to Intel socket 775/1155/1156/1366 and AMD socket AM2/AM3 processors.

Dynatron Evo-11 Heatsink Review
Dec 19, 2010 - Frosty No.2565
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Dynatron's Evo-11 heatsink hopes to make its mark with a unique implementation of 6mm heatpipes. Two rows of heatpipes, four below and three above form the base of the Evo-11 heatsink. All the heatpipes are set into a pretty hefty nickel plated aluminum base block, formed from three separate slabs of metal soldered together.

Nexus VCT-9000 Heatsink Review
Dec 13, 2010 - Frosty No.2561
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Frostytech is not going to waste your time by leaving the most important information till the very end of this review - the Nexus VCT-9000 heatsink is an interesting looking thermal solution, but it fails completely in its execution. Nexus have manufactured the VCT-9000 heatsink poorly, resulting in uneven exposed heatpipes that may not contact the processor properly.

Titan Hati TTC-NC15TZ Heatsink Review
Dec 12, 2010 - Frosty No.2560
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

In this review Frostytech is testing Titan's new Hati TTC-NC15TZ exposed heatpipe base CPU cooler. The TTC-NC15TZ is capable of very good performance results with the supplied 120mm PWM fan operating at full speed, however that trend quickly changes direction once fan speed is brought down for quieter operation...

Arctic Cooling Freezer 11LP Heatsink Review
Dec 12, 2010 - Frosty No.2559
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Arctic Cooling's Freezer 11 LP heatsink is comprised of two sections, a ~100x80mm heatsink fin stack and a thin 92mm fan integral with mounting bracket and fan shroud. The fin stack is comprised of nickel plated fins which are soldered to a pair of 6mm diameter copper heatpipes.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Heatsink Review
Dec 12, 2010 - Frosty No.2558
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Rated for heat loads of up to 200W according to the manufacturer, the Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 is a relatively compact sub-130mm tall heatsink. It's 92mm fan utilizes fluid dynamic bearings and a low noise impeller design.

Apack Zerotherm ZT-10D Premium Heatsink Review
Dec 09, 2010 - Frosty No.2557
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

In this review Frostytech is testing the Apack Zerotherm ZT-10D Premium, a dark nickel plated tower heatsink that is capable of mounting one or two 120mm fans in a push-pull configuration.

Glacialtech Alaska Heatsink Review
Dec 06, 2010 - Frosty No.2555
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

A promising looking tower heatsink, the Glacialtech Alaska CPU cooler sets itself apart with the use of perforated aluminum cooling fins, a pseudo-honeycomb cross sectional fin geometry and six 6mm diameter copper heatpipes tightly packed behind an integral nickel-plated copper heatspreader.

Scythe SCRT-1000 Rasetsu Heatsink Review
Dec 03, 2010 - Frosty No.2554
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Broad processor support, however, is not what makes the Scythe Rasetsu heatsink stand out.... instead it's a mixture of acute and obtuse isosceles triangular voids cut into the leading and trailing edges of the heatsinks aluminum fins.

Glacialtech Siberia Heatsink Review
Dec 01, 2010 - Frosty No.2553
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The upper fan on the Glacialtech Siberia heatsink measures 140x140mm in size and rotates at 1400-800RPM, the lower 2x92mm fan operates at a fixed speed of 1300RPM. With both fans running at full speed the Siberia heatsink is moderately quiet.

Coolink Corator DS Heatsink Review
Nov 05, 2010 - Frosty No.2548
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The asymmetrical fin stacks of the Corator DS heatsink permit air to more easily enter the heatsink by widening the fin spacing just fore of the vaneaxial fan.

Akasa Venom Heatsink Review
Sep 19, 2010 - Frosty No.2536
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Akasa Venom heatsink stands 160mm tall and weighs just over 800grams. It's built around four 8mm diameter copper heatpipes and raw aluminum cooling fins. The Venom ships with a fancy nuclear yellow fan called the 'S-Flow' that spins at 600-1900RPM, moving around 83CFM according to the manufacturer.

SilenX EFZ-120HA3 Heatsink Review
Sep 18, 2010 - Frosty No.2542
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The SilenX EFZ-120HA3 is kind of an odd heatsink if you think about it. The fin body is narrower than average tower heatsinks but the EFZ-120HA3 doesn't take up any less space.

SilenX EFZ-100HA1 Heatsink Review
Sep 15, 2010 - Frosty No.2543
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

In this review Frostytech will be testing out one of the latest hopefuls, the SilenX EFZ-100HA1 heatsink. This low profile cooler is a complex little bundle of heatpipes and fins, and stands only 67mm tall.

Thermolab BARAM 2010 Heatsink Review
Sep 12, 2010 - Frosty No.2544
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Although it doesn't look it, the BARAM 2010 heatsink is slightly different than the original BARAM model. What sets the two BARAM heatsink models apart is - fin density - the number of aluminum fins each heatsink packs into the roughly 105mm vertical space.

DeepCool Gamer Storm Heatsink Review
Sep 08, 2010 - Frosty No.2545
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Deepcool Gamer Storm heatsink is a tower cooler standing over 155mm tall and weighing upwards of 1189 grams. At its heart are no fewer than six, 6mm diameter copper heatpipes and 48 aluminum fins.

Glacialtech Igloo 5760 PWM Heatsink Review
Sep 06, 2010 - Frosty No.2541
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Standing just 88mm tall, the Glacialtech Igloo 5760 PWM heatsink is relatively compact as modern CPU coolers go. Small through it may be, Glacialtech seem to have engineered it in just the right spots to manage the demanding peak thermal loads of top-end processors like the AMD Phenom II X4.

SilenX EFZ-120HA4 Heatsink Review
Sep 03, 2010 - Frosty No.2540
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The SilenX EFZ-120HA4 heatsink is a full tower cooler, standing 151mm tall and weighing 836 grams. It ships with a single non-PWM 120mm SilenX 'Effizio Series Quiet Fan' mounted to the aluminum fin tower with four rubber vibration absorbing posts.

SilenX EFZ-80HA2 Low Profile Heatsink Review
Sep 01, 2010 - Frosty No.2539
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Tiny heatsinks have their place, but at first glance the SilenX EFZ-80HA2 heatsink really only seems suitable for cooling energy efficient or sub-85W TDP microprocessors...

Thermolab BADA2010 Heatsink Review
Aug 30, 2010 - Frosty No.2538
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Thermolab's BADA2010 heatsink is equipped with one 95mm PWM fan mounted to the heatsinks' raw aluminum fins with permanently attached rubber vibration absorbing posts.

Akasa Venom Nano Heatsink Review
Aug 17, 2010 - Frosty No.2535
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Akasa's Venom Nano heatsink stands 150mm tall, weighs 560 grams and installs onto AMD socket AM2/AM3 and Intel socket 775/1156/1366 processors. Off the cuff though, it seems a little modest for Intel Core i7 use, dito for AMD Black Edition chips.

Glacialtech Igloo 5751 PWM Heatsink Review
Aug 16, 2010 - Frosty No.2534
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The old cool had a matched set of 20mm thick 92mm fans running in balance with respect to airflow, the Igloo 5751 PWM Frostytech is testing today approaches things differently.

DeepCool Ice Warrior Heatsink Review
Jul 28, 2010 - Frosty No.2533
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

In this review Frostytech is testing a novel heatsink from Beijing-based DeepCool Industries Co. called the Ice Warrior. Names aside, the Ice Warrior heatsink is a 155mm tall tower heatsink that utilizes six 6mm diameter copper heatpipes and a fairly hefty copper base plate.

Noctua NH-D14 Lower Noise Heatsink Review
May 27, 2010 - Frosty No.2525
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Weighing in at 1240 grams, the 161mm tall, 140x156mm square Noctua NH-D14 processor heatsink is large no matter how you size it up. This heatsink currently ranks near the top of Frostytech's Top 5 Heatsinks chart, and since we're comparing it against nearly 280 heatsinks, that should tell you something.

Cryo Tech and New Cooling Technologies You Have Never Seen
May 27, 2010 - Frosty No.2424
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Frostytech departs from the usual pixel fodder for a brief look at some cooling technologies you have never seen before. We touch on some fun tests from the unpublished Frostytech archives and collect all the thermodynamics research we've reported on into one location.

Thermaltake Frio Heatsink Review
May 18, 2010 - Frosty No.2523
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Thermaltake have finally produced an excellent high performance heatsink worthy of FrostyTech's Top 5 Heatsink chart. All it took was two fans, five 8mm diameter heatpipes, a 1kg mass of metal and a little concentrated effort.

Coolermaster Vortex Plus Heatsink Review
May 17, 2010 - Frosty No.2522
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Vortex Plus heatsink stands 83mm tall, in total. A 25mm thick, 92mm PWM fan exhausts downward so waste air impinges on a lower extruded aluminum heatsink that sits atop the processor. It's both a good use of space for additional cooling surface area and an admission by heatsink designers that the aluminum fins above aren't getting the whole job done by themselves.

Spire Thermax Eclipse II SP984B1-V2 Heatsink Review
May 12, 2010 - Frosty No.2521
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Standing 155mm tall, the Thermax Eclipse II heatsink weighs 822 grams and ships with two 120mm fans. Only one fan needs to be installed (default configuration), but if you think two fans are better than one be prepared for a moderately loud outcome. Both 120mm fans are non-PWM, so they rotate at a fixed 2200RPM all the time.

Thermaltake Contac 29 Heatsink Review
May 12, 2010 - Frosty No.2519
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The focus of this Frostytech review is the Thermaltake Contac 29, a new mid-sized tower heatsink from this well known Taiwanese-based manufacturer.

Zaward Vapor 120 Heatsink Review
May 10, 2010 - Frosty No.2518
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The latest trend in thin aluminum fin augmentation has been texturing the surface of the fin, bending small sections of the fin, changing the geometry of the leading/trailing edge, and dimpling the fin. More on this in a moment.

Dynatron Genius G950 Heatsink Review
Apr 19, 2010 - Frosty No.2513
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Dynatron Genius G950 does perform quite well on both thermal and noise-output fronts, particular with respect to Frostytech's 85W synthetic thermal tests.

Gelid Tranquillo Heatsink Review
Apr 12, 2010 - Frosty No.2512
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Tranquillo is the second heatsink from Gelid Solutions, a Hong Kong based company born to a great extent from the ashes of the once mighty, now headphone hawking Arctic Cooling. Gelid has been continuing on in the silent cooling vein, with encouraging results.

Zalman CNPS10X Performa Heatsink Review
Mar 06, 2010 - Frosty No.2498
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Zalman's CNPS10X Performa is standard in most other respects. It's equipped with a 120mm PWM fan that ranges in speed from 900RPM to 1350RPM with the RC24P PWM-resistor attached, 2000RPM under full power.

Scythe Grand Kama Cross SCKC-2000 Heatsink Review
Mar 05, 2010 - Frosty No.2501
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

In this review Frostytech is testing Scythe's Grand Kama Cross heatsink, the supped-up successor to the Kama Cross. This time around Scythe have sized it up by selecting a 140mm PWM fan.

Thermaltake SpinQ VT Heatsink Review
Mar 02, 2010 - Frosty No.2502
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Thermaltake's SpinQ VT heatsink is undeniably unique, it's sculptural and nothing about its helical fin arrangement is unnecessarily complex. The SpinQ VT heatsink stands 162mm tall and is made from nickel plated aluminum fins soldered over six copper heatpipes, which are really three heatpipes doubled over into a U-shape.

Zalman CNPS10X Flex Heatsink Review
Feb 26, 2010 - Frosty No.2500
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Zalman CNPS10X Flex heatsink ships without any fans, so users can install one or two 120mm fans of their own choosing. In all other respects the CNPS10X Flex is identical to Zalman's CNPS10X Quiet heatsink, so today's review is not going to be a huge departure from what we saw from the Quiet.

XtremeGear HP-1216B Heatsink Review
Feb 24, 2010 - Frosty No.2499
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Standing 153mm tall, the HP-1216B heatsink is equipped with a single no-name 120mm fan that rotates at 2000-1000RPM and is illuminated by four blue LEDs. At full speed it's moderately audible, and at the slowest speed you'll get good performance a nearly silent levels.

Zalman CNPS10X Quiet Heatsink Review
Feb 17, 2010 - Frosty No.2497
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

As a low noise heatsink the Zalman CNPS10X Quiet maintains good thermal levels on Frosty's AMD/Intel test platforms, and at full tilt it qualifies as a performance heatsink.

CoolIT Domino ALC Liquid Cooling System Review
Jan 26, 2010 - Frosty No.2485
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Domino ALC consists of a thin 122gram nickel plated copper waterblock, a 17cm length of Fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) plastic tubing and pump integrated into a 115x115mm aluminum heat exchanger with a 120mm fan.

Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Pro Heatsink Review
Jan 24, 2010 - Frosty No.2488
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The heatsink is an aluminum extrusion, weighs 428 grams and stands about 77mm tall. It's well suited for applications like a media PCs and other sub-tower computer format where low noise processor cooling is a priority.

Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Heatsink Review
Jan 12, 2010 - Frosty No.2480
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Tuniq's Tower 120 Extreme is an enthusiast grade heatsink that cools very well, pretty quietly. In fact I'll save you the suspense and tell you straight up that it tops Frostytech's Intel reference chart and that it's one of the Top 5 best-ever heatsinks tested.

Zalman CNPS10X Extreme Heatsink Review
Jan 03, 2010 - Frosty No.2475
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Zalman's CNPS10X Extreme fulfills both roles pretty well care of a cleverly integrated PWM fan speed controller in the top part of the fan shroud. Do nothing and the CNPS10X Extreme's 120mm fan will fall under BIOS control, automatically scaling fan speed from 1000RPM to 2150RPM as needed.

Prolimatech Megahalems Heatsink Review
Jan 02, 2010 - Frosty No.2481
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Frostytech won't string you along; the Prolimatech Megahalems heatsink is indeed one of the very best performing CPU coolers we've ever tested.

Apack Zerotherm Nirvana NV120 PWM Heatsink Review
Dec 31, 2009 - Frosty No.2476
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The unique design of the Nirvana NV120 PWM heatsink sees a 120mm PWM fan set within the body of the heatsink. The translucent fan blades spin at speeds of between 1800-900RPM.

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