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Glacialtech F101 PWM Heatsink Review
Dec 31, 2009 - Frosty No.2477
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Glacialtech F101 PWM heatsink is built around a simple concept; use the space over the motherboard chipset for extra cooling fins.

Apack Zerotherm Core 92 Intel Heatsink Review
Dec 28, 2009 - Frosty No.2474
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Zerotherm's Core 92 heatsink, although fairly compact, is a great socket 775 Intel heatsink for CPUs with a TDP of up to 150W (at full fan speed).

Glacialtech Igloo 5710 Plus Silent Heatsink Review
Dec 20, 2009 - Frosty No.2478
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Glacialtech's Igloo 5710 Plus Silent is an economical low noise heatsink for Intel socket 775/1366 and AMD socket 939/AM2/AM3 processors.

252 Heatsinks for Intel / AMD Processors Compared on FrostyTech
Dec 18, 2009 - Frosty No.2473
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

This is the most up to date copy of Frostytech's invaluable thermal and acoustic Heatsink Test Charts for Intel and AMD processors, containing data for over a dozen as yet unpublished heatsink reviews, for a total 252 different heatsinks compared.

Corsair Hydro H50 Watercooling System Review
Dec 18, 2009 - Frosty No.2564
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Corsair H50 is a no fuss no muss, lower noise CPU thermal solution that installs with the relative ease of a regular CPU heatsink. The H50 liquid cooling system arrives fully assembled, pre-filled with a distilled water/propylene glycol coolant and is pre-plumbed.

Thermaltake ISGC-300 Heatsink Review
Dec 12, 2009 - Frosty No.2483
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The 697 gram Thermaltake ISGC-300 heatsink stands 160mm tall, so it may not fit in all mid-tower or compact PC chassis.

Thermaltake ISGC-100 Low Profile Heatsink Review
Dec 02, 2009 - Frosty No.2484
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The 335gram ISGC-100 heatsink installs onto Intel socket 775 and AMD socket 754/939AM2/AM3 processors and should run about $29 USD/CDN.

Glacialtech Igloo 5610 Plus Silent Heatsink Review
Dec 02, 2009 - Frosty No.2479
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Igloo 5610 Plus Silent ships with two 92mm fans, each spinning at 1200RPM but arranged in a push-pull fashion. A pre-applied patch of shinetsu thermal compound on the base of the heatsink means it's ready to go.

Silverstone NT07-AM2 1U Low Profile AMD Heatsink Review
Nov 23, 2009 - Frosty No.2486
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Silverstone NT07-AM2 is 1U low profile skived aluminum heatsink that is actively cooled by a small top-mounted 80mm fan.

Thermaltake ISGC-400 Heatsink Review
Nov 22, 2009 - Frosty No.2482
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Thermaltake's ISGC-400 is a lower noise low profile heatsink suitable for media PC or other compact chassis. The Thermaltake ISGC-400 heatsink comes with fan that has beautiful glossy white fan blades shaped like the fins of a whale.

Evercool HPK-10025EA Intel Heatsink Review
Nov 07, 2009 - Frosty No.2455
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

In this review Frostytech will be testing a low profile Intel socket 775/1366 heatsink that is ideal for 2U hight small formfactor PCs and media center microATX-style cases.

Thermolab BADA Heatsink Review
Nov 03, 2009 - Frosty No.2467
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

From the makers of the wavy BARAM heatsink comes the Thermolab BADA; a 136mm tall mid-tower heatsink that fills in the performance cooling void where taller coolers can't go.

Heatpipe Wick Structures Exposed: Sintered, Groove and Mesh
Nov 03, 2009 - Frosty No.2466
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

It's impossible to tell what type of wick a heatpipe uses in your favourite heatsink just by looking at it from the outside. The heatpipe would need to be cut open to find out the answer to that question....

3Rsystem Iceage 120 Boss II Dimpled-Fin Heatsink Review
Oct 26, 2009 - Frosty No.2461
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Let's get right to the point, 3Rsystem's Iceage 120 Boss II heatsink is currently one of the Top 5 heatsinks tested on Frostytech. Key to the success of this Korean-made heatsink on both AMD and Intel synthetic test platforms are five 8mm diameter exposed base heatpipes...

Zaward Gyre Flow Heatsink Review
Oct 25, 2009 - Frosty No.2460
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The fins are pressed over three 8mm diameter copper heatpipes, but how exactly do the fins disperse heat conducted by the heatpipes?

Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 Pro AMD Heatsink Review
Oct 11, 2009 - Frosty No.2456
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 Pro is just such heatsink: ideal for mainstream CPUs that don't exceed 90W TDP.... so long as the fan speed stays at 2000RPM.

Evercool Transformer 4 HPJ-12025 Heatsink Review
Oct 07, 2009 - Frosty No.2454
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

On the test bench today is a new dual 120mm fan heatsink from Evercool called the Transformer 4 HPJ-12025. Its twin fans are arranged in a push-pull configuration and rotate at a leisurely 1000RPM.

Glacialtech X-Wing R1 Notebook Cooling Pad Review
Sep 28, 2009 - Frosty No.2451
Category: Peripherals

The Glacialtech X-Wing R1 notebook cooling pad accomodates cronically overheating notebooks with footprints of upto 365x250mm, either while sitting on a desk or resting comfortably on your lap.

Scythe Zipang 2 SCZP-2000 Heatsink Review
Sep 04, 2009 - Frosty No.2421
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Scythe Zipang 2 heatsink actually fulfills most of these criteria, essentially silently, thanks to a clever combination of a slow-speed 140mm diameter fan and large cooling surface area. It's not the coolest heatsink Frostytech has ever tested, but it did keep noise levels under 40dB and temperatures to a little over 25C ambient in our 150W synthetic test scenario.

DeepCool Killer Whale Premium Heatsink Review
Sep 02, 2009 - Frosty No.2431
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The large top-down heatsink has a jaw dropping weight of 1,225grams, or 1.225kg. That's a lot of weight to hang from a CPU socket, so it goes without saying that rear motherboard support brackets are mandatory!

DeepCool Killer Whale Heatsink Review
Aug 30, 2009 - Frosty No.2430
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

DeepCool's Killer Whale heatsink is a top-down cooler built around two critical things. It has a hefty solid copper heat spreader (base) onto which six 6mm diameter heatpipes have been soldered, and a large and potentially very quiet 48mm thick 120mm PWM fan that spins at 1000-1800RPM.

DeepCool IceWing 5 Pro Heatsink Review
Aug 26, 2009 - Frosty No.2429
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The IceWing 5 Pro heatsink is compatible with Intel socket 775/1366 and AMD socket 939-to-AM3 processors. It features five 6mm diameter copper heatpipes, stands 131mm tall and weighs roughly 670 grams.

Scythe Big Shuriken SCBSK-1000 Heatsink Review
Aug 23, 2009 - Frosty No.2425
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Scythe Big Shuriken is actually a really small heatsink, well not so much tiny as low profile. From the CPU to the top of the fan, the Big Shuriken measures a scant 57mm tall. That's not a whole lot of space to cram in a heatsink, but somehow Scythe have packed in four 6mm diameter heatpipes, 60 or 70 razor thin aluminum fins and a 120mm fan.

Kingwin XT-1264 Heatsink Review
Aug 13, 2009 - Frosty No.2420
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Kingwin's XT-1264 is the first tower-style heatsink to pass through the Frostytech test labs which incorporates asymmetrical U-shaped heatpipes. In other words the heatpipes are not even, rather one length of each vertical heatpipe is 30mm shorter than the opposite.

3RSystem Iceage 80 Prima Mini Heatsink Review
Aug 11, 2009 - Frosty No.2417
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

3Rsystem's Iceage 80 Prima Mini is a compact CPU cooler that stands just 104mm tall. It's ideally suited towards compact PC systems, slim cases, or simply as a low noise cooling solution for energy efficient sub-85W processors.

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Socket 1156 Heatsink Review
Aug 09, 2009 - Frosty No.2419
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

In this review Frostytech will be testing Coolermaster's Hyper 212 Plus tower heatsink - an exposed heatpipe base cooler that comes ready out of the box for socket 1156 Intel 'Lynnfield' P55 motherboards. Naturally, it supports Intel socket 775/1366/1156 and AMD 939/AM2/AM3 processors.

3RSystem Iceage 90 Heatsink Review
Aug 07, 2009 - Frosty No.2416
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

3Rsystem's Iceage 90 heatsink is a mid-compact heatsink stands just 115mm tall, instead of 165mm, making it suitable for PC chassis that can't accommodate much.

Xigmatek Thors Hammer S126384 Stacked Heatpipe Heatsink Review
Aug 03, 2009 - Frosty No.2415
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Standing 157mm tall, the Xigmatek Thors Hammer heatsink tips the scales at 800 grams and has a rather boxy footprint of 120 x 116mm. It accomodates one or two 120mm fans that mount to the fins with special rubber vibration absorbing posts.

Coolermaster Hyper TX3 Heatsink Review
Jun 13, 2009 - Frosty No.2401
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Hyper TX3 heatsink weighs in at 470 grams, stands less than 140mm tall, and comes equipped with a low noise 92mm 800-2800RPM PWM fan that drives 17-54CFM according the manufacturer.

DeepCool Ice Blade Pro Heatsink Review
Jun 10, 2009 - Frosty No.2405
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

One or two 120mm fans can be mounted to either side of the DeepCool Ice Blade Pro, and rubber vibration absorbing posts are supplied along with extra fan clips. A single 120mm PWM fan that operates at 900-1500RPM is supplied.

Thermaltake ISGC-200 Heatsink Review
Jun 09, 2009 - Frosty No.2402
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The ISGC-200 heatsink itself stands 140mm tall, weighs 470 grams and accommodates one 92mm PWM fan that spins at 600~1600 RPM. If I didn't know better I'd say the ISGC-200 was released for Intel's new socket 1156 formfactor processors.

GlacialTech UFO V51 Silent Heatsink Review
May 20, 2009 - Frosty No.2397
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

At it's core, Glacialtech have equipped the 136mm tall UFO V51 Silent heatsink with two 1600RPM fans surrounding a large aluminum fin array, and framed in by a plastic casing that acts like a shroud to duct air through it. The heatsink weighs 780grams and is compatible with both Intel socket 775, 1366 and the entire family of AMD socket 939/AM3 processors.

Scythe Kama Angle Heatsink Review
Apr 27, 2009 - Frosty No.2391
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Traditional parallel fin-to-fan relationships are thrown out the window and what we're left with is a chevron-shaped aluminum fin tower with the fan set at 45 degrees to the leading edge.

Coolermaster Hyper N520 Heatsink Review
Apr 25, 2009 - Frosty No.2390
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

This tower heatsink stands out because its two 92mm fans are arranged in an offset push-pull formation. There are a couple reasons for offsetting the fans by 20mm that we'll touch on momentarily.

Evercool Forumula 2 VC-RHE Videocard Heatsink Review
Apr 20, 2009 - Frosty No.2389
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Evercool VC-RHE Formula 2 weighs in at 232 grams, stands 35mm above the GPU (it will occupy one additional PCI slot worth of space) and uses a single 80mm fan to quietly keep a broad range of mainstream videocards running cool.

Sunbeam Core-Contact Freezer 92mm Heatsink Review
Mar 25, 2009 - Frosty No.2386
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

An additional mounting bracket is available for socket 1366/1156 Intel Core i7 processors. This will require you to remove the motherboard and install a metal backplate.

Titan Fenrir TTC-NK85TZ Heatsink Review
Mar 23, 2009 - Frosty No.2383
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Titan's TTC-NK85TZ Fenrir heatsink stands 156mm tall, is 124mm wide and accommodates one 120mm fan that spins at 800~2200 RPM. Weighing it at roughly 550grams, the TTC-NK85TZ Fenrir is compatible with both Intel socket 775, 1366 and the entire family of AMD socket 939 to AM2+ processors.

Thermaltake RamOrb Memory Heat Spreader Review
Mar 02, 2009 - Frosty No.2377
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Thermaltake RamOrb heat spreaders are sold individually, and each comes with four sheets of thermal interface material so it can conceivably be installed on two sticks of memory in its lifetime.

Akasa Blue Aurora AK-966BL Heatsink Review
Mar 02, 2009 - Frosty No.2358
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The thermal design follows in the footsteps of models released by Xigmatek and others, but if you flip the Blue Aurora AK-966BL over you won't find exposed heatpipes.

Xigmatek Talisman NPC-D721 Laptop Cooling Pad
Mar 01, 2009 - Frosty No.2376
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Most notebooks have cooling vents on their bottom which are critical to drawing air into the computer to cool different components. The cooling pad ensures that a steady flow of fresh makes it into the notebook, in turn keeping temperatures in check.

Thermolab BARAM Heatsink Review
Feb 28, 2009 - Frosty No.2346
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The 625gram Thermolab BARAM heatsink is compatible with socket 775 Intel Core 2 Duo/Quad and socket AM2/AM2+ AMD Phenom processors.

nPowerTek NPH-775-115HC Heatsink Review
Feb 03, 2009 - Frosty No.2761
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Weighing in at 750grams and standing 115mm tall, the NPH-775-115HC heatsink comes equipped with a single 92mm PWM fan that operates at 3000RPM.

Thermaltake SpinQ Heatsink Review
Jan 26, 2009 - Frosty No.2363
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Thermaltake's SpinQ heatsink is undeniably good looking. It stands 152mm tall and is made from nickel plated aluminum fins soldered over six copper heatpipes.

Zalman CNPS9900 LED Intel Core i7 Compatible Heatsink Review
Jan 25, 2009 - Frosty No.2362
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Like most Zalman heatsinks, the CNPS9900 LED is pretty unique. It is based on a double 'fan' design, but with its 120mm PWM fan floating between the two radial copper fins.

Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro Heatsink Review
Jan 22, 2009 - Frosty No.2364
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

When it comes to high performance heatsinks there aren't a lot of models shorter than 135mm. Oh there are plenty of tower heatsinks with some of the lowest temperatures a PC enthusiast can hope for. Today, Frosty tests the Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro.

AVC Black Samurai Heatsink Review
Jan 13, 2009 - Frosty No.2357
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Frostytech's test bench this week is AVC's sleek dark chrome Black Samurai heatsink - one of the first CPU coolers to boast Intel socket 775 and socket 1366 processor compatibility.

Coolage Frozen Orb Z924 HDC Heatsink Review
Jan 11, 2009 - Frosty No.2356
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Coolage's Frozen Orb Z924 HDC heatsink makes use of the trendy heatpipe direct contact technique, except this time we're looking at a modified thermal design Coolage originally manufactured with a copper base plate.

Akasa Nero AK-967 Heatsink Review
Jan 08, 2009 - Frosty No.2354
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Akasa's Nero AK-967 heatsink is based on the popular heatpipe direct touch technique, and like so many CPU coolers, for today's class of heatspreader capped processors it's the only way to go!

Cooler Master Hyper Z600 Black Label Heatsink Review
Jan 06, 2009 - Frosty No.2353
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Coolermaster Hyper Z600 Black Label heatsink is part of a special Limited Edition kit, comprised of all black versions of the quiet Cooler Master Cosmos RC 1000 case, Real Power 850W power supply and Hyper Z600 heatsink.

Cooljag Falcon IV JCY-8A03A Heatsink Review
Dec 31, 2008 - Frosty No.2575
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Falcon IV is equipped with an open-frame 92mm fan that's internally illuminated with a couple green LEDs. The heatsink is constructed around four 6mm diameter copper heatpipes that conduct heat from a copper base plate up through to the array of generously sized stacked aluminum fins.

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