As the pictures show this is quite a big cpu cooler so make sure you have space to mount it on your motherboard. With our MSI Neo we did not have any issues and we are even able to still mount memory sticks.
The left picture shows the neat new future this cpu cooler offers, the blades actually shows text, in this case you can see temperature and RPM on the cpu cooler itself. The red text fades away and comes back within 5 seconds and meanwhile the fan glow with a nice blue glow.
Finally a better picture on how it actually looks in the dark. It’s time for us to start showing our test results now.
Intel Extreme X6800 processor
Msi P964 Neo motherboard
Corsair Dominator 8888 DDR2 Ram
Sapphire X300 videocard
Zalman 400W PSU
Maxtor 80GB IDE ATA133
Ambient temperature during testing was 20 degrees Celsius. Idle temperatures were taken when idling in Windows and full load was taken while looping Pcmark2005.
2,93GHz Stock Speed:
At stock speed we can see it performing quite well vs the Coolermaster HyperTX and the Zalman CNPS9700LED.
In this final overclocking test we can see that the performance is really close to the more well known HyperTX and CNPS9700 LED. The only issue I can see using this cpu cooler is that it’s alot louder than the others but I have to admit it looks a bit cooler though.
This is a good cpu cooler there is no doubt about it, it almost performs as well as the other high performing coolers we tested against. It is a bit louder than the other coolers but it looks alot better with the text forming up on the fan blades. Installation was very easy with the included manual, and it will fit well on your AM2 or S775 sockets. I have to remind you to check the space around your cpu socket to see if it fits before you actually buy it.
+ Performs well
+ Shows temp on fanblades
+ Well packed
+ Easy to install
- A bit loud
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