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In Pictures: 20 Heat Sinks That Look Cool, Too

In Pictures: 20 Heat Sinks That Look Cool, Too
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Asus Royal Knight

We're assuming that this cooler was designed with a "muscle car" block in mind--one of those fancy beasts that normally protrude from the car's hood. The Asus Royal Knight is somewhat attractive, sporting a set of wings that cover the 120 mm LED fan. These are connected to a copper heat sink base by way of six copper heat pipes like some kind of helium balloon. The fan itself pushes air directly onto the motherboard through a series of large fins.

The "all copper" cooler is designed for Intel LGA 775- and AMD Socket AM2/754/939/940-based CPUs. The fan itself measures speeds of up to 1,290 RPM at 12V, providing a quiet computing environment with operating levels of only 22 dBA. "With the most advanced thermal solution to support impressive overclocking capabilities, coupled with such fine aesthetics, the stunning Royal Knight is truly a crowd-pleaser in terms of looks and performance," the company says.

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    ingodwestream , July 2, 2010 6:09 AM
    i have the royal knight. still haven't used it yet..but its out of the box and its a part of my old school CPU cooler collection...sits right next toe the Gemini II.
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    hok , July 2, 2010 7:59 AM
    Not one Noctua.... are you guys crazy?
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    Mark Heath , July 2, 2010 8:09 AM
    Quote:
    There is no fan, nor are there heat pipes to carry the heat off the CPU. Instead, it uses the heat to create hot liquid and gas bubbles within the device's tubing. These bubbles circulate through the system, carrying the heat away from the CPU, and then condensing back to repeat the process again.

    A lava lamp on the cpu?
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    philologos , July 2, 2010 8:30 AM
    I have the Scythe Mugen 2. I think it looks rather prosaic except in its sheer size. Its wide fin spacing makes it work well with low RPM fans, making a good choice for quiet computing. I also think its among the very best in value.
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    anamaniac , July 2, 2010 8:38 AM
    I love my CM V8. Sure, not the prettiest thing around, and it's a horrible cooler if you want high end air cooling (get a TRUE for that), but damn, even at max speed, I can't hear it over even my case fans and GPU all at minimum RPM.
    Though I have been tempted to slap two more fans on it (for each side).
    The sheer size of it though makes it so I have to remove the HSF before removing the first DIMM. Pain in the ass when I have a corrupt stick of memory.
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    Anonymous , July 2, 2010 9:12 AM
    Zalman CNPS10X Extreme, no 6 in Amd on frostytech, what a cooler! virtually silent, on my machine, (every fan is controlled for silence except when gaming, all I can hear is the feint clicking of the HDD,s)
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    Anonymous , July 2, 2010 9:22 AM
    u forgot http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=159
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    arkadi , July 2, 2010 9:33 AM
    V8 it one of the best coolers i had, silent, can handle good overclock on my 920. Unfortunately the fan started to vibrate after year of 24/7 user.
    But no bigy i got better fan inside :) 
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    Crazy V , July 2, 2010 9:47 AM
    Where can i pickup the SILENTFLUX passive pro?
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    Anonymous , July 2, 2010 9:55 AM
    Like the Noctua NH-D14 wasn't cool enough...
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    Crazy V , July 2, 2010 9:58 AM
    Nice unit but please change the fan colors.
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    micr0be , July 2, 2010 9:59 AM
    you should have replaced the spin Q with the spin Q VT newer version and much better performance.
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    digiex , July 2, 2010 11:30 AM
    I like best the fanless models, you'll never know when the fan will malfuction.
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    tokenz , July 2, 2010 1:32 PM
    When are you going to bench all of these?
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    allantang , July 2, 2010 1:33 PM
    I have the IFX-14 Intel BP. Its a beast. It doesnt have a mirror finish on the base, but I got a lapping kit and did it myself.
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    hot74rod2003 , July 2, 2010 2:23 PM
    philologosI have the Scythe Mugen 2. I think it looks rather prosaic except in its sheer size. Its wide fin spacing makes it work well with low RPM fans, making a good choice for quiet computing. I also think its among the very best in value.




    i agree! i have this one too and it works great! plus its easy to clean.. good luck cleaning the ones with internal fans!
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    djbrad007 , July 2, 2010 3:47 PM
    I have the IFX-14 on my Q6700.

    My fan died and it worked passively until I opened the case a few months later lol.

    Brad
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    kitekrazy1963 , July 2, 2010 4:35 PM
    tokenzWhen are you going to bench all of these?


    I'd love to see that. Sometimes eye candy can be a failure. I would hate to spend $80 on a heatsink that only cools 2C more than stock.

    So far my $20 Cooler Master Hyper 101A hasn't even reached 50C but I have to credit that to my Thermaltake V3 case. The CPU fan is blowing out of the top of the case.
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , July 2, 2010 4:43 PM
    I am currently cooling my i7960 with the Zalman CNPS9900 NT. Love it! Its good to see it made its way into this article. :) 
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    alphadark , July 2, 2010 5:00 PM
    I saw the Triton 88, I want to buy it. Google search, Bing search... nothing.

    Can anyone point me in the right direction?
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