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THG has pulled all the stops to give you the latest in-depth look at the market for air coolers. No fewer than 55 products were subjected to the rigors of a comprehensive testing procedure with our CPU simulator.

There was a visible trend away from cheap, run-of-the-mill, aluminum coolers. Practically every manufacturer has at least one copper cooler or one composite cooler (copper in combination with aluminum) in its product range. Unfortunately, one principle still holds true for air coolers: in order to cool well at extreme clock speeds, they have to make a real racket and be on the heavy side.

We have to give it to the head of the class, the HHC-001 from CoolerMaster - its innovative heat pipe system gives it an unmistakable edge. Unfortunately, its noise level is extremely high compared to your standard, run-of-the-mill cooler. Even cooling behemoths like the nearly 800-gram Swiftech MC462 are no exception to the noise principle.

The PAL 8045 from Alpha is, however, a bright spot that is extremely silent, yet still powerful. The Foxconn is a real insider's tip for a quiet and very inexpensive everyday cooler. It is being marketed by American online retailers for less than two dollars. The P14 with the Verax fan offers disappointingly poor cooling capabilities. While the cooler rightfully claims to be one of the quietest products in the market, its cooling capacity is one of the lowest we tested.

All in all, the market is dominated by products that meet the demands of your average user.

AMD should answer the question of why its products don't come equipped with IHS right from the fab. A larger contact surface between the cooler and the CPU would make it significantly easier to design powerful coolers - Intel has already proven that it can be done.

For now, THG recommends ambitious users plagued by noise to use the admittedly pricey, but unbeatably quiet and powerful, water-cooling systems.

Summary
  1. A Round-up Of 55 Coolers For AMD Processors
  2. The Theory Behind The Dream Cooler
  3. Don't Lay It On Too Thick: The Tight Grease
  4. One By One - 55 Coolers On The Blocks
  5. Not Much Room Around The CPU: ALPHA FC-PAL15
  6. Plagiarism? ARKUA 6228 And 7528
  7. ARKUA 7528
  8. Evolution Of The Coolers: 112BN0, 112BJ0, 112BJ0-1 And 112C80
  9. Larger And Under A Hood: AVC 112BJ0
  10. More Powerful Fan: AVC 112BJ0-1
  11. Quieter But Heavier: AVC 112C80
  12. Nomen Est Omen: Brown International V8 Heatsink
  13. CoolerMaster
  14. Big, Heavy And High-quality: CoolerMaster HCC-003
  15. The Mighty Roaring Cube: CoolerMaster HCC-002
  16. Hot Pipes For High Speeds: CoolerMaster HHC-001
  17. A Cooler, Too: ElanVital FSCUG9C-6
  18. Evercool
  19. Looking Sharp: Evercool ND15-715
  20. A Dazzler: Evercool CUD-725
  21. Cooling For Next To Nothing: Foxconn
  22. Slow And Stealthy: GlacialTech Igloo2310
  23. Too Pretty To Hide: GlacialTech Igloo2400
  24. Ultra-silent: Global Win CAK - II 58
  25. Much Ado About Nothing: Global Win CAK - II 38
  26. Fan Tower: Global Win TAK68
  27. Italian Moments: Neolec Venezia TB
  28. The Thrill Is Gone: Neolec Vento
  29. A Dime A Dozen: Pent Alpha APSK0155
  30. Just Your Ordinary Cooler: Pent Alpha APSK0156
  31. Quiet And Flat: Spire 5P53B3
  32. Fraternal Triplets: Spire 5E34B3-H, Spire 5E34B3 And Spire 5E32B3
  33. II: Spire 5E34B3
  34. III: Spire 5E34B3-H
  35. AMD Under The Rocks: Spire 5T060B1H3R, Spire 5T061B1H3T And Spire 5T208B1H3T
  36. BigRock: Spire 5T060B1H3R
  37. SuperRock: Spire 5T208B1H3T
  38. Roaring Cooler Monsters For Overclockers: Swiftech MC462 And MCX462
  39. Evolution Vs. Revolution: Swiftech MCX462
  40. Little Bro I: Swiftech MCX370-0A
  41. "Little" Twin Bro II: Swiftech MCX C370
  42. Compact And Quiet Standard Cooler: Taisol CEK747092
  43. Easy Upgrading : Taisol CGK760092 And CGK760092B
  44. Weighty Double Decker: Thermaltake Dragon Orb 3
  45. Quiet Standard Fan: ThermoSonic V60-4210/Thermoengine
  46. The Eye-Catcher: Titan TTC-MT1AB
  47. Failure Sets Off Alarm: Titan TTC-D5 TB
  48. Standard Fare: TITAN TTC-D4 TB
  49. Valuable? Not Really: Tornado WIN-7528
  50. Loud But Powerful, Part I: TRIG T40-1-62538 And TRIG T40-3-62538
  51. TRIG T40-3-62538
  52. Loud But Powerful, Part II: TRIG T40-6-62538 And TRIG T40-7-62538
  53. TRIG T40-7-62538
  54. Plain But Effective: VANTEC FCE-6030D
  55. Bigger And Heavier: VANTEC FCE-62540D
  56. Copper Isn't Always Good: VANTEC CCK-6035D
  57. Quiet But Uncool: Verax P14
  58. Noisy Or Quiet: From 38 To 67 DB(A)
  59. Hot Or Cold: The Die Temperatures
  60. 55 Coolers At A Glance
  61. Conclusion
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