Veteran company Verax offers a cooler named Helado 2 PWM-T. It sports a blue, unlit, 92mm PWM fan.
The design principles of the Helado 2 and Xigmatek’s HDT S1283 are similar: the Helado 2 comes with heatpipes that are in direct contact with the CPU, conducting heat to the horizontally-aligned cooling fins. As a result of its smaller fan, the cooling surface provided by the fins is also smaller.
The cooling efficiency of the Helado cooler is only average. The Core 2 quad-core processor we used for testing reached up to 78 °C with all four cores under full load, though the cooler never got unpleasantly loud. With the CPU idle, the temperature drops to about 40 °C, resulting in an even lower noise level.
Considering the overall performance, the price of nearly $89 is much too high.
|Temperature||78 °C||39.5 °C|
|Noise||38.3 dB(A)||37.5 dB(A)|
|Fan Speed||1,600 RPM||1,200 RPM|
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