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10 Mammoth CPU Coolers: Size Does Matter

Conclusion

The Vanessa (L-Type) by Titan stands out, for its particularly good cooling capacity and extravagant design features. The Sonic Tower by Thermaltake also boasts an impressive cooling capacity, and if passive operation isn't feasible, an optional 120 mm fan can be added, albeit at an additional cost.

If you don't have a lot of space in your computer, the CNPS7700 Cu from Zalman is a good option, offering good cooling capacity with minimal noise emission at a reasonable price. Athlon XP users would do well to go for NorthQ's NQ 3312 model: it can be installed even on Socket A motherboards without retention module holes.

The losers in this test were the Vortex TX from Cooler Master and the StarIce from Asus. In both cases, either the cooling capacity was too low or the noise level was too high.

Manuf.AsusCooler MasterNorthQNorthQTitan
ProductStar IceVortex TXNQ-3312NQ-3313Vanessa L-Type
Websiteasus.comcoolermaster.comnorthq.comnorthq.comtitan-cd.com
Compatibility
Socket LGA775YesYesYesYesYes
Socket 478YesYesYesYesYes
Socket 939/754YesYesYesYesYes
Socket A (462)Yes (retention holes needed)Yes (retention holes needed)YesYesYes
Performance
Thermal Resistance0.39 K/W0.39 K/W0.27 K/W0.37 K/W0.28 K/W
Temperature Intel Pentium 57066 °C74 °C58 °C66 °C52 °C
Noise Level (Low Speed)47.9 dB(A)34.0 dB(A)33.4 dB(A)33.4 dB(A)33.9 dB(A)
Noise Level (Full Speed)62.8 dB(A)36.7 dB(A)43.8 dB(A)43.8 dB(A)37.0 dB(A)
Accessories
Fan ControllerIncluded RegulatorPWM (Intel LGA775)Included RegulatorIncluded RegulatorIncluded Regulator
Manuf.ThermaltakeThermaltakeTuniqZalmanZalman
ProductBig TyphoonSonic TowerTower 120CNPS7700-CuCNPS7700-AlCu
Websitethermaltake.comthermaltake.comtuniq.comzalmanusa.comzalmanusa.com
Compatibility
Socket LGA775YesYesYesYesYes
Socket 478YesYesYesYesYes
Socket 939/754YesYesYesYesYes
Socket A (462)Yes (retention holes needed)Yes (retention holes needed)NoNoNo
Performance
Thermal Resistance0.30 K/W0.26 K/W0.34 K/W0.25 K/W0.33 K/W
Temperature Intel Pentium 57057 °CN/A (passive cooling)54 °C56 °C63 °C
Noise Level (Low Speed)35.5 dB(A)N/A (passive cooling)34.4 dB(A)31.9 dB(A)31.8 dB(A)
Noise Level (Full Speed)35.5 dB(A)N/A (passive cooling)48.8 dB(A)38.7 dB(A)38.7 dB(A)
Accessories
Fan ControllerNoneN/A (passive cooling)Included RegulatorIncluded RegulatorIncluded Regulator