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Can't Touch This! A Comparison of 46 CPU Coolers

Zalman CCC Project: Much Ado About Nothing

Zalman CCC Project.

Zalman CCC Project.

Of all the coolers tested, this baby is especially eye-catching. A solid copper core surrounded by 60 copper fins arranged in a star puts in quite an appearance. But appearances can be deceiving - during our practical test, this cooler attained a temperature of 44 degrees. This cooler is difficult to install - the entire motherboard has to be removed no matter what you do - and has a disappointingly poor cooling performance. Attaching the processor is a complicated process involving screwing it down to the motherboard. There's no way around this, since the cooler weighs in at a ponderous 467 grams.