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A Cool Bunch: How To Put A Lid On The Die Temperature Of Your Athlon

Much Ado About Nothing: Global Win CAK - II 38

With a measured noise level of more than 60 dB(A), the CAK-II 38 is easily four times as loud as the previous cooler. No wonder - its fan races through the air at more than 7,000 revolutions per minute. The ribs on the heat sink machined out of solid copper are a touch more filigreed, too.

If you think that four times the noise will translate into considerably better cooling, you're in for a serious disappointment. Granted, the temperature level of the CPU is five degrees lower than that of the CAK-II 58.

However, there are also compact aluminum coolers that are capable of reaching the same values.