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Quiet But Uncool: Verax P14

The P14 is one of the quietest cooling solutions that Verax sent into battle. What sets this system apart is its fan. Though it looks like an axial fan, it really works like a radial fan. Compared to an axial fan, longer flow paths inside the fan, aerodynamically-shaped fan blades, and a larger air inlet profile make this fan extremely quiet.

Quantity doesn't necessarily imply quality: the heatsink of the P14.

The heat sink is made from aluminum. The fan is attached on the heat sink with rubber nipples. Looking at the massive and voluminous heat sink, you'd think that this solution will also work for processors running at higher speeds. As the result shows, however, at best, a Duron will do fine under this cooler. It will get more than a bit toasty for a Thunderbird.