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Roundup: Six Sub-$40 Performance CPU Coolers Compared

Rosewill RCX-ZAIO-92

Rosewill sent the only 92 mm cooler in today’s roundup, in hopes that the RCX-ZAIO-92’s low $20 price would allow it to at least take a value win.

Three slim heat pipes are soldered to a super-flat and finely-sanded copper base that’s only slightly rougher than most of its higher-priced competitors. Universal Intel LGA brackets are factory installed. Because LGA 1156 is thinnest of the supported socket types, it gets the least mounting pressure.

Removing the Intel mounting brackets allows AMD users to apply an included clip. Also included are an installation guide and a packet of thermal paste.

The RCX-ZAIO-92 fits Intel motherboards in the same manner as Intel’s retail-boxed coolers. Twisting the push-pins down locks them in place, while twisting them ¼ turn counterclockwise releases them.

The AMD clip fits only from front-to-rear, limiting this cooler to an updraft orientation on most AMD motherboards.

  • amk09
    i wished you included a cooler such as the coolermaster hyper 212, that seems to be a highly recommended cooler and it would have been nice to see how it squared up against these ones.
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  • Crashman
    amk09i wished you included a cooler such as the coolermaster hyper 212, that seems to be a highly recommended cooler and it would have been nice to see how it squared up against these ones.We did:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lga-1156-heatsink,2535-4.html
    That's why the same system was used for both tests. It's all mentioned in the article, too.
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  • Twoboxer
    Its incomprehensible that the Hyper 212 was left out of this kind of review. That decision makes this article worthless.
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  • Wolygon
    "Its incomprehensible that the Hyper 212 was left out of this kind of review. That decision makes this article worthless."


    Read the article before posting please.
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  • Twoboxer
    Sorry, I read your Opening page, the thermal results page, and the conclusion page. Did I miss how these products compare to the Hyper 212?
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  • dogman_1234
    ^ Or water cooling. It was a great article but, How about comparing to Hydro cooling and add an AMD system too. Intel is great at generating heat, AMD is better thought!
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  • duk3
    How did the Zalman CNPS10X Performa get into this review at $35?
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  • sudeshc
    was waiting for this kind of article for some time now, thanks toms. Loved the article, thinking about to go with Zalman's Cooler.
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  • Crashman
    duk3How did the Zalman CNPS10X Performa get into this review at $35?It was $35. It went up at Newegg about a week ago, but if you look around enough you might find the launch price elsewhere.
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  • Just wanted to say thanks for the article. And I think it's extra awesome that you actually respond to the comments/questions (I just read through the other roundup from earlier this year).
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