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Review: Four Intel coolers go head-to-head. Xigmatek vs. Cooler Master vs. Akasa.

by Michael Harries on 15 September 2008, 09:48

Tags: Akasa, Cooler Master, Xigmatek

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Comparisons - tower configuration

Bringing all the results together. By the way, the reason for not including the reference Intel cooler lies with the fact that there are a few different types, and the one shipping with a Core 2 Extreme isn't the same as most PIB coolers. As such, HSFs for mid-range quad-core CPUs are different and may not be able to cool the hot-running QX6850.

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Tower Configuration - Idle
  Akasa AK-965 Cooler Master Hyper TX2 Xigmatek Achilles S1284 Xigmatek Red Scorpion S1283
Ambient room temp 23.6°C 24.6°C 23.6°C 23.8°C
Case Temp 27.5°C 28°C 27.4°C 27.6°C
CPU Temp 38°C 41°C 39°C 40°C
CPU/Room Delta T 14.4°C 16.4°C 15.4°C 16.2°C
CPU/Case Delta T 10.5°C 13°C 11.6°C 12.4°C

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Tower Configuration - Load
  Akasa AK-965 Cooler Master Hyper TX2 Xigmatek Achilles S1284 Xigmatek Red Scorpion S1283
Ambient room temp 23.6°C 24.6°C 23.6°C 23.7°C
Case Temp 27.5°C 28°C 27.4°C 26.1°C
CPU Temp 60°C 69°C 63°C 64°C
CPU/Room Delta T 36.4°C 44.4°C 39.4°C 40.2°C
CPU/Case Delta T 32.5°C 41°C 35.6°C 36.4°C