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Review: LGA1156 cooler shootout: Arctic Cooling, Corsair, Scythe and Zalman go head-to-head

by James Smith on 18 December 2009, 17:11 3.3

Tags: Corsair Hydro H50, ARCTIC COOLING Freezer XTREME Rev. 2, Scythe Kabuto, Zalman CNPS10X Flex, Zalman (090120.KQ), Corsair, Scythe, Arctic

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Introduction

It's been a while since our last cooler group test, and since then Intel has released processors based upon a new socket, LGA1156, so if you're in the market for a new CPU cooler and have between £40-£75 to spend, which one do you choose?

We take a look at some of the latest designs from Arctic Cooling, Corsair, Scythe and Zalman to find out which performs best on our recently-revamped LGA1156 test platform with a Core i7 870 CPU.

Read on to find out which we feel are the quietest, coolest or simply the best value for money.