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  1. Gelid GX-7 Gamer review

    Gelid GX-7 Gamer review

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    A good all-round CPU cooler, but is it worth the price?

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    Antec Kuhler H2O 920 review

    Antec Kuhler H2O 920 review

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    Can this self-contained water cooling system keep your chips chilled?

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    Coolermaster V10 review

    Coolermaster V10 review

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    In its attempt to bolt as much on as possible, we think Cooler Master has lost sight of simple efficient cooling. Installation is tricky and causes issues with memory. It's also overly noisy for the level of cooling it provides.

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    Prolimatech Genesis review

    Prolimatech Genesis review

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    The performance is the one thing to take away from this, it's simply excellent. Couple that with a reasonable price tag and if you're after a high-performance cooler, and don't mind supplying your own fan, then you're onto a winning combination.

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    Prolimatech Armageddon review

    Prolimatech Armageddon review

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    Crazy naming aside, you get the feeling the Prolimatech Armageddon means business, it's a hefty 750g of heatsink cooling with six heatpipes and a 160mm high rack of cooling fins, which measure 140mm across.

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    Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 review

    Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 review

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    There's little we have to criticise on the Xigmatek Gaia SD1283, it is out performed a little by more expensive units but that's why you pay your money. We're not massive fans of the mounting system but it is highly flexible.

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    Alpenfohn Panorama review

    Alpenfohn Panorama review

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    It takes the classic low-profile design that can still fit into a slimline PC case and yet provide efficient high-performance cooling without excessive noise levels. Its main problem is that it has some fine competition the classic Zalman Super Flower Cooler is still one of the best on the market or the more recent Scythe Shuriken with its full 120mm fan is another.

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    Spire Thermax Eclipse II review

    Spire Thermax Eclipse II review

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    Intriguingly, the first batch of Spire's Thermax Eclipse II CPU cooler hit online retailers in the wrong packaging. We mention this because we received one of these, and were a little confused as to which it was. A squint at Spire's website sets the record straight, since the Eclipse II has black nickel-coated fins, something that immediately separates it from the sea of silver aluminium you're faced with when you browse CPU coolers on any etailer's site, and those looks will definitely appeal to people with a windowed chassis.

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    Cooler Master V6 GT review

    Cooler Master V6 GT review

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    Cooler Master's V6 is named after the 'V' pattern of its six heat pipes, and follows on from the well-received V8 and V10 models. The arrangement is supposed to help spread the heat about better than other designs where the heat pipes are in a neat row, and Cooler Master has the thermal images to prove it.

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    Titan Fenrir EVO review

    Titan Fenrir EVO review

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    Titan's Fenrir EVO is a big tower cooler whose looks live up to the macho name (a monstrous wolf from Norse mythology). The stack of fins are anodised a snazzy matt black with a copper-coloured section, and the top sports a wolf's-head logo.

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    CoolIT Eco C240 A.L.C. review

    CoolIT Eco C240 A.L.C. review

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    It doesn't matter how tall your stack of fins is, if you want heavyweight cooling for your processor then liquid-cooling it where it's at.

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    Titan Fenrir TTC-NK85TZ review

    Titan Fenrir TTC-NK85TZ review

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    If you're going to stress Intel or AMD's latest processors then you'll need a heavyweight cooler. Named after the monstrous wolf from Norse mythology, Titan's Fenrir sports a suitably heavy-metal wolf-head motif and certainly looks like it means business. The heavy-metal theme is not uncommon with coolers – witness Scythe's Yasya and Xigmatek's ridiculously-named Thor's Hammer. Fenrir is big beast too, standing 165mm proud of the motherboard. The width means you'll need to watch it fouling your RAM, especially if your sticks have heat spreaders on top.

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    Xigmatek Thor's Hammer S126384 review

    Xigmatek Thor's Hammer S126384 review

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    The Hammer is a wonderful gothic-looking creation, with a very fetching gloss black nickel-plated finish complete with an usual design of interlacing fins. Thor's Hammer tops other big towers such as Titan's Fenrir by carrying a lot of pipe-work, with four main 8mm heat pipes with Direct Touch, where they're in direct contact with the top of the processor, and another three inner 6mm pipes. It's something of a monster, too, at over 160mm tall. It won't suit crowded boards, and if your RAM has heat spreaders on top you could be in for a disappointment.

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    Scythe Yasya SCYS-1000 review

    Scythe Yasya SCYS-1000 review

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    The aggressive-looking Yasya features a set of cooling fins that could have been designed to draw blood. It sits well along side other gothic-style rivals, such as Titan's Fenrir and Xigmatek's Thor's Hammer. The Yasya has six 6mm heat pipes, rather than the more usual 8mm jobs in tower coolers this size, which is big. It only fits one way around, so can foul your RAM slots on crowed boards. If you've got heat spreaders on top of your sticks, it could all end in tears.

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    Thermaltake Silent 1156 review

    Thermaltake Silent 1156 review

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    For an i7-compatible cooler, Thermaltake's Silent 1156 is a compact beast, with a svelte fin stack that's smaller that the 9cm fan housing. It's main rivals are the well established CoolerMaster Hyper 101 and Artic Cooling's Freezer 7 (see a theme with these names?). The Silent 1156 has just two 8mm heat pipes. As you might guess from the name, it fits Intel's LGA 1156 boards only, but it fitted onto our 1366 test board, so what the heck. If space is an issue, then this will do nicely.

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    CoolerMaster Hyper 101 PWM Universal review

    CoolerMaster Hyper 101 PWM Universal review

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    This isn't exactly fair. CoolerMaster's Hyper 101 isn't really designed for the full fruitiness of an i7 920's LGA 1366, but it fitted our test system and was in the office, so we stuck it in. It's really meant for AMD K8, AM2/3 and LGA 755 and 1156 boards, hence the 'Universal' tag. It's a popular cooler and it's easy to see why given the price. The main rival is Arctic Cooling's Freezer 7, a similarly sized and similarly popular.

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    ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 review

    ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 review

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    The Revision 2 nomenclature for ARCTIC's Freezer 7 indicates that LGA 1156 compatibility has been added, alongside pretty much every other standard. On paper, it should cope with our i7 920 test system, despite the cooler's relatively diminutive size. It has three 6mm heat pipes and we did wonder if it was really up to the task. The 9cm PWM fan fits neatly over one side and is mounted on rubber springs, a patented technology apparently. Its most obvious rival is the popular Hyper 101 from CoolerMaster.

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