CPU Cooler Charts 2008, Part II - Junk or Jewel?

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In the first part of our extensive roundup of CPU coolers we came to the conclusion that 45% of the products we tested either failed our test or weren’t worth their asking price. Additionally, we were surprised by how much junk is sold in hardware stores these days and how badly customers are sometimes deceived. Today we move on to the second part of our cooler charts, testing six more coolers that join the eleven models we reviewed in our last instalment. Our field covers the full range of products, from the inconspicuous and cheap entry level model to the high-end water cooler costing €350. For us, cooling performance alone isn’t everything, though – we also take the products’ noise and ease of installation into consideration. In the first part of this series, five of the review samples didn’t make the grade.

Although we only describe the new additions to the roundup in this part, the charts include all of the coolers tested so far. We will continue this series of articles, creating an overview of a large selection of the coolers available in stores for your reference.

We have either already tested coolers of the following companies or have samples in our lab :

Companies represented in this test
3R SystemAntazoneArctic Cooling
AsusCoolermasterCoolink
CooljagEKLFoxconn
GigabyteGlacialtechHiper
Joujye DynatronMSINexus
NoctuaOCZScythe
SilentmaxxSilverstoneSpire
TacensThermaltakeTitan
VeraxWatercoolXigmatec
ZalmanZawardZerotherm

If you are interested in our test methodology and how we rate the products, feel free to read up on these points here :