Are you ready to get rid of your stock cooler, but not ready to pay the $50 or more to get a heatsink with all the bells and whistles? If you're just starting to get into cooling and overclocking your system, you could do worse than the Antec Performance CPU Cooler. Mike Mackenzie takes a look.
Providing your computer with a better cooling system normally means spending around $50 and getting a heatsink that is designed with all the latest cooling technologies. That allows the CPU to run at much lower operating temperatures, which allows the CPU to run at much higher clock speeds. As great as these coolers are, it's not a practical cooling solution for everyone. Any user that does not have the ability to overclock their system, or does not care to, will be wasting their money on a cooler that has much more cooling potential.
Heatsink manufacturers for the most part offer the user the best possible cooling solution, with features like heatpipes; they've even created large tower heatsinks, which rapidly move heat away from the CPU to be pumped away by the fan. Most are so large that they sometimes cause compatibility issues with some smaller chassis. Most users who are around default clock speeds can achieve similar temps with much a much smaller heatsink. When the same technology in a high end overclockable heatsink is scaled down just right, you get a cooler with an amazing performance in a smaller, more compact size and price tag.
Antec packages the Performance CPU Cooler in a plastic container fit to the heatsink. The sign on the front of the package says "Lightweight CPU Cooler featuring copper heatpipes and aluminum fin design." In the back, all the specifications are listed.
Antec has been producing quality computer accessories for many years. Their presence in the aftermarket cooling market includes a large assortment of cooling fans and specialty coolers for certain components such as graphics cards, hard drives and laptops. Antec had dipped into the processor-cooling market with their Solutions series cooler. Designed for Athlon XP processors and early Pentium processors, it really never made an impact in the market. Today Antec is back with their Performance CPU cooler, a small cooler that has many features that could potentially make them a strong competitor in the aftermarket cooling market.
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