CPUs are becoming faster and hotter. One of the biggest problems is cooling these fast CPUs. The current way of cooling is to use a heatsink and attaching a fan on top. There really isnít a problem with this, but the fans seem to become quite loud when maximum cooling is needed. Today we have Arctic Coolingís Silencer 4 Ultra TCL, donated by Scythe. DevHardware has reviewed Arctic Coolingís VGA Coolers in the past, and they have delivered top notch performance. Will this CPU cooler be on par with the VGA Coolers?
Upon receiving this cooler, I was worried for my CPU. It looks very pleasing to the eye, but my overclocking gene kicked in and told me it may not be good for overclocking. The heatsink isnít very big. Granted, Iím not cooling a top Prescott, but any Pentium 4 creates quite a lot of heat. The upside is the fan; it looks like it wonít be making a lot of noise. I donít know how well the fan will perform at this point.
I did a little pre-review investigation of this cooler. Arctic Cooling had two graphs up on their site. The first is titled Cooling Performance. Take a second look, I know I had to. The Intel stock cooler actually performs better, and we all know how well they perform. Most people upgrade their cooler for better cooling, not worse.
The other graph shows sound. Unlike most coolers, this one is measured in Sones, not decibels. In case you donít know, Sones measure loudness, where decibels measure sound intensity. This cooler should produce 1/5 the noise of the stock cooler. This is great if you want a quiet cooler fan.
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