Alright, we've seen all the coolers, let's take a look at 'em head to head. Or actually head to head to head to head. Fugg it, you get the idea!
Quite obviously lower is better. As you can see, the performance of the coolers is right in line with the price of the coolers, and really, isn't that how it should be? I was gonna do a chart on the idle temps but they are too close to justify it. They all hovered around 75-76deg Fahrenheit/24deg Celsius.
Cooler reviews are always the easiest reviews to write conclusions for, because the results pretty much speak for themselves. What is clearly obvious above is that you get what you pay for. I'm gonna briefly speak to the pro's/cons of each one, starting with the CAK since it's the one we're featuring in this review.
CAK38- The CAK38 is quite an impressive unit. It's smaller size, better cooling, and sheer beauty make it the obvious best selection if performance and looks top off your shopping list. However the price is quite hefty when compared to the other coolers on the market today, including those within this review. I can tell you that the CAK will remain on my T-bird cruising along at over 1.3Ghz every day and I wouldn't feel a shread of guilt recommending this cooler to any avid overclocker. The fact that the clip sucks big hairy mooseballs is something that if ya wanna run a GlobalWin cooler just has to be dealt with.
WBK38- The WBK is still my deep down favorite. This cooler looks mean as hell, performs nearly as well as the CAK, and costs $12USD less. No it's not copper, and no, it's not the absolute best performer, but "bang for the buck" value on this cooler is still quite high.
FOP38- This cooler, while a champion in it's day, is clearly past it's prime. It's roughly the same price as the WBK and performs worse. I ran one of these for several months and was quite pleased with it, but its time is over. That said, if one of these coolers are sitting on your CPU right now, I can't whole heartedly recommend you get rid of it just yet. It still performs nearly on par with the leading coolers, and it simply isn't worth the jack for the minimal performance gain you may achieve by replacing it..
FOP32- While I stated the FOP38 is past its prime, I oddly feel almost the opposite of this cooler. With it's MUCH quieter fan it is a logical solution for those of you still running the cooler Intel CPU's of any speed, and AMD CPU's under a Ghz or so.
All in all I am quite pleased with GlobalWin's presence on the cooler scene. They continue to pump out better products, while keeping the price curve in check. While weighing in at a cool $36 for the CAK38, it is still VERY competitively priced when compared to the other copper coolers available on the market. The other coolers mentioned here also offer very respectable performance for the same value.
The only real across the board "con" I can think of with these coolers is that GlobalWin really needs to make some adjustments to their clipping device for those of us that swap coolers as often as we get another beer from the fridge. For those of you with the "Put it on and forget it" mentality the GlobalWin may actually be something you prefer. Believe me, once you get it on, there ain't no way in hell it's coming off unless you want it off!
I reckon that about wraps it up, and good timing too cause I bet you're just about done with the beer you pulled from the fridge on the bottom of page 2! Big thanks go to Gary over at Sidewinder Computers for providing us with these review parts. Here at OCA we're not into the pay for rating system some sites seem to have gone with. With that said, I can tell you honestly that when I am buying something I go straight to Gary for my needs. his shipping is the cheapest in the business, his prices are either the cheapest or close to it, and his service is nothing short of amazing. Head over there and take a look around, hell, window shop if nothing else!
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