Very little is really left to desire with this cooler when you look at what it was designed for. It's virtually noiseless, its cooling capacity is good, and the price is not bad either when you look at competing products like the NoiseControl Silverado or Silent Viking. The looks and feel is outstanding, the clamping mechanism is top notch making it easy to mount or remove.
For a mere $50 1
, you get a high quality heatsink that doesn't burst your ear drums, and for those of you that value a silent system, this heatsink is definitely worth taking a closer look at.
With that said, if what you're are after is a high performing heatsink for for example overclocking, then just forget about it. It is simply not up to the task and would compromize both system stability and limit your overclocking success drastically. With a delta of 44C on my TBird 1.4GHz at 100% load, it might be a bit too much for this cooler, but any XP or Pentium 4 should not be a problem at all.
Our friends over at Overklokking.no
reviewed this cooler on an XP1800+ system, and their temperatures at full load was quite different -- a deltaT of 25 degrees is not bad at all, and only 2 degrees hotter than the NoiseControl Silverado at 12V where the latter is not really silent at all.
Once again I'd like to stress that our ratings are based on what it was designed to do -- cool properly at a very low noise level:
- Great performance
- Very easy to mount
- Very silent
- Nice price
- I'm at loss. I can't think of any.
Finally, I would like to thank Espen at Microplex
for providing us with this cooler. Microplex would also like to get in touch with resellers outside Norway. If you think this sounds interesting, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the price in Norway. The price for the NoiseControl Silverado is $64 and the Alpha PAL8045 is $55 for comparison.