33-Way Thermal Interface Material Comparison
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Benchmark Reviews has seen a lot of products made for the purpose of delivering better performance. Some of these products exist for overclockers and enthusiasts, and often times help deliver performance out of otherwise tame hardware. Other products sometimes only deliver the empty marketing claim of improvements. Of all the products we have seen and tested, one particular category always stands out as the culprit for over-hyped promises: Thermal Interface Material (TIM). Of all the heatsink compounds and thermal pastes made and marketed, they must all only concentrate themselves to deliver the simple function of mating the CPU to the cooler with the highest thermal conductivity possible. Of course, some work better than others, and this is exactly what Benchmark Reviews intends to discover. Please join us for a comprehensive testing of 33 different TIM products.

Benchmark Reviews has seen a lot of products made for the purpose of delivering better performance.  Some of these products exist for overclockers and enthusiasts, and often times help deliver performance out of otherwise tame hardware.  Other products sometimes only deliver the empty marketing claim of improvements.  Of all the products we have seen and tested, one particular category always stands out as the culprit for over-hyped promises: Thermal Interface Material (TIM).  Of all the heatsink compounds and thermal pastes made and marketed, they must all only concentrate themselves to deliver the simple function of mating the CPU to the cooler with the highest thermal conductivity possible.  Of course, some work better than others, and this is exactly what Benchmark Reviews intends to discover.  Please join us for a comprehensive testing of 33 different TIM products.

 
Scythe Mugen 5-Heatpipe CPU Cooler SCINF-1000
Featured Reviews: Cooling

Ever since Heatpipe Direct Touch (HDT) technology was first introduced in exposed copper heatpipe coolers such as the Zaward VIVO, Xigmatek HDT-S1283, and OCZ Vendetta, overall heatsink sizes have been reduced while the cooling performance has dramatically improved. Not eveyone is a believer in the new cooling technique, and some manufacturers have stuck by their tried-and-true designs. Benchmark Reviews has received the Scythe Mugen 5-Heatpipe CPU Cooler SCINF-1000, and the practice of "bigger is better" will be put to the test.

Scythe Mugen 5-Heatpipe CPU Cooler SCINF-1000

 
OCZ Vendetta Exposed HDT CPU Cooler
Featured Reviews: Cooling

Many manufacturers search out designs that will help them develop a product known for extraordinary performance. Benchmark Reviews has already reviewed many of the very best CPU coolers available to enthusiasts, from the very unique and original design of the Zaward Sylphee ZCJ003 and VIVO to the oversized Thermaltake MaxOrb CL-P0369. Not long ago, we even reviewed the Ultra ULT33186 Chilltec TEC CPU cooler which combined three different cooling technologies into one solution. All of these products performed very well, but none of them really set itself apart from the pack like the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 did. In this review we will test the OCZ Vendetta (OCZTVEND) Exposed Copper Heatpipe Direct Touch CPU cooler against a field of well-established competitors.

OCZ Vendetta Exposed HDT CPU Cooler OCZTVEND

 
Xigmatek XP-S964 Copper Heatpipe 92mm CPU Cooler
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Ideally every CPU cooler should perform well, which most do. But in the age of advertising and marketing, consumers are easily mislead into believing a product will perform well just because of the company branding it. I have reviewed some very nice coolers over the summer by some of the most well known names in the industry; only to be let down by their claims of premium performance. Well, to be honest, prior to very recently I had never heard of Xigmatek before. Just a few weeks ago Benchmark Reviews unveiled the Xigmatek HDT-S1283, which tested to be the best-performing CPU we have seen to date. Perhaps on the same level is the Xigmatek XP-S964 Copper Heatpipe CPU Cooler.

Xigmatek XP-S964 Copper Heatpipe 92mm CPU Cooler
 
Zaward VIVO PCJ004 Exposed Copper Heatpipe CPU Cooler
Featured Reviews: Cooling

Many manufacturers search out designs that will help them develop a product known for extraordinary performance. Benchmark Reviews has already reviewed many of the very best CPU coolers available to enthusiasts, from the very unique and original Zaward Sylphee ZCJ003 CPU Cooler to the oversized Thermaltake MaxOrb CL-P0369 CPU Cooler. Not long ago, we even reviewed the Ultra ULT33186 Chilltec TEC CPU Cooler which combined three different cooling technologies into one solution. All of these products performed very well, but none of them really set itself apart from the pack. In this review we will test the Zaward VIVO PCJ004 Exposed Copper Heatpipe Direct Touch CPU cooler against a field of top competitors.

Zaward VIVO PCJ004 Exposed Copper Heatpipe CPU Cooler

 
Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Exposed Copper Heatpipe CPU Cooler
Featured Reviews: Cooling

Heatpipes have not been an integrated part of the CPU heatsink for very long now, but the tall design with a fan fixed to the front has already been done several times over. Copper heatpipes, and later copper bases, helped reach the coolest temperatures available from air cooling, but enthusiasts didn't have to wait long for the next advancement. Xigmatek has delivered the HDT-S1283 Exposed Copper Heatpipe CPU Cooler with 120mm cooling fan, and Benchmark Reviews is simply amazed by the unprecedented results. This is by far the best cooler we have yet to test.

Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Exposed Copper Heatpipe 120mm CPU Cooler

 
Ultra ChillTec TEC CPU Cooler ULT33186
Featured Reviews: Cooling

A thermo-electric cooler (TEC), also known as a Peltier Cooler, is a solid-state active heat pump capable of transferring heat from one side of the device to the other. The Ultra ChillTec CPU cooler ULT33186 uses a TEC, sandwiched between two copper plates, each plate with four heat-pipes leading to a large fan cooled radiator. Ideal for hardcore cooling, Benchmark Reviews will discover the potential advantages over standard air cooling solutions, and weigh the ChillTec against a large collection of competitors.

Ultra ULT33186 Chilltec TEC CPU Cooler
 
Thermaltake MaxOrb CL-P0369 CPU Cooler
Featured Reviews: Cooling

Summer is the perfect time for many things: vacation, picnics, camping, and spending time at the beach. Unfortunately, all this warm weather means that computers will not be running as cool as they normally would, and system stability can become threatened. Benchmark Reviews has recently tested the MaxOrb CL-P0369 from Thermaltake. Read on to discover if this product is a computer enthusiast and overclockers dream, or just another fancy fan with some heat pipes.

Thermaltake Max Orb CL-P0369 CPU Cooler

 
Zaward Sylphee ZCJ003 CPU Cooler
Featured Reviews: Cooling

The engineers at Zaward are something like a modern-day Leonardo da Vinci, because they have taken to a unique style of functional cooling devices. One of their featured products is the Sylphee aluminum CPU cooler. Benchmark Reviews tested this dual-heatpipe dual-impeller cooler, and it proved to be a very unique product, with results just as uncommon. Read on to see if function came before fashion, or if these looks can kill your system.

Zaward Sylphee ZCJ003 CPU Cooler

 
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