Oval CPU Cooler Xigmatek Colosseum SM128164 Review

Rivalry in the CPU cooling market is rather tough nowadays. Each and every manufacturer tries to exceed its competitors by elaborating high-performance and durable coolers. Some companies pay attention primarily to efficiency, while the others try to draw potential audience by an unusual design. Xigmatek, a renowned manufacturer in this segment, has been introducing qualitative and original solutions for many years. Its Colosseum SM128164 is a vindication of the assumptions that unusual in design coolers can be efficient. Let’s have a look at it.



Design and Framework


The Xigmatek Colosseum SM128164 at the first sight looks as an ordinary cooler of a rectangular form with the height of 157 mm. It consists of a heatsink block, a fan, a mirror-like base, and five heat pipes. The central pipe is larger than the other four: its diameter equals to 8 mm, whereas the side pipes feature 6 mm diameter. Nonetheless, if turning the cooler sideways, it becomes vivid that the item is a …

PowerColor Radeon R9 295X2: High-End Adapter with Two GPUs

PowerColor has recently launched the most powerful in AMD’s Radeon series graphics card, entitled Radeon R9 295X2. The key peculiarity of the model is the availability of two GPUs, which are accompanied by a hybrid cooling system. Such remarkable specifications make the card an ideal solution for advanced gamers and overclocking enthusiasts.



PowerColor Radeon R9 295X2 employs PCI-e 3.0 x16 interface and incorporates a pair of AMD Hawaii XT GPUs (28 nm, GCN 2.0). Each processor features 2816 CUDA cores, 64 ROPs, and 176 TMUs. They operate at the maximal 1018 MHz clock frequency. Each GPU ‘cooperates’ with 4 GB GDDR5 memory (8 GB in total) with 512-bit rails. Its nominal clock frequency makes up 1250 MHz, whereas efficient frequency might reach up 5000 MHz.


This remarkable graphics card is furnished with a hybrid cooler. Both GPUs are taken care by a liquid-cooling solution of enclosed type, power circuits are taken care by air cooling. The latter consists of a fan …

Zalman Intros CNPS8X Optima CPU Cooler

Zalman is considered to be a key player in PC hardware field mainly due to a perfect combination of quality, functionality and price tags. CPU coolers are not an exception, since they ensure efficient and low-noise cooling of hard-hitting processors. The company’s latest CNPS8X Optima cooler is all about innovation that turns it around. Improved framework makes the model compatible with practically all platforms from Intel and AMD, save for Intel Socket LGA 2011/2011-v3/1366.



Zalman CNPS8x Optima employs a large heatsink, three copper heatpipes, and a single 92 mm fan. The latter is based on long-life bearing and features 4-contact connector. It is able to rotate at about 1200 RPM, producing not more than 30 dB noise.


The list of innovative technologies integrated into the cooler includes:


— Direct Touch Heatpipe (DTH) technology wherein all three heatpipes are in direct touch with a heatspreader. This accelerates heat dissipation process, enhancing overall …
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