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Computex Taipei 2005 - Part 7
By Vijay Anand
Category : Events
Published by Vijay Anand on Sunday, 5th June, 2005

Global WIN's Booth

At Global WIN's booth, what caught our attention most were the extras large coolers for the CPU. The cooler in the foreground is meant for LGA775 processors of all any speed rating and the cooler in the background is for Socket 939 processors up till the AMD Athlon 64 3800+ processor. What's common on both of them is the huge 120mm fan, which should move a good deal of air while keeping noise levels reasonably low.

Here's a underside view of the cooler showing the supplied base plate that's required. It's probably the only immediate downside to its design since it involves more user intervention to get the unit installed instead (especially if the system is already set up and running, which would require a complete break down to get the base plate underneath the motherboard).

Thermalright's Booth

Thermalright had an interesting booth setup as all the three sides of its booth were padded with sound absorbing material. This enables the customer to step into the booth and really hear firsthand how effective their coolers are when it comes to noise output (as well as the thermal dissipation performance). Since the show floor was boisterous, this booth design effectively cut down quite a bit of unwanted noise and the difference in noise level was very perceptible the minute we stepped in.

One of the newest entries in their lineup wasn't a CPU cooler, but a graphics card cooler as shown in this photo. Using double heat pipes, a radiator with a dense array of fins and a low revving 80mm cooling fan, this looks to be a decently priced upgrade solution for an effective graphics card cooling solution while keeping operating noise close to none. Our only concern is the possible conflict in chassis airflow considering the rear exhaust fans, CPU cooler exhaust and the direction in which the fan of this cooler operates.

Here's a rear view of this graphics card cooler.

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