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OCZ Tempest CPU Cooler
Author: Hellfire
Manufacturer: OCZ Technology
Source: OCZ Technology
Purchase: PriceGrabber
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OCZ Tempest CPU Cooler
August 23, 2006

Conclusion:

OCZ Technology's latest entry into the CPU cooling market provides an excellent option to enthusiasts with any of the latest processors from AMD or Intel! It represents what we expect from OCZ; high quality and high performance. I hope OCZ continues to work in the CPU cooler field, and look forward to their next cooler to see what improvements they can come up with.


Receiving an 11 degree Celsius drop during load conditions is impressive. Whenever you can cool your components you increase the chances of an extended life, and allow them to work better. Another plus is that the use of a circular 92mm fan allows the cooler to maintain a relatively small footprint, while still maximizing airflow.

The biggest negative to this cooler is the lack of wrapping on the power cable. I know that seems like a small detail, but small details are what can take an above average piece of hardware to being a top notch piece of hardware. The second negative is that I was unable to control the speed of the fan. You do not always need to have the fan running on full speed, and having a fan speed controller included would be nice for those times when you would like to turn the fan down for silent operation.

A search of PriceGrabber shows the OCZ Tempest is available starting at $49.99 (US). I'm sure in the next few weeks/months this cooler will begin to show up at more stores with more competitive pricing. For a high quality CPU cooler, this is not a bad price, and is about average for similar coolers.

Given the performance and overall features I award the OCZ Technology Tempest CPU cooler the rating of "Highly Recommended".


Pros:

Easy universal installation
Complete package with clear instructions
Quiet
High performance
High quality craftsmanship

Cons:

Fan cable not wrapped
Not able to control fan speed

Special thanks to OCZ Technology for providing the OCZ Tempest CPU Cooler to Bigbruin.com for review!

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