- Alpha PAL8942
- Cooler Master Hyper 6 KHC-V81-U1
- Thermaltake Silent Tower (Heatpipe) CL-P0025
Looks like the Alpha got stomped! Well, ok not stomped to the extent, but it is the exact opposite of what we thought the Alpha would do. Kudos to Cooler Master, and you can't forget Tt for staying with the Cooler Master for temperature ranking. A 1 degree difference is very hard to distinguish between two systems, and as far as overclocking goes, you would be hard pressed to find a performance advantage between the two. Alpha's performance did come in last, but Alpha's quality just can't be beat. Maybe a stronger fan would increase performance, however, Alpha already had the advantage with the best fan. Alpha's design hasn't changed much in years, but I guess why change something that works? On the other hand, Thermaltake's cooler was just the opposite. They have a nice cooler that performs very well, but the overall quality is a bit low and the contact surface was rough. The height of the Tt cooler may also limit what type of case you use it in. It really is that tall... For sheer fit 'n finish, and overall performance we'll have to give Cooler Master the award here, more or less because the heatsink is mush easier to install than the Thermaltake, and it includes a few extras in the kit to allow for RPM adjustment. In the end, Cooler Master came out on top, but we put our stamp of approval on both the Alpha and Cooler Master.
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