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Mini HSF Roundup - Spire vs Thermal Integration vs OCZ - OCZ Gladiator II

We recently got a new batch of coolers in for testing, so what better way to bring you what's hot than to let them all go head to head? So come join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he pits some of the market's newest coolers against one another. Some of the results may just surprise you a little!

By: | Cables & Accessories in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 16, 2003 5:00 am

OCZ Gladiator II



If you'll think back to June of 2001, you may remember that the original OCZ Gladiator garnered itself a perfect 10 when we reviewed it. It is also the only HSF that has earned this perfect score. But that was then and this is now. Lets do a little digging and see if the revised model can live up to a very high standard set by its forefather.



Like the father, the son tested today uses an all-copper design for the heatsink. It has been shown many times over that copper is one of the best metals to use for heat dissipation, so it only stands to reason that this high-end cooler would continue the trend.


The sink measures in at 60mm x 60mm x 31mm, so is a perfect companion for the 60mm variety of fans. It makes it rather box-like, but the original model had this same look.



Though my photography skills leave something to be desired, the new Gladiator uses that same Textured Fin Technology that is used in the new Dominator series cooler. This will give it more surface area to work with and should provide better temperatures for the processor.



Though not imbued with any sort of fancy polishing or anodized finishes, the base of the Gladiator II showed no marking from the milling process. Just apply your favorite finishing compound and your lapping needs will be taken care of.



Though nothing out of the ordinary, OCZ has finally gotten on the bandwagon of the 3-lug clip. While the older clip was a good one, the ability to use all lugs to secure the HSF into place is a good call. Not only does it make for a generally easier installation process, it also gives more stability to the sink once it is in place.



Though I have not heard of this brand of fan before, it is putting out numbers like the YS Tech fans. Not only that, but it is also a good deal quieter than the old Screaming Deltas that were used in the original model of this cooler. While it is still a bit on the loud side, it doesn't have that piercing scream that so many of us are familiar with.


Anyway, the numbers for this fan go something like this...60mm x 60mm x 25mm spinning at 7,000RPM producing 40-CFM airflow at an undisclosed decibel rating (at least according to the OCZ website). Though I don't have a device to measure the actual output, from experience it will be in the vicinity of 40-42dBA.


One gripe, though, is that a 3-pin to 4-pin converter is not included with this cooler. With some of the other fans used in these tests, this is not an issue since the power draw is of a reasonable amount that it isn't an issue. But this fan can literally suck the life out of your motherboard fan header and leave it inoperative. When you get into the high-speed 60mm and 80mm fans, you simply need to have a 4-pin Molex connection to power it.


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