Overall, I was very pleased with the Alpha PAL8942. It performed quite admirably and was a significant improvement over the stock Intel cooler. That said, this performance certainly does come at a cost. The fan supplied with the cooler was very loud and you should really hear it for yourself before purchasing the unit with such a large fan. Most resellers give you a wide variety of fans to choose from, however, the smaller, quieter fans will obviously give you slightly less performance.
At a price of US$39.95, the Alpha PAL8942 is certainly one of the cheaper Socket478 coolers out there, with the reason for this being that it is made mostly out of aluminium. The bottom line is, if you're an overclocker and are looking for one of the best air-cooling solutions out there for your Pentium 4, you really can't go wrong with the Alpha PAL8942.
* High performance
* Relatively low cost
* Copper insert in base
* Fairly easy to install
* Installation requires you to remove the motherboard
* Fan is very loud
Rating - 9.5/10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice Award