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Alpha PAL8942 Review - Conclusion

Most of us who have been using the AMD line of processors have long ago figured out that cooling is essential. But with the new interest in the Intel line mixed with the overclockability of the new Northwood processors, this idea is becoming a larger part of the Pentium Power System. Come join Asher "Acid" Moses as he takes a look at the Alpha PAL8942 HSF. It's time to see if the Alpha coolers can do for Intel what they have long done for AMD.

| CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 26, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%      Manufacturer: Alpha

Conclusion

 

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.

 

- Pros

 

* High performance

 

* Relatively low cost

 

* Copper insert in base

 

* Fairly easy to install

 

- Cons

 

* Installation requires you to remove the motherboard

 

* Fan is very loud

 

Rating - 9.5/10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice Award

 

 

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