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Monday, January 07, 2008
Battle of the CPU Coolers

2. Akasa AK-965

Entry Level

The low noise AK-965 utilizes U-shape heatpipe technology for rapid and even heat transfer. A copper base is used for maximum heat absorption,  three precision embedded copper heatpipes ensure hi-speed heat transfer and 45 aluminium fine fins for ultimate heat dissipation. Intel approved power management (PWM) lo-noise 92mm round frame fan provides efficient and quiet cooling. Intel reference push-pin retention is used for safe and easy attachment. The specific fan positioning enhances the VRM cooling (VRM - CPU Voltage Regulator Modules located on the motherboard). Thermal compound is pre-applied.

The AK-965 can be assembled horizontally or vertically as the heatpipes work independently of installation direction. Akasa plans to ship the AK-965BL soon, with different air cooler colours:

- Features

  • PWM controls fan RPM accordingly to CPU usage and provides lo-noise cooling
  • Three U-shape heatpipes give rapid heat dissipation
  • Copper base for maximum heat absorption
  • Intel reference push pins for safe and easy retention
  • Thermal compound pre-applied

- Full Specifications

  Socket type
  Intel LGA 775
  Heatsink dimension
  132 x 105 x 56.5mm
  Heatsink material
  Aluminium fins, copper heatpipes and base
  Cooler dimension
  139.5 x 111.6 x 89.5mm
  Fan dimension
  92 x 25mm (on 80mm fan fitting)
  Fan speed   600 - 2500 R.P.M.
  Fan connector
   4-pin (PWM enabled)
  Fan airflow
  10.56 - 47.68 CFM 
  Fan air pressure
  0.18 - 2.56 mm H20
  Fan life expectancy
  Bearing type
  Ball Bearing
  Voltage rating
  Noise level
  17 - 30 dB(A)
  Product code

- Retail package

The retail package of Akasa AK-95 is very minimal.

Opening the package, unveils its contents, which are...only one:

The cooler follows the design of several other cpu coolers. There is a big 92mm fan in the front. The bottom is made out of copper and there are three U-shaped heatpipes that absorb the heat from the base and transfer it to the aluminium fins. The height is only 11cm and we can say it's a middle size cooler.

A side view of the cooler...

Another picture that shows the aluminium fins. As you can see the thermal compound is pre-applied.

- Installation

The installation procedure is very simple, since it follows Intel's standard procedure. No much to explain here, this cooler can be installed in less than 1 minute. We didn't encountered any problems with the nearby copper heatpipes.

- Ratings

Retail package
Motherboard compatibility
Installation time
Copper Base quality

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