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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [04.19.00]
Supplied by: AMK Services
Price: $49.99 CAD ($33 USD) + S&H


The Test 

To test the temperatures, we ran 30 minute Unreal Tournament loops, and 30 minute Prime95 Torture Tests.  We also measured the idle temp.  I was saving this HSF for a One on One Hardcore Deathmatch with the ultra-cheap Golden Orb, but it hasn't arrived after two weeks of waiting, and I need to return this one.  If I ever do get the Golden Orb, you can count on a review right away, and I will keep these numbers as a comparison.

HSF Unit Idle Temp (C) 30 Minutes of UT 30 Minutes of Prime95
Intel Stock 35.2 36.3 37.2
Alpha CO-PEP66T (Fin Model) 30.4 30.9 31.6
Alpha FC-PAL35R (Pin Model) 30.2 30.4 30.9

Both Alphas killed the OEM unit, and the Pin Model surprisingly beat the fin model by a small margin.

There's no doubt about it, your $35 will be quite well spent on a quality constructed, huge heatsink.  It performed better than the sideways fin model, but also blocked off two DIMM slots when used with a slotket adapter.  If you have a choice between the two alphas, by all means go for this one if you have the room.  If not, stick with the Fin Model (you do remember the name, don't you?).

  • Very good temperature scores
  • Brings our 550e Coppermine to 825 MHz, where the stock cooler fell short!
  • Four Plastic Pegs™ ensure a stable installation on Coppermines and CeleryMines
  • Also works on s370 Celerons
  • Cools better than the PEP66T (Fin Model)

  • Very Expensive
  • WAY too big for many motherboards, including mine
  • Stiff retaining clip might be a bit tough to undo when installed on a socket board.
  • Loud
  • You have to turn the fan around to get it to work properly

Final Score: 84%