OCZ Gladiator Max CPU Cooler
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After a couple of days off from testing LGA1366 CPU Coolers we are back with yet another contestant for the first place. Like we promised about two weeks ago April is our i7 CPU Cooler month, meaning that we would bring you the best CPU Coolers for the i7 and after already having reviewed 5 LGA1366 coolers during this month we now bring you a sixth unit which much like every other cooler we have recently reviewed is also the flagship model made by that company and is also promising new levels of performance. Word of course is about the new OCZ Gladiator Max which just got his LGA1366 certification and so it is ready to be placed up against the rest of the competition.
Entering the memory market in August 2000, OCZ Technology was built around the determination to manufacture the best high speed DDR and RDRAM. OCZ was founded by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts, and their commitment to the end-user has not digressed. OCZ Technology has been an innovator in many areas and they even were the first manufacturer to make Dual Channel optimized memory available to the public, which originally took advantage of nVidia's Twinbank or Dual DDR architecture, found in their nForce chipset. Since then they have taken that technology and tailored it for the Canterwood, and Granite Bay chipset's. OCZ developed and was the first to implement ULN technology, which has been a critical element in their manufacturing process for some time. OCZ diligently works to improve communication with CPU and motherboard chipset manufacturers prior to the release of their products. Only in this manner can they fine-tune their memory's SPD settings, ensuring a synergistic relationship between the memory module, memory controller, and microprocessor. In today's rapidly evolving semiconductor industry, such communication is not simply research, but a necessary component of their manufacturing process.
Just like most of the units in our LGA1366 database the Gladiator Max is a tower or U-type design cooler and that is reason enough for us to believe that it will perform on par with most CPU Coolers in our test. However things don't stop there since the OCZ offering also features H.D.T ( Heatpipe Direct Touch ) which usually helps in providing better cooling performance, although not as much as we had hoped when we first heard of that innovation a few years back. However we are here to see how well it does perform and not how well it should perform.