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Akasa Nero CPU Cooler Review
Author: Rafael Coelho 46,999 views
Type: Reviews Last Updated: July 21, 2009
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Introduction
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We reviewed Akasa Nero CPU cooler, which fits sockets 1366, 775, 939, AM2, AM2+ and AM3 processors, have three U-shaped heatpipes and a 120 mm fan. Let's compare its performance to Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro we recently reviewed.

Nero is a mainstream CPU cooler, with a "new classic" design: three heatpipes that remove heat from the CPU and bring it to a "tower" made of aluminum fins, like a classic radiator. Then there is a 120 mm fan blowing cool air between these fins. This desing helps the PC internal airflow, because it does not blow air "down" to the motherboard, but back to the outside of the case.

Akasa Nero part number is AK-967. The box is simple and robust, showing product photos and features.

Akasa Nero
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Figure 1: Box.

In Figure 2 we can see the box contents. A heatsink, a 120 mm black fan, user guide, a small sample of thermal compound and three bags with the hardware used to install it over AMD , Intel socket LGA775 and Intel socket LGA1366 CPUs.

Akasa Nero
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Figure 2: Box contents.

As we said before, the design used by Akasa Nero heatsink is very popular now, with a vertical radiator connected to the base with 8 mm copper heatpipes. This design is amazing because it does not use much space over the motherboard, however it does not fit small cases.

Akasa Nero
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Figure 3: Heatsink.

In Figure 4 you can check a detail of the fan holding device. Instead of using screws, the fan if attached using four rubber holders. This system proved to be excellent, being easy to put or remove the fan while acting as a vibration absorber.

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Figure 4: Fan holder.

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