Factory bundled coolers are rarely able to satisfy enthusiast PC users both with regards to noise and cooling performance, this has led to a large demand for aftermarket cooling solutions and many manufacturers are fighting for a piece of this lucrative cake. There are hundreds of aftermarket CPU coolers available today, each designed for a different purpose. Today we will take a look at a cooler from Akasa, the AK-965. Although it is only available for socket 775 CPUs, Akasa claims that the AK-965 offers excellent performance, low noise and easy installation at an extremely competitive price tag. Sounds too good to be true?
Manufacturer features and specifications
PWM controls fan RPM accordingly to CPU usage and provides low-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
Intel LGA 775
132 x 105 x 56.5mm
Aluminium fins, copper heatpipes and base
139.5 x 111.6 x 89.5mm
92 x 25mm (on 80mm fan fitting)
600 – 2500 R.P.M.
4-pin (PWM enabled)
10.56 – 47.68 CFM
Fan air pressure
0.18 – 2.56 mm H20
Fan life expectancy
17 – 30 dB(A)
Packaging and Bundle
The Akasa AK-965 comes supplied in a glossy cardboard package. At the top of the package there is a picture of the cooler while the sides detail the features. The packaging is thick and the cooler is well secured inside. We were quite startled to see no screws, no installation manual or any form of mounting kit! But more on this later…
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