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Akasa AK 965 Cooler


by Grace - 10th March 2008
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Introduction

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
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 45000/hrs
Bearing type Ball Bearing
Voltage rating 12V
Noise level 17 - 30 dB(A)
Product code AK-965

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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