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...