Despite the AK-965 being a tower style cooler it only weights about 500gr and so Akasa didn’t have to design a strong and mounting system, it has simple and effective Intel mounting clips. The base of the cooler is a small all-copper slab which has thermal compound pre-applied to it. There are three heatpipes running through the copper base of the AK-965 which quickly transfer heat to the aluminum fins above the cooler’s base. Then the 92mm fan of the AK-965 disperses heat to the ambient air. The 92mm ball bearing fan has a maximum speed of 2500RPM but it is also a PWM fan, meaning that all motherboards can control its speed according to the temperature of the CPU the same way they would do if it was Intel’s factory cooler fan. The AK-965 also comes with a blue fan instead of an all black fan.
The three heatpipes which run through the base of the AK-965 actually work as if they are six since they extend towards the aluminum fins from both sides of the base. There are 46 aluminum fins which offer ample heat dissipation surface for the thermal needs of modern CPUs. Aesthetically the AK-965 is one of the most simplistic coolers we have ever seen ...
The installation of the AK-965 is extremely straightforward, but you may have to remove the motherboard if it is installed inside a case nonetheless. You only have to place the cooler on the CPU and push the pins firmly until they lock, but accessing the pins by hand while the motherboard is still mounted inside a case is not easy at all because of the design of the cooler. We would like the cooler to be a bit taller as the fan and fins are a bit too close to motherboard components such as the chipset heatsink, but nothing obstructed the AK-965 while we were installing it on the Asus P5K3 Deluxe.