Asus is currently the largest PC components and peripherals manufacturer. They started as a motherboard manufacturer and have earned a very good reputation amongst amateurs and enthusiasts alike.
While Asus have enjoyed success, they have not stood still, they have been diversifying into more PC components and peripherals. Today they produce everything; from servers, notebooks and cellular phones to routers, monitors and computer cases. If Asus could make their own processors and hard disk drives, they could offer a home PC exclusively made by them!
Histrionics aside today we will be looking at a high end CPU cooler from them, the Arctic Square. Although Asus currently produces 10 high end CPU coolers, each of them has different potential and performance. The Arctic Square for example is marketed as a high end cooler balanced between thermal and acoustic performance, which in theory means that good thermal performance is only part of the picture; it should be able to keep noise levels to a minimum as well.
Manufacturer features and specifications
Powerful Performance for Overclocking
|Intel® Core™2 Extreme/ Core™2 Quad (Quad-Core)
Intel® Core™2 Duo/ Pentium® Dual Core/ Pentium® D (Dual-Core)
Intel® Pentium® 4 HT/Celeron® D
AMD Athlon™ 64 FX
AMD Athlon™ 64 X2
AMD Athlon™ 64
92 x 92 x 25
4 Pin with PWM Control
2300 rpm ± 10%
||Cu. Base + Al. Fin + 4 Copper Heat Pipes
(L x W x H)
|108 (L) x 106 (W) x 135 (H) mm
|Net Weight (g)
Copper base with 4 heat pipes provide excellent heat dissipation, efficiently transfer heat to the fins and maintain the temperature for high-performance computing.
Compact and Reliable
The Arctic Square incorporated with "Ladder-Shaped" fins on both sides to enlarge heat exchange area for effective cooling and remain its compact design as well.
Balance between Performance and Acoustic
PWM function automatically adjusts fan speed according to CPU temperature and delivers a quiet cooling operation.
Universal retention module designed for Intel® LGA775 and AMD™ K8 939/940/AM2 platforms support.
Inner Fan Technology
The fan positioned inside the frame for maximum airflow and VRM shield guides cool air to critical components around the CPU for stable operation.