OCZ Tempest CPU Cooler
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 08-03-2006
Provided by: OCZ Technology
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First Look

The Tempest comes packaged in a clear plastic container that shows off the contents of the box.



The included hardware allows installation on current AMD and Intel chips, listing compatibility with Socket 939/940, AM2, 775 and 478.



Specifications for the Tempest are printed on the side of the packaging. Complete specs are available on OCZ's website.



Among the list of touted features are good performance with quiet operation.



The amount of included hardware is impressive. In addition to the various mounting brackets and the heatsink itself there is a 95mm blue LED fan, packet of thermal paste and user manual.



The user manual details all of the parts and depicts installation steps for each socket type. One thing that I found notably unmentioned was how to mount the fan. In fact the manual states that the fan should come already mounted. More on that later.



The included fan is molded from clear plastic and has four blue LEDs located around the center hub. The mounting holes for the 95mm fan are positioned close to the body where 80mm fan holes would typically be.



The fan ring mounts with a simple to operate spring clip design and has threaded holes to attach 80mm or 92mm fans.



Here we get a closer look at the spring clips for the fan ring and the fin and heatpipe construction.



The Tempest makes use of 4 copper heatpipes with soldered aluminum fins.



The base is copper also, plated in titanium, and comes with a protective plastic film that needs to be removed before installation.



The finish on the base is highly reflective and should provide good contact with the CPU.



Continue on to installation.


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