OCZ Gladiator and GlobalWin CAK-38

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OCZ Gladiator

The OCZ Gladiator pictured has the lowest profile of any of our copper heatsinks standing at 2.125 inches or 52 mm high and is also among the lightest in weighing 380 grams (the height and weight include the fan). The Gladiator incorporates “thin fin technology” which aids in maximizing the surface area for greater heat dispersal. It is covered on three sides by a retaining shroud and the fan screws do penetrate through to the fins bending the end fins slightly. The Gladiator is designed with the fan blowing down on the heatsink.

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Installation is again, quite simple, you hook the rear clip to the center flange of the socket then hook the front clip on the center flange on the front/top of the socket. No tools were necessary for installation, but it still took pressure to install, their thumb clip made it quite easy. The OCZ Gladiator can be purchased from http://ocz.safeshopper.com for as little as $39.95 USD including the Delta fan.

This little HSF performed bigger than its size would indicate:

Highest Temp
106F – 41.1C
Lowest Temp
91F – 32.8C
Average Temp
96F – 35.6C

GlobalWin CAK-38

The GlobalWin CAK-38 is the latest in the long line of quality HSF’s produced by this trusted company. At one time or another just about every performance loving computer user has had a GlobalWin HSF on his/her machine. The CAK-38 weighs in at a hefty 510 grams. It is also one the tallest at 2.625 inches tall or 65 mm (weight and height includes the fan). The design of the CAK-38 is quite interesting in that it features six rows of flat fins for a total of 138. Please note that the fan actually sits above the heatsink by about 6 mm. What this effectively does is cool the outside area of the fins as well as the center. This HSF is designed so that the fan blows down on the heatsink.

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Installation was really difficult and requires a lot of pressure to engage the clip. I would not even consider installing the CAK-38 without a shim in place to protect the core of the CPU. Even with a newer clip design it still is one of the hardest clips to install and you can’t do it without using a screwdriver or needle nose pliers, even then the pressure required was considerable. The back clip connects to the middle flange of the socket while the sweat starts to flow when you attach the front clip to the middle flange at the top of the socket. Once installed it does a good job of cooling your CPU. The GlobalWin CAK-38 with the stock Delta 37 CFM fan can be purchased from www.nerdsbyte.com for the price of $35.99 USD.

How did the GlobalWin CAK-38 perform?

Highest Temp
110F – 43.3C
Lowest Temp
93F – 33.9C
Average Temp
100F – 37.8C

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