The second incarnation of the Vigor Monsoon Active TEC CPU cooler is on the bench at ExtremeTech today.  The first version really did not perform as well as they were hoping, but this version shows a lot of improvement.  While it is expensive at ~$150, it will be cheaper than setting up a watercooling or phase change system, and much easier.
“When we reviewed Vigor Gaming’s Super Monsoon Active TEC CPU Cooling System last year, we were intrigued by the concept but disappointed by the execution. In our tests, the $99 cooler (after rebate) performed admirably on an Athlon 64 3500+ at stock speed, but couldn’t keep up with the stock heat sink/fan when we bumped the clock speed up to 2.8 GHz.

Today, we’ll be taking a look at how Vigor’s updated Monsoon II improves on the original design. We’ll also test how it stacks up to the winner of our Horizontal Cooler Showdown, the Thermaltake Sonic Tower.”

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