When you read through the review of the AVC Black Samurai on Frosty Tech, you get the idea that the cooler is bipolar.  One personality is almost silent and offers mediocre cooling, though certainly better than a stock cooler.  The second personality is very loud and can cool just about any processor you feel like putting under it.  The dark nickel plating makes this heat sink attractive, regardless of which personality you prefer.

“The AVC Black Samurai heatsink packs in a 120mm PWM fan which scales from 800-2000RPM, exhausting air downwards towards adjacent motherboard components like passive MOSFET and Northbridge heatsinks. Standing a good 150mm tall on six 6mm diameter heatpipes, the 760gram Black Samurai is a big cooler. For a little added visual appeal, the entire Black Samurai has been dark nickel plated.”

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