Alpha P3 125 cooler review
Posted by Adam
Klein on November 15, 1999
Product: Alpha P3 125 cooler
reviewed the Alpha
cooler for my Socket 370 Celeron 366 CPU, I was happy
with the cooling performance I was getting from it. I wasn’t
surprised by it though, because most people know that the
Alpha is the best air-cooling unit for the CPU. That is why
when I recently got one of those new Pentium III CPUs,
3DfxCool was happy to provide me with an Alpha cooler to
review with this awesome new CPU.
The CPU in
question is a Pentium III SL37C with 3.6ns cache. With a
3.6ns cache rating, it is easy to see that this CPU has some
good potential to run at or above 600MHz. The Pentium III
125 Alpha heatsink and fan combo is what I am trusting to
get me to these levels.
When I first
received the Alpha P3 125 cooler, I was surprised by the
amount of parts I had to put together. The cooler included
two heavy-duty ball bearing fans, the shroud to put around
the heatsink fans, a bunch of screws and a couple of metal
What caught my eye the most
about the cooler was the copper metal surrounded by
aluminum. I was a bit surprised to see that a couple of the
heatsink fins were a little bent though. It looked like that
during shipping; the fins were bent against the packaging.
That was okay though still. All I had to do was bend them
back into a straight position with my fingers.
Another good thing I noted
about the cooler when first seeing it was that the copper
metal surface was coated with oil. This is most likely to
keep the copper surface from oxidizing and tarnishing. The
Alpha P3 125 is almost twice the size of the Alpha Socket
installation instructions that are supplied with the
3DfxCool Alpha P3125 look like they come straight from
Alpha. They are good, but not that great. What I would
really like to see included with the cooler are instruction
on how to remove the original Pentium 3 casing and heatsink.
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