370 Alpha 7HO-FAN review
Klein on September 16, 1999
Product: Socket 7-370 Alpha 7HO-FAN
are very few coolers that have been able to surpass the
Alpha design for cooling CPUs. When you look at the Alpha,
thoughts over overclocking race through your mind. 3DfxCOOL
provided us with their Alpha Socket 370 heatsink and fan
cooler to test out on my system. The CPU in my system
consists of the new highly overclockable Socket 370 Celeron
this CPU because it was guaranteed to be overclocked to
550MHz, but the voltage that was recommended was 2.2 volts.
I was eager to put the Alpha on it to see if the voltage can
be decreased or if the clock rate could be increased. I was
surprised to see that I could do both. The Alpha performed
efficiently and flawlessly.
else can I say about this? When you first look at the cooler
you will be immediately impressed. The cooler is massive and
the design is unique. The size of the cooler is 60mm by
60mm. Most people who own an Alpha will agree with that.
will be hard pressed to find another cooler matching the
Alphas efficiency size for size. The aluminum design is
accurately cut and the “fingers” that come out of the
base of the heatsink are to the right proportion so that the
fan can work to its maximum efficiency to cool each and
every one of them.
fan is also impressive. It is much larger than most other
fans that are used for cooling the heatsink structure.
Although I did find the fan a bit noisy, you can’t argue
with the cooling results.
Alpha is not the easiest cooler to install, but you can’t
argue with the results after your finished. I recommend
following everything that 3DfxCOOL provide in their
instructions to install the Alpha socket cooler. There are
many people out there who have installed the Alpha wrong.
have forgotten to place the spacers on the heatsink before
putting the screws on and some have placed the metal wiring
that holds the heatsink on upside down. I made sure I did
everything by what 3DfxCOOL recommended, even placing the
fan so that it blows onto the heatsink instead of forcing
the air away from the unit.