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Arkua 7228 Socket A CPU Cooler
review by david, 15 November 2001

Introduction

CPU coolers are one of the most important components in a computer, as with the high end CPUs nowadays, having an inadequate cooler will most certainly result in a burnt and dead processor, as well as liberal amounts of tears and pain from you and your wallet.

Some time ago, we reviewed the Thermal Integration FO-BE25D, a cooler which was strikingly similar to the Thermosonic Thermoengine of fame. Now, Arkua Technology Co. Ltd, a Taiwan-based company, pops onto the scene with their range of Arkua coolers, based on the radiating fin design of the original Thermoengine. (Ed: Ever noticed that most of the high end coolers produced nowadays all come out of Taiwan?) Remember the whole hoo-hah about the hollow and solid core thermoengines? Thermosonic broke up into two companies, Thermal Integration, and Arkua Technology Co. Ltd. Both companies are managed by former personnel from the original Thermosonic, as well as producing heatsinks that look strikingly similar.

Arkua Tech produces aluminium based coolers, as well as copper/aluminium hybrid coolers, where the cooler are mostly aluminium, but also have a copper core inserted in the middle. This allows for the copper to absorb heat from the processor faster, as well as utilising the heat dissipation superiority of the aluminium fins to disperse the heat accumulated by the cooler.

Arkua Tech was very kind to send me 3 of their Arkua coolers, one of which is the Arkua 7228 being reviewed here, with the others being the Arkua 6258 and the Arkua 6228, reviews pending. My gratitude to Ms Peggy Wang of Arkua Tech for being a great help in obtaining the review samples.

Lets take a quick look at the specifications of the Arkua 7228 cooler.

Specifications >>


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