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Born from the famous ASUS, AMA Precision INC. is a young and not yet easily recognizable company. However, it already has a wide range of products including a few air coolers for CPUs, one liquid cooling system, and some power supplies.

In this review I will take a look at four new CPU coolers from AMA that go under the fantasy-inspired names of Phantom, Elf, Orc and Stormblazer. They all feature such a highly original exterior design that I doubt you can easily find their match in this respect. On the other hand, the main thing required from a cooling system is that it cools effectively and quietly, the exterior design being but a secondary factor. Let’s see if AMA specialists have succeeded in combining nice looks with high performance in their products.

AMA Coolers

All coolers from AMA come in rather large boxes designed in a unified style but in different colors:

The front of each cardboard box can be opened up. I will tell you in the model-specific sections what you will see there. Inside the cardboard there is a transparent plastic wrap shaped to fit the cooler and a small flat box with accessories. Each of the four models comes with the same set of accessories including:

There are three back-plates for LGA775, 1156 and 1366 mainboards, one clip for mainboards for modern AMD processors, steel fastening plates and screws for them, an installation manual, and AMA’s thermal grease. The difference is that the Orc and Phantom kits I received for testing did not have a fastening plate for LGA1156 and the included fasteners only had holes for LGA775 and LGA1366. However, the manufacturer’s website is explicit that these models are compatible with LGA1156, so I suspect that an appropriate fastener will be included with the off-the-shelf kits. LGA1156 fasteners were included into my Elf and Stormblazer packages.

The coolers are all manufactured in China and have a 3-year warranty. I will now describe each of them to you in more detail.

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