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CTC-868

Finally, here is the star of this review. The Auras CTC-868 looks like a Zalman CNPS9700/9500 LED but has at least two distinctive features.

The largest box among the tested coolers shares its design style with the two previous models.

  

New on this particular box is a small diagram that compares the performance and noise of the Auras CTC-868 with the boxed cooler from Intel. The Auras is claimed to be 9°C more effective and 15dBA quieter. These numbers do not impress me.

The accessories to this cooler as the same as included with the LPT-709:

Added to them is a small manual on unfolding the cooler as I’ll explain shortly.

Here it is, the Auras CTC-868:

The cooler seems to be nothing else but a Zalman CNPS9500/9700 LED at first sight, but you can spot its unique features on closer inspection:

There are four copper heat pipes (6mm in diameter) going out of the copper base, and there are a lot of thin aluminum plates that form three sections of the heatsink: two unfolding side sections that have one heat pipe each while the central, stationary, part of the heatsink hangs on two heat pipes.

 
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