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OCZ Gladiator Max (OCZTGLADM)

And finally, the third new solution based on Heat-pipe Direct Touch technology – a cooler from OCZ Technology with an ambitious name – Gladiator Max. A small box made of thin cardboard is designed in blue and light-blue colors with a cut out window in the front panel that reveals part of the cooler:

 

Overall, the package informational content is quite typical: distinguishing features, technical specifications, list of compatible processors and sockets and several cooler photos. It is interesting that there is the same polyurethane foam casing inside like the ones we have just seen by Xigmatek coolers. Moreover, I had a very strange “déjà vu” feeling all the way. There is a plastic bag with accessories on top including two retention brackets for LGA 775 mainboards, swing-clip for AMD platforms, silicone spindles, screws and Stars thermal compound (that is called Generic Thermal Compound for some reason):

There is also an installation manual. Neither the box, nor the manual mention where this cooler was made. We couldn’t guess its origin even from the barcode. However, this is not a problem.

Just like the previous two cooling solutions, OCZ Gladiator Max comes with its heatsink and fan packed separately. This is what the heatsink looks like:

Its general structure is similar to that of Xigmatek HDT-S1284, because it is built on four copper heatpipes 8mm in diameter that form part of the cooler base. They hold an array of 42 aluminum plates, each about 0.25~0.30 mm thick. The plates are spaced out at 2 mm distance from one another:

 

 

Each aluminum plate bears an embossed OCZ logo. Heatpipes are also shifted away from one another.

The distinguishing feature of OCZ Gladiator Max cooler is its base that has six aluminum rods piercing four bottom heatsink plates:

I have to admit that it is a pretty strange solution. If these rods should help transfer the heat from the base to the heatsink plates, then why haven’t they been made of copper, not aluminum? And if they are intended to improve sturdiness, then I really don’t understand why in this particular zone.

 
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