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OCZ Monster II Socket Cooler

Author: Spot
Posted on: 1/27/2001
Sponsor: OCZ
Discuss: In the forums

It seems like every hardware-techy site around has reviewed a product or two from OCZ lately and I've been wondering if any of these products are truly worth the cash, or if other sites are just kissing too much ass over free stuff. Over the next week or so, we will be taking a look at three separate products from OCZ and putting them through the works to see where they stand. The first one on the firing line is the OCZ Monster II Socket Cooler.

Installation and First Impressions
Installation of the Monster II is very much like most other SocketA coolers on the market. It's difficult to get on, but not to the point where you want to rip your hair out. After doing so many of them, you get used to it and it's not as gut wrenching as it was the first couple of times. I always use one hand to hold the HSF flat and centered and use a flathead screwdriver with the other hand for the second half of the clip and have never had any serious incidents.

Once it was installed, I fired the whole thing up and my first impression was "Holy Sh**! This thing is loud!" OCZ knows it's loud too since I snagged this quote right from the Monster II product page:
Huge heatsink coupled with a huge 60*60*25 delta or comair fan. This baby is loud and cold.
After about an hour or two of use, I was getting used to the noise and now I don't notice it as much. The noise is something to keep in mind though if that kind of stuff gets your panties in a wad. Hell, if ANY cooler keeps things cool enough, it could sound like a Boeing 747 and I'd probably still use it.

The Monster II is not an overly large HSF combination as the name might imply. I believe the name is marketed more towards it's cooling power than the size of the unit. I should note there were no problems with interference with the motherboard components during installation or afterwards so you don't have to worry about breaking out the hacksaw or soldering iron just to use it.

Installation and noise doesn't mean squat because cooling is everything right? Well...maybe not "squat" because they can be factors in making a purchase, but in the end, cooling is what these puppies are all about right? In this case, we're going to put the Monster II up against the ever-so-popular GlobalWin FOP-32-I to see where they stand against each other.

I used Sandra 2001 Standard and Asus's PC Probe version 2.12.03 to measure these temps since both of these apps use the motherboard's BIOS to get their results. I was going to also use Motherboard Monitor 5, but I don't really feel like beating a dead horse since it uses the same info. Moving on... full load temps were taken after running SETI CMD line version 3.0 for 2 hours and idle temps were taken 2 hours of idle time (of course). Here's the setup for those of you that like to know this kind of stuff:
  • ASUS A7V
  • AMD T-Bird 1200MHz
  • Arctic Silver Thermal Paste
  • The rest doesn't really matter does it?
Since some people like to look at pictures instead of tables and vice versa, here's the results using both methods.

Monster II Idle Monster II Load

GlobalWin Idle GlobalWin Load

Here's the results laid right out in front of ya' for easy reading.

Cooler CPU Idle Temp CPU Load Temp
OCZ Monster II 46.5°C (115.7°F) 48.0°C (118.4°F)
GlobalWin FOP-32-I 48.5°C (119.3°F) 50.0°C (122.0°F)

Final Thoughts
I mentioned at the beginning of this review that I wanted to see if the products from OCZ are of any true value and my first impressions of the Monster II socket cooler is a positive one. One of the reasons I chose to compare the Monster II cooler with GlobalWin is that GlobalWin is an established and trusted name in the cooling industry. Not only did the Monster II compare in cooling, it actually cooled the CPU better than the competition when idle and under load. There were only two drawbacks I found with this unit. The first was the Monster II is not listed on AMD's recommended cooling list, but I'm sure most people don't really care about that and neither do I but it is worth a mention in this review. The second drawback is the noise. I said it before and I'll say it again, "This thing is loud." I'm able to get over the noise, but some people will not like it. Overall, the OCZ's Monster II socket cooler is some good cooling at a reasonable price (24.99 USD)

Copyright © by LWD All Rights Reserved.

Published on: 2004-09-07 (12747 reads)

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