If you've been around for a bit, you'll remember the heyday of CPU cooling in the early 2000s. Back then, CPU coolers were made entirely of copper and were glorious. Since then, things have changed, with tower coolers taking over the market by and large. These extra-tall coolers still use copper, but typically only for the heat pipes. The fin stacks are usually made of aluminum, as it's lighter and less expensive than copper and still performs well. Now Thermalright is going back to basics with a new all-cooper, low-profile cooler that will let you both lower CPU temps and recapture your youth a bit.
Thermalright calls this new cooler the AXP90-X53 Full, which is a weird name, but the gist of it is it's entirely made out of copper, aside from stainless steel retention clips. That means the base plate, heat pipes, and fin stack are all made of glorious copper, just as they used to be. Sadly, the fan that sits on top is still made out of plastic, but we'll allow it. The cooler features a low-profile design for mini-ITX builds and measures 94.5mm long, 95mm wide, and 38mm tall, in case you're checking your clearances. It features four heat pipes measuring 6mm in diameter and is compatible with the latest sockets from both Intel and AMD. Those include Intel LGA 115x, 1200/1700, and AMD AM4 and AM5.
Thermalright's new cooler is a throwback design reminiscent of ancient coolers from the early 2000s. Credit: Thermalright
Thermalright states the cooler uses a 4-pin PWM fan, and at its max velocity of 2700 RPM, it can move 42.58 CFM at 22.4 decibels. Those are respectable numbers, though low-profile coolers like this aren't typically ideal for overclocking and super-hot chips like an Intel Core i9-14900K. It does sound like a very quiet cooler, though, so we imagine overclocking is out of the question aside from whatever the CPU can do on its own. However, that's usually not a huge factor in small form factor (SFF) builds, so not much has been lost.
The OG - Zalman's all-copper CNPS9500 cooler used to be all the rage back in the day. Credit: Zalman
Given its design, it's no surprise to find out the cooler with the fan attached weighs a honking 600 grams. For context, the low-profile Noctua NH-L12S weighs 520g, and a small tower like the Cooler Master Hyper212 is 465g, so Thermalright's cooler is a certified beefcake. If anything, that just makes us appreciate it even more, as we like our coolers big and heavy, as more weight on the socket is always a good thing as long as it doesn't warp anything. Thermalright isn't listing a price for it yet, but the all-black version is going for $27 on Amazon, so hopefully, it's not much more than that.
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