Summary: OCZ Technology have successfully produce two CPU coolers that will supercede their older Vendetta coolers. Both the Gladiator and the Gladiator Max offered excellent cooling performance during both idle and full load. In fact, the Gladiator Max (120mm version) easily matched the much noisier but impressive Enzotech Ultra-X CPU cooler.
The heatpipe direct touch technology is a great way of dissipating excess heat.
Excerpt: Quite some time ago, we got an interesting product from OCZ, called the Vindicator. It was a 120mm 6 heatpipe cooler that we fell in love with after just a couple of hours with it. It was easy to install, had great performance due to the huge surface area of the fins and it looked quite nice. Its successor, the Vendetta 2 was even better, with its heat-pipe direct touch design and the lumpy fins for better heat dissipation.
Conclusion: The Gladiator Max CPU cooler from OCZ Technologies performed fairly well during testing, (even though it was a short lived testing) making this product a mainstream user class. I feel this product would have performed better if it included or used a retention plate to help keep the motherboard from getting bowed during mounting, as well as having a smoother, more polished surface on the CPU cooler’s base as most CPU cooler’s perform better once a retention plate is used...
Conclusion: The OCZ Gladiator Max certainly is a very interesting cooler. We may not like its looks as much as the Vendetta 2's but this is a personal preference and we are sure a lot of people will actually prefer its more graceful lines to that of the stark lines of the Vendetta 2. Though when all is said and done a coolers looks will only get you so far; and when the heat is on and voltage is rising you want a cooler that can handle to heat with aplomb and this is one area the...
Pros: -Very good performance, -Good packaging, -Unique Styling, -, Tool-less installation (screwdriver required for 775 systems)
Cons: - Lower quality fan than the Vendetta 2s, - Not as good cooling performance as the Vendetta 2, - Price, - Still pushpin installation for Intel 775, - Fan installation issues
Conclusion: The OCZ Gladiator Max is a direct evolution of its forbear, the OCZ Vendetta and as such we expected great results. We were not disappointed as the Gladiator performed well beating both the Intel Stock cooler and Asus Triton comfortably. It wasn't until we overclocked our CPU to 3.8ghz that the OCZ began to struggle against the more expensive Asus Triton 81.
Pros: Whisper quiet even when under load, Included 120mm Fan, No clearance issues despite it's size, Anti Vibration fan mounts
Conclusion: So we have to do here with a properly priced CPU cooler and a good candidate solution for your overclocked PC system, especially if the noise coming out your PC case is already disturbing you.
Cons: Included 120mm rotating fan doesn't help the product get a high rank in thermal tests, Too bad we can't a second 120mm fan and further increase performance
Excerpt: Seit dem Erscheinen der Core i7 Prozessoren ist die Nachfrage nach passenden Nachrüstkühlern relativ groß. Der Grund dafür ist natürlich das zu laute und uneffektive Modell von Intel, welches in der Boxed Version dabei ist. Momentan ist der Markt mit reinen LGA1366 nicht wirklich übersättigt und die Auswahl ist nur gering. Ein passendes Modell, welches für ein Upgrade in Frage käme wäre der OCZ Gladiator Max mit dem LGA1366 Umbaukit.
Das Besondere am Kühler ist zweifellos die Unterseite. Neu an der
Heatpipe Direct-Touch-Technologie ist, dass die Heatpipes direkt am Chip
aufliegen und so die Wärme am besten ableiten können. In Vergleich zu
anderen Herstellern ist die Unterseite sehr eben. Das liegt daran, dass
nach Fertigstellung der Unterseite noch einmal perfekt nachbearbeitet