Specifications were taken directly from OCZ's .


Now, what sets the Gladiator Max apart from rival air-cooling solutions? The largest difference is that the Gladiator Max utilizes Xigmatek's HDT (Heat-Pipe Direct Touch) design. HDT is exactly how it sounds; the copper heat-pipes physically touch the top of the processor, allowing the heat to dissipate directly into the heat-pipes. On conventional coolers, the heat first goes through a copper base and then up the adjoining copper heat-pipes that have been welded to the base. These welds increase the thermal joint resistance present, and therefore decrease the heat flow from the CPU.

The Gladiator Max sports four copper heat-pipes, one more than its little brother, the Vendetta 2 cooler. The heat-pipes are also 30% larger in diameter than the 6mm standard that's present in most CPU coolers, the extra 2mm theoretically should raise the heat transfer rate. There are also six aluminum pegs extending from the base to the bottom three fins, supposedly to dissipate heat from the aluminum surrounding the base, and also to provide support for the rather hefty 780 gram heatsink and fan.

It's also necessary to notice the trademark vectored design present in the back of the fins designed to allow high velocity air to move through the heatsink with more ease. Also imporant is the slight V curve present in the middle of the heatsink that increase the surface area of the heatsink, allowing better heat dissipation.

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