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The CPU cooler is by far one of the most important pieces of hardware in overclocking. Without having a well-performing cooler, you simply cannot expect to get the most out of your CPU. Recently, many manufacturers have begun entering the market by distributing lines of self-contained water systems, inspired by custom water loops common to enthusiast overclockers. In comparison to air, it is no surprise that water works as a better medium for removing heat. However, long-time air cooling manufacturers are finding secrets to heat transfer and have developed some rather unique designs to take away all that heat. Today, we will take a look at an air cooler from Prolimatech, the creator of the ever-popular Megahalems. Dubbed the Panther, it features four heat pipes – at least two fewer than any of their other CPU coolers. Having said this, let's see how it competes. Taking the Panther out of its brown shipping box, we find a shiny black box. It is pretty simple in design, with a checker pattern around the box and a design of the eyes, nose, and whiskers of a panther on the front.
By TechwareLabs, published 12-09-2011