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OCZ Gladiator 3
Page 1 - Introduction
Author: Dan Podhola (WebMasterP)
Date: July 30, 2003
Category: Cooling
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OCZ Gladiator 3


In this review I am taking a look at the OCZ Gladiator 3. It is fairly often that I get a chance to review heatsinks. However, it is not often that I get to review a heatsink before it is officially released. This review should give you enough information to decide if you want to purchase this heatsink when it hits store shelves.

What You Get
What You Get
The Unit
The Unit

First off, I'd like to mention that the OCZ Gladiator 3 is available in two flavors: one with a tri-color LED fan that puts out a moderate amount of sound and a black quiet fan. I'll be rating both in this review. Here are the specifications of the heatsink and fans:

OCZ Gladiator 3
Supported CPUs Socket A/462 up to Athlon XP 3200+
All Socket 370 CPUs
Construction Single-piece, pure copper
Dimensions 60x60x30mm
Fan Dimensions (both) 60x60x25mm
Voltage 12V
Fan Type (both) Ball Bearing
Sound/Air Output Black Quiet Fan: Less than 28 dBA
The Rest is unknown/unreported for both fans

As far as packaging and instructions go, I am unable to comment on those at this time. I received pre-release packaging. These factors will not be considered in this review. I can tell you what was included. I received the heatsink, both aforementioned fans (consumers will only receive one or the other), and a big syringe of OCZ Ultra II silver thermal compound. The heatsink has a piece of plastic stuck to the bottom of the heatsink to protect it. The quiet fan is a 4-pin pass-through connector and the tri-led fan has a standard 3-pin power connector.

The Surface
The Surface
Protective Plastic
Protective Plastic

Installation, on the other hand, is something I can and will comment on. The clip on Gladiator 3 is a dream. Installation was a breeze, both ends of the clip are three prong. I just clipped one side down and used a flat head screwdriver to push the other end down. The clip is not overly stiff and it holds well. If you have ever used a ThermalTake Dragon Orb 3, you will notice the night and day difference when you install the unit. The OCZ paste spreads on easy and has a similar consistency to Arctic Silver. Installation, overall, was a thing of beauty. I am glad to see OCZ covered this base well.

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