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OCZ Gladiator Max

Posted January 1, 2009 by Jake in Cooling







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Specifications & Packaging

The Gladiator Max features Heatpipe Direct Touch (HDT) technology, which seems to be a big buzzword these days for heatsinks. While the Gladiator Max is a tower-style design like all top coolers, the HDT differs from "traditional" heatpipes in that these heatpipes directly touch the CPU instead of a plate. This should theoretically allow greater, more efficient heat transfer since the heatpipes do not have to be attached to a heat plate which can act as a barrier. This certainly is an innovative idea and seems a natural evolution of heatpipe technology, and we’ll see how it performs very soon.

According to OCZ, here are the major features of the Gladiator Max:

"Combining a distinctive stacked fin array, heat-pipe direct touch (HDT) design, and a large low-noise fan, the Gladiator series is built to take on the cooling challenges of today’s most powerful processors and ensure your system functions at its peak.

Utilizing the proven performance of the latest HDT design, the Gladiator series has direct contact with the processor using four copper heat pipes to ensure the most rapid heat transfer. The unique “folded” fin configuration also helps maximize surface area while maintaining a compact form factor.

Engineered to aggressively dissipate heat produced by high-speed CPUs, the Gladiator series can tackle any challenge in the overclocking arena. These coolers run quiet courtesy of a large fan mounted with anti-vibration rubber connectors to reduce excess noise, perfect for a media center or office desktop where silence is a top priority. The versatile and user-friendly Gladiator series is compatible with AMD AM2/939/754/755 and Intel 775 sockets and can be installed quickly and easily by end-users at all skill levels."

The specifications for the Gladiator Max are as follows:

  • Compatibility: AMD 754/755/939/940/AM2, Intel LGA775
  • Heatpipes: 4 x 2 Pure Copper heat pipes for superior heat dissipation 
  • Material: Pure Aluminum alloy fins for ultimate durability
  • Fan Size: 120mm x 120mm x 25mm 
  • Fan Speed: 800-1500RPM 
  • Noise Level: 19.6-26.4 dBA  
  • Fan Connector: 4 pin with PWM
  • Dimensions: (L)63 x (W)120 x (H)165mm
  • Weight: 780g (with fan)

The packaging of the cooler is your standard cardboard box. The colours of the box are blue and white, it looks good, and there is adequate information to let you know the basics about the product. When you open the box you will see that the cooler and fan are packed in very thick foam. The accessories are extensive and well-made, there are all the necessary mounting brackets, rubber mounting grommets, and thermal paste.

Here we see the packaging and contents of the Gladiator Max:

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OCZ Gladiator Max
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Let’s take a closer look at the heatsink itself.

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