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on 26 August 2012
My Intel stock cooler was doing a terrible job so I wanted to get a new cooler to cool down my CPU as it was getting really hot whilst gaming, close to 90c.
I didn't want to go through the trouble of taking my motherboard out just to fit in a fan. I wanted something that would just clip in and do the job since I'm going to be running at stock speeds with turbo enabled, so I don't really need any serious cooling. That's one of the reasons why I bought it.
When it arrived I was surprised, the build quality is actually really good.
Which I was not expecting.
So I went ahead and opened it up, I removed the pre-applied thermal paste (As a good thermal paste definitely makes a difference) and applied MX-4 to the CPU.
Make sure you turn the pins in the opposite direction of the arrows beforehand or else they won't click in. (As it also says in the manual).
I simply placed it on-top of the CPU, fit it in place and just pushed the pins in. (Remember to ALWAYS make sure you feel a click or you hear one, or else it could mean you haven't fit it properly and then you'll be wondering why you're getting such high temps.)
Installation was super easy.
The problem I encountered was that my temps were a little high, around 45c. But after some research, I found out that the thermal paste needs some time to "cure", like set into place. After a couple days the temps dropped from 45c to 40c and then now they're around 33-38c degrees idle. The manufacturer who makes MX-4 (The thermal paste I used) Say that it can take from 100-200 hours for the thermal paste to cure. So don't start taking your computer apart straight away if you're not getting the best temps. (It also depends on what kind of thermal paste you're using, as MX-4 is quite a thick paste, whilst others may not need a lot of time to cure). Just be sure to use a good quality thermal paste if you want the best temps.
So yeah, I would definitely recommend this cooler, as long as you're not going to be doing any overclocking.
Whilst gaming, the temps stay pretty cool around 60-68c.
Here's a quick comparison between the Akasa and Intel stock cooler.
Stock Idle: 48c-55c
Akasa Idle: 33c-39c
Stock gaming (Battlefield 3): 80-87c
Akasa gaming (Battlefield 3): 60-68c
So yeah, the Akasa is doing a pretty good job.
The fan is fairly quiet, but when you're using more CPU, it gets louder (Which is pretty obvious, as it needs to spin faster to keep the temps down.) but it's fine, it's not too loud where it gets annoying.
Hope this helps someone.