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ASUS Lion Square CPU Cooler

For instance, there are plenty of coolers pretty much guaranteed to cool 10 degrees better than the stock coolers that come with your retail processors. And about the only way to get them to cool better is to add your own louder more powerful fan.

Occasionally, there'll be some even better coolers from the likes of Zalman or Thermaltake which sell out faster than gasoline. So, left to frustration, the only way to get a cooler worthy of occupying a really nice system build is to order from Newegg or Pricegrabber. Why don't large retail stores carry similar, if not the same, coolers that are otherwise exceptional in performance?

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.