Antec budget CPU heatsinks look cool in shades of blue

Antec may be best known for its cases, but the manufacturer has other product lines on offer, too. The company is launching an all-out assault on the budget CPU heatsink market with its A- and C-series coolers.

Antec A30

The A series comprises the A30 and A40 Pro heatsinks. The A30 is Antec's most affordable tower cooler. A 92-mm fan sits in front of an aluminum fin stack with two heatpipes running through it. The fan glows with a soothing blue light, too. The A40 Pro version steps up the game a bit by offering a "whisper-quiet" LED-lit PWM fan along with four direct-contact heatpipes to improve cooling performance. Antec says the aluminum-oxide coating on the top fin should help with heat transfer.

Antec A40 Pro

The C series is a tad more serious. The C40 cooler offers an 8-mm copper coldplate resting under a bulk of nickel-plated aluminum fins. Four heatpipes and a 92-mm blue LED PWM fan complement the package. Finally, the C400 model goes a little bigger with a 120-mm blue LED fan rated for 77 CFM, a copper coldplate, and a two-tier fin structure.

Antec C400

TechPowerUp says the Antec A30 should ring in at only 14€ (or around $15), while its heatpipe-endowed cousin the A40 Pro ought to retail for 25€ ($27). The copper-based C40 ought to set you back 35€ (or $37), and the C400 120-mm version will be available for 40€ ($42.38).

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