The goal OCZ's technicians had when developing this heatsink and fan
combo was to make it silent without sacrificing cooling performance, and
they managed to do just that. Regarding noise levels, I would have no
problem using the Gladiator Max in a HTPC or a workstation PC - the fan is
barely audible from a foot away, and is dead silent from a meter on.
Overall, the performance is perfect for lower voltage processors, but I'd
have second thoughts before popping this onto a quad-core system unless you
really value quiet operation. There you have it, OCZ's "Gladiator Max" CPU
heatsink and fan.