Date: August 22nd, 2006
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: APACK
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The copper fins are not as densely packed along the heatpipes as some I've seen and, in conjunction with the staggered arrangement of the ‘pipes, should take maximum advantage of the 92mm fan.
From the rear, we can see how the red plastic diverter in the center of the cooled directs the airflow outward to the fins. The 4-pin PWM connector can also be used to connect the fan to a 3-pin header, should the motherboard not support PWM fan speed control. Each heatpipe loops through the fins, effectively turning the cooler into an “8-piper”.
Viewing the BTF-90 from the top, it strongly resembles a butterfly. I hope this is not going to be one of those gimmicky novelty coolers that put a premium on looks at the expense of performance. We'll find out later.
The heatpipes are sandwiched between a solid copper base and a steel cap. Soldering is evident here, so heat transfer should be very good.
The base is flat and has a very nicely polished finish, which should yield good performance.
While not always grammatically correct, the user's manual is really quite good. Illustrations, in color and on glossy paper, are welcome compliments to the text.
The mounting solutions are elegant in their simplicity. The AMD bracket on the left could be applied with the board still in the case. The Intel solution, on the right, requires that the motherboard be out of the case to apply the backplate. Removing the white paper on the backplate exposes adhesive to hold the plate in place. I would encourage users to leave the protective paper in place. I've heard horror stories of motherboard damage trying to remove similar plates on other brands. Notice that the AMD mount is square, allowing the cooler to be oriented in any of four directions, depending on the application. This is not an Issue with the Intel solution. A small zip-bag contains the four mounting screws and a tube of “high performance thermal compound”.