Date: September 19th, 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
A large number of fairly widely spaced fins should give good cooling performance, even at low fan speeds. The frame appears to be chrome plated forged steel and provides very rigid support for the rest of the components.
The copper heatpipes are sandwiched between the copper base and the steel frame. There is evidence of solder in this area, so heat transfer should be optimal.
A protective plastic cover protects a layer of thermal interface material that is applied at the factory. In my experience, it's quite rare to see this in an aftermarket cooler. It's a thin coating, but seems to have a sort of herringbone texture. I've never been a big fan of OEM TIM in the past, but since it was there, I thought I'd try it out. This led to another surprise, as we'll see later on.
The mounting solution is simple and resembles virtually all other 775 mounts. The screws with their captive springs are both convenient and effective. The tube of thermal grease usually gets ignored in my reviews, but an unusual set of circumstances compelled me to try this stuff out. Read on as another surprising result ensued.