Date: October 27th, 2008
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cooler Master
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Just to give you some idea of the Z600R's size, here it is compared to the OEM coolers from Intel and AMD. It's huge! It's also very distinctive looking, with its X-shape and stylish cap. It'll make a real statement inside your case (if it'll fit! More on this later.)
Six-6mm copper heatpipes exit the base on each side and wend their way up through the aluminum fins where the heat can be dissipated by the included fan or a nearby case fan should the user take the passive route. I find the design to be very elegant and I hope the performance impresses me as much as the aesthetics. Mr. Bones is quite impressed as well. He likes his computers to be, in his words, “As silent as the grave.” As you may guess, he'll be most interested in the passive testing we'll be collaborating on in just a bit.
The base is nickel-plated copper and has a flat, polished finish that bodes well for heat transfer efficiency. The ‘pipes appear to be soldered to the base, but the nickel plating makes this hard to discern and threaded holes allow the mounting solutions for Intel or AMD platforms to be attached to the base.
The mounting hardware provides the wide compatibility and is very similar, with a few improvements, to the mounting solution of another huge Cooler Master product, the GeminII. For both Intel and AMD platforms, the motherboard will need to be removed and, for AMD boards, the retention bracket and backplate will have to be replaced with the Cooler Master items. Both backplates are nicely insulated and robust enough to support the immense Z600R.
One fan is included, but Cooler Master includes mounting brackets for another should the user wish, and have room for, another fan in a push-pull configuration. The fan itself is made of a smoky-clear plastic and I think we may have some LEDs in the opaque black frame for some bonus bling. We'll find out soon enough. Let's get the instruction sheet out and get this big monster installed.