Date: April 20th, 2006
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Spire
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Starting with the base, we find a very large footprint and a rather rough finish. The base is dead flat but lacks the smoother finish that we've become accustomed to. The fan tail is sleeved with a white mesh material with black heatshrink on either end.
From the side, you can see the 55 copper fins and the aluminum fan mount. The fins are attached to the base which is just over 10mm (.4 inches) thick and the cooler weighs in at a hefty 640 grams (1.4 pounds). While this is quite heavy and is considerably heavier than the ATX specification of 450 grams, the weight is concentrated at the base, minimizing cantilever stresses to the motherboard and retention mechanism.
With the fan removed, we can see the fin arrangement and the four heatpipes. Two captive screws with springs will secure the cooler to the backplate. The cooler will accept any standard 92mm fan, should the user wish to swap fans.
The fan is a ball bearing type with seven blades and is UV reactive. As we'll see later, the fan gives off quite a glow when exposed to UV light.
The DiamondCool II is larger than the stock cooler, but not by much. The backplate has a layer of adhesive (protected by white paper) that allows the user to stick this plate to the back of the mobo. The thermal compound included with the cooler is rated at <0.06-in.2/W and should be just fine. I'll be using AS5 during testing to minimize variables when comparing the DiamondCool II to some other coolers we've tested in the past. Let's throw it on a chip and see what we come up with.