Date: May 10th, 2002
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Products were donated by: GlobalWIN & Coolink Inc.
<--CLICK FOR DEALS ON A CPU COOLER IN THE UNITED STATES
<--CLICK FOR DEALS ON A CPU COOLER IN CANADA
PRODUCT COMPOSITION AND MAKEUP
As you can see, the TAK has a very unique clipping mechanism that was a little awkward getting used to. All that is need to attach this to your socket is to completely unscrew the top knob just unit it's about to fall out, place it on the cpu, make sure the clips are attached to the lugs, then screw the knob down until it won't tighten anymore. Don't worry, it won't overtighten. It will stop tightening when it is perfectly in place.
Each side of the heatsink has a 23.3cfm SuperRed fan attached. The total airflow on this heatsink fan combo is 46.6 cfm which is very good seeing that it is so quiet. I just hope GlobalWIN didn't go cheap on the manufacturer and bypass Sunon, Delta and YS-Tech to save a couple bucks.
Of course, GlobalWIN has included some heatsink compond in which I quickly scraped off with a credit card and rubbing alcohol and replaced with Arctic Silver 3.
The two fans on the cooler come with, you guessed it, two 3-pin molex connectors with fan speed monitoring. You can use the molex combiner to attach the fans to the motherboard, but I wouldn't recommend it. I would connect the fans to fan header one and two on your motherboard so you can monitor the speed of both the fans.
Just to be sure, I attached the heatsink and then removed it to see whether it was centered right. But, it was absolutely perfect.
Now, let's run through what the TAK-68 is up against in the other corner, the "HUGE" H2T from Coolink...
And yes, another pretty box...
Just look at this tank, it's huge!! I was a little in awe of the pure size of this bugger and just how it's going to fit on my motherboard. Well, later in the testing, I will show you a problem I encountered.
As you can see, it has quite the unique fin design. Don't really know what it does to help or if it's just there for looks.
Included with the cooler is a copper base which is welded to the aluminum fins. This "should" allow for better cooling but will not be as efficient as a full copper cooler.
Just as a size reference, I took a photo of the size difference between the H2T and the OCZ (Booo!) dominator 2. Huge isn't it.
The fans included with this cooler have a airflow of 33cfm a piece and relatively speaking, are quite quiet, but a little noisier than the TAK. With 66cfm of total cooling airflow, this cooler should be a winner, but let's check out the results later.