Date: August 21st, 2009
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Noctua
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
The product itself is quite simple, but a small walk around the product wouldn't hurt.
The heatsink with no fans attached weighed in a 615 gram, is comprised of 36 cooling fins attached to the base via eight heatpipes.
The stacked arrangement of the fins and the closed center portion allows for proper airflow transfer completely through the heatsink without pressure loss around or through the sides. The wider portion of the fins have indentations for 92mm or a 120mm fan. Seeing this heatsink is used for other processor application with the only difference being the fastening hardware, this cuts down on manufacturing redundancy.
The heatpipes are essentially sandwiched between the top cover and the contact baseplate. I could not detect whether it is just a friction fit or whether a solder or thermal adhesive was used. Either way, it still works.
The base contact plate is where some work needs to be done. The finish on the base is totally unacceptable for a performance cooler. The whole surface is covered with micro-ridges where the user will have to pre-treat this area with thermalpaste just to fill in the gaps before installation. For the sake of this review, this was not done seeing I wasn't to illustrate the performance out of the box. But you can see in the right side of the contact area where the ridges and texture are noted.
And finishing off at the top we have the branded top fin and the end of the heatpipes. The heatpipes seem to be tightly friction fitted to each fin are fitted snugly with no movement or play in any of the eight heatpipes through the heatsink. Build quality is good, but overall I have to mention again that it feels rather light for such a large cooler. But that could just be my judgment and most won't notice the difference.
With that being said, let's go through the simple install.