Date: November 24th, 2008
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Silverstone
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The NT06 Evolution's overall design isn't earth shattering (there have been many coolers with a similar configuration,) but the fit and finish is very good. The black metal shroud protects the edges of the fins and provides attachment points for the fan. The fins are relatively closely spaced and should respond well when using a high output fan, but may not perform well as a passive cooler. (Since SilverStone makes no claims regarding the Evolution in passive mode, we won't test it as such.)
The five heatpipes are sandwiched between the copper base and a finned, black anodized aluminum heatsink that will be in the downdraft of the cooling fan. While this will likely aid cooling a bit, the five heatpipes and huge surface area of the fins should do the job without any help. The ‘pipes appear to be soldered to the base for optimum heat transfer and the overall height of the Evolution will give plenty of clearance around the socket without being too tall.
The base is protected by a plastic sheet that will need to be removed prior to installation. Beneath the plastic…
…the base surface finish doesn't have a mirror polish seen in some coolers. This doesn't concern me as I've tested a lot of coolers and discovered that the flatness of the base is much more important than the finish when it comes to cooling performance, and the Evolution's base is dead flat.
The manual is printed on heavy stock and details installation, with pictures, in several languages. The mounting hardware is comprehensive and will provide a solid mount for the cooler, although users will have to remove the motherboard for installation. A small syringe of thermal compound is also provided, but we'll be using Arctic Silver 5 to be consistent.