Date: March 12th, 2010
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Zalman
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PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH & PICTORIAL
So let's briefly walk through this product.
Starting from the bottom and moving up, the first thing you see is the pure copper base attached to five 8mm heatpipes. Seeing there are a lot of coolers with only four heatpipes, five only helps extract and transfer heat away from the contact surface faster. And with their staggered setup, air will be allowed to flow without any airflow shadows.
As seen on most Zalman coolers, the contact surface is polished to an absolutely mirror finish.
The surface makes perfect contact with the processor heatspreader surface and allows for minimal thermal paste being needed to fill in any voids or imperfections. In fact, it was so perfect it took moderate effort to remove the heatsink after testing. It was stuck onto the processor.
The heatsink has a tremendous amount of surface area which measures in at 8200 square centimeters or 1271 square inches which is 344 square centimeters and 53 square inches smaller than the CNPS Extreme. Although this is still a lot of area to dissipate heat, you can see that this cooler is optimized for increased airflow and the two fan configuration. A smaller heatsink will allow the use of quiet fans with lower static pressure than if it was bigger. Though with the tight fin spacing, a higher pressure fan might still be needed.