Taisol CEP409151A Pentium 4 Heatsink Review
Taisol have a pretty good name for themselves in the world of heatsink manufacturers (heck they made most of the AMD slot A retail heatsinks way back when) and the CEP409151A hopes to continue that trend with Pentium 4 processors up to about 2.4 GHz. At first glance this extruded heatsink seems to be a mass of punched and folded sheet metal but this is only Taisol's custom heatsink retention mechanism.
The assembly hooks onto a four
posted metal back plate which is supposed to support the stresses placed on the
socket by the heatsink when it is clamped down at full force. As most people
have noticed, the Pentium 4 heatsinks put a lot of stress on the motherboard
PCB, and often bend it by small amount. To counteract these forces, many
companies include back plates which help distribute the stress and reduce the
amount of bending of the mainboard.
Sold By: www.taisol.com
- Model: CEP409151A
- HS Material: Aluminum
- Fan: 4800RPM, 12V, 0.08A, 46CFM,
- Fan Dim: 11x70x70mm
- FHS Dimensions: 88x76x58mm
- Made by: Taisol
- Cost: ~$32USD
To install the Taisol CEP409151A
on your motherboard you first have to remove the old plastic HSRM and install
the metal back plate which Taisol ship with the unit. There are some small black
plastic retention washers which hold the metal plate in place so the motherboard
can go back in smoothly, but in all honesty this really is a complicated way to
reinvent the wheel.
While the system does work quite well, and offers added
support, it really would have been better had Taisol designed the upper part of
the heatsink - the part which has the clips and whatnot - to interface
with standard plastic HSRM's instead of their custom solution. There is no other way of
getting around this, so you have to use the proprietory heatsink clip with this
P4 cooler, and nothing else.
Interestingly enough, the CEP409151A looks as though it may be well suited to
2U servers where there is a strong ducted airflow in place. The heatsink could be screwed
to the base and as it is pretty large, act well in that capacity
- just a thought really.