Thermalright SLK800 Copper Heatsink Review
could possibly be better than an all copper heatsink built from the ground up
with performance cooling in mind? Okay, an all silver heatsink would be better,
but since such a thing doesn't exist in the mainstream cooling world, we'll just
have to settle for the Thermalright SLK-800 and plug our ears.
The SLK800 uses a triangular shaped base which is
similar in many was to what we have seen from the Korean manufacturer, Tocools.
The difference here is that Thermalright have milled a slot all the way down the
center of this rather large copper Toblerone shape for a three-prong clip to
take hold of the socket. With a base thickness over the core of just 8mm, it
would have been nicer to see a different method of clipping utilized
Since this is a performance class heatsink you have
two options for fans - go moderately loud and use a 25mm thick fan, or go really
loud an use a 38mm thick fan. Thermalright package the SLK800 with two wire
clips, and differently spaced mounts for just this reason. The heatsinks works
with either type of fan, but most people we've talked to tend to opt for the
38mm fan at first (then scale back as the noise becomes an issue).
is pretty large heatsink from the side, the copper fins range from 58mm to
86mm. The heatsink is only 56mm thick though. The edges of our 80mm fan overhang
the heatsink body by about 10mm on either side, and that is potentially a lot of
wasted airflow. The heatsink limitations are due primarily to
size of the socket A platform and there really isn't any way around this. It will be very interesting to see what Thermalright
come out which for the Athlon 64 when that arrives to market in April