The Core Heatsink Review
Right out of the box "The Core"
just has to win the coolest-looking heatsink award. Its' shiny machine-faced surface and uniquely drilled
construction are like no other heatsink we've tested. As preconceptions go, this heatsink has a lot to live up to.
Don't be mistaken in thinking this is anything other than a jumbo-sized heatsink. "The
Core", as its' makers Cpufx.com have nicknamed it, is over 100mm in height with its 6800 RPM Delta fan bolted on. The actual heatsink measures 76mm x 64mm x 76mm and has a total of (20) 10mm diameter holes drilled through its' side and top.
The holes are designed, the instructions tell us, to channel the moving air from the very loud Delta fan through the body of the heatsink, and out to each side.
In principle this cooling method looks like it could be very
good. In practice, reality doesn't always live up to our
AMD Athlon, Duron, K6-2. Intel FC-PGA, PGA.
VIA Cyrix III.
Delta 6800 RPM, 12V,
0.48A, w/h grill
- FHS Dimensions: 102x76x64mm
machined cold rolled aluminum
- Stainless steel hardware.
- Comes with following:
instructions, nylon screws, blue-anodized aluminum shim, thermal
- Made &
Sold by: CPUFX.com
The heatsink comes with a bunch of accessories to make
mounting it on an Athlon or Duron all that much
simpler, and secure. In addition to the built-on spring tensioned clips
the heatsink can also be mounted by means of the Socket A motherboards' support holes.
The four holes usually surround the socket and with them some nylon
screws can be threaded through and into the base of "The Core."
The inclusion of an blue-anodized aluminum
shim is a really nice feature for such a large and bulky heatsink. The aluminum
shim is die cut from a sheet of aluminum, not laser cut. The process causes a
very slight difference in height around the edges of the die pattern.