Dynatron Model S Socket 478 Heatsink Review
When you think of Dynatron you inevitably think of skive heatsinks. The DC1206MB-S, or Model S as we will be calling it, is a socket 478 heatsink with a tiny low-noise fan. Oddly, of the heatsinks that we have looked for socket 478 processors
in the last little while, the Model S is on the noisier
scale - I suppose from the sound of the air moving through the rough fins more than anything else.
Still, you have to admit, that
blue fan is rather eye-catching, but does it have the necessary thrust to
penetrate the 24mm of fin? Well, since it's about one in the morning while I'm writing this up I'll save you the suspense of the question by saying no - the fan is a little under powered for the heatsink. But it is such a nice blue colour... :)
two very good redeeming qualities about Dynatron heatsinks (well skive heatsinks
in general). The first is that Dynatron currently boast one of the highest fine densities of
a skive heatsink on the retail market. No other skive heatsink we have seen has yet been able to match their densities - and that means they have very good surface areas.
Number two has to do with the
skive process and how the base is always finished. For whatever manufacturing reasons, the base plates of skive heatsinks are always well machined, and the Model S is a prime example.
The baseplate of this heatsink is perfectly flat in both the
x-axis and y-axis. The surface is very smooth, although some machining marks are still
The heatsink arrived at our test labs with a clear
plastic protective cover and white thermal compound pre applied which only
reinforces the level of detail we have become used to seeing from this
manufacturer. Of course there are down sides, and in the past Dynatron has used
less than ideal fan shrouds. The Model S fairs well in this regard however, so
there isn't much we can say against this cooler, other than it should have come
with a more powerful fan it is to be a real contender in the socket 478 cooling
To use the Dynatron Model S on a socket 478 P4 you
will need to install the HSRM it comes with. Unlike the clip ones you have
become used to seeing, the Model S appears to have originally been made for the
socket 423 P4 which is now basically obsolete. The clip has actually found a lot
of use around here, enabling us to test out a few coolers which we
otherwise wouldn't have been able to. The HSRM simply screws into place using
the mounting holes and set of small screws and nuts. The wire clips are springy,
and keep the heatsink in tension on the processor.