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EKL V8 AMD Athlon64 Heatsink Review
EKL V8 AMD Athlon64 Heatsink Review
Abstract: As we examine the EKL V8 heatsink more closely it will be with the intent of determining just how well it handles the heat when low noise levels are maintained.

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EKL   Cooling / Heatsinks   Dec 18, 2005   Max Page  
Home > Reviews > Page Title: 360° View - EKL V8 Heatsink

360° View - EKL V8 Heatsink
Information on Frostytech's test methodology is available here.
The Heatsink Fan:
The seven bladed fan is 25x110x110mm in size and features slots in the frame to reduce noise levels. With the included controller, the fan speed is adjustable from 500-2200RPM. The fan draws power from a standard 4-pin motherboard fan header that supports PWM. It will work on 3-pin fan headers as well. A separate Molex connector powers the three sets of bright blue LEDs. From the top, the 'V8" logo plate which the user is responsible for installing is visible.

Heatsink Top:
Without the plastic shroud, we get a better sense of how the EKL V8 heatsink is assembled. The side fin sections each consist of 33 aluminum fins that are 0.2mm thick, and spaced 1.5m apart. The four copper heatpipes are 6mm in diameter, and extend about 115mm out from the base. The central fin section is comprised of 19 0.3mm thick fins spaced 1.0mm apart. The copper base is over 10mm thick where it mounts to the processor, but only 33mm in diameter.

Heatsink Side A:
The clear plastic casing and fan frame translate into a very unique glowing blue heatsink when the LEDs are turned on. The EKL V8 heatsink is a bit bulky, measuring about 158mm wide at the farthest point.

Heatsink Side B:
The 110mm fan is mounted a good distance in front of the cooling fins of the heatsink, creating a plenum in the fan shroud. The four heatpipes are centered over where the heatsink makes contact with the processor.

Heatsink Side C:
From the rear we can see the large clearance around each of the heatsink fin sections. There is more than 10mm of space above the aluminum fins for air to flow.
Heatsink Base:
The base plate is entirely nickel-plated copper, with a raised 33mm diameter (5mm high) section to contact the CPU. The mounting holes around the circular pad are for the socket 478/775 retention plates. At either end of the base are the K8 mounting points. The portion that contacts the CPU is very flat, with a surface roughness of about 32 microinches.

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Table of Contents:

 1:  EKL V8 AMD Athlon64 Heatsink Review
 2: — 360° View - EKL V8 Heatsink
 3:  Surface Roughness and Acoustic Comparisons
 4:  Final Heatsink Temperature Comparisons

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