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AMD FX-Series Liquid Cooling Heatsink Review
AMD FX-Series Liquid Cooling Heatsink Review
Abstract: AMD's FX-Series Liquid Cooling Heatsink ships pre-filled and is no more difficult to install than a standard heatsink. The CPU cooler installs onto any AMD socket AM2/AM2+/AMD3/AM3+/FM1/FM2 processor using standard hardware, the liquid-to-air heat exchanger needs only a 120mm rear case fan cut out to hang from.

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AMD   Cooling / Heatsinks   Nov 09, 2012   Max Page  
Home > Reviews > Page Title: 360° View - AMD FX-Series Liquid Cooling

360° View - AMD FX-Series Liquid Cooling - Heat Exchanger

Information on Frostytech's test methodology is available here.

The heat exchanger measures 152x119x50mm in size. Metal barbs are used to hold the coolant tubes in place and fans can be attached to either side of the radiator. The radiator is keyed for 120mm fans and should be attached to the inside-rear of a computer case through cases' 120mm fan mounting holes. The effective area of the aluminum heat exchanger is 118x116mm.

360° View - AMD FX-Series Liquid Cooler - Water Block

Information on Frostytech's test methodology is available here.

Detailed specifications on the 12v DC pump such as pressure head and flow rate are not available. There are no provisions for removing the tubing for inspection, coolant refill or cleaning.

The copper baseplate is held in place with regular screws, a rubber washer just inside the flange means they are not in contact with the coolant. This is important as more electronegative metals cause the ferrous based materials to corrode.

The copper base plate in measures 47x55x1mm and ships with a pre-applied patch of grey thermal compound. The FX logo on the top of the unit is illuminated with colour changing LEDs, the default colour is white. A USB cable, fan Y-splitter cable and pump power cable all come from the pump head.

Base Finish and Flatness

Flipping a heatsink over to inspect the business end is often a simple indicator of overall cooler quality. More practically speaking, a heatsink is in many ways only as effective as the contact it makes with the processor - the flatter and smoother the better. Base finish is one of the criteria that Frostytech measure in the course of evaluating heatsinks, and it involves two distinct aspects. Surface Finish is the first; this is calculated with the aid of Surface Roughness Comparator that has a cross section of common machine surface finishes and their numerical surface roughness equivalents in microinches. The second is Surface Flatness. This is tested with an engineer's straight edge or proven flat surface, in two axes.

The copper base of the FX-Series Liquid Cooler waterblock has a machined surface finish with a surface roughness of approximately ~16 microinches. The manufacturer ships it with a pre-applied patch of gray thermal compound for ease of installation. The base is significantly convex in both axes.

Next up Frostytech looks into the noise levels of this heatsink, then it's onto AMD thermal tests!

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 1:  AMD FX-Series Liquid Cooling Heatsink Review
 2: — 360° View - AMD FX-Series Liquid Cooling
 3:  Heatsink Sound Level Measurements
 4:  AMD Heatsink Temperature Comparisons

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