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Akasa Silver Mountain 2Q Copper Heatsink Review
Akasa Silver Mountain 2Q Copper Heatsink Review
Abstract: The silver mountain is a unique breed among coolers - it's based upon a solid copper foundation.

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Akasa   Cooling / Heatsinks   Nov 27, 2002   Max Page  

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Akasa Silver Mountain 2Q From All Angles

The Fan: Ball bearing fans generally last longer than their sleeve cousins but tend to make higher pitched noises so the trade off is a difficult one. The Delta fan used on the Silver Mountain is a standard cooler but rotates at a slightly lower than typical PRM. The fan connects to the motherboard fan header via a 3-pin connector which also supports RPM monitoring. The all-black fan grille looks really nice.

Top: Each of the silver plated copper fins are 1mm x 3mm wide. There are 14 rows of fins altogether. Each fin is mounted into the base by mechanical means, and possibly by some soldering though it is difficult to tell for sure. Pay close attention to the clip design. Rather than cut out a path through the fins, the clip goes in between two sets of 3mm spacing to minimize impact on the overall performance of the cooler. Each of the fins is typically spaced on the order of 2mm apart.

Side A: The aluminum shroud keeps the base of the fan about 4mm above the tips of the fins. Measuring 15mm tall the shroud leaves 17mm above the base plate for air to exhaust from. Looking at the base plate it is easy to see that there are still spaces around each of those fin sections - despite the plating operation. The base plate is 6mm thick and under cut 1.25mm to clear the socket cam arm.
Side B:
The three-prong clip is pretty easy to work with if you have a screwdriver, and the three prongs mean that if you have a board where the center socket clip has been snapped off you still have a heatsink you can use. The silver plating really looks nice from this angle too :-)

Heatsink Base:

As you can see, even the base of the heatsink is coated with silver, and shiny silver it is. The base finish is not the best, the heatsink domes up a little at the center, and there are some fine sanding marks visible on the surface of the metal. A little bit of lapping would be good for this heatsink.

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Table of Contents:

 1:  Akasa Silver Mountain 2Q Copper Heatsink Review
 2: — Close up look at the heatsink
 3:  Heatsink Test Parameters
 4:  Acoustic Test Measurements & Recordings
 5:  Synthetic Temperature Test Results

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