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Cooljag OAK-H Radial Skived Copper Fin Heatsink Review
Cooljag OAK-H Radial Skived Copper Fin Heatsink Review
Abstract: CoolJag's OAK-H heatsink adapts the skived fin technique by turning everything on its side.

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Cooljag   Cooling / Heatsinks   Jan 21, 2007   Max Page  

The Cooljag OAK-H heatsink is identical to the Cooljag OAK-H2 model in all ways, except for its internally illuminated blue LED fan. Both heatsinks offer a unique approach, largely due to the construction method which utilizes a ring of skived copper fins wrapped around a central copper column.

CoolJag's OAK-H heatsink adapts the skived fin technique by turning everything on its side. The end solution is nearly identical in proportion to the powerful stock Intel Pentium D heatsink, yet because of the fan choice selected here thermal results are dramatically different. You'll have to wait until we dive into the thermal test results to see how much the tangential airflow helps or hinders the Cooljag OAK-H... On the plus side, the central copper column makes direct contact with the CPU core, and the skived component which is soldered on to it radiates the heat out into the surroundings so the thermal pathway is pretty direct.

The Cooljag OAK-H heatsink is equipped with a 93mm 12VDC fan (4-pin pulse width modulation compliant) that scales its speed between 1800-3500RPM, generating ~66CFM according the CoolJag's tech specs. The fan has three blue LEDs which illuminate the frame and impeller brightly. The Cooljag OAK-H heatsink weighs a hefty 714 grams, necessitating a fixed mounting clip that screws into a metal motherboard rear support plate (supplied) via four spring-tensioned screws. Installation and removal of this heatsink requires the motherboard to be taken out of the chassis. As always, that's never a fun task.

The 93mm diameter fan is controlled by the BIOS on PWM compatible motherboards. Unfortunately like the OAK-H2 model, when used on legacy motherboards the OAK-H's fan defaults to its lowest possible speed. That speed is something on the order of 600-1800RPM.... woefully inadequate.

Cooljag OAK-H Heatsink
heatsink specsheet
manufacturer: cooljag
model no.: oak-h
materials: c1000 copper skived fins, copper base.
fan mfg: everflow f128025du
fan spec: 1800-3500rpm, 12v, 0.24a
fan dim: 25x93x93mm, pwm
heatsink & fan dim: 68x96x96mm
weight: 714 grams
includes: mounting hardware, thermal compound, rear support bracket

Compatible with Sockets: LGA775
Est. Pricing: $39USD ($45CDN)

Since this is Frostytech, we're giving you a closer look at what makes the Cooljag OAK-H heatsink interesting from a technical standpoint. The basic principles on which it is built appear sound, and with the right kind of fan thermal performance could certainly improve.

The Cooljag OAK-H heatsink has an outer ring of skived copper fins as you can see above, and a central copper cylinder 33mm in diameter which is partially hollowed out.

This is done to reduce the amount of heat this center of the heatsink stores, so it acts more like a highway for heat rather than a parking lot. The processor makes direct contact with that copper block, and it in turn spreads the energy so the copper fins can work more efficiently at transferring it to the surrounding environment.

This is the same basic design principle used by Intel RCBFH-3 reference thermal solution.

The Cooljag OAK-H heatsink will be tested on FrostyTech's new Intel LGA775 version of the Mk.II synthetic thermal temperature test platform, and compared against several reference LGA775 heatsinks. The whole test methodology is outlined in detail here if you care to know what equipment is used, and the parameters under which the tests are conducted. Now let's move forward and take a closer look at this heatsink, its acoustic characteristics, and of course it performance in the thermal tests!

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Table of Contents:

 1: — Cooljag OAK-H Radial Skived Copper Fin Heatsink Review
 2:  360° View - Cooljag OAK-H Heatsink
 3:  Acoustic Comparisons and Base Surface Quality
 4:  Intel LGA775 Heatsink Temperature Comparisons

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