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CPUfx Core Heatsink Review
CPUfx Core Heatsink Review
Abstract: Right out of the box "The Core" just has to win the coolest-looking heatsink award.

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CPUfx   Cooling / Heatsinks   May 28, 2001   Max Page  

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The Core Perspectives

The Fan:
"The Core" uses a high-RPM Delta fan. Rotating at 6800RPM with dual ball bearing the fan generates a lot of noise. The fan itself measures 25mm in height, and 60mm in size. With these Delta fans it's always a good idea to have a fan grill installed (included with the heatsink). The Delta is powered directly from the motherboard and has a RPM sensor.

Heatsink Top:
There is a lot of machining which has gone into this one of a kind heatsink. The fan sits in a 4mm recessed socket and there is an additional 8mm of space below the fins. The hardware used to attach the fan is stainless steel so there will be no concerns with corrosion later on brought about by the differences in electronegativites of steel and aluminum. From edge to edge, each hole is separated by 1mm worth of material.

Side A:
Looking somewhat like a boiler cut open, the exhaust side of "The Core" is where most of the cooling takes place. From just touching the side of the heatsink, it seems that the heat doesn't really go much higher than the second set of holes from the bottom. The finish on the side of this heatsink is excellent, though it really doesn't need to be since it doesn't come in contact with anything requiring such a flat surface.

Side B:
There are a couple of problems with this clipping system which we will go over in a second. The clip is made from punched out stainless steel, as is the bolt and mounting nut. The spring is not stainless however. There is only about 1mm worth of material on the very bottom which could pose a problem it were to ever be dropped. The spring is a bit tough, but applies a good force down onto the core of the processor.

Heatsink Base:
The base of "The Core" is impeccably finished and quite flat. There is a small notch to accommodate the socket cam arm. On either side there are mounting holes for Socket A mother boards. The heatsinks ships with two sets of nylon screws which can be threaded through the four mounting support holes which surround the socket A.

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 1:  CPUfx Core Heatsink Review
 2: — The Core Perspectives
 3:  Socket mounting
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