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Aerocool HT-101 Heatsink Review

Former staff writer    -   March 23, 2004


Closer Look Continued



The name High Tower appropriately fits this cooler, as one of the first things I noticed was the height of the HT-101. With the blue UV sensitive housing and reflective Aerocool logo on top gives the HT-101 a unique look. You have the ability to use either 70mm or 80mm size fans. Aerocool only includes four mounting screws for one fan, but you could use two screws to mount each fan in a pinch.



The design of the HT-101 is unlike any other heatsink I’ve seen before. The base of the heatsink is very small with all the heat being transferred up three 6mm Superconductor tubes to 31 copper fins. This design is very similar to the cooling system seen on Shuttle’s I.C.E system found of their XPC line. The HT-101 looks like a big radiator sitting atop your CPU.



The base had a very good finish to it. Thou you could still see some machining marks, but the base felt very smooth. To hold the 400+ grams of copper down Aerocool is using a much stronger clip than was used on the DP-102. Using all six cleats of the socket with the strong spring you won’t have to worry about the HT-101 coming off.

Installation



If you own a Socket A motherboard the HT-101 is ready out of the box, but for socket 478 owners some modifications are needed before you can begin installing the cooler. Installation is impossible with fans attached to the HT-101, and in most cases the HT-101 will need to be installed on the motherboard out of the case. With the way the fans are orientated users with small case might have clearance issues with between the fan and PSU. Also big N/B coolers like the Swiftech MCX 159 will block you from using two fans on the HT-101.

For Socket A installation a flathead screw driver is need to clip the cooler to the socket. After securing the HT-101 to the socket, you can then install up to two fans. If using two Aerocool recommends configuring them in a push/pull orientation. With the strong retention clip this heatsink it took some considerable force to attach the clip to the cleats.



  1. Introduction, Specifications, & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look Continued & Installation
  3. Testing & Conclusion
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