Aerocool HT-101 Heatsink Review

Admin - 2007-01-29 16:06:44 in CPU Cooling
Category: CPU Cooling
Reviewed by: Admin   
Reviewed on: March 23, 2004
Aerocool
Aerocool
Price: $49.99 USD
Introduction
Aerocool is rapidly making a name for itself in the performance air cooling market. They have been very successful in the past with their use of super conductor tubes (Heatpipes). Back in January I looked at the Deep Impact DP-102 and today we will be looking at another unique super conductor tube based heatsink the High Tower HT-101.

Specifications

Features
Closer Look



Showing off the good looks of the HT-101, Aerocool packaged the cooler in a clear plastic retail box. Inside you’ll find the mounting hardware, Pentium 4 bracket, thermal compound, and instructions. The HT-101 also comes with blue quad LED 80mm fan with a 29.6cfm rating at 2500RPM putting out 22dBA.

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.
Testing
Today ill be comparing the HT-101 to another low noise heatsink the Scythe Kamakaze. To test the efficiency of each heat sink the same fans were used on both. Along with the stock fan of the HT-101 a Thermaltake Smartfan2 was also used.

Temperatures were recorded from the onboard thermal probe on the motherboard. Artic Silver 5 was applied to the heatsink according to the directions available at Arctic Silver's website. The compound was given 3 days (72 hours) to set before any testing was done. The idle temperature was recorded after 15 minutes of inactivity. The load temperature was taken after running Prime95 for 15 minutes. Temperatures were taken at stock speeds ([email protected] 1.83Mhz) and overclocked speeds ([email protected] 2200Mhz).

Testing Setup


With the use of superconductor tubes the HT-101 is showing some very impressive stock temps. With a 7C lower temp over the Kamakaze.



To my surprise temps didn’t change much on the HT-101 with the SF2 compared to the stock fan. The Kamakaze with the SF2 faired much better against the HT-101, but still trailing behind.



Overclocked temps were great using the stock 22dba fan. I have never seen this level of air cooling using such a low CFM fan.

 


Conclusion
Aerocool continues to impress me with their innovative heatsink designs. With the Deep Impact, and now the High Tower series; Aerocool is on their way to being the leader in super conductor CPU coolers. With the efficient design and low noise fan, you will not find a better performing silent cooler. With the quad UV LED fan and UV housing the HT-101 is begging to be shown off. The price is a little steep at around 50 dollars, but you get what you pay for. If you’re looking for the best low noise cooler rivaling some heatsinks with much louder fans you can’t beat the HT-101.

If you plan on using a Tornado or high CFM fan Aerocool’s DP-102 is better suited for you.

Pros

  • Excellent Cooling
  • Looks
  • Quad UV LED Fan

 

Cons

  • Price
  • Installation


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