AMA Orc ReviewRHKCommander959 - July 30, 2009
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The AMA Orc looked cool, and didn't do too bad at cooling the i7 down. The design is very unique thanks to the plastic decorations, and the packaging looked good. The grammar and typo errors on the packaging are a minor nuisance and not nearly as bad as some mistakes I've seen in the past - although they are still present nonetheless.
The heat sink looks promising, and performance wasn't bad nor was it stellar. Everything that was needed to install the heat sink was included which is always a plus. The packaging and heat sink both look cool.
The major downfall was the performance This heat sink looks great but couldn't keep up with smaller heat sinks like the ZEROTherm Core 92, which had half the heat pipes. The base is finished to a mirror shine, but is not perfectly flat, and the packaging does have some minor grammar issues. To install the heat sink inside of the case, I had to use a long Phillips head screw driver and slide it through a gap in the fins to install one of the four mounting bolts that was out of the reach of the included wrench. Depending on the price, this heat sink could compete well.
- Good looks
- Good packaging
- Clearance over motherboard components
- Decent operational noise
- Complete accessories kit
- Mirror-polished base is not 100% flat
- Fair performance