AMA Phantom ReviewRHKCommander959 - August 19, 2009
Category: CPU Cooling
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There are a few different ways that heat sink manufacturers try to lure customers to their products. Some produce designs that look unique and interesting, while others strive for the best performance or quality. Others target the low-noise crowd, while the rest try to fit in the haze between these qualities. Occasionally, these qualities merge together to form great heat sinks. AMA is coming out with several new heat sinks to the marketplace. I personally just reviewed the AMA Orc, which operated quietly, looked cool, and performed well. On the agenda today is the AMA Phantom that looks far less menacing than the AMA Orc, while looking like it may possibly provide better cooling in a more compact design. This heat sink falls into the Astral line of AMA heat sinks, whereas the Orc fell into the company's Mythic series.
Similar to the AMA Orc, the box is black with the AMA logo all around. This time a spaceship looking picture is on the front, with blue in place of red. The box itself has a few minor scuffs and also some weird grease that I tried to wipe away. Both heat sinks shipped together but the Orc's package was cleaner. Similarly, the front opens up to reveal a pouch of information and a perspective view of the heat sink and some smaller photos of some of the features of it. The box also has a window on it showing the decorative top piece.
Each side shows some basic specifications in several languages, this heat sink is compatible with i5 and i7 in future releases. Both sides have a silkscreen image of that spacey looking image. Each side has an AMA sticker on it. The back has another perspective view of the heat sink with blue LEDs on, and details similar to those found on the inside tab.
The top has an AMA sticker that is larger than the others, and another clear one to keep the box shut. Opening the box gives a good sneak peak at the side of the heat sink.
Included accessories are very similar to the AMA Orc, with a manual for the Phantom in place of the Orc's. Mounting brackets for Intel 775/1366 and AMD are included as well as thermal paste and mounting bolts.
With the heat sink ready to come out, let's get up close and personal with the Phantom.