Cooler Master Aero 7+ Plus Heatsink ReviewFormer staff writer - November 2, 2003
|Aero 7+ Features|
A Closer Look
The package that the Aero 7+ arrived in was larger than I had expected. I had expected it to come in a package similar to the X-Dream, and X-Dream SE heat sinks did.
|Included in the Aero 7+'s package was:|
The base of the heat sink included a safety sticker to keep the base clean and unscratched. Some manufacturers don't do this, however every heat sink I have ever seen from Cooler Master has had this..
The base of the heat sink is very similar (if not identical) to that of the X-Dream SE heat sink, and as with the various models of the X-Dream, the Aero 7+ includes a much shorter mounting clip. Cooler Master doesn't have the best lapping process that I've ever seen, however they still do a good job. As you can see, it doesn't have the mirror effect most people go after when they lap a heat sink, but that doesn't mean it's not good. We'll see the base again and compare it to the base of a Swiftech MCX-462 in a moment.
Like I said, the base is much similar to the base of the X-Dream SE, with the exception of the clip, which has been dramatically shortened. The heat sink base is made of all copper to help with the heat transfer off of the CPU.
As I've already made mention, the clip of the Aero 7+ is dramatically shorter than the clip Cooler Master used in other heat sinks, this is important because the old clip, what I call the version one, could cause problems when mounting the heat sink inside a case, such as my Lian Li. As you see in the image, the version one clip pressed up against the PSU box, this made it almost impossible to install.
Version One Clip Version Two Clip