Coolink Corator DS Reviewccokeman - May 2, 2010
Category: CPU Cooling
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When it comes down to it, we are all enthusiasts in one way or another. We all want to get the highest performance and clock speeds from the hardware we have at the lowest possible temperatures. This is something the stock cooling solution will rarely allow (the Intel 980x stock cooling solution not withstanding). There reaches a point where the temperatures of the CPU reach a level you are not comfortable with and that time brings with it the realization that you need to do something about the cooling solution. There are a myriad of heatsinks on the market, from mild to wild, that run the gamut from a simple upgrade, to a full on refrigeration system in a case. Somewhere in the middle, is usually the solution for the masses.
That brings us to today with the Corator DS from Coolink. Never heard of them? They are the retail arm of Kolink that is involved with the R&D work with Noctua, so the technology behind the brand is solid. This heatsink is a dual tower design that uses Gapless Direct Touch technology with four large 8mm heat-pipes carrying the load to the aluminum fins. I am curious as to how this design will compare with some of the other high-end cooling solutions on the market and more specifically the king of the hill NH-D14 from Noctua. Let's move on a dig into the Coolink Corator DS.
The Corator DS from Coolink comes packaged much like many heatsinks on the market. The box contains a wealth of information on all four sides much the way its sister company Noctua does. The front panel shows a picture of the Corator DS. The right side gets into detail on the features of the Corator including the dual fin stacks, Gapless Direct Touch technology and the SecuFirm2 mounting hardware. The rear panel shows detail shots of the Corator while the left side lists the specifications and contains a few technical drawings.
Opening the packaging you get a surprise of inner boxes housing the accessories and the Corator DS cooler itself. Once you break through all of the layers, you are presented with the cooler and the items needed for installation and operation. Included with the Coolink Corator DS are the mounting brackets, thermal grease, case badge, instructions, and a fan to provide the cooling airflow to keep your components as cool as possible. If the mounting hardware looks vaguely familiar, it should, as it is Noctua's SecuFirm2 mounting system.
To facilitate mounting the Corator DS onto the motherboard of your choosing, Coolink has included Noctua's SecuFirm2 mounting hardware as well as detailed instructions on how to complete the installation. You get hardware for both AMD and Intel with compatibility for sockets 775,1156 and 1366 on the Intel side and AM3, AM2, AM2+ on the AMD side of the fence. This heatsink is a bolt-in design, so if you already have your system installed, you will need to remove it to install the Corator DS.
To mount the AMD hardware you just have to unscrew the existing bracket on the motherboard and screw in the hardware. The Intel mounting is a little more complex, but with the assembled shot it won't be that difficult to install. The rear bracket for the Intel installations is a universal bracket with mounting holes for socket 775,1156 and 1366. You just have to insert the bolt into the correct set of holes. The bracket is insulated on the contact surface to prevent any short circuits and provides the correct stand-off spacing from the board, so you don't tweak the board out of shape.
With just a preliminary look at the Corator DS and its bundle of accessories, it may well provide some competition to the NH-D14 based on its construction alone.