Aerocool Deep Impact 102 Heatsink ReviewFormer staff writer -
This has to be the most interesting heat sink design I have ever seen. In the center of the heat sink is the superconductor tube; inside the tube is a liquid which reacts with heat from the Cpu and rises. Encased around the tube are circular copper fins which help to cool the liquid, as the liquid is cooled it is lowered back to bottom of the tube to be heated again this is a never ending process and helps to keep the Cpu cool. Attached to the copper fins is fan housing, the thing I like about this is you have the ability to attach a variety of fan sizes from 60mm to 80mm. Some motherboards might not have enough clearance around the socket area to use two 80mm fans due to capacitor size, in some cases a 60mm or 70mm fan will clear the capacitors.
Aerocool does not include fans with the DP-102 but Aerocool did send two of there aluminum fans with the heat sink for this review. These fans are rather interesting as they have an aluminum fan housing and the blades are made of clear polyester. What really struck me at first was the shape of the fan blades, there shape was very different than what you normally see on 80mm fans, the blades are more shaped and rounded which will help a lot with fan pitch and turbulence. One of the first things I did was to test this fan out to see if the redesigned blades had any impact on silence and pitch. Plugging the fan up to my motherboards 3 pin header, I was in awe at how silent these fans are there is no pitch or whine like some 80mm fans. There not the most powerful fans but putting your hand in front of the air flow sure feels like there putting out a lot more air then there rated for which is 21.5cfm. Some of the other specs for the fan are sleeved bearings, running @2000 rpm with a noise level of 20.3dba. Aerocool also offers these fans with red, blue, green, and quad led's.
The base of heat sink was not very polished and felt rough; some more time lapping would have greatly increased the shine and feel of the base. In addition, there seems to be some residue from the black foam used in the bottom of the packaging as you can see in the lower left side of the copper. Well see if this has any effect on its cooling ability.
The clip on the dp-102 uses all six cleats on the ziff socket to secure it. I do have a few problems with it thou, the clip is able to move freely which for the inexperienced user could install the heat sink wrong and damage the Cpu. I do not think this is a big problem as this heat sink is marketed towards the advanced computer user which wont make that mistake.
Some assembly is required out of the box to get the heat sink ready for installation. The fans have to be installed before you can install the heat sink; you have the option to use one or two fans. Aerocool recommends you use blow-blow direction will perform better than blow-suck.