Gigabyte Volar Reviewnismozcar - November 26, 2007
The front of the cooler bears the Volar’s winged-logo in the center of the 120mm fan. The top of the Volar remains very open and allows for maximum airflow to pass through the heatsink. The backside of the aluminum heatsink directs air down toward your MOSFETs, which are generally located next to the CPU socket.
From the side you can get a nice view of the angle at which the cooler sits. The heatpipes attached to the base of the cooler hold the heatsink in this position and allow the air to pass through without restriction. You will also notice the wire mesh band that encircles the heatsink. This helps draw air from around the CPU, the effect is created by the air as it passes through the front to the back.
A red adhesive sticker is placed on the base of the heatsink to protect the finish after manufacturing. Once removed, you can see that the base has been lapped. Unfortunately, the lapping process was not as fine as most would hope. I placed a quarter next to the base to show you that the lapping procedure didn’t result in a mirror finish.