Sunbeam Core-Contact Freezer Reviewgotdamojo06 - September 8, 2008
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Taking a look at the Sunbeam Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler, you are able to see that the cooler was constructed with performance in mind. The tower style cooler boasts a whopping fifty one aluminum fins that are connected to four separate heatpipes that run from the top of the cooler down to the bottom and pass through the base. The design of the tower of the fins are not like many other coolers that are out there, the sides of the fins are pressed in making an elongated "X," however the front is also depressed and the back is slightly bowed out. This not only allows for better airflow, but it also allows for more surface area for the heat to end up once it has being pulled off of the processor. The four heatpipes that run through the array of fins make up one line and are nice and straight. The heatpipes are made out of copper which will help when it comes to pulling the heat off of the processor and getting the heat out of the way of the processor's area, which will come in handy when it comes to overclocking the processor and keeping the temperatures low. Overall, the Sunbeam Core-Contact Freezer's design looks rock solid and everything should work nicely together.
The fan that was included with the Core-Contact Freezer is a black 120mm fan that has a 3-pin power connector, which allows it to be connected directly to the motherboard for monitoring purposes. The fan is a Sunbeamtech AGA12025F121 fan that operates at 12V with 0.28A draw. The fan also uses MFDB (Magnetic Fluid Dynamic Bearing) technology, allowing the fans speed to be changed from 1000RPM to 2000RPM.
With the 120mm fan installed on the heatsink, you are going to see that the cooler looks a lot more like what it should, as the grooves and the overall design of the cooler makes more sense. The depressed sides allow for more air to be blown through the heatsink's fins and cool them down quicker and more efficiently. This is also true with the rounded back side, it will allow the cool air to be blown all the way through the heatsink and allow the warm fins to be cooled as it passes through.
The top of the cooler is very simple in design, it is very flat and shiny and has no extra details going on, however it does have the "X" shape to it with the top being a little rounded. When you take a look at the base of the cooler, you are going to see something that is not very common when it comes to coolers out on the market nowadays, the copper heatpipes are showing, they are not hidden by the base and have extra material for the heat to pass through to be transported to the fins where it can then be dissipated and cooled.
Overall, the cooler looks like it would be able to stand up to the others that are out on the market and hold its own. I am very curious to see how well the cooler is going to do with the design of the base and heatpipes.