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Sunbeam Core-Contact Freezer Review

gotdamojo06    -   September 8, 2008
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Conclusion:

What is there to say about the Sunbeam Core-Contact Freezer? For starters, we can talk about the design of the cooler. I was impressed with the aerodynamics of the cooler, a seemingly simple "X" design actually helped out quite a bit when it came to getting the temperatures lower, also the built in bent fins that are supposed to help cool the surrounding motherboard components is an extra positive as well. The base of the Core-Contact Freezer is very unique as the four all-copper heatpipes are showing and have direct contact with the IHS of the processor, which allowed for a better transfer of the heat build up. The cooler is also very large in size, though it is still lightweight, which is always a nice combination as it has the surface area to cool the quad core processors while not weighing down the motherboard and adding extra stress on it. The tool-less/multi-platform design for me was not just a positive, but a disappointment as well. The reason I liked the mounting hardware is because you could use it on many different motherboards, however the retention bracket is very large and bulky and could very easily get in the way of large northbridge cooling solutions. This cooler is very well priced for the performance that it was able to yield; I was surprised that it was able to perform as well as it did after taking a look at the price. I would suggest this cooler to anyone who is looking to dive into overclocking or looking for a better cooling solution than their stock cooler.  

 

Pros:

  • Design
  • Base design (Core-Contact)
  • Four copper heatpipes
  • Large in size
  • Multi-platform design
  • Tool-less installation
  • Temperatures (relative)
  • 120MM fan
  • Price

 

Cons:

  • Mounting hardware

 

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