Sunbeam Core-Contact Freezer Review

gotdamojo06 - 2008-09-02 22:24:34 in CPU Cooling
Category: CPU Cooling
Reviewed by: gotdamojo06   
Reviewed on: September 8, 2008
Price: $39.99

Introduction:  

Have you been looking for a new cooler for your processor? Do you have one of the new processors that emit a lot of heat? Sunbeam may just have the solution for you! Whether you are overclocking your processor or you are going to be leaving your processor at stock speeds and volts, you may want to upgrade the cooling solution to keep it from degrading and being ruined from excessive heat. Sunbeam has taken its cooler and incorporated the heatpipes directly into the base of the cooler, allowing the heat to be transferred quickly and efficiently from the IHS of your processor to the fins of the cooler with the Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler. I am interested to see how this cooler will compare when it is put up head to head against some of the other coolers that are out on the market.  

Closer Look:  

The front of the package is where you are going to get your first glimpse of the Sunbeam Core-Contact Freezer, it looks very similar to the SilenX iXtrema Pro heatsink and the Thermalright Ultra 120. It is a large tower made up of aluminum fins with heatpipes traveling through them to hold them together. The top of the package is where the Core-Contact Freezer name is printed. There is also a little bubble on the side that shows you what the base of the cooler looks like with the heatpipes being exposed on the base. There is another bubble that shows you that there is thermal paste included with the Core-Contact Freezer. There is an ultra silent fan that is included with the cooler to make sure that it will efficiently cool the processor. The back of the package for the Core-Contact Freezer is where you are going to find a list of the main features for the cooler, fan, as well as the thermal paste. The specifications and compatibility for sockets are on one of the sides and the other side is where you are going to find more pictures of the cooler and its accessories.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you open the package you can take a look at what comes with the Sunbeam Core-Contact Freezer, you will see a large plastic package that holds the cooler as well as the fan. The molded plastic packaging is going to keep the Core-Contact Freezer in place and prevent any damage from occurring during the shipping process, such as broken or bent fins. There is also a white box that is included with the packaging, this is where all of the accessories are packed. There is a LGA Socket 775 retention bracket to mount the Core-Contact Freezer, two fan clips, a fan speed controller, TX-2 thermal paste, screws, and a user manual.  

 

 

 

Now that we know what the Sunbeam Core-Contact Freezer packaging looks like and what it comes with, it's time to take a look at the actual cooler itself as well as the fan that is included.  

Closer Look:  

 

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. 

 

Specifications:  

 

Socket Type

Intel: LGA775
AMD: S-754/939/940/AM2/AM2+

Heatsink Material

Pure Copper heatpipes & Base; Aluminum Fins

Heatsink Dimensions

125 x 104 x 155mm

Heatsink Heatpipes

4

Fan Dimensions

120 x 120 x 25mm

Fan Speed

1000-2000RPM (10% Varrance)

Fan Bearing Type

MFDB

Fan Noise Level

16~20 dBA (10% Varrance)

Fan connector

3 pin

Fan Colr

Black

Total Weight

590g (without fan)

 

Features:  

Testing:  

To properly test the Sunbeam Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler, I will be monitoring the highest temperature of the processor at Idle (little to no CPU usage), and at full load (100% CPU usage). My idle test will be done by running the computer for thirty minutes and recording the maximum temperature during that time. I will be using OCCT:PK to simulate a full load. I will run a torture test for 30 minutes with the mixed (CPU and RAM) mode turned on, and gather the maximum temperature during this time. The temperature monitoring software that I will be using is Real Temp 2.60, as it reads all four cores, documents the maximum temperature for a period until you reset it, and most importantly reads the 45nm processor's temperatures correctly. I will be taking the four highest temperatures that were given off during the test, and report the average of the four cores. The stock test will be done using all of the stock settings for the Q9450 @ 2666MHz. During the overclocked tests, I will be using 410MHz FSB with an 8x multiplier to give me 3280MHz overclocked speed, on a vCore of 1.34v. All of the temperatures are measured in degrees Celsius.

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Heatsinks:

NOTE: Some of the listed heatsinks were originally tested using an E6600; I recently retested and gathered new data after the switch from the E6600 to the Q9450. The new temperatures are represented in the graphs below.

 

 

 

 

 

After testing the Sunbeam Core-Contact Freezer, I was surprised at the results for two different reasons. First, I was surprised that the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme and the Core-Contact Freezer had similar results, but I was also very surprised that the Sunbeam didn't beat the Thermalright, as the Sunbeam uses the Core-Contact technology. The cooler's results were on the colder side of average.

 

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.  

 

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