ThermoLab BADA ReviewRHKCommander959 - September 28, 2009
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The ThermoLab BADA heat sink was packed sturdily and was one of the top performers in testing, beating out similar-sized and even some of the larger heat sinks. The manual was very readable with no discernable typos or major grammar problems as can be found on other heat sinks and products that are produced overseas. The fins were straight as was the base. The base had some minor scuffing that could easily be fixed with some lapping. For only having three heat pipes this heat sink performed far better than others with even twice the amount – proving that the number of heat pipes does not always make the difference, but that design quality does. The accessory kit comes complete with virtually everything needed to install this heat sink, including a large syringe of thermal paste.
The only major cons against this heat sink are the scuffed base and plain exterior packaging. The sturdy cardboard box provides great protection but limited eye-catching design possibilities. This product is all about the heat sink.
The BADA heat sink performed greatly by stealing the 92mm performance crown in the group of heat sinks tested. It even chased after the Titan Fenrir and Noctua heat sinks. Packaging is hardly important at all as it would seem the heat sink performance and protection received most of the attention, so the plain box is a minor point, as packages serve only to draw in potential buyers.
- Sturdy packaging
- Quiet fan
- Compact and strong design
- full accessory kit for installation
- Strong performance
- Base isn't smooth
- Plain box package