ZEROtherm Core 92 ReviewRHKCommander959 - July 20, 2009
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The ZEROtherm Core 92 is a small package that beats the stock Intel cooler into the ground. Installation is very simple; the user only has to apply thermal paste, snap the cooler onto the motherboard mounting holes, and plug the fan in. The directions are clear and cover the details well, like how to operate the push-pins and mounting. The product is simple and so is the installation procedure. The heat sink itself looks cool with the fin design and blue glow, and should fit in most cases.
The mounting system leaves a little to be desired. The heat sink was getting poor temperatures because it wouldn't get enough pressure to stay on the CPU IHS evenly, so I had to bend the arms slightly. Once that was done, the temperatures dropped and it worked perfectly fine.
The fan looks great inside the heat sink and the push-pins work as well as they can. The heat sink looks great and performs equally good. The compact form factor also makes this much more accessible to people, allowing this heat sink to fit in most situations - although the fan may hum too loudly for a dead silent PC or HTPC.
- Heat pipes spread out across fins
- Direct heat pipe design
- Compact design
- Fan isnt loud
- Assembled/ready for installation out of box (adding thermal paste)
- Good guide/packaging
- Weak pressure from mounting arms
- Push-pin design