Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer CPU CoolerFri, Sep 26, 2008 - 12:00 AM
Overall the Core-Contact Freezer look massive, but it is light by tower cooler standards, weighing in at only 590 grams. This is due to the aluminum cooling fins, which keeps the weight down on the cooler.
The fin profile for the Core-Contact Freezer somewhat resembles an X, but there is a lot of surface area there to dissipate heat. Combined with the 4 HDT pipes I have some high hopes for this cooler.
Looking at the base of the cooler we can see the retention latches. These are for both AMD and Intel (with adapter ring) systems.
With the protective film pulled off we can see the finish of the base. It’s not the greatest looking surface in the world but HDT coolers are all like this. Now if you’re thinking, “No big, I’ll just lap it” that would be a bad idea. Most of the heatpipe was ground away to create the flat spot, take too much more and you have thrown $45 out the window.
All of the HDT coolers I have seen thus far have been 3 pipe coolers, and I have always wondered what a 4th pipe would bring in the way of performance. I set the Core-Contact Freezer next to the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 in the above image. As you can see, there is a large jump in surface area, is it really needed?
Here I have the Intel Q6600 CPU and the HDT-S1283 cooler. The 3 pipe configuration covers the CPU rather well, with one pipe directly over the core.
With the 4 pipe configuration of the Core-Contact Freezer, we have more then ample coverage of the CPU, and two pipes that will cover the core of the chip. It should be interesting to see how well the temperatures end up.
The fan for the Core-Contact Freezer is a 120mm fan from Sunbeamtech model number 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 aid of the included fan controller.