by David, 5 April 2003
With the discovery
of AMD's very overclockable Athlon XP 1700+ Thoroughbred B processors,
overclockers and AMD enthusiasts everywhere have rejoiced in being
able to hit upwards of 2 GHz in pure megahertz. As a result, the
need for performance heatsinks has arisen. With copper being the
material of choice, most of the performance heatsinks available
today are made from nothing else, as copper has proven to be a better
material for manufacturing heatsinks as compared to aluminum. Unfortunately,
a side effect of this is the weight of the cooler itself, as copper
is much more dense and heavier than an equivalent volume of aluminum.
steps up to the plate with their Aero 7 skived fin copper cooler.
We'd like to thank CoolerMaster
for providing 8BallsHardware with the opportunity to check out one
of CoolerMaster's latest releases. The Aero 7 was released during
the latest Cebit 2003, along with the CoolDrive3 hard disk cooler
which we shall review very soon.
As you can see
by the above picture, the Aero 7 looks to be inspired by Noisecontrol's
reviewed here), as the fan used is similar in design. However,
the Silverado was designed to cool with minimal noise. How does
the Aero 7 perform in this respect? Read on to find out.
Fan Dimension: 70 x 70 x 70 mm
Rated Speed: 1900~4500 rpm
Air Flow: 10.9~26.9 CFM
Rated Voltage: 7~13.8V
Heat Sink Dimension: 71 x 71 x 38 mm
Heat Sink Type: Copper Skived Fin
Socket Type: A, 370, 462
Air Pressure : 2.9~20.3mm H2O
PIII CuMine up to 1.13GHz, Celeron (Tualatin) up to 1.6GHz
Duron up to 1.7GHz, All Athlon up to 3000+ and higher.
give no indication of how loud the fan is, though airflow is pretty
low in general, as 27 CFM is roughly the same amount of air a plain
80mm fan pushes. The suppported processor speeds seem impressive
though. Nevertheless, its the final numbers that matter, and not
take a closer look at the Aero 7.
Closer Look >>