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AURAS Shagon' AHC-118 CPU Cooler Review - The Shagon' AHC-118 CPU Cooler

The ARC-118 gets a facelift and super-sized! Let's see what the new AHC-118 offers.

| CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 14, 2011 11:25 am
TweakTown Rating: 80%Manufacturer: AURAS / Shagon'

The Shagon' AHC-118 CPU Cooler

 

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Looking at the front, or where the fan will attach, you can see the plastic top cover goes all the way to the bottom and offers a place for the four rubber fan mounts to attach to.

 

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The side shows that the forty-two fins get some spacing and support from the tabs that run down the side. The depth of the cooler allows for a very even spacing between the pipes and should allow for better heat dissipation.

 

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There is also a spacing and support trail down the center of the back of the fins. Using flattened heat pipes with this cooler makes for a low profile base, but as you can see, the pipes cannot be bent as soon as if they were round through the base.

 

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This side is exactly like the other side. It has the support trail and the same spacing for this half of the hat pipes.

 

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Since removal of the shroud on this cooler is near impossible, I flipped the cooler over so you could get a glimpse of the "louvers" that get cut into each of the fins. This should disturb the air and make for better heat transfer that a flat fin would.

 

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The base gets milled once it is assembled. The pipes are for the most part level with each other and offer a flat contact area across the pipes. You can tell by the shadows that in some spots the aluminium top plate doesn't touch the processor. No issues for cooling, but it may require a bit more TIM to fill the gaps.

 

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Grabbing the 120mm fan, you can see the full color scheme gets carried over from the ARC-118 we saw not too long ago. The dark maroon, almost purple of the blades and shroud will make for a very unique looking addition to your build.

 

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All together the AHC-118 is a wide one. With the fan installed the cooler climbs near 5" in total profile. While the cooler is high enough to clear typical memory, if you have taller spreaders there is likely going to be an issue with this cooler.

 

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Just another angle to appreciate the curves, color, and see the whole unit one more time before I strap it up for some abuse.

 

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