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Evercool 3-Way Heatsink Shootout

By: Mike Wright | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 13, 2002 5:00 am

- CUC-610CA



Next up is the CUC-610CA model. It has a much smaller footprint, a copper insert for the base, and is rated by Evercool to be able to handle AMD processors of up to 1.7GHz


The Heatsink



The heatsink is made out of aluminum, and consists of several rows of small fins. There are numerous slots that run throughout the fins to help in the airflow through the unit. It measures in at a smallish 63.5mm x 63.5mm x 26mm without fan. Mass is only about 150 grams, so efficient airflow is going to be a must for this sink to even come close to handling the stresses of cooling a hot T-Bird.


The plastic crown that sits atop the sink is a better means of mounting the fan. This allows the fan to be mounted without having to drive screws through the fins of the heatsink.


The Base



The base of this model is a very nice sight. The copper insert is set into the base without any ridges or poor fitting of any kind. The base of the copper itself is polished to a mirror finish. When copper first began to be used in heatsinks, this was what everyone had in mind...a flawless melding of the copper insert to the aluminum base of the sink.


The Fan



Here is another example of Evercool using it's own components. The fan here is an Evercool model and measures in at a slim 60mm x 60mm x 10mm. It spins at 5,000 RPM, blows at 19-CFM, and emits less than 32 dBA of sound. It has the standard 3-pin connector so that it is easily hooked to the motherboard. It also has the third wire in the fan so that RPM rates can be monitored through either the BIOS or by using a third party software utility (such as SiSoft Sandra or Motherboard Monitor).



Pictured above is another option that is hooked to this particular fan. It is a small electronic alarm that will start to go crazy on you if the fan ever stops operating. It is designed to (hopefully) give you enough time to power down the system in the event the fan dies. I didn't test this functionality of the alarm by stopping the fan, but it did make a small peep when I powered down the system. This gives evidence that it does work, and work pretty quickly as well since the alarm had enough juice to sound off a little even as power was cut to the entire system.


The Clip



If I were to die and go to Hell, this is the kind of clipping mechanism that I would expect to find there. To be perfectly blunt, IT SUCKS!


Why do I say this? Because the clip itself is too tight, and it has no reasonable handle to allow you to install it without using screwdrivers or similar. It took me nearly five minutes (and repeated applications of AS2) to get this thing mounted to the Socket.


This wouldn't be so bad if you're the type that removes the motherboard every time you install a new cooler, but that doesn't apply to the majority of us who are regularly tweaking our components.


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