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SilenX iXtrema IXC-120HA2 CPU Cooler (Page 4)

Chris Ramseyer | Jun 25, 2008 at 11:00 pm CDT - 1 min, 19 secs time to read this page
Rating: 83%Manufacturer: SilenX

The Cooler

Deja vu; the cooler is neatly identical to the SBT CCF, only the fins appear to be different.

From the side the differences start to stand out, you can see the channel in the fins that allow for two fans to be installed, one on each side of the fins.

Here we see that the pipes go all of the way to the top of the coole,r but they don't protrude past the top fin.

From the top you can see that the top fin is also a cover for the heatpipes. In the past I heard from several case modders that they would love to get rid of unsightly heatpipes sticking out of the top of their coolers.

With the fan installed you can see that the fins do not stick out past the fan much. Also, the fan is a little unconventional; the fins protrude into the center circular hub to grab just a little bit more air.

The cooler uses the wire hanger method and SilenX includes enough hangers to mount two fans on the cooler.

Here we see the meat and potatoes of the cooler, the contact area. As you can see, heatpipes do not polish up well but our previous testing proved that it didn't matter too much for performance. I am still amazed at how flat the base actually is and the heatpipe to aluminium alignment.

The aluminium is there to secure the mounting mechanism to the cooler. From the factory it is setup for both Intel and AMD operation since the same bracket is used for both.

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Chris Ramseyer started his career as a LAN Party organizer in Midwest USA. After working with several computer companies he was asked to join the team at The Adrenaline Vault by fellow Midwest LAN Party legend Sean Aikins. After a series of shake ups at AVault, Chris eventually took over as Editor-in-Chief before leaving to start Real World Entertainment. Look for Chris to bring his unique methods of testing Hard Disk Drives, Solid State Drives as well as RAID controller and NAS boxes to TweakTown as he looks to provide an accurate test bed to make your purchasing decisions easier.

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