The X-Dream - Part Deux
Like I had mentioned in the introduction, this younger brother has been remade out of copper. If you'll remember, the original X-Dream was an aluminum sink with a round copper insert in the base. While the results were excellent, this all copper design should show some promise.
Here is a little better look at just the heatsink of the SE. This is where another improvement comes into play as well. There are a lot more fins employed in this newer model. This will create a larger surface area for heat dissipation, so should work out nicely. In terms of size, the sink measures in at 80mm x 69mm x 45mm and is also hefty to boot.
Another feature of the heatsink is the "Skived Fin Technology" used in the manufacture of the SE model. Most copper heatsinks use some method to attach the fins to the base of the sink. This intermediary material will generally reduce the ability to dissipate heat. Not by a great amount, but it does make a difference. The Skiving term used here indicates that the sink is actually carved out of a single piece of copper. Since the fins are a real part of the base, there is no loss of the ability to transfer heat. This should help even more for our overall testing results.
The base of the SE model cooler is very smooth. It doesn't have that mirror finish that some companies add to their coolers, but it won't take much effort to get it that way. We will, of course, be testing it in the condition that it is sold, but if you want that polished look, you won't have to put any real effort into achieving it.
The clipping mechanism used on the SE looks to be identical to the one used on the original X-Dream cooler. While it is simple to use and requires no tools or real effort, the metal is just a bit too flimsy. If you're the type who is removing the heatsink every so often, then you might find yourself trying to contact Cooler Master for a replacement. It bends entirely too easily.
The fan used in this monster is one of Cooler Master's own models. It measures in at 80mm x 80mm x 25mm, spins between 2,000RPM and 4,800RPM creating a maximum airflow of 62-CFM. Though decibel ratings were not available, I can say that at high speed the fan puts out less noise than the Thermaltake Smart Fan II. You can hear it, but it isn't terribly overpowering.
But why have a normal looking fan when you have an all copper cooler?
Sometimes it is the small things that can help make a difference. This, folks, is what they mean by attention to detail.
As you may have guessed by the stats given for the fan, this HSF features an adjustable speed fan. But the adjustments in this model are done by the user, and not by some idiotic thermal probe. I have found all too often that when the probed fans are used in a case with good airflow, the fan speeds never even get close to their maximum potential. This little addition allows YOU to decide how fast you want the fans to spin; not some little dumb probe.
But what if you want to be able to access this adjustment without having to dig around to the back of the machine (like in the case of the original X-Dream)?
Well, that's not a problem either. Our friends have kindly given you a choice in how to mount your little switch. You can either use the PCI slot plate (included) to mount it to the rear of the enclosure, or you can opt for the 3.5" drive bay plate (also included) that allows you to mount it into an empty 3.5" bay slot. The choice is entirely up to you so you can use whatever suits your personal needs.
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