UPDATE: Also check out Part 2, with two more heatsinks.
It has been quite some time since Icrontic reviewed a heatsink, so we thought we’d get back into the scene with a bang. Today, we’ll be taking a look at six top-notch heatsinks from Scythe, Coolink, Tuniq and Thermalright.
It is really amazing just how far heatsinks have come over the last few years. It seems like just yesterday that top of the line HSFs employed small 60mm fans and heatpipes were unheard of. Times certainly have changed. Today, heatsinks are bigger than ever and 120mm fans are the norm.
As new CPUs keep getting hotter, heatsink manufacturers continue to push the limits with more and bigger heatpipes, tighter fin arrays and all sorts of other tricks of the trade. Performance levels once thought only possible with water-cooling have been achieved by many of the latest and greatest air coolers.
The six heatsinks we are going to be looking at today are all unique. Although there are similarities between them, they each try to go the extra mile with unique design elements for better performance and reduced noise. As history has shown, performance cannot be judged by specifications and appearance alone.
Let’s take a look at the competition!