3Dvelocity's second of two heatsink reviews from Aerocool, I will be looking at
the Golden Crown. This cooler is a member of the “Silence Solutions” category
of coolers just like the Extreme but differs from it in many ways. This is a pure
aluminum-based cooler unlike the copper Extreme and aimed at less temperature-conscious
It uses a fin design that places it in the “Skive Fin
Series” of coolers. The design is touted heavily on the box and is claimed to
outperform the traditional extrusion coolers by over 30%. The advantage of Skive
fins is that they are cut from the same block of metal as the base. This makes
for an unbroken pathway for the heat to pass up into the fins. The Golden Crown
features 33 fins on either side of the cooler and a total of 66 altogether.
Aerocool Golden Crown
462 and Socket 370
Athlon XP 2600+ and above
2400 or 3400 rpm
38.41 or 51.5 cfm
26 or 34 dBA
first reaction when seeing the fan specs was a great deal of surprise. A cfm rating
of 38.41 while only giving off 26dBA of noise is quite impressive. This comes
close to the noise levels of some 92mm fans at the same dBA. The higher performance
fan provides an equally impressive ratio with 51.5 cfm at only 34 dBA.
compatibility is something that I've always enjoyed about Socket 462 coolers.
If I ever become tired of the rapid pace of technology, I can with little trouble
take my socket 462 cooler and “overcool” my trusty Pentium MMX. This cooler is
rated up to an Athlon XP 2600+ and will probably manage higher than this with
the more powerful fan.
One of the greatest advantages of aluminum-based
coolers if the reduction in weight that comes with it. This makes the single-lug
design an intelligent design choice even though I personally prefer a 3 lug clip
for stability. Some of the higher end coolers are almost heavy enough to tear
the socket right off the motherboard. The trade-off of course is that aluminum
has weaker heat dissipation.
Golden Crown comes packaged in your typical cardboard box used for most coolers.
The box contains just the cooler itself fitting snugly inside.
I may be nit-picking but I do believe that every cooler should come with at least
basic instructions. It's just a simple sheet of paper and not everyone knows how
to install them!
The word that
can best describe this cooler would be “elegant”. The gold and silver make it
look like something that you would buy your wife for a special occasion.
clear fan continues this elegant look and really accentuates the minimalist style.
In a possible slight oversight, the fan motor is not covered up and you can see
the metal coils which breaks the colour scheme. Obviously this is very minimal
but covering it up with a golden plate would make this an essentially perfect
heatsink based purely on first impressions.
my sample came shipped to me with the bottom surface in quite poor condition.
There were visible scratches and looked unprofessional in comparison to how well
most coolers are lapped. The retail versions may be different but you have been
To simplify installation for less experienced users,
Aerocool ships the cooler with a thermal pad stuck on the bottom. For everyone
else this is a great annoyance and any thermal transfer would be hindered by it.
I quickly scraped it off with my fingernail and cleaned the remains with Acetone.
mentioned earlier, this cooler uses only a single lug on each side of the CPU
socket to attach itself. This, being an aluminum cooler, is possible but I still
much prefer the extra safety provided by all three lugs.