Aerocool is a company that
prides itself in providing silent cooling solutions while still maintaining high
levels of performance. Today I am looking at the Aerocool Extreme, which is one
of their all-copper coolers and a member of their “Silence Solutions”.
remember the days of my good old 486 DX2 66mhz which hummed along happily for
many years with only the ceramic packaging to dissipate the heat. A few years
later all my Pentium MMX 233mhz required was a tiny cooler the size of that old
486 and a 40mm fan. Today I'd light the house on fire trying such things and that
is why companies such as Aerocool exist.
Socket 462 (AMD) and Socket 478 (P4)
XP 3000+ or Pentium 4 3.6ghz
Extreme will also function perfectly on Socket 370 or even dating back to the
Socket 7 due to size similarities.
The rated speeds are impressive
with this cooler able to theoretically handle a 3.6ghz P4 or an Athlon XP 3000+.
a far cry from the typical cardboard box, the Extreme comes packaging in a large
and roomy blue plastic case. The eye-catching ability of this case is not to be
underestimated and makes this a perfect choice as a gift. It not only looks good
but prevents your cooler from harm caused by the evil FedEx man.
feeling almost ashamed to tear it apart I dumped it's contents onto the table
and took a closer look.
The Extreme is a fairly good looking cooler even though little
has been done to push itself past the bog standard HSF styling. It would look
very much at home in a Thermaltake Xaser and appeals to the more flashy personalities.
The clean lines of a Lian Li would make it look out of place so keep this in mind
The blue looks very good against the copper
heatsink and this colour scheme is carried up into the fan for the sake of consistency.
The fan also has 4 blue LEDs which heighten this effect.
fan rating of 34 cfm @ 30 dBA is good and on par with most fans in terms of the
dBA/CFM ratio. An 80mm Vantec Stealth might make a good replacement if you want
perfect silence. There are no Smart Fan capabilities to speak of though.
am very pleased the see the inclusion of a clip that uses all the lugs on the
socket. This is a feature that should be standard on all heatsinks because of
the added stability, safety and strength. Unfortunately the actual metal that
the clip uses feels flimsy and prone to being twisted and warped. Hopefully this
will not make installation a hazard.
Aerocool went for the thin
finned approach with this cooler and included lots of them. The thinner fins allow
for more surface area and better heat dissipation into the air. It also looks
bottom of the cooler has been smoothed to a wonderful perfection. You can see
your face quite easily on it. After staring at the definition of perfection for
a few minutes I forced myself back to work. I'm used to being forced to lap a
cooler after purchase but this is an exception.
with the HSF itself, Aerocool packaged a number of other goodies into the fancy
It also comes with 2 mounting clips for application on
a P4 socket 478 as well as the screws to attach them to the cooler. My greatest
surprise came when I checked over the included tube of thermal paste. It boasts
25% silver content which is much better than the usual package of generic white
The included instructions are clear and concise for the
new user as well. With the Athlon and P4 having been out for a number of years
now there is no excuse for poorly made instructions.