|Coolink Corator DS CPU Cooler|
|Written by Vikram Chand|
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
|Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars|
Another great CPU cooler!
We all know that heat is our computers worst enemy, so having a better CPU cooling solution can help improve your CPU's life and allow for better overclocking. We try to test as many CPU coolers as we can so you can compare and decide for yourself on the one you want or need. Today, we will look at the Coolink Corator DS CPU cooler that has four heat-pipes and a SWiF2 120mm high performance fan.
This CPU cooler is designed to fit on AMD or Intel based motherboards (like most other aftermarket CPU coolers) and also in most cases without any issues. So we installed this in our Thermaltake Element G case on the Asus M2N-E motherboard running the AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ CPU (overclocked to 3.35GHz). So let's see how this cooler holds up against other cooling solutions in the industry from Noctua and Spire. We will compare all our results with these other coolers and also the stock AMD cooler as usual.
LOOK AND FEEL
The Corator DS is also one of the slightly big CPU coolers but it is not as big as the Noctua NH-D14. It's made up of copper base and heat-pipes, but aluminum cooling fins. There are a total of four heat-pipes that run through the cooling fins and end up at the base to cool the CPU. Coolink included their high performance SWiF2 120P 120mm fan to go with this cooler. That fan is pre-install in the middle of the two stack of cooling fins. You can use different fans if you wished because the fan is easy to remove. The fan has a 4-pin motherboard power connector.
My Asus M2N-E mobo has a built-in cool and quiet feature that automatically adjusts the CPU cooler fan speed depending on the CPU temperature. This keeps the noise level to a minimum at all times. Unlike Noctua, Coolink doesn't include Low-Noise adapters that lower the fan speeds, but the fan is PWM controlled so you can easily change the speed using various utilities and/or the bios. The four heat-pipes run throughout the heatsink. From the base they form a U form or shape so they go through both sets of cooling fins. A tube of the Chillaramic thermal compound comes with this CPU cooler but is not pre-applied on the cooler. There are spring loaded screws pre-built on the base that will be used to secure the heatsink to the motherboard.
The installation is very similar to that of the NH-D14--it basically comes with similar (if not the same) installation parts. Since I had already install the NH-D14 and the Corator came with the same mounting bars, I just used the Noctua parts and installed the Coolink heatsink on top of it. Like I said, I installed this on my Asus M2N-E motherboard and AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ CPU. But you would have to remove your motherboards retention module but don't lose the back-plate. Then you would install the curved mounting bars with the plastic spacers making sure the curved sides of the mounting bars are pointed inwards (towards the CPU itself).
Once you have the bars install, just apply the Chillaramic thermal compound or any other compound of your choice on the CPU (as recommended) and place the cooler/heatsink on it with the fan removed. Make sure the plastic cover for the base is removed before placing it on the CPU. Now, screw the heatsink to the mounting brackets with the built-in screws. Make sure the screws are tight, but no too tight (you don't want to break your board). Once the heatsink is secure, you can attach the fan back on but make sure that the airflow arrow points outwards or towards the back of your case. Now plug in the 3-pin power connector to your motherboard and you are done.
Motherboard : Asus M2N-E
CPU : AMD Athlon X2 64 6000+
Memory : 4 x 1GB Kingston
Graphic Card : PNY Verto GeForce GTS 250 1GB
Hard Drive : Western Digital 320GB SATA
Power Supply : Arctic Cooling Fusion 550R 500W
Thermal Compound : Coolink Chillaramic
Case : Thermaltake Element G
OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise 32-Bit
CPU Cooler : Coolink Corator DS
First, I will test the system at idle by leaving it sitting for 30 minutes. Then I will perform a load test using CPU Burn-in v1.01 for 30 minutes also. I will use SpeedFan v4.40 to measure the temperatures. I will then compare the results with Spire TherMax II and Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler results to see which performs the best. If time permits, I will also test the AMD stock fan and compare all results together.
So, looking at the results, we can clearly see that while the Coolink Corator DS didn't beat the Spire TherMax II or the Noctua NH-D14, it did come very close performance wise. But as expected we did see a huge improvement over the stock AMD heatsink. The Corator has potential and can do better (maybe with a better performing fan) but in any case it does come very close to the big guns. Even with one fan, the results are very close when compared to the NH-D14. As for noise, it is not as quiet as the Noctua fans, but it is way quieter than the TherMax II. It's neither loud nor quiet -- well balanced noise levels.
The Coolink Corator DS CPU cooler is a very good choice for any computer setup, specially a budget system. Performance is really good and the fan is very quiet. The overall installation was fairly easy but not as easy as one would expect (not tool-free installation). The fan provides awesome cooling even if you overclock your CPU (which I did). The cooler performed very well in all our tests and it beat the AMD stock and Spire TherMax II coolers. While it didn't beat the Noctua NH-D14 cooler, it did come pretty close even with only one fan. I would highly recommend this CPU cooler for anyone looking to replace their stock heatsink with something that can handle a lot more without making a huge dent in your wallet. This cooler can also beat some of its competition easily. The MSRP for this is around $60USD (I can't give you the lowest price because I couldn't find it online) which which is around $25 cheaper than the Noctua. I am giving this CPU cooler 4.5 out of 5 because of the performance and low noise.
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