|Best CPU Cooler Performance LGA1366 Q3-2009|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Friday, 09 October 2009|
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CoolAge CA-X120TF Wind Tunnel
CoolAge is a lesser-know name to North American markets, but that shouldn't mean that their products don't deserve the utmost attention. Taking one look at the X120TF 'Wind Tunnel' cooler, and you'll notice some of the traits that make CPU coolers great. A very dense weave of aluminum fins create the most complete heatsink we've seen a long time, only made better by six offset and staggered heat-pipe rods bent into the traditional 'U' tower design. CoolAge nicknames the CA-X120TF model 'Wind Tunnel' for the crimped fin plates which create a larger surface area using honeycombs for air to pass through.
The X120TF kit came with more than enough enthusiast hardware to convince us that CoolAge knows what they're doing. A high-pressure bolt-through mounting kit comes stock with the CoolAge X120TF, along with a large syringe of CA-TC3 Nano thermal paste. While the CA-X120TF kit doesn't include a cooling fan, CoolAge was kind enough to include their CA-120SX2 cooling fan, which measures 120x120x38mm. For the record, Benchmark Reviews tests stock performance using the Scythe Kaze-Jyuni SY1225SL12SH for all coolers that lack their own included fan.
The CoolAge CA-X120TF features six heat-pipe rods configured in a traditional 'U' tower design. One particular stand-out feature is the staggered positioning of each rod, arranged so that all twelve heat-pipe ends receive fresh incoming air. A polished heatsink base receives all six heat-pipe rods, which are soldiered into the unit for maximum thermal conductivity. The bolt-through mounting system applies excellent pressure between contact surfaces, although access to the backside of the motherboard is required for installation. Benchmark Reviews will soon discover is this cooler from the CoolAge Frozen Orb series performs as well as it looks.
CoolAge CA-X120TF Specifications
About Hilo Company, Ltd
CoolAge is a division of Hilo Company, Ltd. CoolAge is a Seoul, Korea based brand name that focuses on enthusiast computer hardware. CoolAge operates with a focus on the overclocker cooling market and aftermarket cooling systems. For more information, visit the CoolAge website at www.coolage.co.kr