Sunbeamtech Core Contact CPU Cooler

overview

Today, Sunbeamtech threatened the cooling industry leaders with its latest offering, The Core Contact. It is made up of four large diameter heat pipes that make contact with the HIS of the processor, the same speedy heat dissipation technology that a lot of cooler manufacturers have been adopting recently. So  let’s take a look at how it fares against two of our favorite the Thermalright Ultra-120 and the Noctua U12P.

Introduction

Pro-Clockers has reviewed quite a few impressive cases from Sunbeamtech in the past couple of years. Their thermal compound, the TX-2 was a runaway hit, it went on to replace the Arctic Silver 5 as favorite. It is also known for the impressive line of lighting mods. I am sure those of you who are into rig building might have used a Sunbeamtech product at some point of time.

Today, Sunbeamtech threatened the cooling industry leaders with its latest offering, The Core Contact. It is made up of four large diameter heat pipes that make contact with the HIS of the processor, the same speedy heat dissipation technology that a lot of cooler manufacturers have been adopting recently. So  let’s take a look at how it fares against two of our favorite the Thermalright Ultra-120 and the Noctua U12P.

Packaging and contents

The cooler came in a rather bland box that had pictures of the cooler’s aluminum fins and base. Images  on front showed off the tower style cooler which has dominated the Top Cooler List for years. The back of the box carried a list of the cooler’s features.

The box came with all the accessories you’ll need to mount it on current AMD and Intel compatible motherboards. An interesting accessory is the TX-2 Thermal compound which is like the fine wine of thermal pastes.

Specifications

Part number:

CR-CCTF

Dimensions(mm):

125(L) × 104(W) × 155(H)

Weight:

590g

Bearing Type:

MFDB

Rated Voltage:

12V DC

Rated Current:

0.16A

Air Flow:

90.65 CFM (Max)

Noise:

16~20 +/- 10%

Speed:

1,000~2,000 RPM+/- 10%

Life:

50,000 hours

Thermal Resistance

0.092 (�� / W)

Features

1. Core-Contact Technology
2. TX-2 Thermal Grease Included
3. 4 pcs High Performance 8mm U-shaped Heatpipes
4. Light Weight. (590g without the Fan)
5. Fan Controller Included
6. Easy Installation
7. Bent Fins Design Helps to Cool the Components on the Motherboard
8. Universal Clip Design  
MFDB Fan Features:
1. Silent 120mm Fan MFDB ( Magnetic Fluid Dynamic Bearing)
2. Ultra-Silent Low-Noise Level (16db)
3. Outstanding Long Life of 50,000 Hours

TX-2 Features:

  1. Low Thermal Resistance for Superior Heat Transfer, 4.5W/mK
    2. Small Molecular Size Makes a Better Contact between the Heatsink and Heat source
    3. Thin Bond Line for Hi-Efficiency Conductivity
    4. Low Bleed under High Pressure
    5. Spreads Easy – Clean Consistency
    6. Help the Low-pressure Clip Design of Cooler to Achieve
    7. Better cooling performance
    8. RoHS Compliant
    9. Not Electrically Conductive

 

Closer look

The cooler came pre-assembled with the fan attached which saved two minutes of assembly time. Without the fan attached, the cooler weighs in at 590g which is lighter than a lot of other coolers out there. And much lighter than our king, Thermalright Ultra-120.

The reason why it’s a lot lighter than the competition is at it is made of a stack of aluminum surrounding four copper heat pipes. If you look at the fins from above you can see a small V cut on them eliminating the dead area made by hub of the fan.
Like the OCZ Vendetta 2 which we are still reviewing at this time, the heat pipes of the cooler runs through the base of the cooler making perfect contact with the CPU making it one of the quickest heat dissipation system out there. Companies can now substitute size for technology advancement, ending the era of bulky heat sinks.

The magnetic force driven 120mm fan used on the Core Contact is very similar to that used on the Noctua cooler, quite and efficient. The fan is rated at 1000 to 2000 RPM depending on controller setting and ever exceeding 20dBA according to Sunbeamtech. The fan does not use the four pin type connector so PWM is out of the question.

 

Installation

Putting the cooler and the motherboard together was a straightforward process. All I had to do was place the 775 socket bracket on the socket bracket, by lining the holes on the motherboard with the pins on the bracket and pressing it down and the securing the bracket in place with the plastic pins. If you don’t do this right, your cooler might end up on the bottom of the case.

Next, it is all about getting the cooler in place for installation. Attaching the fan is same as it is with the Thermalright Ultra 120 and other coolers. Sunbeamtech uses wire bands to secure the fan in place, which works out well.

To get it right you need proper leverage and strength. It might take some time if you already have coolers on your motherboard.

 

Testing

We’ll be using a new setup for this test as we have decided to replace our old P31 motherboard with the ASUS P5E3. To see how good the Core Contact really is, we have pitched it against the Thermalright Ultra-120 and the Noctua U12P.

Results

I must say, I was surprised by the results. The Core Contact ran neck to neck with the Ultra-120 and beat the Noctua U12P by a whisker. The reigning king was not dethroned hands down but has been forced to share the spotlight with another!

 

Conclusion

There is no doubt that the Core Contact is an outstanding cooler and almost as good as the reigning king of the coolers. Thermalright needs to refine its R&D and come up with something new to save its top position. Sunbeamtech has produced a true winner. Even though it didn’t win hands down, for its clear advantages over the two industry leaders, its own fan and mounting hardware, The Core Contact is a winner in our books.

 


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