5. Final words
The Coolink Corator DS delivers a respectable performance. At stock speeds and voltages, the Corator DS was among the top performers among the coolers we have tested so far. It seems that its two-tower design coupled with the 120mm fan also met in the respectable NH-D14 solution from Noctua did a a great job here. On the other hand, when the CPU is overclocked, the cooler's single-fan design did not allow it to deliver a top performance. The cooler remained quite efficient but it fell short of the temperatures reached by other high-end cooling solutions we compared it to. For example, the NH-D14 showed off its cooling prowess with the use of a second fan. We strongly believe that this product would highly benefit from an additional fan.
Regarding noise, the cooler is on an average category. It was quiet when the CPU is idle and a little noisy when it is under full load. Not much to add here, except from the fact that the PWM function is available to help you make the cooler less noisy.
So the Cooling Corator DS will not give you exactly the performance of a NH-D14 but it remains an efficient cooler priced much lower than Noctua's high-end solution.
In terms of pure performance, the Corator DS is generally quite competitive and will cover your needs for cooling. On the other hand, if you have to spend less than the$55 required for the Corator DS, you should look for other solutions. There many coolers with better cost/performance options out there for sure.
|Copper Base quality|
+ Great retail package
+ Very Good performance either with stock/overclocked processor
+ Installed fan has PWM function
+ Works with all currently sold processor sockets (AMD/Intel)
+ Easy to use mounting system
+ 5 years of warranty
- Only one fan can be installed
- Big volume may cause problems with passive cooled memory modules or small cases
- Relatively high price
- Average noise levels at full speed