6. Final words
After spending some hours with the Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer, we can safely say that it is a very good product. The cooler comes in a complete retail package, it includes a full tube of Tuniq TX2 thermal paste, a PCI slot fan controller and it costs below $40 ($29.99 after rebate to be exact).
The installation process is easy to get, even with a motherboard armed with many onboard passive heatsinks, where you may have some issues with the installation.
In terms of performance, the results speak for themselves. The cooler performed better than other popular and higher-priced products. On the negative side, the cooler produces some annoying noise at full fan speed. You may slow down the fan easily by using the provided fan controller, with a trade-off in the cooling performance of course.
What we would like to see from this product is the support of an additional rotating fan that could further improve the cooler's efficiency. Maybe Sunbeamtech has now an idea about he Core-Contact Freezer Vol2 product? ;-)
|Copper Base quality|
+ Great performance
+ Complete retail package
+ Works with both AMD/Intel platforms
+ Includes Tuniq TX2 thermal paste
+ Low Price ($29.99 after rebate)
+ Replaceable Fan
+ Great Design
- Large Size
- Might not be compatible with all motherboards due to mounting mechanism
- Fins seem to bend very easily, be careful!
- Stock fan produces high noise at full speed