I’m sure many of you remember the legendary Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer, imagine what surprise I got when I received the 92mm version!
I was really excited, anxious to see what this 92mm little brother of the Core Contact Freezer could do for me.
What surprised me most about the appearance was that it wasn’t a shrunken copy of the Core-Contact Freezer, despite carrying the same name.
Here’s a group photo of the Core-Contact Freezer 92mm (bottom, much easier to call it CCF92 ) compared to the rest of the bigger heatsinks in my collection (ThermalRight XP-120 wasn’t around as he’s got a job to do) – On the left, the Scythe Ninja. On the right, Xigmatek S-963. And the one on top – the original Core-Contact Freezer without the fan.
Height wise, it’s shorter than the rest. Yes, the Xigmatek S-963 has a push pin base but even if we bring that into consideration, the CCF92 is still shorter.
Right from the top, you’ll see a that Sunbeam decided to use a surface area that’s not like the usual flat and shiny ones. I believe it’s to add possible surface area for heat dissipation. Notice also how the copper heatpipes are diagonally placed, this allows them to place more heatpipes on the less generous area.
The base, again you see the copper heatpipes are aligned diagonally.
And interestingly, they have this ridges right at the base. Again, I suspect this is one of the clever way to increase overall surface area by utilizing whatever available space.
Then unit, just like the CCF, comes with the clip to hook on to the mount bracket. Speaking of which, while the product site does not state compatibility with the LGA1366 (Intel Core i7), Sunbeamtech was kind enough to include the LGA1366 bracket for this review. So that’s also to say that the CCF 92mm is compatible with LGA1366 motherboards and with that, so should the CCF.
The 92mm fan is held is place by 4 rubber stubs. Stubborn stubs, they’re so solid that it actually took quite some force just to rip them out of the heatsink.
Here’s a comparison between the CCF92 and CCF.
|Product||Core-Contact Freezer 92mm||Core-Contact Freezer|
|Dimensions(mm)||95 (L) ×80 (W) ×155 (H)||125(L) × 104(W) × 155(H)|
|Rated Voltage||12V DC||12V DC|
|Air Flow||30.5~40.5 CFM||90.65 CFM (Max)|
|Noise||≦27dBA||16~20 +/- 10%|
|Speed||1200~2200 RPM||1,000~2,000 RPM+/- 10%|
|Life||50,000 hours||50,000 hours|
|Thermal Resistance||0.092 (°C / W)||0.092 (°C / W)|
More details at the official product page.
The unit was tested on my E7200 at overclocked and stock state.
– E7200 @ 3.5ghz (9.5×368), with 1.36 vcore
– E7200 @ stock (9.5×266), with 1.22 vcore
Orthose CPU test was used to stress the cores, each test was about 5 minutes. Ambient temperature is around 25°C.
|Processor State||Idle (°C)||Load (°C)|
|CCF 92 without fan||Overclocked||38||60|
|CCF without fan||Overclocked||38||53|
|CCF 92 without fan||Stock||38||50|
So as you can see, it’s still behind the CCF running fanless but the results were still good, at least in my book.
*Note : your results may vary. Depending on your casing and temperature conditions, you could achieve better results. Or it could go otherwise, where you can’t run it fanless.*
I’ve tried both Xigmatek 1283 and 963 and I can’t get both of them to run fanless. My Scythe Ninja is not compatible with my LGA775 unit. When CCF came, I was so happy as I manage to go fanless once again. With the CCF92, I couldn’t be more happier.
In fact, I’ve been running the CCF92 fanless for quite a while now and I can assure you that going fanless is not a problem as long as you have a casing with decent airflow and a sufficiently cooling room.
The fan wasn’t noisy to begin with but I still prefer to have it without any fan.
And here’s the best part, ladies and gentlemen – I could mount it without having to remove my motherboard! Yes! Oh I’m so happy for that, I hate it when I need to remove the motherboard just to fit a heatsink. It’s just too much hassle.
And I got the whole thing mounted within 10 minutes too! All 4 push pins were securely attached to the motherboard, with 3/4 of the push-pin lock placed. Good enough to have a secure hold.
I highly recommend this product, and I certainly think that this is the best heatsink I’ve used so far. I love it for the smaller dimension with the performance it gave.
* hrmm……. I wonder if I’m the first Malaysian to have the 92mm version. 😛 *