Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer 92mm Heatsink Review

Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer 92mm Heatsink Review

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.


Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer 92mm Heatsink Review

The Appearance

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.

Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer 92mm Heatsink Review

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.

Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer 92mm Heatsink Review

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.

Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer 92mm Heatsink Review

The base, again you see the copper heatpipes are aligned diagonally.

Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer 92mm Heatsink Review

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.

Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer 92mm Heatsink Review

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.

Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer 92mm Heatsink Review

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.

Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer 92mm Heatsink Review

Technical Data

Here’s a comparison between the CCF92 and CCF.

Product Core-Contact Freezer 92mm Core-Contact Freezer
Part number CR-CCTF92-4 CR-CCTF
Dimensions(mm) 95 (L) ×80 (W) ×155 (H) 125(L) × 104(W) × 155(H)
Weight 272g 590g
Bearing Type MFDB MFDB
Rated Voltage 12V DC 12V DC
Rated Current 0.17A 0.16A
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 Performance

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 Overclocked 38 54
CCF 92 without fan Overclocked 38 60
CCF without fan Overclocked 38 53
CCF 92 Stock 38 47
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.*

Conclusion

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.

goldfries recommended

* hrmm……. I wonder if I’m the first Malaysian to have the 92mm version. 😛 *

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53 Comments

  1. can it be use on AMD platform too? such as am2+ and AM3? How about the price too? I just hope that it’s cheaper than RM100 🙂

  2. Could you pls do some reviews on liquid cooling? Just for proc is okay. Thanks

  3. Author

    @terence – AM2 sure no problem but I’ve no idea on that but I’m sure they’ll work out a bracket for the AM3.

    @fatty – if i could find one. 😀

  4. Goldfries,

    The 590g weight of the heatsink, does that include the fan as well?

    Seems a bit light for a huge cooler for that.

    I might considered getting this for my new computer on April – May 2009. Thanks.

  5. Hi, can i know wat is the estimated price for this cooler , planning to get this for my SFF.




  6. Author

    From what I know, it’s around 30USD, which is around RM 120 or so. A little cheaper than the 120mm version.















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