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Potential quality issues18 Sept. 2012
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I have the following setup:
Intel i7 3770 @ 4.1 GHz Power idle: 44W Power load: 185W
With this Scythe, a very thin coat of Arctic Silver 5, and an Antec TriCool 120mm fan running at 1000 RPM, my core temperatures reach 85C within minutes of starting Prime95 x64. This performance is not better than the stock cooler. I assumed a problem with the Intel chip and replaced it with another. Same temperatures.
Removing the heatsink reveals a lot of Arctic 5 in the middle of the heatsink and CPU and none around the edges. I'm led to believe the bottom of this unit, while it appears flat, is actually concave. Under load, the heatsink is only slightly warm to the touch. Raising and lowering the fan speed has minimal effect on core temperatures.
Other user reviews indicate far superior heat conduction and far lower temperatures. My unit may be defective, an unreasonable proposition for a $50 unit when comparable coolers are regularly half that. I've since returned this heatsink in favor of a Cooler Master Hyper 212 with better thermal performance at less cost.