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EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler Review

Author: AkG
Date: July 14, 2011
Product Name: EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler
Part Number: M020-00-000234
Warranty: 1 Year
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A Closer Look at the EVGA SuperClock CPU Cooler




EVGA did a good job with their packaging as the information placed upon it is clear and concise while the design does stand out quite well. Meanwhile, the internal protection scheme consists of thick foam which warps around the SuperClock and should protect it from most of life’s bumps and bruises.


The list of accessories which accompanies EVGA’s Superclock is certainly well fleshed out, even when compared against similarly priced products. The instructions are clear and concise and written in a bevy of languages while the mounting equipment covers every AMD or Intel system from the last few years (AM2/3, 775, 1155, 1156, 1366). Also included is a small multi-use tube of TIM, a clear (with red LEDs) 120mm fan and a pair of fan mounting brackets.

The lack of additional fan brackets is a bit disappointing since it points to one of the limitations of this cooler: it can only mount a single 120mm fan. Considering many other heatsink in this price range can easily augment their performance with a second fan, EVGA’s seems to be clearly lacking in this regard.


Philosophizers like to say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but we subscribe to a much simpler philosophy: beauty is skin deep, but ugly goes to the bone. Regardless of its inability to mount two fans, this is one gorgeous product which displays a high quality of fit and finish. Its black anodized fin array looks positively striking when viewed alone and once installed into a case, it mostly disappears from view which helps play up9 the red LEDs mounted onto the clear fan.


One of the most interesting aspects of the Superclock is how squat it is compared to some other tower-style heatsinks. Instead of extending the tower upwards to gain cooling mass, the designers have packed as many fins as possible into a condensed area. The result is a performance oriented heatsink with svelte dimensions of 152mm x 135mm x 91mm but a weight that comes in at 740 grams without the fan installed.


While it certainly has the look of a supermodel made inanimate, don’t the Superclock's killer lines fool you since there is a heavy helping of solid engineering poured into this design. Take for example the fin array itself. The cooling fins’ tips have been bent down which certainly helps in the aesthetics department while also promoting air flow through the fin array. Once air is pushed into the array it has no choice but pick up as much heat as possible and then exit from the rear rather than out the sides. The back corners have also been rounded to further improve airflow performance.
 
 
 

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