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    Speeze Copper Heatsink
    Author: Mike Kitchenman
    Date Posted: April 26th, 2002
    SLRating: SLRating: 5/10
    Bottom Line: A solid concept, with some notable execution flaws.

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    Introduction

    A while ago we took a look at the Speeze Big Rock HSF, which was one of the largest pieces of aluminum I'd ever seen strapped to a computer processor. Well, they've also put out another sink; only this one is along a very different line of thought than the big rock. This one is an extremely compact copper cooler. Apparently they're expecting the better metal to make this a better contender at a reduced size.

    Does it work out like that? Or is this just another pipe dream? Lets see...

    Design

    The Speeze cooler is one of the first coolers I've seen in a while that doesn't take some route that tries to make it stand out from the crowd. It's a square copper base, with thin copper fins folded and soldered onto the base. A copper plate is formed over the top of the fins, to both protect the fins and allow a strong mount point for the fan. It is somewhat reminiscent of the way the Vantec 6027 is designed, but it lacks the more refined look of the Vantec.

    For people looking for a cooler that isn't rackmount (due to their obnoxious costs) but wants a relatively small copper cooler, this is a good choice for a non-obtrusive design.

    Design: 1/2

    Installation

    The clip on this cooler is identical to the one on the aluminum Big rock, so I've got the same opinion on it as before. (What an idea!)

    The installation of a HS is probably one of the most important parts to consider when either dealing with an AMD processor or if you're a weirdo like me and put it on and take it off all the time.

    The clip on the cooler requires a flat-headed screwdriver to put on or remove, which is pretty common today. The actual install went pretty easily compared to some I've used, but at the same time, it wasn't the best. However this clip was a little on the unusual side for how it was made, it has a couple layers of metal folded over itself, and while it worked fine, I would question durability if a person installed and removed it frequently.

    Installation: 1.5/3

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