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    SLCentralHardwareReviewsCooling Jan 18th, 2018 - 4:13 AM EST
    Speeze BigRock Aluminum CPU Cooler
    Author: Mike Kitchenman
    Date Posted: December 5th, 2001
    SLRating: 7/10

    Introduction

    It seems like we're finding about 5 new heat sinks a month now, and its really kinda crazy. What can set all of these coolers apart? Well, Recently Speeze put out a new cooler set and is hoping to make a name for them. This is a really difficult thing to do today as we see cooler after cooler after cooler hitting the marketplace with any and all kinds of tricks and tweaks trying to make them stand out from the one next to it.

    Speeze put out a cooler that, while not what people are used to seeing, really doesn't break any barriers down for innovation. The 'Big Rock' cooler, appropriately named, I might add, is simple an aluminum cooler with a fan strapped onto the top. Here's the catch though the cooler is a monster. It dwarfs pretty much every other cooler I've seen on my desk. Of course, this also means that they can use a larger fan on the top, as opposed to the common 60mm fans everyone else uses, which in theory means that a 70mm can move more air quieter than a 60mm does, with less noise too.

    That is a pretty slick idea on their part, but now my thoughts are a little more skeptical, as I've seen a lot of coolers claim a lot of things. The final comment is, doe all these neat little features and ideas work for the HS, or is it just another random aluminum cooler that happens to dwarf all the others on the market.

    Design/Construction

    When you first get the Heat Sink, you'll find it packaged in a box like any other sink you buy. Inside the box is the Heat Sink, which has a pink thermal pad, applied to the bottom, with a protective cover on it to keep it from getting messed up too much. As everyone knows, thermal pads suck, and apparently the folks at Speeze knew that a lot of people don't like them, so they also included a small tube of silver thermal grease with the heat sink. Quite slick on their part, I might add.

    The Heat sink itself is a very large cooler, with a row of 22 fins running across the heat sink. It comes pre-installed with a 70x70x15mm fan that moves 26 cfm at about 32 dBA, which thoroughly disappointed me there. The point of using a fan with a larger diameter is because they have more blade area and move more air efficiently. This 70mm fan should have been at least better than an average 60mm fan. I have a couple 60mm fans that move as much, if not more, air as this fan does at the same noise levels. However, its not that loud a fan and the 26cfm is actually better than what most coolers come equipped with (Delta equipped sinks not counting.)

    Design: 1/2

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