Aerocool Glacier Heatsink Review



Lux-Design was nice enough to send me a few things to review and this will be the first. They are the exclusive Canadian distributor for Aerocool which is a heatsink company. This particular heatsink is called the Glacier and is made of copper and is compatible with all socket 7, socket 370, and socket 462 (A) CPUs. There is a lot of competition in the heatsink market right now especially with the emergence of more watercooling companies lately which are much better than air cooling. With so many companies infiltrating the market it can be really hard to choose the best heatsink for your system and for your needs.

This heatsink doesn’t really come in a box but more of a container. It is a transparent blue box which holds the heatsink and the generic thermal compound that comes with it. The 3-pin fan on top of the heatsink as you can see is also transparent blue.

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Looking down on the heatsink you can see that the fan is a transparent blue and you can see the fins of the heatsink. The fan pushes 51.5 CFM while spinning at 3400RPM and puts out 34 dBa which isn’t too bad. I like the blue fan more than I do the standard black one because it just looks a lot nicer. The fan comes with a 3-pin connection that you can plug into your motherboard so that you can monitor the RPMs.

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From the side of the heatsink you can see that it uses a type of shroud with the fan. the shroud more moves the fan away from the opening so that air can move through it well. The other side of the heatsink has 5 holes cut into the shroud and through a few of the holes you can see that the fins also have holes cut in them. These holes in the fins and shroud will move air through them and hopefully help the heatsink cool the CPU better.

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The clip on this heatsink does not require a screwdriver which is a good thing if it works well. Using a screwdriver creates a risk of damaging your motherboard so this clip is a good thing. The bottom of the heatsink is not protected by anything like a plastic sheet so it came kinda scratched up. The finish on the base isn’t really that good to begin with but there are also some pretty good scratches on it as well. My guess is that most of the extra scratches were made by the plastic box which it came in. Luckily there were not very many scratches where the core of the CPU is going to be.

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