AOpen ACK7L Heatsink Review

aopen-ack7l

Testing

I will be using an Albatron KM18G Pro with my Athlon XP 1800+ (1.53GHz) and will be using Motherboard Monitor to get the temperature readings of the CPU. I will be using Arctic Silver 5 as the thermal compound because it is the best on the market. Idle temperatures were taken while idling in Windows XP and the load temperatures were achieved by using Prime95 to put the CPU at 100% load.

I went ahead and installed this heatsink to my normal test bed which went pretty well. This clip requires a screwdriver to be used which is always a bad thing because they can slip off and damage your hardware. This was not a problem with my system because the clip ended up being at the top of the motherboard where there was really nothing to damage. Installation went well and nothing was a problem, however this heatsink is really tall so there may be a problem if you have a small case.

Test Bed

  • Albatron KM18G Pro (review to come)
  • 1800+ Thoroughbred
  • 60GB Seagate Barracuda IV HDD
  • 1024MB PC3200 Corsair TwinX
  • Onboard GeForce 4 MX440
  • Koolcase’s Panther
  • Plextor 40x12x40 CDRW
  • SilenX 400w PSU (review to come)
  • AOpen AC7L2 heatsink

I booted up the system and let it idle for about 20 minutes and took the readings after I got a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius. I then ran Prime95 for about 15 minutes. After getting the CPU to load it came to 42 degrees Celsius which isn’t a bad temperature. The heatsink did a really good job cooling my CPU while staying pretty quiet. As you can see the Thermalright SLK-800 did perform better but this did not surprise me much.


Conclusion:

AOpen has again shown that they are able to produce really high quality products. This heatsink did a really good job, better than I thought it would and I am glad to say that. With my past experience with their motherboards I did not expect to get such good results from this heatsink.

I really like that a copper design was used, that all six tabs are used to secure it in place, and that an 80mm fan is used rather than a 60mm. I did not like that a thermal pad was used or that it needed a screwdriver to be installed. Also this heatsink is very tall so problems may arise if this is being installed to a smaller case.

Overall I am really happy with this heatsink and would recommended it to a normal user and to the avid overclocker. I am going to give this heatsink an 8/10 and award it the OCmodshop Seal of Approval. I would like to thank AOpen for sending me this heatsink.

Pros

  • Performs well
  • Quiet
  • Clip uses all 6 tabs
  • Full copper design
  • Ducting system to allow for 80mm fans

Cons

  • Screwdriver needed for installation
  • Might be too tall for some systems
  • Thermal pad
Brandon Turnbull is a technology enthusiast living in southern California. He has written numerous articles and tutorials about PC overclocking and modification.