Evercool Transformer 6 Heatsink Review

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Installation

Alright, now that the attack of numbers on our cerebellums’ is over, we can take a look inside the box and see what we are working with.  Once you open the box you are confronted with a large plastic clamshell that houses the heatsink combo and the box of components.  You will notice there is a piece of foam stuck in between the upper and lower fins of the heatsink.  This is for shock absorbency and to prevent bending of the heatpipes.

 

Don’t forget to remove this prior to installing your heatsink.  Take out the heatsink and set it to the side.  You’re left with a 6×6” box that contains everything you need to make this monster fit your machine.

Inside the component kit is:

  • Retention Holder for Intel P4 / LGA 775
  • Screws for P4 Retention Holder
  • Clip for AMD K8
  • Retention Holder for AMD K8
  • Speed Control (Silent/Powerful)
  • Thermal Compound

Okay.  You have everything you need.  Now for the installation.  Unfortunately, the T6 did require me to remove my motherboard from the case.  Which is always a pain in the ass considering how much crap I have jammed in there.  But you gotta do what you gotta do to please the technology Gods.

After removing my motherboard, I found installation of the heatsink fairly simple.  Attach the retention holder, screw or clip the heatsink into place, plug the heatsink into the fan control, then the control into the CPU power source.  Then the long process of getting your mobo back inside the case without breaking stuff.  Which is something I seem to have a knack for.


I am using my household daily driver for this test.  It has a mediocre CPU and basic RAM, so any load heats it up.  It is sporting an Athlon 3800+ 1600Ghz processor, 2GB Elixer RAM, and a 320 GB Barracuda HD.  May not seem like much, but you would be surprised what this little puppy can dish out when gaming or editing video.

So installation wasn’t a huge stress, but getting the motherboard in and out usually is.  For me, this is points lost for the T6, but maybe it can get those points back in the performance round.  I started my computer and let it idle for twenty minutes.  After that I casually played World of Warcraft while a couple of processes ran in the background for extra heat.

After an hour or so I decided to play F.E.A.R for a while and give the heatsink time to really show its stuff.  This game automatically adjust settings to what your computer can handle, so it takes full advantage of everything you have while running.

After an hour of game play I stopped the game long enough to take heat readings on the processor.  Then I played for a little while longer.  You know, just for safety’s sake.  I would hate to think I didn’t do a good enough job of testing it by cutting my game short.  At the end of it all I was getting a steady reading of around 32 degrees Celsius during moderate use, and 51 degrees Celsius during heavy use.  This comes out to around 120 degrees Fahrenheit during heavy use.

This may seem pretty high, but on such a minimal load CPU that is taking the load of such a high graphics game, this is actually a damned good temp.  On the chart I show comparison with some other after-market heatsinks that were put through the same trial.  The Transformer 6 stood up quite well in its own right.