Thermalright was kind enough to send over their newest heatsink, the AX-7. This heatsink is the successor to the now famous SK6 which was an outstanding heatsink. The base of the unit is made of copper while the top part and the fins are made of aluminum. All right enough intro, lets get down to business.
When I opened up the package which had the AX-7 in it I was surprised to see how big the box was and how heavy it was. It is very secure and protected so it will not get damaged during shipping.
When you purchase the Thermalright AX-7 you get the heatsink, 4 screws, 4 washers and a thermal pad. They should have included some kind of paste instead but you can purchase it separately.
The AX-7 is very unique looking, it looks somewhat like a Thermoengine, but at the same time a lot different. It has fins around the sides or it rather than on the top, it takes an 80mm fan and has a smaller base.
The base is 60mm while the top is 80mm which you can see better in this picture. The base has an outline for where you are supposed to place the thermal pad if you decide to use it. The base of the AX-7 is very well finished and has a great shine to it.
The clip of the AX-7 requires a screwdriver, but I really like the fact that the clip utilizes all of the 6 tabs on the socket. Using all 6 applies more pressure, evenly distributed to the core and if you have broken the middle tab with another heatsink this one will work for you.
As always I would have like to have seen a clip which does not need a screwdriver, however this clip is very easy to use and it was not a problem at all. The AX-7 just barely cleared the capacitors around the socket, you may want to check that it will fit on your motherboard before buying it.