Arkua ThermoTurbo 6228 HSF Review
Specification and Installation
This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective's website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.This photo shows the ThermoTurbo completely disassembled the shroud on the left, the heatsink center rear, the famous or infamous clip (depending on your personal view) center front and the Delta 37.6 CFM, 60 mm fan on the right. Please note that the Delta label is facing you in the photo, this was done so you could see that it was actually a Delta fan. When assembled the label is facing inward towards the core as this heatsink has been designed to drive air down on the core. Not pictured is a standard 60 mm chrome grill that is absolutely essential to protect against any fingers or other limbs from coming into contact with the fan blades.
Our next two photos give you different views of the copper core, the first is an overhead view, and the clip that can only be installed in a north to south direction is positioned over the copper core.
The second view is of the bottom of the heatsink displaying the smooth flat finish on the copper core. Please note, that when you receive the ThermoTurbo the bottom of the core is covered with a thermal phase change pad. We don’t like them and NEVER use them; instead we carefully remove the thermal pad and clean the contact area thoroughly before positioning the heatsink on our CPU, which has already received a thin coating of Artic Silver II on its core.
For such a high performance cooler we have grown to expect considerable size and weight, this is not the case with the ThermoTurbo. It weighs in at a mere 311 grams and that includes the weight of the fan. The overall dimensions including the fan are 64L x 64W x 76H mm which means that it should be compatible with the majority of today’s motherboards.
Installation was uneventful for us, but I must qualify this statement. We have installed and taken off so many HSF’s over the last few years that we have become quite proficient in this area even though we’ve blown a couple of CPU’s during that time, having a removable motherboard tray doesn’t hurt either.
I can see where there could be a problem installing this unit in a cramped case and in a lot of cases that have stationary motherboard trays. A long-handled screwdriver is required for installation, that is, unless you have hands of steel!!!!
As a word of warning; never ship or transport a computer with a heavy high performance HSF in place, it is always wiser to remove it and then reinstall it when the computer has arrived at its destination.