Silverado!

Made by Noise Control, a German company, it not only packs a huge coupla fans, but a little silver disc on the bottom. As we all know, silver is a great conductor of heat (hence Artic Silver, uh-huh?) and so Noise Control had the brainwave of putting a solid bit on the bottom of their heatsink. Does it work? Let's find out..

Noise Control provide a couple of sheets of instructions which I duly followed like a good boy :)

The Silverado itself. You can see the huge size of the fans on top of it!

Here you can see it next to my trust ManU coffee mug. It's huuuuuuuuuuuge! (The heatsink not the mug).

Noise Control provide 3 different pairs of leads for running the fans at different voltages such as 5v and 8v, to keep noise to a minimum (hence Noise Control eh? Cunning...)

This set of mini cork-pad things comes with the heatsink, to place underneath the motherboard to dampen the case vibrations.

These little circly things are to be fitted around the little rubber pads on the cpu. The instructions state that these are absoloutely vital and must not be left off, though I can't really see what they doo..I guess they keep the pads from squidging (technical term) too much and letting the heatsink crush the cpu.

A side on view of the actual heatsink

This is the money shot people...the silver disc. It sits off centre on the bottom of the heatsink, so that it directly covers the cpu core when the unit is mounted. It's held on by heavy duty screws...there is no way that baby is coming off :)

It's damn shiny!

As for installation...well, lets just say it's not exactly the easiest heatsink to get in. Scratch that, it's an absoloute beezotch. The clip mechanism is evil (you thought the original Fops were bad? Pah!) I have lost a lot of plastic shavings off my socket to this thing...it's extremely stiff and extremely painful if you can't do it quickly. Obviously, it was made so that it wouldn't budge...however, NC still say that it is not suitable for use in a system which is going to be moved around. Personally, I would much prefer them to use the screw mounting system facilitated by boards such as the KT7, and HSFs like the Zalman I'll refer you to in a minute - this modification would have mdade the whole thing a lot more secure, and a lot easier to install. It's very tall once mounted, it is only just lower than the top of my mobo tray.

So, I guess y'all want to see some benchies eh? Well, for reference purposes, I have compared it to the Zalman 5000+ which I reviewed previously. The Zalman is a dead good cooler (check out the HardOCP HSF roundup for more evidence of this) so it seemed a suitable candidate for the face off. To test, I used a Duron 800 clocked to 1G, on an Abit KT7 mobo watched by Motherboard Monitor 5.05. I used Artic Silver II as the thermal interface. For stress testing, I queued up a bunch of mp3s and loaded up Seti in the background - that combo keeps the CPU ticking over nicely :) Now for my 1337 Excel skillz...click to enlarge.