Coolink Corator DS CPU Cooler Review
By Rafael Coelho on April 21, 2010


Introduction

Hardware Secrets Bronze Award

This time we tested Corador DS CPU cooler from Coolink, which uses a "sandwich" design, with two tower heatsinks, four U-shaped heatpipes and one 120 mm fan. Check it out!

Corator DS box is big and simple, with a picture of the cooler and some information about it, as you can see in Figure 1.

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Figure 1: Box.

Inside the box we found the cooler with the fan already installed, user manual, installation hardware and a tube of thermal compound.

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Figure 2: Box contents.

In Figure 3 you can have a general view of the cooler. We have already seen this design on other coolers, like Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme, Zalman CNPS9900 NT and Thermaltake ISGC-200, with excellent performance on the first two. This fact, along with the huge size and good general aspect of Corator DS, gave us great expectations about its performance.

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Figure 3: Coolink Corator DS.

In the next page we will see this cooler in detail.

Coolink Corator DS

In Figure 4, you can see the cooler from the front side. Through the fins you can get a glimpse of the green fan, as well as the four well-distributed heatpipes.

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Figure 4: Front view.

In Figure 5 you have a side look of the cooler, where you can check the two-heatsink design. Note how they are not identical: the rear heatsink (where the fan is attached to) has more fins than the front one.

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Figure 5: Side view.

In Figure 6 you can check the rear heatsink. The manual especifically says to install the fan pushing the air on this heatsink.

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Figure 6: Rear view.

In Figure 7 you can notice that even with different heatsinks the shape of the fins is the same.

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Figure 7: Top view.

Coolink Corator DS (Cont'd)

In Figure 8, you can see the base of the cooler. At first sight it seems to be made by a copper plate that covers the heatpipes, but looking carefully we noticed that this base is made by the heatpipes itselves. However, unlike what happens on Nexus VCT-9000, the gap between the heatpipes is filled with copper pieces that fit them perfectly, turning the base into something that looks like a one-piece copper block, which is good: besides having more contact area with the CPU, the heat (mostly generated at the center of the CPU) can be better delivered to the outer heatpipes. If this base was better polished, it would be close to perfection.

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Figure 8: Base.

In Figure 9, you can see the heatsink without the fan. Actually, you need to remove it in order to install the cooler, because it is necessary to fasten the screws located at the base of the cooler.

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Figure 9: Without the fan.

In Figure 10 you can notice one of the silicone stripes at the points where the fan touches the heatsink, which helps to absorb the vibration produced by the fan.

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Figure 10: Anti-vibration silicone stripe.

In Figure 11, you can see the fan used with Corator DS. It has 11 yellow/green turbine-shaped blades. The four-pin mini conector shows it has PWM automatic speed control.

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Figure 11: Fan.

Installation

In Figure 12, you can see the Chillaramic thermal compound tube which comes with Corator DS. This compound uses ceramic nano-particles.

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Figure 12: Thermal compound.

In Figure 13, you can see the installation hardware used for Intel processors. The X-shaped mettalic backplate must be used on the solder side of the motherboard, assuring a simple yet very firm installation.

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Figure 13: Intel installation hardware.

In Figure 14 you can check the holders installed on the motherboard. They are simple to install and do not bend the motherboard. After that, you just need to apply thermal compound, put the cooler over the CPU and fasten both screws.

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Figure 14: Frame installed.

Installation (Cont’d)

In Figure 15 you can check the cooler installed on our motherboard, but still without the fan.

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Figure 15: Installed on the motherboard.

In Figure 16, you can see the fan in place.

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Figure 16: Fan installed.

In Figure 17, you can see the cooler inside our case. Even being a huge cooler, it did not interfere with any motherboard component nor obstruct the memory sockets.

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Figure 17: Installed in our case.

How We Tested

We are adopting the following methodology for our CPU cooler reviews.

First, we chose the CPU with the highest TDP (Thermal Design Power) we had available, a Core 2 Extreme QX6850, which has a 130 W TDP. The choice for a CPU with a high TDP is obvious. To measure the efficiency of the tested cooler, we need a processor that gets very hot. This CPU works by default at 3.0 GHz, but we overclocked it to 3.33 GHz, in order to heat it as much as possible.

We took noise and temperature measurements with the CPU idle and under full load. In order to achieve 100% CPU load on the four processing cores we ran Prime95 with the "In-place Large FFTs" option, and three instances of the StressCPU program, all at the same time.

We also compared the reviewed cooler to the Intel stock cooler (with copper base), which comes with the processor we used, and also with some other coolers we have tested using the same methodology.

Temperature measurements were taken with a digital thermometer, with the sensor touching the base of the cooler, and also with the core temperature reading (given by the CPU thermal sensor) from the from the SpeedFan program, using an arithmetic average of the four core temperature readings.

The sound pressure level (SPL) was measured with a digital noise meter, with its sensor placed 4" (10 cm) from the fan. We turned off the video board cooler so it wouldn't interfere with the results, but this measurement is only for comparative purposes, because a precise SPL measurement needs to be made inside an acoustically insulated room with no other noise sources, which is not the case here.

Hardware Configuration

Software Configuration

Software Used

Error Margin

We adopted a 2 °C error margin, i.e., temperature differences below 2 °C are considered irrelevant.

Our Tests

On the tables below you can see our results. We ran the same tests with the coolers shown on below tables. Each test ran with the CPU idle and then with the CPU fully loaded. On BigTyp 14Pro, TMG IA1, NH-U12P and ISGC-300 the tests were done with the fan at full speed and at minimum speed. The other coolers were connected directly to the motherboard and it controls the fan speed based on CPU load level and temperature on PWM models. ISGC-400, iCEAGE Prima Boss, Megahalems Rev. B, Thermaltake SpinQ VT, Zalman CNPS10X Flex, Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme and Tuniq Propeller 120 were tested at minimum speed on idle test and at maximum speed on full load test.

CPU Idle

CoolerRoom Temp.NoiseFan SpeedBase Temp.Core Temp.
Intel stock14 °C44 dBA1000 rpm31 °C42 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (min)17 °C47 dBA880 rpm29 °C36 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (max)17 °C59 dBA1500 rpm26 °C34 °C
Akasa Nero18 °C41 dBA500 rpm26 °C35 °C
Cooler Master V1014 °C44 dBA1200 rpm21 °C26 °C
TMG IA1 (max)16 °C47 dBA1500 rpm22 °C30 °C
TMG IA1 (min)16 °C57 dBA2250 rpm21 °C30 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme16 °C44 dBA1200 rpm21 °C29 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-10018 °C44 dBA1450 rpm35 °C49 °C
Noctua NH-U12P (low)15 °C42 dBA1000 rpm20 °C30 °C
Noctua NH-U12P15 °C46 dBA1400 rpm20 °C28 °C
Noctua NH-C12P17 °C46 dBA1400 rpm23 °C28 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-20021 °C43 dBA1100 rpm31 °C35 °C
Schythe Kabuto22 °C42 dBA800 rpm29 °C34 °C
Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Pro20 °C43 dBA1500 rpm32 °C39 °C
ISGC-300 (min)18 °C42 dBA800 rpm26 °C30 °C
ISGC-300 (max)18 °C46 dBA1400 rpm24 °C26 °C
SilverStone NT06-E21 °C66 dBA2600 rpm30 °C41 °C
Zalman CNPS9700 NT22 °C48 dBA1700 rpm28 °C35 °C
Scythe Mugen-2 17 °C41 dBA 700 rpm25 °C30 °C
ISGC-400 (min)17 °C44 dBA850 rpm24 °C30 °C
Cooler Master Vortex 75220 °C48 dBA1700 rpm32 °C44 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss (min)22 °C42 dBA1000 rpm29 °C36 °C
Evercool Buffalo17 °C51 dBA1850 rpm22 °C29 °C
Scythe Big Shuriken20 °C42 dBA900 rpm31 °C39 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX321 °C44 dBA1700 rpm30 °C39 °C
Titan Skalli20 °C43 dBA1200 rpm27 °C34 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B21 °C40 dBA800 rpm28 °C32 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 NT23 °C45 dBA900 rpm30 °C34 °C
Cooler Master Hyper N62021 °C44 dBA1200 rpm28 °C34 °C
Nexus LOW-7000 R223 °C46 dBA1400 rpm33 °C42 °C
Evercool HPK-10025EA20 °C54 dBA1900 rpm27 °C34 °C
Evercool HPH-9525EA23 °C50 dBA1900 rpm38 °C49 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss II23 °C42 dBA1000 rpm29 °C35 °C
Thermaltake SpinQ VT24 °C45 dBA950 rpm32 °C39 °C
Titan Fenrir21 °C42 dBA950 rpm29 °C35 °C
Zalman CNPS 10 Flex23 °C40 dBA800 rpm32 °C39 °C
Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme24 °C43 dBA1100 rpm30 °C37 °C
Gelid Tranquillo22 °C41 dBA850 rpm29 °C36 °C
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus20 °C45 dBA1200 rpm27 °C35 °C
Spire TherMax Eclipse20 °C58 dBA2300 rpm25 °C34 °C
Tuniq Propeller 12020 °C43 dBA1050 rpm24 °C33 °C
Nexus VCT-900020 °C44 dBA600 rpm28 °C37 °C
Coolink Corator DS19 °C45 dBA1050 rpm25 °C32 °C

CPU Fully Loaded

CoolerRoom Temp.NoiseFan SpeedBase Temp.Core Temp.
Intel stock14 °C48 dBA1740 rpm42 °C100 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (min)17 °C47 dBA880 rpm43 °C77 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (max)17 °C59 dBA1500 rpm35 °C70 °C
Akasa Nero18 °C48 dBA1500 rpm34 °C68 °C
Cooler Master V1014 °C54 dBA1900 rpm24 °C52 °C
TMG IA1 (max)16 °C47 dBA1500 rpm27 °C63 °C
TMG IA1 (min)16 °C57 dBA2250 rpm25 °C60 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme16 °C51 dBA1900 rpm24 °C50 °C
Thermaltake ISG-10018 °C50 dBA1800 rpm58 °C93 °C
Noctua NH-U12P (low)15 °C42 dBA1000 rpm28 °C59 °C
Noctua NH-U12P15 °C46 dBA1400 rpm25 °C54 °C
Noctua NH-C12P17 °C46 dBA1400 rpm37 °C76 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-20021 °C48 dBA1900 rpm42 °C68 °C
Scythe Kabuto22 °C47 dBA1200 rpm38 °C63 °C
Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Pro20 °C51 dBA2300 rpm49 °C85 °C
ISGC-300 (min)18 °C42 dBA800 rpm36 °C64 °C
ISGC-300 (max)18 °C46 dBA1400 rpm31 °C56 °C
SilverStone NT06-E21 °C66 dBA2600 rpm39 °C96 °C
Zalman CNPS9700 NT22 °C56 dBA2600 rpm34 °C63 °C
Scythe Mugen-2 17 °C46 dBA 1300 rpm 28 °C54 °C
ISGC-400 (max)17 °C47 dBA1400 rpm36 °C69 °C
Cooler Master Vortex 75220 °C55 dBA2300 rpm48 °C92 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss (max)22 °C53 dBA2000 rpm35 °C59 °C
Evercool Buffalo17 °C51 dBA1850 rpm32 °C67 °C
Scythe Big Shuriken20 °C50 dBA1500 rpm51 °C85 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX321 °C53 dBA2700 rpm39 °C66 °C
Titan Skalli20 °C47 dBA1550 rpm37 °C69 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B21 °C61 dBA2600 rpm30 °C51 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 NT23 °C56 dBA2000 rpm34 °C54 °C
Cooler Master Hyper N62021 °C50 dBA1650 rpm32 °C56 °C
Nexus LOW-7000 R223 °C53 dBA1900 rpm45 °C74 °C
Evercool HPK-10025EA20 °C54 dBA1900 rpm39 °C69 °C
Evercool HPH-9525EA23 °C50 dBA1900 rpm58 °C100 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss II23 °C56 dBA2100 rpm32 °C56 °C
Thermaltake SpinQ VT24 °C52 dBA1500 rpm40 °C68 °C
Titan Fenrir21 °C50 dBA1600 rpm33 °C58 °C
Zalman CNPS 10 Flex23 °C61 dBA2600 rpm33 °C59 °C
Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme24 °C56 dBA1900 rpm35 °C60 °C
Gelid Tranquillo22 °C46 dBA1450 rpm31 °C60 °C
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus20 °C52 dBA1900 rpm32 °C64 °C
Spire TherMax Eclipse20 °C58 dBA2300 rpm29 °C73 °C
Tuniq Propeller 12020 °C55 dBA1900 rpm36 °C68 °C
Nexus VCT-900020 °C50 dBA850 rpm43 °C88 °C
Coolink Corator DS19 °C56 dBA1800 rpm32 °C62 °C

The next graph shows how many degrees Celsius the CPU core was hotter than room temperature during our idle tests.

 Coolink Corator DS

The next graph gives you an idea on how many degrees Celsius the CPU core was hotter than room temperature during our full load tests.

 Coolink Corator DS

Main Specifications

Coolink Corator DS main features are:

Conclusions

Coolink Corator DS is a good cooler. At first it impressed us by its size, weight and construction quality. It looks nice, but we don't think that "sandwich" coolers are the most beautiful ones.

Talking about noise, it is on an average category, quiet when the CPU is idle and a little noisy when it is under full load.

Its cooling performance is not bad, but does not compete with the most effective coolers we tested so far. As it looks (and costs) like a top-shelf cooler, we were a little disapointed with its performance.

There are CPU coolers with better cost/benefit options out there, but if you want a good and big cooler, you can buy Corator DS with no fear. Therefore it receives our Hardware Secrets Bronze Award.

Originally at http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Coolink-Corator-DS-CPU-Cooler-Review/979


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