Coolink Corator DS Review

For overclocking choosing a capable CPU cooler is crucial for achieving the best results. Today we are taking a look at the  Coolink Corator DS high-end CPU cooler.

 

 

Coolink was founded in 1996 and their headquarters are located in Taiwan. They mainly specialize in high-performance PC cooling products.

Let’s take a quick look at the Coolink Corator DS main specs and features:

Specifications

 

  • Material: Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins)
  • Size incl. Fan: 155 x 140 x 121 mm
  • Weight incl. Fan: 1040 g
  • Fan Size: 120x120x25mm
  • Fan: Coolink SWiF2-120P
  • Bearing Type: high-performance hydro-dynamic bearing
  • Rotational Speed(+/- 10%): 800-1700 RPM
  • Airflow: 60.4-127.6 m³/h
  • Acoustical Noise: 8.5-27.1 dB/A
  • Socket Compatibility: Intel LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA775 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3 (backplate required)

 

Features

 

  • Four 8mm heat-pipes
  • Asymmetrical dual fin stacks
  • Gapless Direct Touch technology
  • SWiF2-120P high-performance120mm fan
  • PWM fan speed control
  • SecuFirmâ„¢2 multi-socket mounting system
  • Chillaramic thermal compound

 

A Closer Look – The Package


The Coolink Corator DS comes in a nice box with a picture of the cooler at the front side. At the left side of the box we find a detailed report of the cooler’s main specifications.  At the right side of the box we find a listing with all the cooler’s main features. Inside the box we found out that everything is packed in smaller boxes. It seems that Coolink has given a lot of attention to the product’s packaging so that it will not be damaged during shipping.

The bundle that Coolink provides is top-notch. You will find pretty much everything you need for AMD and Intel setups. There are also stickers on each plastic bag that determine which set is for Intel and which is for AMD, so that the user does not get confused.

There is a manual for both AMD and Intel setups that includes very detailed instructions on how to install the heatsink. And of course the thermal paste is welcome.

 

A Closer Look – The Heatsink and Fan


Some say that size matters when it comes to performance. The Coolink Corator DS is a considerably sized CPU cooler whose build quality is solid. Everything is carefully designed and constructed. Four large heatpipes carry the thermal load from the contact surface to the fins to be exhausted.

The Coolink Corator DS comes pre-assembled, with the fan and the mounting brackets already installed. This will likely help inexperienced users to get the cooler working right away.

The fins of the tower are very thick and look like they will do the job for quite a long time.

At the top of the towers we find a nice carved Coolink logo.

The base of the is smooth and contains some light machinery marks which are visible with the appropriate liighting, but they are nothing that would impact cooling performance. There are a total of four heatpipes that run from one fin array through the contact pad and out to the second fin array.

The heatsink is impressive even if you remove the fan from the middle, the towers just look massive.

The heatsink uses the Coolink SWiF2-120P fan which is placed in the middle of the towers, for cooling. The clip mechanism that the fan uses is quite easy to use and also vibration dampening strips are included, so that the fan will remain steady upon operation.

The 120P rotates at 800-1700 rpm and offers a great amount of airflow, without being noisy as it uses hydrodynamic bearing, which keeps the noise levels down while increasing the lifespan of the fan.

 

Installation – Test Setup and Procedures


Using the supplied manual, we did not have any problems installing the Coolink Corator DS and get it to work. The heat sink isn’t that tall as other high-end heat sinks and that makes it fit to all the cases.

The machine’s specs on which we tested the cooler are:

Processor: Intel Core i7 920
Motherboard: Asus P6X85D
RAM: 6 GB Mushkin 6-7-6-18
VGA: Gigabyte GTX480 1536MB
HDD: Velocity Raptor 150GB
PSU: Nexus 1000W
Case: Thermaltake Armor VA8003BWS
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit

We ran temperatures tests in two system states:

   * Idle, i7 920 overclocked to 4GHz
   * Full load, i7 920 overclocked to 4GHz-under prime 95
   * Noise measurement under load system conditions

As you see, we decided to test the Corator DS directly with our overclocked i7 920 by setting the voltage to 1.30v, as this is a high-end cooler and its main use would be for achieving maximum overclocking results.

We test the Coolink Corator DS against:

   * Scythe Mugen 2
   * Zalman CNPS 10X Extreme
   * Cogage True Spirit
   * EKL North Face

 

Test Results

With the system being idle, the Coolink Corator DS managed the best performance, achieving a 37 degrees temperature, with the Zalman achieving the second best performance with 39 degrees celsius.

With the system under load while running Prime 95, the Corator DS also achieved the best performance, with a whole 4 degree difference from the second EKL North Face.

Surprisingly, Coolink’s cooler also proved to be the most quiet of the contestants, with a 7Db difference from the second True Spirit.

 

Verdict

At the end of the day the Coolink Corator DS achieved outstanding performance. It wasn’t just a good performer, it looked amazing as well. Coolink put in just enough fine details to make this cooler stand out from the rest. The build quality was solid and its size is good to fit any case. To tell the truth, if we were looking for major overclocking based on air cooling, we would choose the Corator as it costs 50 euro and is totally worth the money. Furthermore, except for the performance it offered, Coolink’s cooler managed to keep the noise levels low without disturbing us. It was also nice to see that the package included everything we could possibly need, with the mounting kits being separated in two small bags depending on the platform on which we would like to install the cooler on.
A second fan would be nice to have and would offer even more performance, but for this price we consider the Corator DS to be a really good deal.

Pros

(+) Outstanding performance even with single fan
(+) Price
(+) Package Bundle
(+) Quiet

Cons

(-) Does not come with a second fan

 

Thus, we give the Coolink Corator DS a rating of 9.5/10 and our Editor’s Choice Award.

 

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